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A Helpful Spam Scammer – A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

image Most of us learned, in kindergarten, that appearances can often be deceiving. In the unlikely event that you didn’t; checkout,  All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, by Robert Fulghum. This book is a phenomenal bestseller; with good reason.

The following is a teeny, tiny excerpt –

“And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.”

So, you ask – what has this got to do with the title of this article? Well the answer is – plenty! Not all of us, when we are on the Internet, LOOK – really look. Not all of us recognize, “the wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Spam scammers rely on this to defraud those of us who don’t.

This morning I received the following email, in which the spam scammer attempts to convince me that she is the genuine article – a concerned individual who has my best interest at heart.

She goes on to assure me that she’s not like all the rest of the cybercriminals out in the wild blue of the Internet. In fact, she lets me know that the “Compensation in Nigeria” scam, is a scam. No kidding lady!

She very kindly points out, all I have to do is spend $590.00 to receive my $1,500,000.00 which is waiting for me in Nigeria. And unlike her, I should not send over $20,000, to unscrupulous scammers, since they are out to steal my money! All I have to spend is that $590.00, and not $20,000.00. Sounds very cool!

Like most of these type of emails, this one contains the usual spelling, grammatical, and punctuation errors.

Attn: My Dear,

I am Mrs Kerra Linda Derrick, I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. I reside here in New Braunfels Texas. My residential address is as follows. 108 Crockett Court. Apt 303, New Braunfels Texas, United States, am thinking of relocating since I am now rich.

I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $20,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail.

So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my compensation documents, And I was directed to meet Mr.James Ekeh, who is the member of COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, and I contacted him and he explained everything to me.

He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake. He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right now I am the most happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds of $1,500,000.00 Moreover, Mr Cliff Olawale, showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email address, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you.

I will advise you to contact Mr.James Ekeh. You have to contact him directly on this information below. COMPENSATION AWARD HOUSE Name : Mr.James Ekeh Email: james.ekeh09@yahoo.com Phone: +234-703-676-6120

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting with the information that your fund is with them,it is not in anyway with them.They are only taking advantage of you and will financially dry you up until you have nothing.

The only money I paid after I met Mr.James Ekeh is $590,take note of that. Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Mr.James Ekeh instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.

Thank You and Be Blessed Mrs. Kerra Linda Derrick 108 Crockett Court. Apt 303, New Braunfels Texas, United States Of America

The problem is – there are some people, somewhere, who will believe this nonsense. After all, we don’t normally expect to be deceived by someone who gives us fair warning.

I know that you will not be deceived by this type of clumsy attempt to defraud, but you would be surprised how often reasonably intelligent people are.

Be kind to your friends, relatives, and associates, particularly those who are new Internet users, and let them know that there is an epidemic of this types of scam on the Internet. In doing so, you help raise the level of protection for all of us.

Ask your friends, relatives, and associates to keep the following tips in mind  while on the Internet:

Don’t click links in emails or social networking sites. If they come from a known source, type them on the browser’s address bar. If they come from an untrusted source, simply ignore them.

Don’t open emails that come from untrusted sources.

Don’t run files that you receive via email without making sure of their origin.Keep your computer protected.

Install a security solution and keep it up-to-date.

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Vishing – The New Scam on the Block!

internet-crime-center.jpgAccording to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. National White Collar Crime Center, Vishing attacks are on the increase.

Yes, you’ve heard of Phishing, but what’s this Vishing you ask?

The IC³ (Internet Crime Complaint Center) describes Vishing as an attempt to persuade consumers either by email, text message, or a telephone call, purportedly from their credit card/debit card company, to divulge their Personally Identifiable Information (PII), claiming their account was suspended, deactivated, or terminated.

In one scenario, recipients are asked to contact their bank by calling a telephone number provided in the e-mail, or alternatively, by an automated telephone recording. When the potential victim calls the telephone number, they’re greeted with “Welcome to the bank of …” and then requested to enter their card number in order to resolve a pending security issue.

In the email scam attempt, in order to persuade the recipient that it is not a scam, the fraudulent e-mail sets out all the caveats the potential victim should be aware of in dealing with this type of email. Who would consider that a scam artist would warn you that a bank would not contact customers to obtain their PII by e-mail, mail, and instant messenger?

To further convince the recipient of the validity of the email, it goes on to state that the recipients should not provide sensitive information when requested in an e-mail, and not to click on embedded links, claiming they could contain “malicious software aimed at capturing login credentials.”

Would this convince you that this email was genuine? It just might.

A new version of this scam recently reported to IC³ involves the sending of text messages to cell phones claiming the recipient’s on-line bank account has expired. The message instructs the recipient to renew their on-line bank account by using the link provided.

These types of attacks against financial institutions, and consumers, are occurring with such frequency that IC³ has called the situation “alarming”.

Minimum safety precautions you should take.

·        Consider every email, telephone call, or text message requesting your PII as a scam

·        Never click on embedded email or cell phone links

·        When contacting your bank; use a telephone number from your statement, a telephone book, or another independent source

You can read more on this issue at www.ic3.gov.

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