Security Experts warn of Spam Emails Promising Free Pets
Security experts are urging pet lovers to be wary of spam emails that promise them free kittens (or any other pets for that matter), as published by Softpedia.com on 3rd September, 2013.
The spam emails which greet the recipients with "Hello there", thank them for their interest in adopting the charming male and female kittens which are said to be 11 weeks old. They are said to be CFA (Cat Fanciers Association) registered and supposedly have been properly vaccinated with updated veterinary records still being available for the adopter. They are also toilet trained.
The email goes on to say that arrangement for the delivery of the kittens by a reliable delivery firm can be made if the adopter can't come to pick them. But for this arrangement he needs to shell out $220 towards the transportation fee.
The adopter is instructed to pay the transportation fee to the shipping firm directly. If all these conditions are feasible with him he is asked to get back to the email sender with his name, city, State, Zip Code, House Address/Apartment, Landline & Mobile No. and number of kittens he wants to adopt.
The email sender claims that he is parting with his kittens as he does not have sufficient time to take care of them especially after the unfortunate demise of his wife and son.
However, the email is a complete scam and the sender doesn't possess any kittens. The story is complete fiction, experts comment.
The aim of the fraudsters is to con the recipient to pay fee for transporting the kittens. In case the email recipient shows interest in adopting the pets, the scammer shall send another email impersonating a representative of the shipping company requesting for wiring of the shipping fee to the hypothetical representative of the shipping company. Obviously, the fraudster and the rep of the shipping company is the same person who shall pocket all the fees. The unlucky victim shall wait desperately and vainly for the kittens to turn up.
Hence, if you receive such emails in your inbox, simply delete them, experts conclude.
» SPAMfighter News - 11-09-2013