Internet Fraud and Scams

Be prepared for the newest wave of scams to hit your mailbox. These clever individuals will make it look as if you have won $850,000  USD. It is the Charitable foundation scam. BEWARE. This scam strings you along to make it look real. If you receive a suspect mail that sounds to good to be true, it probably is. Dont fall for their trap. They are using gathered information from you for malicious purpose. This author has gathered information about these individuals and has first hand look at this new scam.

The way this works is you receive an e-mail from a foundation that informs you that you have been chosen to receive $850,000 U.S. dollars to be used for yourself and community uplift. Sound good? Yes it does. STOP! Look carefully at the mail. The first thing I noticed was obvious spelling errors. Also there was no official letterhead or verifiable telephone numbers anywhere on the page.

If you receive this type of scam message never reveal personal information in hopes of winning money. All you will receive is a major headache.

The second part of this scam message lets you know that you have to contact another person or the “Executive Secretary” of the foundation. And you should send a “special” number for the secretary to verify. This I presumed was the “string along” effect that makes it look official. By looking at the headers of the mail I found the originating IP address and started to dig for information. It so happens that the Executive Secretary had a Hotmail account! (Not to mention that a “Executive Secretary” should capitalize her sentences.)

Now Im really curious what will happen next when I replied. I received a mail that stated I should contact yet another individual who is the “treasurer” of the foundation. The treasurer had attached a word document wanting me to fill in my personal information to send to him. This is where I stopped and properly informed all concerning network administrators about a possible fraud scam.

The attachment wanted personal information for Identity theft for sure. Such as “Next of kin” and so forth. This information can be used to gain access to birth records. Who Knows what these people will do with this information. Beware!

It is not suggested that you give any information about yourself, and as enticing as it may seem, really take a good look at the message. The FBI has a saying:

If it sounds too good to be true, somethings wrong!