Defense Against Crime

21/09/2009

Why would anyone fall for this

Filed under: Crime Prevention — peppereyes @ 9:18 AM
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Don't be scammed

Don't be scammed

I know many of  of you have received messages like this one. I get about one a month, and I wonder “why would anyone fall for this?”

From:Jeff
27/04 Cocody Avenue
Abidjan
Cote divoire
Please call me:01122544747550

Dearest One,

I know this mail will come to you as a surprise since we have not had previous correspondence, please bear with me. I will really like to have a good relationship with you, and I have a special reason why I decided to contact you.
I am Jeff from Cote d Ivoire, the only son of Late Mr.Nick.Last year 2008, the Rebels in my Country Struck our township and killed my parents and my only sister in one of their attacks. My late Father,being the government opposition leader.

Before his death he had a domicilary account with a bank in Cote d’Ivoire, up to the tune of (Five Million Five Hundred Thousand dollars) . Please I need your assistance getting this money tranferred to you for investment and to be my guardian in investment.

I shall forward to you with the necessary documents on confirmation of your acceptance to assist me for the transfer of the money to your account.As you will help me to travel and to complete my studies in your country.

I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as compensation of your effort.

Your Sincerely

Jeff

But apparently they do  — to the tune of $100 to $200 million a year? The short anwers are stupidity, greed and desparation. Scams can be found everywhere and the internet is no exception. If anything, the internet lends itself to shady dealings, due to the complete anonymity of cyberspace. Here are several scams commonly found on the internet. Scams can be found everywhere and the internet is no exception.

According to the FBI and the Internet Crime Complaint Center – Internet auction fraud was by far the most reported offense, comprising 44.9% of referred complaints. Non-delivered merchandise and/or payment accounted for 19.0% of complaints. Check fraud made up 4.9% of complaints. Credit/debit card fraud, computer fraud, confidence fraud, and financial institutions fraud round out the top seven categories of complaints referred to law enforcement during the year.

Avoiding Investment Fraud

  • Don’t invest any anything you don’t really understand.
  • Don’t invest in anything based on appearances or emotions. Just because an individual or company has a flashy web site doesn’t mean it is legitimate. Web sites can be created in just a few days. After a short period of taking money, a site can vanish without a trace.
  • Don’t invest in anything you are not absolutely sure about. Do your homework on the investment to ensure that it is legitimate.
  • Don’t invest anything that doesn’t have a tract record.
  • Do your homework on the individual or company to ensure that they are legitimate.
  • Check out other web sites regarding this person/company.
  • Use Google/Yahoo/Bing and add the word scam or complaints after their name
  • Don’t judge a person/company by their web site.
  • Be cautious when responding to special investment offers (especially through unsolicited e-mail).
  • Don’t do it because a friend told you to, they can also be scammed.
  • Be cautious when dealing with individuals/companies from outside your own country.
  • Inquire about all the terms and conditions.
  • Don’t invest what you can’t afford to loose
  • If it sounds too good to be true it probably is

Avoiding the Nigerian Letter/Canadian Lottery Scam

  • Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as Nigerian or foreign government officials asking for your help in placing large sums of money in overseas bank accounts.
  • Do not believe the promise of large sums of money for your cooperation.
  • You can’t win a lottery you didn’t enter
  • There is never a processing fee for winning anything
  • If you see where you have to cash a check and send part of it back, you are being scammed
  • Guard your account and personal information carefully.

I’ve always sent the  Dantooine Scam letter back to them

RESOURCE:

Internet Fraud: How to Avoid Internet Investment Scams

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