Phishing E-Mail Attempts Defrauding Victims of the Nigerian E-Mail Scams
Oregon Attorney General Office issued an alert to the public on September 11, 2008 about a new scam e-mail that was making rounds on the Internet and offering compensation to individuals who had been victims of earlier Nigerian e-mail scams, as reported by Kohd on September 11, 2008.
The scam e-mail says that the Nigerian courts had granted a huge sum of money to the victims who need to give their private information and remit $675 as fees for the grant's processing. It also says that the state police's help would be taken to deliver the funds.
Furthermore, the phishing e-mail informs the recipient that a local attorney in Africa was holding the funds on his/her behalf while looking forward to wire it to the US. However, it would be soon done after receiving the fees and the recipient's private details including full name, address, telephone number and driving license or passport details, claims the e-mail.
In addition, the message promises that after receiving the required fee and details, the U.S. government as well as the state police would be alerted of the funds' remittance to make sure they arrived promptly. However, the Oregon State Police dismissed any such involvement by them.
Meanwhile, Hardy Myers, Attorney General of Oregon, has also said that Oregonians should be protected from the latest twist to a classic scam. He added that these fake offers to assist victims of fraud, with the support of the Oregon State Police, are merely crafted to exploit the public, as reported by Kohd on September 11, 2008.
Hardy Myers further added that people should remain vigilant of such scams and always exercise caution while sharing personal information. In the meantime, the number of phishing attacks against the companies is increasing rapidly with new tactics are spreading nationally and internationally.
Also, according to similar news lately, an e-mail survey sent to residents of Grant Pass area with an offer of paying $90 to those who would answer some queries for a local bank that actually did not exist. Police confirmed that it related to a scam operated over e-mail from Valencia, Spain.
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