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The Philippine Embassy Alerts Public about Online Scams

The Philippine Embassy in The Hague, Switzerland, has spotted six online scammers who with the help of the Internet have posted fake job openings and cash prize offers, apparently designed to target unsuspecting Filipinos, as reported Journal Online on January 1, 2008.

The Embassy said that the scammers are Biototal offering cash prizes, Reserve Petroleum Nederland BV -job contracts, European Lottery Guild -online lotteries, Globalum Lottery Promotions -online lotteries, Saxo Financial Online Bank -online lotteries and SNS Securities NV perpetrating -investment scams.

The scams during operation inform the victims that their names have been selected through a balloting system on the computer. Subsequently, the scam companies tell the victims that they are required to e-mail or call a particular person to verify that they are winners. Meanwhile, an advice to the victims, to make the message sound more authentic, asks them to maintain their winning state a secret till they process the claim and the money is remitted to them.

Further, according to the Embassy, a number of the Filipinos who got the message from these companies chiefly belong to the Middle East. Moreover, to conduct different fraudulent acts, such scammers try to grab the contact information and identity of lawful companies and subsequently use that data to establish fake companies, the Embassy said.

The Embassy also said that it wished to let the public know that these were some of the numerous e-mails circulating on internet in Europe. Further, it was possible that the scammers had set up a large number of phony addresses in different European countries.

However, the Embassy advised everyone to ignore the fictitious announcements as well as not to remit any fund to any banking institution. Further, the Embassy revealed that people might check over the net for more information about the offers that they might doubt to be part of a scam.

Besides, if any person has fallen victim to these scams, he may report to the local police station, or to the Philippine Embassy in The Hague.

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