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Police Raises Warning Against fake E-mails

Police are cautioning residents of Bermuda to ignore a fake e-mail that is presently making rounds on the web and trying to target innocent web users, as reported by Royal Gazette on June 14, 2011.

The bogus e-mail addressing the e-mail recipient as 'Dear X' reads: "A descent (sic) Financial Firm in the UK is in search of a Broker in Bermuda."

The e-mail also explains the nature of the job, which will be receiving money on behalf of financial firm from its clients in Bermuda and sending it to them as will be instructed.

Moreover, the e-mail enlists the requirements for the job which include, firstly, must be a resident in Bermuda, secondly, should not have any sort of criminal record and finally must have an authentic ID.

Further, the e-mail indicates the remuneration of the job, which would be 1.5% of every fund the recipient gets on the financial firm's behalf and also monthly payment of 10,000 USD (payable on the 28th of every month).

Bermuda Police Service's Financial Crime Unit stated that, the public is recommended to be careful regarding any uninvited e-mails, as reported by Royal Gazette on June 14, 2011.

Security experts stated that, sadly, the above mentioned scam is a perfect example of a fake job offer scam mail.

They also added that, these "job offers" e-mails usually tell recipients to accept cash payments into their bank accounts and then wire-transfer the payment to the "company" running the scam (like the financial firm in the above mentioned case). The victim is told to keep a certain percentage of the transferred funds as payment.

Security experts claimed that fake job offer scam e-mails are rising.

They also stated that, no matter how authentic a job offer sound, recipients must keep in mind the following points: Any company that asks a job seeker to accept payments on its behalf and then forward it to them should be handled carefully. No authentic company will ever employ someone to handle money transfers, sight unseen, through an uninvited e-mail. Finally, security experts stated that, the best thing to do with such e-mails is to just press the "Delete" key.

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