E-mail scammers depend on human greed to trump common sense
|May 27, 2011||Posted by admin under News In General||
By JIM BROOKS
Nelson County Gazette
May 27, 2011 — I have had the same personal e-mail address since 1997. That’s not a big deal, granted, but using this e-mail address for so long means that my address is probably on every SPAM and scam address list floating around in cyberspace.
The e-mail I received today (show below) is representative of the typical scam e-mail that makes it through my filters and winds up in my inbox. Frankly, I rather enjoy some of them, as the better ones tend to get creative in their efforts to separate you from your money.
The scam listed below is very common and well documented and know as an advance fee fraud by different names. By enticing the recipient with the thought of easy millions, the goal is to get you hooked into paying for “fees” that will be required to process the money and transfer it to your account. Read on …
Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 10:29:49 +0100
Read and get back!!
I am Mr. KOH Beng Seng Independent Non-executive Director Chairman of Bank of China Ltd, Hong Kong. An Iraqi named Abrahem Hussein Raheem,a business man made a numbered fixed deposit of Sixty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only in my branch. He died during a bomb blast in Iraq,After further investigation it was also discovered that Abrahem Hussein Raheem did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit. And he also confided in me the last time he was at my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. So, Sixty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars is still lying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it. I am sorry to have used this media to contact with you as i have to use this email for personal security reasons as adviced by my lawyer, so kindly send your response to my personal email below. I am ready to share 50/50 with you if interested in this deal, kindly note that i have contacted you with a paid domain for security reasons so i need you to copy this email: firstname.lastname@example.org of mine and send me your complete details if interested.
Your earliest reply will be appreciated as i state my email again for your perusal email@example.com
If you engage your common sense, its easy to see this for what it really is; the grammar and spelling are the first clues, not to mention the fact this is an attempt to steal money and launder it.
Why do they still send these e-mails out? Sadly, because they get results. When the victims finally lose enough money and realize they’ll never see the millions they were promised, they seldom go to police. What they were wanting to do was illegal anyway, so the last people they’ll tell their story to are officers of the law — and that’s something the scammers are banking on.
A local woman was sentenced recently for her part in a somewhat similar scam that funneled thousands of dollars to individuals reportedly in Nigeria. Law enforcement officials can’t go after the foreign scammers, but they can — and do — prosecute their accomplices here in the U.S.
If an unsolicited offer sounds too good to be true, chances are it is — particularly if it involves activity that’s dishonest, unethical or downright illegal.