Back in July 2009, I wrote an article “A Helpful Spam Scammer – A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”, which discussed how scammers rely on an apparent “truth” to convince unwary, or unsophisticated surfers, to buy into a scam designed to entrap victims of previous scams.
You would think the principal of “once burned – twice shy” might have impact; but apparently not. The World, it seems, is full of people who are ready to be shorn, not once – but, twice or more.
I have a hard time getting my head around the idea, that people can act so irrationally, they can be convinced to part with their money a second time, in what amounts to a slightly off kilter version of the same scam.
Scammers are not fools, by any stretch of the imagination, and they pursue time proven cyber-crime methods. And so, the following scam email, plucked from one of my inboxes this morning, is representative of the “we’re gonna screw you twice” emails, currently flooding the Internet. Just like most of these type of emails, this one contains the usual spelling, grammatical, and punctuation errors.
I am Mrs. Alice Hall. I am a US citizen and i am 48 years Old. I reside
here in 1051 Site Dr.Brea, CA 92821 USA. and i am thinking of
relocating since I am now rich.
I am one of those that took part in the United Nations Compensation
program 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 but all
was to no avail.
So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my compensation
documents, And I was directed to meet Barrister Richard Anderson, who is
the member of COMPENSATION AWARD AUTHORITY and a Human Rights Activist (Lawyer), and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake.
Right now, I am the happiest woman on earth because I have received my
compensation funds of $850,000.00. Moreover, Barrister Richard Anderson
showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their
payments and I saw your email as one of the beneficiaries who have not
yet received the payment under CASE FILE 54AC003 and that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people which never fulfill their
promises of helping you. They are not with your fund, they are only
making money off you.
Therefore, I would advise you to contact Barrister Richard Anderson for
his assistance and inform him that your CASE FILE is 54AC003. Contact him
directly via the information below.
Name : Barrister Richard Anderson
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.
The only money I paid after I met Barrister Richard Anderson was just $350 for the paper works, take note of that.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs. Alice Hall
Trustee/Treasurer, Triad Foundation Inc.
1051 Site Dr.Brea, CA 92821 USA
Education: BS, Business Administration
As unbelievable as it may sound – 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. You might be surprised, just how often reasonably intelligent people are deceived by this type of clumsy attempt to defraud.
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 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.
If you’re wondering why I’d even bother writing an article on a scheme that sounds so ludicrous – here’s why. The previous article on this topic continues to get substantial daily reads, most of which are as a direct result of Google searches. So, if surfers are searching, then there’s some degree of interest in responding to this type of email – crazy as that may be.
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