TPD Assists Residents in Evading Internet Scams
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama, US-based TPD (Tuscaloosa Police Department) wishes for assisting residents in evading worldwide scams that exploit people's emotions like greed, fear and sympathy on the Internet towards extracting quick money out of them, published al.com 13th December 2011.
According to a single such scam, the fraudulent message tells the recipient that he's the winner of a lottery played in a different country or is the inheritor of certain wealth.
The message reportedly, asks the recipient to wire money as necessary to clear taxes in connection with the wealth prior to claiming the amount, but suppose the recipient wires the cash, the scammers would make repeated requests and collect more money being transmitted to USA.
One more scam, which TPD outlined, involves social-networking sites wherein fraudsters usually infiltrate the MySpace or Facebook pages of victims for gathering personal details, with places of school/work included.
Fraudsters also get hold of victims' e-mail ids and friends listed together that they subsequently utilize for dispatching bulk e-mails requesting to send money because someone close is stranded overseas or has met with an accident.
Notably, according to Sgt. Brent Blankley, the above scam e-mails have important clues, which help in recognizing them via simple detection. And as frequently evident, such e-mail senders don't use English as their basic language, since the grammar within the texts is often very poor as well as the words used are unlike what people usually choose. Moreover, the e-mails get dispatched out of a Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo account that's free-of-cost rather than any other type, Blankley explains. Tuscaloosanews.com published this dated December 13, 2011.
Blankley further explains that if any e-mail recipient wires the money via Western Union as well as gives the details of the transaction to the scammer, the latter may well pick up the money from any place across the globe. Therefore, it's advisable that the person carefully thinks about the circumstance before parting with his money. Incase the situation seems dubious or unbelievably true then chances are that it's one instance of fraud. People have lost huge money as a result of such scams, Blankley adds.
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