Australians losing $7 million a month in internet fraud
It never ceases to amaze me, how scams like the Nigerian scam, survive for so long. It is hard to believe that people still fall for these scams – even ones that have been around and re-hashed for over a decade.
I received the same email today [see copy below] as the one I got in 2001.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (Good News)
Federal Bureau of Investigation [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Mon 31/03/2014 7:51 AM
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Anti-Terrorist and Monitory Crime Division
Edger Hoover Building Washington Dc
Customers Service Hours / Monday to Saturday
Office Hours Monday to Saturday:
Series of meetings have been held over the past 2 months with the secretary general of the United Nations Organization. This ended 3 days ago. It is obvious that you have not received your fund which is to the tune of $1, 500, 000.00 due to past corrupt Governmental Officials who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your funds which has led to so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the receipt.
The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations and Federal Bureau of Investigation have successfully passed a mandate to the current president of Nigeria his Excellency President Good luck Jonathan to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to you and other individuals and organizations who have been found not to have receive their Contract Sum, Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance and the likes. Now how would you like to receive your payment? Because we have two method of payment which is by Check or by ATM card?
ATM Card: We will be issuing you a custom pin based ATM card which you will use to withdraw up to $10,000 per day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it and the card have to be renewed in 4 years time which is 2016. Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your local bank account. The ATM card comes with a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it, Even if you do not have a bank account.
Check: To be deposited in your bank for it to be cleared within three working days. Your payment would be sent to you via any of your preferred option and would be mailed to you via DHL. Because we have signed a contract with FedEx which should expire by April 20 2014 you will only need to pay $175 instead of $420 saving you $245 So if you pay before April 27 2014 you save $245 Take note that anyone asking you for some kind of money above the usual fee is definitely a fraudsters and you will have to stop communication with every other person if you have been in contact with any. Also remember that all you will ever have to spend is $175.00 nothing more! Nothing less! And we guarantee the receipt of your fund to be successfully delivered to you within the next 24hrs after the receipt of payment has been confirmed.
Note: Everything has been taken care of by the Federal Government of Nigeria, The United Nation and also the FBI and including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so all you will ever need to pay is $175.
DO NOT SEND MONEY TO ANYONE UNTIL YOU READ THIS: The actual fees for shipping your ATM card is $420 but because DHL have temporarily discontinued the C.O.D which gives you the chance to pay when package is delivered for international shipping We had to sign contract with them for bulk shipping which makes the fees reduce from the actual fee of $420 to $175 nothing more and no hidden fees of any sort!
To affect the release of your fund valued at $1,500,000. 00 you are advised to contact our correspondent in Africa the delivery officer Mr. Joseph Moore with the information below.
You are advised to contact him with the information’s as stated below:
Your full Name:
Preferred Payment Method (ATM / Cashier Check)
Upon receipt of payment the delivery officer will ensure that your package is sent within 24 working hours. Because we are so sure of everything we are giving you a 100% money back guarantee if you do not receive payment/package within the next 24hrs after you have made the payment for shipping.
Miss Donna Story
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535
Note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your ATM CARD/ Cashier Check, you are hereby advice only to be in contact with Mr. Joseph Moore of the ATM CARD/ Cashier Check CENTRE who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your ATM CARD/ Cashier Check PAYMENT and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon and commence investigation.
If you ever get an email like the one displayed above, send it straight to your trash.
If you get solicited by an email and you are not sure whether it is legitimate, go to:
Here is a quote from the same site:
Australians have also lost considerable sums to advance fee scams, such as letters and emails purporting to come from Nigeria. One Sydney victim lost more than A$700,000 while an Adelaide businessman lost more than A$2.3 million to such scams. In another case, a Japanese businessman is said to have lost US$5 million.
Watch the video from ABC.NET from the link above.
Elderly Australian Couple Wins ‘Free’ Vacation To Canada, Unwittingly Become Drug Mules.
This scenario at least, had a happy ending!
Nigerians Using Singapore Women as Drug Mules
The following video depicts disastrous results for some
Some say that Michelle Corby was a victim, when found carrying drugs into Bali but she still served time, and is now on parole in Bali.
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