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Right after I posted about SCAMS I received this email. I just saw it today because it was filtered into my JUNK file where it belongs…
This is to inform you that after the evaluation and conclusion of our meeting with the board of directors and special representatives from BANK PLC BURKINA FASO on how to disburse and remit your funds to you. BANK PLC and WESTERN UNION have collaborated in other to remit your total fund of $2.5M us dollar, via western union by transferring $8,500 usd to you everyday via western union until we conclude the remittance of your funds. So please confirm your interest by providing the below details to enable us begin the payment of your funds and start to transfer your funds via western union. 1 . Your full names 2. Your contact address 3. Your country 4. Your occupation 5. Your contact lines 6. A copy of your id documentary or international passport 7. Personal email address Upon receiving this details, we shall start the transfer of your funds via western union as stated transferring your funds to you in badges of $8,500 usd per day.
Please kindly contact our representative MR GABBERT PARKER with the details for your transfer of your fund.
Sincerely, Yours Faithfully. Manager(Operations) MR GABBERT PARKER Chief Operating Officer, Financing & Portfolio Money Transfer | International Money Transfer | Western Union www.westernunion.com
I received two more scams today by email. The first one was from someone claiming to be “checking my Netflix account” They (in broken English and poor spelling) wanted me to click on a link to verify my account information with a threat that my family’s access to Netflix would be cut off if I did not follow the instructions.
The second scam was an email from someone claiming to be from Canada Post telling me I had a package that they tried to deliver but no one was home. Again, they asked me to click on a link to verify my information and find out where to pick up my package.
Both are scams, looking to get information on unsuspecting individuals. Popular services (such as Netflix and Canada Post) are being targeted because many people use and rely on them. Clicking on the link provided will introduce a virus into your computer which will track personal information including banking details.
Clicking on the link provided in these scams will introduce a virus into your computer which will track personal information including banking details. Instead of clicking on the link, delete the suspicious email immediately.
Here are a few clues that should make you suspect an emailed scam:
poor grammar and spelling in the content
telling you about something you did not order (packages) Canada Post would never email you if they stop by and no one is home, they leave a notice at your door.
offers of refunds or money for nothing or ways to help you save. If it sounds too good to be true, it is!
emails from someone you know that do not make sense, are very vague (i think you might be interested in this) or contain a link you know nothing about
emails asking for information the (fake) sender (eg. CRA, bank etc) would already have on file
they are providing a service you did not request. For example, they are telling you something is wrong with your computer and want you to log in so they can “help you fix the problem”
miracle cures of any sort (skin care, weight loss, etc etc) go under the “too good to be true” category
reputable companies do NOT ask for updated personal information via email
A PREVIOUS POST talked about scams you might encounter when shopping online. Remember and be aware that perpetrators can find innocent, unsuspecting victims by email, phone, regular mail and even at your front door. With modern technology, the world is becoming a much smaller place. Scams, especially ones through email, can and do come from anywhere in the world today.
If you are even the least bit suspicious, google the company represented to see if there are any known scams associated with that company. Use information available online to educate and protect yourself and others. For example, I googled Netflix scam, and guess what, a whole list of results turned up. This particular scam has been going on across Canada for a while now. Remember, the company is not at fault, they are being used too. The scammers are relying on these reputable, trusted and popular companies to get your attention.
After you delete the offending email, share the knowledge and warn your friends, family members, and neighbours. The RCMP has a website for you to report SCAMS and other fraudulent activity.