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CYBER SECURITY ENTHUSIAST

We truly want to believe that the Internet is a safe place where you can’t fall for all types of online scams, but it’s always good reminder to do a “reality check”. We, humans, can become an easy target for malicious actors who want to steal our most valuable personal data.

Criminal minds can reach these days further than before, into our private lives, our homes and work offices. And there is little we can do about it. Attack tactics and tools vary from traditional attack vectors, which use malicious software and vulnerabilities present in almost all the programs and apps (even in the popular Windows operating systems), to ingenious phishing scams deployed from unexpected regions of the world, where justice can’t easily reach out to catch the eventual perpetrators.

According to a report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Millenials are particularly more vulnerable to online scams than seniors, as shocking as it may seem. The research finds that “40 percent of adults age 20-29 who have reported fraud ended up losing money in a fraud case”.

Here are the findings of a report about financial scams

Source: Federal Trade Commision

Curious to know what are the most common ways to easily fall victim to a malware attack or phishing scams? It usually happens when you:

  • Shop online
  • Check your email addresses
  • Access your social media networks

For this reason, we need to know what are the most popular techniques malicious actors are using to get unauthorized access to our private information and financial data.

We must not forget their final target is always our money and there is nothing they won’t do to accomplish their mission.

Use the links below to quickly navigate the list of online scams and see the top online scams you need to stay away from right now.

Phishing email scams
The Nigerian scam
Greeting card scams
Bank loan or credit card scam
Lottery scam
Hitman scam
Romance scams
Fake antivirus software
Facebook impersonation scam (hijacked profile scam)
Make money fast scams (Economic scams)
Travel scams
Bitcoin scams
Fake news scam
Fake shopping websites
Loyalty points phishing scam
Job offer scams
SMS Scaming(Smshing)

1. Phishing email scams

More than one third of all security incidents start with phishing emails or malicious attachments sent to company employees, according to a new report from F-Secure.

Phishing scams continue to evolve and be a significant online threat for both users and organizations that could see their valuable data in the hands of malicious actors.

The effects of phishing attacks can be daunting, so it is essential to stay safe and learn how to detect and prevent these attacks.

Phishing scams are based on communication made via email or on social networks. In many cases, cyber criminals will send users messages/emails by trying to trick them into providing them valuable and sensitive data ( login credentials – from bank account, social network, work account, cloud storage) that can prove to be valuable for them.

Moreover, these emails will seem to come from an official source (like bank institutions or any other financial authority, legitime companies or social networks representatives for users.)

This way, they’ll use social engineering techniques by convincing you to click on a specific (and) malicious link and access a website that looks legit, but it’s actually controlled by them. You will be redirect to a fake login access page that resembles the real website. If you’re not paying attention, you might end up giving your login credentials and other personal information.

We’ve seen many spam email campaigns in which phishing were the main attack vector for malicious criminals used to spread financial and data stealing malware.

In order for their success rate to grow, scammers create a sense of urgency. They’ll tell you a frightening story of how your bank account is under threat and how you really need to access as soon as possible a site where you must insert your credentials in order to confirm your identity or your account.

After you fill in your online banking credentials, cyber criminals use them to breach your real bank account or to sell them on the dark web to other interested parties.

Here’s an example of a sophisticated email scam making the rounds that you should be very careful.

An example of phishing scam

Source: News.com.au

Use this complete guide on how to detect and prevent phishing attacks (filled with screenshots and actionable tips) to better fight these attacks.

2. The Nigerian scam

Probably one of the oldest and most popular Internet scam used mostly by a member of a Nigerian family with wealth to trick different people. It is also known as “Nigerian 419”, and named after the section of Nigeria’s Criminal Code which banned the practice.

A typical Nigerian scam involves an emotional email, letter, text message or social networking message coming from a scammer (which can be an official government member, a businessman or a member of a very wealthy family member – usually a woman) who asks you to give help in retrieving a large sum of money from a bank, paying initially small fees for papers and legal matters. In exchange for your help, they promise you a very large sum of money.

They will be persistent and ask you to pay more and more money for additional services, such as transactions or transfer costs. You’ll even receive papers that are supposed to make you believe that it’s all for real. In the end, you are left broke and without any of the promised money.

Here’s how a Nigerian scam could look like:

one of the most common online scamsSource: MotherJones.com

3. Greeting card scams

Whether it’s Christmas or Easter, we all get all kind of holiday greeting cards in our email inbox that seem to be coming from a friend or someone we care.

Greeting card scams are another old Internet scams used by malicious actors to inject malware and harvest users’ most valuable data.

If you open such an email and click on the card, you usually end up with malicious software that is being downloaded and installed on your operating system. The malware may be an annoying program that will launch pop-ups with ads, unexpected windows all over the screen.

If your system becomes infected with such dangerous malware, you will become one of the bots which are part of a larger network of affected computers. If this happens, your computer will start sending private data and financial information to a fraudulent server controlled by IT criminals.

To keep yourself safe from identity theft and data breach, we recommend using a specialized security program against this type of online threats.

To find out more information about financial malware, read this article. And here’s how you can tell if your computer was infected with malware.

Another common Internet scamSource: The Beacon Bulletin

4. Bank loan or credit card scam

People can be easily scammed by “too good to be true” bank offers that might guarantee large amounts of money and have already been pre-approved by the bank. If such an incredible pre-approved loan is offered to you, ask yourself:

“How is it possible for a bank to offer you such a large sum of money without even checking and analyzing your financial situation?”

Though it may seem unlikely for people to get trapped by this scam, there’s still a big number of people who lost money by paying the “mandatory” processing fees required by the scammers.

Here are 9 warning signs and sneaky tactics to watch out and avoid becoming a business loan scam.

As regards to credit card scams, a recent report from the Identity Theft Resources Center said that the number of credit and debit card breaches have been on the rise last year. To better safeguard your data and prevent thieves from getting access to your payment card details, consider:

  • Watching your accounts closely and monitor your online transactions;
  • Taking advantage of free consumer protection services;
  • Signing up for free credit monitoring.

Source: ChaffeurDriven.com

5. Lottery scam

This is another classic Internet scam which doesn’t seem to get old. A lottery scam comes as an email message informing you that you won a huge amount of money and, in order to claim your prize or winnings, you need to pay some small fees.

Lucky you, right?! It doesn’t even matter that you don’t recall ever purchasing lottery tickets.

Since it addresses some of our wildest fantasies, such as quitting our jobs and living off the fortune for the rest of our lives, without ever having to work again, our imagination falls prey easily to amazing scenarios someone can only dream of.

But the dream ends as soon as you realize you have been just another scam victim. DO NOT fall for this online scam and have a look at this checklist to see if you are getting scammed.

This is an example of a lottery scamSource: Ripandscam.com

6. Hitman scam

One of the most frequent Internet scams you can meet online is the “hitman” extortion attempt. Cyber criminals will send you an email threatening to extort money from you. This type of online scam may come in various forms, such as the one threatening that they will kidnap a family member unless a ransom is paid in a time frame provided by the scammers.

To create the appearance of a real danger, the message is filled with details from the victim’s life, collected from an online account, a personal blog or from a social network account.

That’s why it’s not safe to provide any sensitive or personal information about you on social media channels. It might seem like a safe and private place, where you’re only surrounded by friends, but in reality you can never know for sure who’s watching you.

Also,it’s better to be a little bit paranoid and protect all your digital assets like everyone is watching. Here’s how a Hitman scam looks like:

7. Online dating (romance) scams

As the Internet plays an important role in our social lives, with apps like Facebook or Instagram we access everyday, it’s inevitable to use apps to look for love as well.

Online dating apps are very popular these days and they are a great way to meet your future life partners. I have actually an example with a friend of mine who was lucky enough to find her future husband on a dating site.

But not all scenarios have a “happy end” like this one, and you need to be very careful, because you never know who can you meet.

A romance scam usually takes place on social dating networks, like Facebook, or by sending a simple email to the potential target, and affect thousands of victims from all over the world.

The male scammers are often located in West Africa, while the female scammers are mostly from the eastern parts of Europe.

Cyber criminals have abused this scamming method for years by using the online dating services. They improved their approach just by testing the potential victims’ reactions.

According to a research published in the British Journal of Criminology last month, the techniques (and psychological methods) used by scammers in online romance scams are similar with those used in the domestic violence cases.

To avoid becoming a victim of these Internet scams, you need to learn how to better protect yourself.

Knowing that hundreds of women and men from all over the globe are victims of this online scams, we recommend using these security tips for defensive online dating, including warning signs that could help you from becoming an easy target.

I would also recommend reading these real stories and learn from them, so you don’t fall for these online scams:

 

8. Fake antivirus software

We all saw at least once this message on our screens: “You have been infected! Download antivirus X right now to protect your computer!

Many of these pop-ups were very well created to look like legitimate messages that you might get from Windows or any other security product.

If you are lucky, there is nothing more than an innocent hoax that will bother you by displaying unwanted pop-ups on your screen while you browse online. In this case, to get rid of the annoying pop-ups, we recommend scanning your system using a good antivirus product.

If you are not so lucky, your system can end up getting infected with malware, such as a Trojan or a keylogger. This kind of message could also come from one of the most dangerous ransomware threats around, such as CryptoLocker, which is capable of blocking and encrypting your operating system and requesting you a sum of money in exchange for the decryption key.

To avoid this situation, we recommend enhancing your online protection with a  specialized security product against financial malware, and complement your traditional antivirus program.

Also, make sure you do not click on pop-up windows that annoyingly warn you’ve been infected with virus. Remember to always apply the existing updates for your software products, and install only legitimate software programs from verified websites.

If you’ve been infected, you can use an antimalware tool such as Malwarebytes to try removing the malware infection or pay attention to these warning signs and learn how to find a doable solution.

Source: Oreganstate.edu

9. Facebook impersonation scam (hijacked profile scam)

Facebook. Everyone is talking about it these days, and the scandal about Cambridge Analytica firm harvesting personal data taken from millions of this social media channel without users’ consent.

It’s still the most popular social media network where everyone is active and use it on a daily basis to keep in touch with friends and colleagues. Unfortunately, it has become also the perfect place for online scammers to find their victims.

Just imagine your account being hacked by a cyber criminal and gaining access to your close friends and family. Nobody wants that!

Since it is so important for your privacy and online security, you should be very careful in protecting your personal online accounts just the way you protect your banking or email account.

Facebook security wise, these tips might help you stay away from these online scams:

  • Do not accept friend requests from people you don’t know
  • Do not share your password with others
  • When log in, use two-factor authentication
  • Avoid connecting to public and free Wi-Fi networks
  • Keep your browser and apps updated
  • Add an additional layer of security and use a proactive cyber security software.

To enhance your online privacy, I recommend reading our full guide on Facebook security and privacy.

facebook-scam

10. Make money fast scams (Economic scams)

Cyber criminals will lure you into believing you can make money easy and fast on the internet. They’ll promise you non-existent jobs, including plans and methods of getting rich quickly.

It is a quite simple and effective approach, because it addresses a basic need for money, especially when someone is in a difficult financial situation.

This scamming method is similar to the romance scam mentioned above, where the cyber attackers address the emotional side of victims. The fraudulent posting of non-existent jobs for a variety of positions is part of the online criminals’ arsenal.

Using various job types, such as work-at-home scams, the victim is lured into giving away personal information and financial data with the promise of a well paid job that will bring lots of money in a very short period of time.

Read and apply these ten tips that can help you avoid some of the most common financial scams.

this is how a financial scam looks likeSource: Makerealmoneyonlinefree.com

11. Travel scams

These scams are commonly used during hot summer months or before the short winter vacations, for Christmas or New Year’s Day.

Here’s how it happens: you receive an email containing an amazing offer for an exceptional and hard to refuse destination (usually an exotic place) that expires in a short period of time which you can’t miss. If it sounds too good to be true, it might look like a travel scam, so don’t fall for it!

The problem is that some of these offers actually hide some necessary costs until you pay for the initial offer. Others just take your money without sending you anywhere.

In such cases, we suggest that you study carefully the travel offer and look for hidden costs, such as: airport taxes, tickets that you need to pay to access a local attraction, check if the meals are included or not, other local transportation fees between your airport and the hotel or between the hotel and the main attractions mentioned in the initial offer, etc.

As a general rule, we suggest that you go with the trustworthy, well known travel agencies. You can also check if by paying individually for plane tickets and for accommodation you receive the same results as in the received offer.

If you love to travel, you can easily fall prey to airline scams by simply looking for free airline tickets. Airline scams are some of the most popular travel scams, and we recommend applying these valuable tips.

travel

12. Bitcoin scams

If you (want to) invest in Bitcoin technology, we advise you to be aware of online scams. Digital wallets can be open to hacking and scammers take advantage of this new technology to steal sensitive data.

Bitcoin transactions should be safe, but these five examples of Bitcoin scams show how they happen and how you can lose your money.

The most common online scams to watch out for:

  • Fake Bitcoin exchanges
  • Ponzi schemes
  • Everyday scam attempts
  • Malware

Here’s how you can spot a Bitcoin scam and how to stay safe online.

Source: Express.co.uk

13. Fake news scam

The spread of fake news on the Internet is a danger to all of us, because it has an impact on the way we filter all the information we found and read on social media. It’s a serious problem that should concern our society, mostly for the misleading resources and content found online, making it impossible for people to distinguish between what’s real and what is not.

We recommend accessing/reading only reliable sources of information coming from friends or people you know read regular feeds from trusted sources: bloggers, industry experts, in order to avoid fake news.

This type of scam could come in the form of a trustworthy website you know and often visit, but being a fake one created by scammers with the main purpose to rip you off. It could be a spoofing attack which is also involved in fake news, and refers to fake websites that might link you to a buy page for a specific product, where you can place an order using your credit card.

To avoid becoming a victim of online scams, you can use tech tools such as Fact Check from Google or Facebook’s tool aimed at detecting whether a site is legitimate or not, analyzing its reputation and data.

Cyber security experts believe that these Internet scams represent a threat for both organizations and employees, exposing and infecting their computers with potential malware.

Source: Opportunitychecker.com

14. Fake shopping websites

We all love shopping and it’s easier and more convenient to do it on the Internet with a few clicks. But for your online safety, be cautious about the sites you visit. There are thousands of websites out there that provide false information, and might redirect you to malicious links, giving hackers access to your most valuable data.

If you spot a great online offer which is “too good to be true”, you might be tempting to say “yes” instantly, but you need to learn how to spot a fake shopping site so you don’t get scammed.

We strongly recommend reading these online shopping security tips to keep yourself safe from data breaches, phishing attacks or other online threats.

Source: Originalo.de

15. Loyalty points phishing scam

Many websites have a loyalty program to reward their customers for making different purchases, by offering points or coupons. This is subject to another online scam, because cyber criminals can target them and steal your sensitive data. If you think anyone wouldn’t want to access them, think again.

The most common attack is a phishing scam that looks like a real email coming from your loyalty program, but it’s not. Malicious hackers are everywhere, and it takes only one click for malware to be installed on your PC and for hackers to have access to your data.

As it might be difficult to detect these phishing scams, you may find useful this example of a current phishing campaign targets holders of Payback couponing cards, as well as some useful tips and tricks to avoid being phished.

Source: G Data Security Blog

16. Job offer scams

Sadly, there are scammers everywhere – even when you are looking for a job – posing as recruiters or employers. They use fake and “attractive” job opportunities to trick people.

It starts with a phone call (or a direct message on LinkedIn) from someone claiming to be a recruiter from a well-known company who saw your CV and saying they are interested in hiring you. Whether you’ve applied or not, the offer might be very appealing, but don’t fall into this trap.

To protect yourself from job offer scams, it’s very important to:

  • Do a thorough research about the company and see what information you can find about it;
  • Check the person who’s been contacted you on social media channels;
  • Ask for many details and references and check them out;
  • Ask your friends or trustworthy people if they know or interacted with the potential employer.

To avoid these types of online job scams, check this article.

Source: Drexel.edu

17. SMS Scaming (Smshing)

Smartphones. You can’t live without them in the era of Internet. They’ve become essential for communication, online shopping, banking or any other online activity.

Needless to say the amount of data we store on our personal devices which make them vulnerable to cyber criminals, always prepared to steal our online identities or empty our bank accounts.

Smishing (using SMS text messages) is a similar technique to phishing, but, instead of sending emails, malicious hackers send text messages to their potential victims.

How this happens? You receive an urgent text message on your smartphone with a link attached saying that it’s from your bank and you need to access it in order to update your bank information, or other online banking information.

Be careful about these SMS you receive and don’t click on suspicious links that could redirect to malicious sites trying to steal your valuable data. These useful tips can help you easily spot these types of online scams.

Source: Malwarebytes Labs

Conclusion

Since some scams are so well organized and really convincing, and people behind them so difficult to catch, we need to always keep our guard up. Stay informed about the latest scamming strategies.

Have you met some of the above scams while browsing or in your email inbox? What were the most convincing ones?

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Comments

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It is a site with content in English, but it claims to be based in Poland and does not present any type of content in that language, with a false physical address and although the Whois analysis reveals that it has no known registrant and operates anonymously, it He has been able to determine from the research conducted, which is directly linked with Philippe Ballesio, a French citizen residing in London, linked to several scams on forex sites.
This Cryptomt4 has no authorization to operate and its only contacts are emails, where they are contacted with future victims who will then be scammed.
So you are warned, if you receive an email from Cryptomt4 or Philippe Ballesio it is to try to cheat them.

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What a world that would be if there are no frauds, crimes, etc?

Is this fintech offers scams ?
Proof required

Do we have online colleges and universities globally?

a sweet candor scammers have, they could still dupe you again and again and again, and you can never know who the scammer is, he might also have written here. scamming and scammers are hillariously sarcastic

I really enjoy the point of this article. I have been scammed a few times online and it is draining with money and patience. Some of the ones you list sometimes get the people that are more gullible. Which isn’t a bad thing since that is the people that scammers attempt to trick. Keep up the good work!

Awesome post thank you for sharing

Awesome post thank you for sharing

online how do you figure out the other person is genuine or not?

According to research, over a quarter of us will open suspicious links from scam and phishing emails. Most of these are after stealing your money by accessing your accounts such as PayPal. your online banking and more. People think that these kind of scams just come in the forms of emails and pop ups, however you can find them in hacked Facebook accounts or links in adverts too.

i like your point!

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as an African..I would advice you not to ever send money to anyone you haven’t met. .they ask you to send the money to Dubai , Malaysia, Cairo….these cities are used to pickup the money and send to the final destination which is west africa

Research has found that 30% of users will click on suspicious links – this means that people are still falling for phishing scams etc. Up to one-third of all phishing attacks are aimed at stealing your money. Phishing is not limited to email and website pop-ups. Links in online ads, status updates, tweets and Facebook posts can lead you to criminal portals designed to steal your information. Phishing scams tied to brand names often make use of similar web addresses to take advantage of misdirected web traffic. The difference of a single character in an URL can lead you to a website that appears almost identical to a legitimate website for a brand, but it’s actually run by cybercriminals.

As a safety precaution get a vpn like purevpn or ivacy to protect your sensitive data and also to establish a secure connection

Funny to see that they even try to scam people on a site where they warn for scams.
Interpol police in Abidjan? Yeah right. Some fake loan ads with email addresses. It is a little sad to see how low those scammers think of their potential victims.

I wonder this too my Friend. One needs to be very careful with emails they receive on daily basis

I have been talking to someone for six months now. I think he is a scamer. I have never sent him money but he has asked me for some I want to make sure 100% that he is a scamer or not. How do I find out without paying

Simple, don’t send him money and make it clear you will not in the future. If he’s not genuine he will be gone in a hurry. However, given that he has asked for money and you already suspect he’s trying to scam you, I would suspect he’s up to no good.

It’s very simple to find out, do you have live chats with the person…?

maybe asking to meet face 2 face might help you decide?

Seriously, it’s justlain annpying to see a pop-ups in chrome. Whanever I check an unsourced things, there’s an unsourced link, a “Your phone contains a Virus” pops up. I am curious for the first time I saw it, and goes to click it, but quickly return to home page, since I already have an Antivirus.

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I do call scammers on purpose to ask why they scam people. I know it doesn’t do much, but if I talk to someone, that is one person less than they scam at any given time. Usually I find them by making intentional typos on legitimate websites, such as youtuve.com or fecebook.com (Don’t worry, I use an old computer anyway, so even if I was infected, I don’t mind recycling it). I don’t understand why they make fake websites to make people call them (usually ending in an XYZ url). I hope that eventually, scamming goes away. I know times are hard, but why must people go so low as to steal money from people? I’ll never get it. Sigh

i got destroyed by my boyfriend

No 1 can destroy anybody without her/his concent. It is ur mistake u allowed him to do so

Well I will rather say that ; there is no cause without effect . If he distroy you then nature will make him pay in the future . Scamers are distroying themselves but they are too blind to see.

Seriously? All it takes is one stupid comment and you’re ready to crucify someone? Girl, you need to get a real LIFE and/or stop being so gullible! smh THIS is the makings of 90% of the arguments online now-a-days.

Another great article. The more time you spend online, the more vulnerable you are. Always wear your cynicism hat online.

Here’s a new one – even I was scammed (briefly). Woman contacts you from a legitimate singles site. Wants to meet for a drink. You reply and set up the time. But she won’t come after nearly escaping an attacker in a previous date. She wants you to be verified on her cam software so if she does not check in regularly the authorities will be contacted for her last GPS position and phone. You think “now there’s a good app. Why haven’t I heard of it? I’d like that for myself.” So within hours of the date the mail comes and you click the links. The sites seem valid and then the HIT – your credit card number used for verification and not billed at all. Sign up for one and taken to another site for the second phase of the verification. In reality you’ve just signed up for a pornography site of cams and a second for hook ups. $39.99 for the first and $20.00 for the second billed monthly. And Miss dream date does not show up. Or make contact again.

New Credit card numbers are easy to get. And in the end the scammer makes zip. But its in the legit seeming areas of life at least for singles that a scammer can plausibly worm their way in for a hit. As a writer it will become a part of a plot line in a future novel but this one was quite elaborate and achievable in less than an hours time by e-mail and a smart phone. Singles BEWARE! (Vincent Price laughing from Michael Jackson’s Thriller LP in the background.)

WHOA! Wow……….. it never ceases to amaze me.

Ochre Media – Fraud Company

Is there any association online where we can complain about companies fraud. In this 21st century digital age, many online companies came up apart from financial fraud this company gives very poor service or no service at all.

We faced this with the company called Ochre Media Pvt Ltd. Ochre media showed they healthcare and Pharma magazine got over 70k circulation and region wise breakdown but in reality magazine circulation was not more than 1k.

Even with email marketing campaign, same problem Ochre media email marketing campaign promised to deliver 10k emails (all are opt-in) ochre media didn’t deliver even 1k emails but generated reported stating 10k email delivered- click and open report as well. We placed our own code as well to monitor.

The sad part is we paid full payment before Ochre media run an email campaign.

Ochre media call themselves as number one company in digital marketing b2b portals

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I’ve been chatting to someone for how many days then after he said he sent something to me under united express delivey and he gave me the tracking number.when i open it say form US after a day its in malaysia then after philippines.when its in philippines someone called me and sent thru my mails that i need to pay tax worth of 16,999 in peso currency its about less than 500$.i knew it was a scam.so i argue with that person who sent email and txt to me.she said if i dont pay that time they will double the tax.i ignore it.today i tried to check it again the parcel using the tracking number from the sender and funny thing is its a wrong tracking number already.the web site was http://www.uednet.ga and it was from Robert Lowien

Did you just start a scamming scheme on Facebook as of January 2016????

Steven, we only post about security topics on our Facebook page. Are there any details you can share about this?

I have worked in software for all my adult life. I saw the internet get built and go from an obscure geek-only place to what it is now. The real problem is that we have a wide-open cyberspace with no rule; no law just like the Wild West. Remember the snake oil folks? It is back. The missing element is law enforcement. Governments don’t care or are passively watching. They only claim there is nothing more they can do but that is a lie. Government do act when national security is involved and the Snowden affair shows how powerful law enforcement can be when the government is serious.

The problem is the government is not serious about the majority of cyber crime. If they were then scamming would be over in a short time. Stop treating them like “just kids”. They are criminals and very serious one. They should get the same treatment as any other criminal does.

Another very good first step to stopping scam and virus is to stop spam. It is a necessary (but not sufficient) step. There are many ways to limit the number of email both from real scammers and from zombie computers.

Dear Ppl, my kind advise. Please stay away from people who say they can deliver you a product and insist you to make advance payment before delivery. I’m one of a fool who have been in their hands few days back.
Get to know about them through a local purchase/sell website in India called Quikr and msgd that guy to buy a MacBook. He promised that the product would be delivered after 50% initial payment and I trusted and did the same. But after receiving the advance payment, he created all stories telling that we packed few of the other products also along with yours and only after receiving the rest of payment they can deliver me. I got irritated and asked for his ID proof which he refused to give. I then told him that I found his local accountant details whom we can directly go and raise a complaint to the nearest police station and the reply he simply gave is go ahead. I wondered how a criminal can live so happily in a society wch we feel is much protected. He still uses the same mobile no. And to make others aware of these fraudulents, pls stay away from this guy named Tony with mobile no. +2347089896647 and he used a company called Fancy company USA which is actually there but he is not a part of them.

Ashley, I think Steven is making a bad joke.

I need your help! I was contacted via LinkedIn by someone claiming to be the billionaire owner of a real and prestigious company – and specified they were the high profile female owner in question, providing a link to a wiki page. They stated they were hoping I would become project manager for them concerning a humanitarian issue, and to email them at a personal gmail address if I was interested. I did, asking for further details and expressing my confusion that someone with such extensive resources would request my services (I’m literally a nobody with a recently obtained PhD and low-quality linkedin profile). The female replied with vague and complex details, and mentioned health and family member problems, which made me further suspicious, yet included a picture of her apparently genuine passport -which ‘confirms’ she is apparently the billionaire owner in question- asking me to send my CV and Resume asap, so that a legal team could draft up a contract. Is this just a scam to get my CV and personal details? Is the passport picture copy a legit move or a potential warning sign? Do rich people really do this kind of thing or am I being targeted? Help me please! I don’t want to pass up an otherwise potentially genuine opportunity.
Many thanks for any advice or response.

i am studying my masters in criminology at the simon fraser university Surrey, it amazes me that people still fall for this. my dear please ignore such offer it’s a scam.

I had actually followed my gut and contacted their head office informing them of the scam concerning their owner. They were quite impressed and offered me a job..what a shame we are not all doing masters in Criminology!
Thanks,
Dr. M Smith

Congratulation….you are a lucky Lady..

I have had someone send me two expensive items via Fed ex I did not ask for or pay for but I don’t know the sender

it is very great website and very useful and helpful for the people who are the victims and fall in believe the scammer.

We’re glad you found it useful, Nancy!

Thank you for sharing this important information with us, really helpful. All of these scams are seems technical and that means now the SCAMMERS become technical and they know the power of internet.
We need to be aware of these scams and from the scammers too. Don’t Fall!

I like what you aim to do with this article; help people avoid being victims of scams. I do, however believe that calling a scam ‘the Nigerian scam’, not only demeans all good and law-abiding Nigerians everywhere, some of whom might visit your site occasionally, but it also contradicts your initial aim to protect people from Advance Fee Fraud (the proper name) which has various forms and other origins that you failed to mention because you were too busy pasting the word ‘Nigerian’ all over the scam. Again, your intentions are good and commendable but avoiding myths and stereotypes will do your write-ups a world of good.

I HAVE to ask…. do you have proof of the various other origins? I would love to see them. I hope you see this since it’s been 2 years from your comment.

Such things get “nicknamed” certain things BECAUSE of their origins. I have a vested interest in learning more about this. And to think, I was just looking at IMAGES for a computer repair business. Wow!

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