Phishers Target Central Missouri with Emotional Phishing E-mail
A latest phishing scam has turned up in central Missouri, US, which is reportedly playing with the emotions of people. The phishing scam has supposedly evolved either in Nigeria or in an African nation.
Some of the Internet users in central Missouri have reported that they received suspicious e-mail that was sent by a lady claiming herself as Bridget GodgFrey. Interestingly, this name is very popular among Nigerian scammers who often use it.
The e-mail commences, "I crave your indulgence to read this e-mail." The sender of the e-mail further states that she got the recipient's e-mail ID from the Chamber of Commerce of his/her country.
The lady, asserting herself as 51 years old, informs that she has been suffering from lung cancer since a long time in an abroad hospital, and that she is in her final days. She has written in the e-mail that she wants to give the recipient of the e-mail an amount of 9.5 Million Euros ($12.5 Million), so as to donate the sum to the Christian charities.
Reportedly, on realizing the scam, one of the e-mail recipients wrote back to the woman. Few days later, she responded and claimed of her money being in a Spanish security company. Moreover, to prove her legitimacy, the lady said that she will send all required documents and asked the recipient to respond as soon as possible.
After a week, the fraud lady referred to a person's name working at MNDC Security, which is a bogus company where she alleged her money was held. When the man was contacted, he told the user to fill up a "payment processing form" so as to obtain the lady's money.
The fake company referred in the e-mail said that to transfer the money into the user's account, he must give the name of his bank, routing number and account number. Actually, phishers are trying to get the recipients' confidential details.
The security experts noted that it is the most notorious online scam that promises millions of US dollars to the recipients in return of their help in transferring funds. Thus, once again users are recommended not to reveal their personal details to any unreliable person.
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» SPAMfighter News - 09-05-2009