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Victims of Fraud Once Again on Scammers’ Target

Gullible users who have already been swindled by the Internet scammers who are the so-called masterminds of the advance fee fraud (AFF) scams are again being targeted by latest scam e-mail.

As per the details, in this new scam, the vulnerable users receive an e-mail which notifies them of a decision made in a recent United Nations meeting to compensate the victims. So, they are asked to provide their financial details so as to be considered for the compensation scheme.

Looking at the creativity of the latest scam, Brian Hay, Detective Superintendent of the State Crime Operations Command Fraud and Corporate Crime Group (Australia), commented that targeting the victims who have already lost thousands of dollars in scams is really very brutal, according to a statement published by news.com.au on February 18, 2010. Hay added that these scammers are actually heartless with no common decency or morals.

He further warned individuals who received this particular e-mail to immediately delete it. In fact, users are being constantly informed to avoid providing any personal information to the strangers so as to avoid being a victim of such scams.

Netizens, particularly the victims, have been warned and informed by the police personnel worldwide that if something appears too realistic to believe, then they must consider it as a red flag or an indication of a probable scam.

In the meantime, victims of the advance fee fraud must immediately bring the matter to the notice of police. Also, individuals who could assist the police with some useful information related to any particular AFF case can contact by logging on to the police website or through the helpline numbers provided on the crime stopping website of police.

It is noted that Dutch private investigation company, Ultrascan, recently issued a statement, according to which, AFFs are the most successful scams across the globe, and the aforementioned e-mail scam well justifies this statement. Also, this scheme is assumed to constitute a multi-billion dollar industry; however, the prosecutions are rare as they are typically channeled by scammers who are situated abroad, especially in Nigeria.

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