U.S. Democrat Thompson Cautions about Fresh Nigerian E-mail Scam
Fake e-mails are spreading supposedly from the American Ambassador to African country Ghana that uses an e-newsletter format of 2010 Democratic Member Mike Thompson had crafted, for specifically extorting money, published SONOMA dated February 23, 2012.
Representing one "Nigerian scam," the dubious electronic mail directs its recipient for remitting $55 to an apparently spoofed address so the Ambassador may bring an even huge sum-of-money, unlike ever-before, to USA.
There's also a signature inside the e-mail that's of Robin Renee the Ambassador, while an online-search on Google shows that an U.S Ambassador, in 2007, posted to Nigeria was named Robin Renee Sanders.
Telling people about this fraud e-mail, Thompson stated that it was dispatched to the public nationwide. Actually, his intention was to ensure that everyone remained wary of the scam message in order that none transferred cash alternatively personal info. For that Thompson dispatched notices to newspapers, put up a message onto his Facebook section as well as distributed one e-newsletter to numerous constituents that he represented making the public aware of the scam, Thompson added. Times-Herald published this on February 25, 2012.
Security researchers comment that just like the Internet, Nigerian e-mail scams too are now almost as commonplace. One other form of this scam is the "Advance Fee Scam" crafted for cheating the e-mail recipients into remitting cash and/or their private data to cyber-criminals.
Lately, another well-known type of Nigerian e-mail scam called the 'Lottery e-mail fraud" surfaced that poses as the British National Lottery. In this, bulk e-mails dispatched assert that the e-mail receiver is the winner of 1,500,000 pounds under the promotional program of British National Lottery. Further, they state that the successful numbers during the lottery draw had the message receiver's e-mail id included. Now, the winner requires calling "fiduciary agent" towards formally collecting the prize-money following the submission of certain "Verification/Fund Release form" that asks for name, contact information along with other personal details. In the process, the scammers likely collect sufficient personal information with which to commit ID-theft.
Naturally, when e-mails of the above kinds arrive, it's advisable that people don't transmit money alternatively reveal any personal detail.
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