Scamming is fast becoming an occupation and a lot of people who have even heard stories and had experiences still fall for scams.
These scammers most times use the phishing method which is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
Below are some examples of the kind of emails they’d sent you ranging from Romance to even your curriculum vitae.
Ultimately, they prey on people who are lonely, panic, desperate, greedy, ignorant or look for rewards with little work input or who panic at situations without reading between the lines and double checking the email address before clicking to the phishing sites.
Many Email Providers put in systems that catch most of these phishing sites but alas they become smarter all time – registering domains similar to the email providers, using their templates, logos and other company assets. They may also at times use compromised friends’ accounts to get your own details. The recent trend is them dropping comments on Facebook accounts, Blog posts (we have seen a lot here). We have also seen some opening LinkedIn accounts of prominent people in a bid to make their scam more successful.
Many times it is difficult to determine and no one really is safe. We hope these scamming examples below will help you to determine which message, comment or email is a scam.
Subject: CHARITY DISTRIBUTION
Mr. Peter Attah <firstname.lastname@example.org>
URGENT – HELP ME DISTRIBUTE MY $15 MILLION TO CHARITY
IN SUMMARY:- I have 15,000,000.00 (fifteen million) U.S. Dollars and I want you to assist me in distributing the money to charity organizations. I agree to reward you with part of the money for your assistance, kindness and participation in this Godly project. This mail might come to you as a surprise and the temptation to ignore it as unserious could come into your mind but please consider it a divine wish and accept it with a deep sense of humility.
I am Mr Peter Attah and I am a 55 years old man. I am a South African living in the Garden City of Port Harcourt – Nigeria. I was the President/CEO of TOMOBA OIL LIMITED – an oil servicing comapny in Port Harcourt. I was also married with two children. My wife and two children died in a car accident six years ago. Before this happened my business and concern for making money was all I was living for and I never really cared about other people.
But since the loss of my family, I have found a new desire to assist the helpless. I have been helping orphans in orphanages/motherless homes.I have donated some money to orphans in Sudan, Ethiopia, Cameroon,Spain,Austria,Germany and some Asian countries.
Before I became ill, I kept $15 Million in a long-term deposit account in Allied Bank PLC. Presently, I am in the hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for oesophageal cancer and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live. It is my last wish to see this money distributed to charity organizations. Because my relatives and friends has plundered so much of my wealth since my illness, I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them.
Please, I beg you in the name of God to help me collect the $15 Million and the interest accrued on the deposit from Allied Bank and distributes it amongst charity organizations.
You are at liberty to use your discretion to distribute the money and feel free as well to reimburse yourself when you have the money for any expenses you incur in the course of collecting and distributing the money to charity organizations. I am willing to reward you for your assistance and kindness.
Kindly expedite action and contact me via e-mail: email@example.com if this proposal is acceptable to you.
May the good Lord bless you and your family.
Mr Peter Attah
N.B Contact me via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: we are interested in your CV
We considered your CV to be very attractive and we thought the vacant position in our company could be interesting for you.
Our firm specializes in consultation services in the matter of book-keeping and business administration.
We cooperate with different countries and currently we have many clients in Australia.
Due to this fact, we need to increase the number of our destination representatives’ regular staff.
In their duties will be included the document and payment control of our clients.
Part-time and full-time employment are both currently important.
We offer a flat wage from $500 up to $3500 per month.
If you are interested in our offer, mail to us your answer on [email address removed] and we will send you an extensive information as soon as possible.
Subject: JOB VACANCY IN RADISSON BLU HOTEL UK E-mail your CV TO email@example.com
130 Tottenham Court Road
London , W1T 5AY United Kingdom
Dear Job Applicant,
Hope this mail reaches you in high spirits and good health.
This is from the Human resources Department of Radisson Hotel London.
office, E-mail your CV TO (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Radisson Hotel London. Recruitment Team is inviting applications
CVs/Resumes from reputable candidates and expatriates in the below
published current and available job positions for immediate recruitment
If interested, kindly Send us your CV/RESUME for
confirmation: (email@example.com) or you may call on
Tel: +44-701-0031473 for further discussions.
AVAILABLE POSITIONS AS LISTED BELOW.
Food and Beverage Administration
Looking forward to your early response.
General Manager Radisson Hotel London.
Recruitment Manager Radisson Hotel London.
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