“We suspect an unauthorized transaction on your account. To ensure that your account is not compromised, please click the link below and confirm your identity.”
“During our regular verification of accounts, we couldn’t verify your information. Please click here to update and verify your information.”
Have you received email with a similar message? It’s a scam called “phishing” — and it involves Internet fraudsters who send spam or pop-up messages to lure personal information (credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, passwords, or other sensitive information) from unsuspecting victims.
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, phishers send an email or pop-up message that claims to be from a business or organization that you may deal with — for example, an Internet service provider (ISP), bank, online payment service, or even a government agency. The message may ask you to “update,” “validate,” or “confirm” your account information. Some phishing emails threaten a dire consequence if you don’t respond. The messages direct you to a website that looks just like a legitimate organization’s site. But it isn’t. It’s a bogus site whose sole purpose is to trick you into divulging your personal information so the operators can steal your identity and run up bills or commit crimes in your name.
I get many scam emails every day and is sad to hear people that get suck in to this.
My carpet cleaning guy got scam in a different way
He got a call from a long time cousin from Mexico. He was coming to see him because he hasn’t see him in a long time, since he was 10 years old and now he is 49.
I would love to see you, he said come by the house, the cousin called 4 hours later telling him that he was on his way and that it was going to take him about 3 days to get there
The next day he call him with a sad news that they had an accident and that the car needs repair so they can get to California and he asked if he can lend him $2,000 but he was going to pay him.
Well you guess right, he when to western union and send the money
The next day he asked for $3,500 because his daughter got sick and is in the hospital
Yup he whent to western union again
The next day he call again and asked for more money and he said I don’t have more, he talk to other people about it and they asked him if he new his voice and other things about him, he said well I don’t really remember because we where only 10 years old at that time.
anyways, so he talked to his brothers and get’s the number of the real cosing and what a big surprise, IS NOT HIM THE ONE!!
Well he is now mad and is calling the local police but they can’t do nothing and good luck trying to get the Mexican police to work on his case.
Is sad but is happening everywhere and people are letting them get away with it.
Now here is one of the email that I got the other day
|dateTue, Oct 4, 2011 at 1:11 PM|
I am pleased to contact you this norminated time after much thinking towards this transaction.Looking straight to the point,I am a 19 years undergraduate, the child of late Mr & Miss Johnson, President of Café-Cacao & Agro-Alimentaire industrie Plc.(SCAFECAO)San-Pedro. My father was a wealthy cocoa-coffee merchant based in San-Pedro one of the economic cities in the western part of Ivory Coast before he was poisoned to death by his business associate in a dinner party organized on his name to honour his company .
When my mother died on the 21st of Octber 2008,father took me so special because I am motherless.Before he gave up the ghost on the 29th of March 2011 by 10.00am in a private hospital here in Abidjan.He secretly called me and informed me that he has a sum of US$ 1.5 million Dollars left in a Local Bank here in Abidjan, Coted’ivoire.
Before he finally gave up,he admitted that he used my name as his son for the next of kin in the deposit of the fund.He explained to me that it was because of his political ambition in the present Government that he was poisoned to death by people he called his friends, He Instructed me to seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where i will transfer this fund and use it for investment purpose,such as real estate properties.
I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:
1) TO MAKE ARRANGEMENT FOR ME TO COME OVER TO YOUR COUNTRY AFTER THE MONEY HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED.
2) TO LOOK FOR A BETTER UNIVERSITY FOR ME IN YOUR COUNTRY SINCE I WILL STILL LIKE TO FURTHER MY STUDIES.
Moreover,sir I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of this fund to your
nominated account oversea.Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards assisting me as i believe that this transaction would be concluded within seven working days you signify your interest to assist me.
Anticipating to hear from you soon.
Miss Cindy Johnson.
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