The Advance Fee scam, sometimes called the Nigerian 419 scam is quite simple – the scammer entices you with promises of a huge pot of money and tries to get you to pay various charges in the process of releasing the money to you. When you get tired of paying yet receiving nothing then the scammer moves on to the next victim and your money is long gone.
This latest such email is different in that it doesn’t claim the money is in an African country, but instead is being held by the American government.
The email claims to be from the Executive Vice President of Business Operations at ABC News. Their investigators have found that I have unclaimed funds to be value of $10.6 million held by the US government and that the government is doing everything it can to get the funds off me permanently.
So, I must act quickly or lose the money.
It’s difficult to believe that anyone would believe such a story. There’s no explanation of where the $10.6 million came from or how it is connected to me.
Surely anyone with an IQ higher than an that of a tortoise would recognize this as a scam?
But apparently some people will reply and genuinely believe they can have the $10.6 million.
Where do the scammers make money on this?
The email says to contact Mr. Brian Ross Chief Investigative Correspondent of ABC News and he will provide me with a lawyer who can get the money for me. Of course, I will have to pay for the lawyer and that’s where the scammer gets his money as the lawyer is fake of course.
The email address I have to reply to is brianross @abcnewsl.com
Now abcnews.com is the genuine domain name used by ABC News, but abcnewsl.com could be owned by anyone and in this case is owed by a scammer.
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