This is the most widespread internet and email scam today. It is the modern day "sting" con game. These phishing emails and web pages resemble legitimate credit authorities like Citibank, eBay, or PayPal. They frighten or entice you into visiting a phony web page and entering your ID and password. Commonly, the guise is an urgent need to "confirm your identity". They will even offer you a story of how your account has been attacked by hackers to lure you into entering your confidential information.
The email message will require you to click on a link. But instead of leading you to the real login https: You then innocently enter your ID and password.
This information is intercepted by the scammers, who later access your account and fleece you for several hundred dollars. This phishing con, like all cons, depends on people believing the legitimacy of their emails and web pages. Phishing fakes will just have http: If still in doubt, make a phone call to the financial institution to verify if the email is legit.
In the meantime, if an email seems suspicious to you, do not trust it. Being skeptical could save you hundreds of lost dollars. Most of you have received an email from a member of a Nigerian family with wealth.
It is a desperate cry for help in getting a very large sum of money out of the country. A common variation is a woman in Africa who claimed that her husband had died and that she wanted to leave millions of dollars of his estate to a good church. In every variation, the scammer is promising obscenely large payments for small unskilled tasks.
This scam, like most scams, is too good to be true. Yet people still fall for this money transfer con game.
They will use your emotions and willingness to help against you. They will promise you a large cut of their business or family fortune. The more you are willing to pay, the more they will try to suck out of your wallet. And the worst thing is, this scam is not even new; its variant dates back to s when it was known as 'The Spanish Prisoner' con. Most of us dream of hitting it big, quitting our jobs and retiring while still young enough to enjoy the fine things in life.
Chances are you will receive at least one intriguing email from someone saying that you did indeed win a huge amount of money. The visions of a dream home, fabulous vacation, or other expensive goodies you could now afford with ease, could make you forget that you have never ever entered this lottery in the first place. This scam will usually come in the form of a conventional email message.
It will inform you that you won millions of dollars and congratulate you repeatedly. Do not fall for this lottery scam. Furthermore, if you legitimately clear your credit balance each month, a legitimate bank will often wave the annual fee.
As for these incredible, pre-approved loans for a half-a-million dollar homes: These people do not know you or your credit situation, yet they are willing to offer massive credit limits. If only one in every thousand people falls for this scam, the scammers still win several hundred dollars.
Alas, far too many victims, pressured by financial problems, willingly step into this con man's trap. This one involves an item you might have listed for sale such as a car, truck or some other expensive item. The scammer finds your ad and sends you an email offering to pay much more than your asking price. The reason for overpayment is supposedly related to the international fees to ship the car overseas. In return, you are to send him the car and the cash for the difference.
The money order you receive looks real so you deposit it into your account. In a couple of days or the time it takes to clear your bank informs you the money order was fake and demands you pay that amount back immediately.
In most documented versions of this money order scam, the money order was indeed an authentic document, but it was never authorized by the bank it was stolen from. In the case of cashier's checks, it is usually a convincing forgery. You have now lost the car, the cash you sent with the car, and you owe a hefty sum of money to your bank to cover the bad money order or the fake cashier's check. You have posted your resume, with at least some personal data accessible by potential employers, on a legitimate employment site.
You receive a job offer to become a "financial representative" of an overseas company you have never even heard of before. The reason they want to hire you is that this company has problems accepting money from US customers and they need you to handle those payments. You will be paid 5 to 15 percent commission per transaction. Instead, you will experience some, or all, of the following:. What do , Tsunami and Katrina have in common?
These are all disasters, tragic events where people die, lose their loved ones, or everything they have. In times like these, good people pull together to help the survivors in any way they can, including online donations.
Scammers set up fake charity websites and steal the money donated to the victims of disasters. If your request for the donation came via email, there is a chance of it being a phishing attempt.
Do not click on the link in the email and volunteer your bank account or credit card information. Your best bet is to contact the recognized charitable organization directly by phone or their website. These scams are most active during the summer months.
You receive an email with the offer to get amazingly low fares to some exotic destination but you must book it today or the offer expires that evening. Still, others can just take your money and deliver nothing. Also, getting your refund, should you decide to cancel, is usually a lost cause, often called a nightmare or mission-impossible.
Your best strategy is to book your trip in person, through a reputable travel agency or proven legitimate online service like Travelocity or Expedia. A classic pyramid scheme: Bear in mind that, most times, the list of names is manipulated to keep the top name the creator of the scam, or his friends on top, permanently.
As with the previously circulating snail-mail version of this chain, the email edition is just as illegal. Should you choose to participate, you risk being charged with fraud — definitely not something you want on your record or resume. Although not a full-blown scam, this scheme works as follows: You send someone money for instructions on where to go and what to download and install on your computer to turn it into a money-making machine… for spammers.
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