Right here in Hawkins and Hancock counties, people lose money and their identies almost daily because they fall victim to “scams”.
I know that for a fact because I see the Sheriff’s Reports that come to my desk.
And trust me, there are no shortage of these bogus schemes going around nowadays!
Below is the actual text of some “scam” emails that we here at the Review and Eagle have received in the past few days:
Attached is a new PO, pls confirm receipt and pls re-confirm the goods will be ready to load in early sep as the other order on report status. You mus remit $2,000 USDOLLARS in iTunes gift cards, sent to a confidential address which will be given once you telephone to confirm ship
I am representative of Global Trading Company. Global Trading Company is family run company. We are committed to Quality products and Quality services. We are interested in purchasing Products from your company for our customer demand. Send us your business proposal for further discussion, Your early reply is highly appreciated to enable us set up our business contract.
Good day Mate! DID YOU GET MY LAST LETTER advising you of the vast great forune that awaits you here in lovely Australia? You were bequeathed the sum of $7.8 million USD by your late dearly departed uncle. I must need your banking information to process claim to deposit in your name in your account.
MR. JOHN SMITH, ESQUIRE
We like to contract your valuable services for a period of 12 months. Please advise if you open to new opportunities.
FACEBOOK LOTTERY ORGANIZATION TICKET FREE/ONLINE E-MAIL ADDRESS WINNINGS DEPARTMENT.
NOTIFICATION OF US$2.3MILLION DOLLARS.
Your E-MAIL ACCOUNT has been selected as one of the lucky winners and has won the sum of ($2,300,000.00USD).
Your WINNING NUMBER IS: FB/575061725.
You are advised to contact VakifBank Of Turkey.
The are going to open account for you in there ONLINE BANK(FREE) for you, which you will use to log in into there ONLINE BANK and transfer your fund a bit by bit into your bank account.
So get back to them with your,
1. Your Full Name........
6. Telephone Number...........
7. Next Of Kin..................
8. Alternate Email Address:
9. Bank account numbers
Yours in service,
Mr Marc Andreessen Facebook Lottery Facilitator
You have a pending charge on your account, kindly confirm your login credentials and card security codes to access your account online. Login after the verification process to ensure all your transactions are accurate.
(Confirm by clicking here)
Thank you for Card Membership.
American Express Customer Care
You have been selected for my Foundation Donation. Send your reply to this email for guidance.
WARNING To update your mailbox click below for your update to be completed. If you do not update mailbox within 24 hours you may lose all access and data associated with your mailbox. CLICK NOW and have credit card in hand to pay required process fee.
You be BIG WINNER with BIG financial capacity to provide Maximum of 300Million USDollars and Minimum of 1 million USDollars Contact with below email address of our procurement manager below for more details and proceedure.
I am a Diplomat named Henry Obe mandated to deliver your inheritance to you in your country of residence. The funds total $1.5 Million and you were made the beneficiary of these funds by a benefactor whose details will be revealed to you after handing over the Funds to you in accordance with the Agreement i signed with the benefactor when he enlisted my assistance in delivering the funds to you. I am presently in your Country and before i can deliver the funds you have to reconfirm the following information so as to ensure that i am dealing with the right person.
1. Full Name
2. Residential Address/City
3. Age and birthdate
5. Direct Telephone Number
6. Checking account routing number, account number
After verification of the information with what I have on file, i shall contact you so that we can make arrangements on the exact time I will be bringing your package to your residential address. Send the requested information immediately, now, do not wait, so that we can proceed. Regards.
THE MOST HIGH AND HONORABLE AND
DISTINGUISHED OBE WAN KENOBE
(In case you didn’t recognize it, the name on that last one is of a character in a Star Wars movie! Just sayin ...)
The bottom line is, scammers are everywhere ... they will stop at nothing to separate you from your cash, and it cannot be said strongly enough to DON’T FALL VICTIM TO THESE POND SCUM GERMS by giving them your financial information.
And other than those listed above, there are also dozens of scams involving bogus IRS threats, “warrants” for your arrest, lottery prizes that don’t exist, and fake “Publisher’s Clearing House” sweepstakes prizes.
Keep in mind that the IRS will NEVER, EVER send you an email or call you demanding payment for past due taxes, and any LEGITIMATE law enforcement agency that has an actual warrant for your arrest will send a uniformed officer to serve that warrant on you in person. If you have indeed won a PCH prize, their famous “prize van” will show up at your house.
Also, keep in mind that it is ILLEGAL under Federal Law for ANY sweepstakes or lottery to demand a cash fee or payment of any amount from you before a prize will be handed over.
The best policy is this: QUESTION EVERYTHING. If you receive a call, email, or letter from ANYONE whose name you do know or recognize — or even if you do — DO NOT FALL VICTIM TO THESE SCAMMERS ... CHECK IT OUT, AND DO SO BEFORE YOU GIVE YOUR FINANCIAL INFORMATION OR ANYTHING ELSE TO THEM! Scammers often “skim” the internet for honest-to-goodness email addresses, names and addresses, and use the names of people or businesses that you actually know or do business with to “draw you in”. Sadly, by the time most folks realize they have been “had”, its too late ... and both their cash and their identities are gone.
Remember, the majority of these scams originate in foreign countries and once your money and your identity have been stolen, there is literally
NOTHING that U.S. law enforcement agencies can do to get it back.
We have to use common sense, folks ... protect ourselves by THINKING before we act when it comes to these bogus “notifications”.