UK Police Alert Netizens about Fictitious E-mails
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service in Manchester (UK) is alerting local people to watch out for fake e-mails posing as missives from the UK's legal chambers, as reported by caycompass on June 15, 2009.
Describing the fraudulent e-mails, the Royal Cayman Islands Police said they notify the recipient that he might be a relative of a deceased person whose substantial monetary wealth remains unclaimed.
In one instance, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police, the conmen i.e. phishers are understandably exploiting the real identity of Mr. Jonathon Grace, a person belonging to the Deans Court Chambers of Manchester.
However, the Deans Court Chambers denying any association with the ongoing phishing scam has issued an alert saying that it is aware of the fraudulent e-mails attacking unwitting netizens. One similar kind of fake e-mail is using Mr. Jonathon Grace's name informing recipients that there is a massive amount of wealth from him, who is now dead, waiting to be claimed.
Deans Court Chambers told recipients that it was clearly part of an e-mail scam, a practice that phishers follow to extract money from innocent people who are offered inheritance that actually does not exist.
It (Deans Court Chambers) further said that a few of the fraudulent messages were cleverly crafted appearing to be sent from firstname.lastname@example.org, an e-mail address of Mr. Jonathon Grace. But actually they are not from Deans Court Chambers and neither did Mr. Grace know about the e-mails, nor did he authorize them.
Some other e-mail messages are also being circulated that state they are from Solomon Martins Law Chambers. Therefore, end-users have been advised to disregard and erase them right away without responding to any.
Meanwhile, e-mail scam of this kind circulating the Internet is nothing new, implying that there are a number of people who fall to such scams. In fact, it is extremely essential that users make themselves more aware while using the Internet since even the slightest slip from them could lead them into the conmen's trap and to become an ID theft victim.
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