Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Place To Check Out Possible Spam and Internet Scammers

Don't take the bait!!!
As long as there have been warnings about Internet scammers, there are still people who are falling for their schemes.  They try to find and scam people who are trusting and wanting to help others, so they word their messages so that you might feel that you are doing them a favor, and may be able to help others, less fortunate in the process.  They also play to the greed of people, who thinking they can get more money for themselves.

These people always eventually ask you to put up some money of your own, either to supposedly be able to transfer funds into your bank account, or to show your good faith. DON'T FALL FOR IT.

Several of my online FaceBook friends have been contacted recently by someone claiming to be widowed or abandoned by "her husband. "  She/he has been using  the name Ming Chang, or Chang Ming.  This person has been traced to Nigeria, or one of the nearby countries, which have been a hotbed of email scams for years.  If you happen to be contacted by anyone claiming to have a few, to several million dollars in some bank, or from an inheritance that they want to either share, or give you, because they "are dying," and want it to go to someone who will help the poor less fortunate, delete the message, and please, DO NOT REPLY to any such message.
Alluring bait

The following is copy/pasted from the page in the link, for your information:

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.  The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.  Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.


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