Thursday, August 29, 2013

Common Fraud Schemes (Pt 2)

Nigerian Letter (419 Fraud)

Just about anyone with an email address has received some variation of this fraud.  You’re offered an opportunity to share in millions of dollars that the sender is trying to transfer out of Nigeria or some other country.  They then ask for money, your bank name and account number and/or other personal information which will be used to defraud you.
  • Never reply in any way to an email of this type.  It does not have to be Nigeria—they could be using this basic fraud with any country name.
  • Even simply responding to an email of this nature lets them know they have a valid address and the spam you receive may increase significantly.
  • Don’t provide any personal information.
  • Don’t believe that these “government officials” are legitimate.
This is the second in a series of blogs about types of fraud which are frequently seen in today’s world.  In our next posting, we will discuss Identity Theft fraud.  Always stay alert and if you are unsure about something you’ve been offered, we’d be happy to help you determine if the opportunity being presented to you is in fact legitimate.  It’s far better to be safe than sorry!  916-576-7050.

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