UK National Lotto tells me I have won £800,000 through my email address. I just have to supply the usual personal information – name, address, nationality, age, occupation, gender, mobile number and so on. I have to send this to an official at a Chinese bank who has a personal email address. Could anything possibly me more fishy than this? I think not.
Two emails arrive a couple of hours apart, but from the same name (Sheryl Goedart) and email address. Both tell me I have been awarded $1.8 million by the sender, randomly, as she won $396 million on the Powerball lottery and wants to give away a lot of her winnings. However, the emails are to different email addresses at the radio station and she has no idea who the messages are going to. If I had millions to give away I would want to know who I was trying to give it to. But then, it’s just a scam of course. There is no money.
Carolyn Otiz sends me an email to say she remembers me in a video clip – click to watch. No thanks ‘Carolyn’ as you don’t know my name and no doubt the video is some random rubbish you get paid for getting people to click on.
A long winded email arrives from ‘Mrs Jeana Cofer’ and tells a story of how she was scammed by Africans and tried for years to get her money back and eventually travelled to West African and found a lawyer who got her $5.5 million in compensation. The point of the email is to recommend to me that I contact him immediately as he will get compensation for me, for the times I have been scammed. These scammers seem to think that they have scammed so many people now that they to go back for a second attempt to previous victims by pretending to be on their side. Pathetic, as is anyone who believes that having been conned out of thousands of dollars means you will get $5.5 million in compensation.
Some scammers spoof their email address i.e. fake the senders email address to be the same as the person they are emailing. This is to try to get around spam filters, but it doesn’t work and just points out that the message is a scam. This latest such one claims the sender is due a settlement from us and we should click a link to see the explanation. No thanks.
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