African letter and check fraud
There are many ways to avoid scam websites on the Internet. When you receive an email from an unfamiliar bank, chances are it’s a phishing email that tries to obtain credit card information, bank account numbers, or social security numbers by sending the potential fraud victim to a scam website . In addition to Internet phishing scams, there are scams in Africa that are usually fraudulent letters from Nigeria along with check scams. Coming from the e-mail reader’s point of view, the letter says that it will give the reader millions of dollars or pounds to help them get their fortune out of the country.
Another version of the scam letter shows that the scammer’s character in the email is dying of cancer. Before they die, however, they want the recipient of the email to receive a portion of their fortune in exchange for helping orphans. This is one version of the charity scam used by scam letters from several overseas countries. To clarify, this scheme, which can be found in the African scam, involves a dying person who has cancer or another disease and wants to donate the money to the person who received the email. Fraudsters claim they do this because they have no relatives and have changed their minds in the face of death. As a result, they want the recipient of the email to start a charity to help poor orphans and motherless children.
Sometimes the victim of a scam has to send money or cash a check for the large balance to be released. This is where check fraud comes in. Check fraud involves the victim cashing the check and sending the money back to the fraudster before the bank realizes it’s fake and withdraws the amount from the victim’s account. Phishing websites and check scams are some of the most popular scams on the Internet.
Communication with the scammer usually involves receiving an email, at least initially. The scammer pretends to be any number of professions. African fraud usually involves gold or cocoa traders from Ghana, Sierra Leone or Benin who have fled to Cote d’Ivoire or Cote d’Ivoire with their wealth. There is also an account manager or director at the Central Bank of Nigeria who discovered a huge fortune in the account of a deceased person. They want to give it to the fraud victim like a relative or close relative if the account is unknown and the bank employee is trying to get the money out of the country with the help of the victim. Nigeria seems to be a major source of email scams and the Nigerian scam letter is widely known.
African fraud is not limited to Africa. Although the subject and story are almost the same, the source can be from any country or continent. The fraudulent letters come from Asia, Europe, Australia, North and South America, as well as Africa. Scams like check fraud come from other countries as well.
Sometimes African scams will mention the UN and claim that the UN is handing out money for economic development or some similar economic plan. A more recent version of the scam in Africa is linked to Nigeria and the United Nations together, where 419 victims can receive compensation. In other words, African scams are trying to scam 419 victims a second time by telling them in another scam letter that they will get their money back from the previous scam. Some of the other countries the African scam letter allegedly came from include Burkina Faso, Sudan and South Africa, as well as Nigeria.
One notorious scam that seems to come from Europe is the UK lottery scam. The recipient of the email receives an email with the subject “congratulations, you’ve won”. It is usually capitalized. The victim of fraud must provide information about himself in order to receive the reward.
Although an African scam will sometimes use the lottery theme, most of the lottery scams seem to be related to Europe or a large American company. Some of the countries besides the UK include Spain, with Madrid often mentioned, the Netherlands and Brussels, Belgium. Sometimes the lottery scam will claim to be from Yahoo, Microsoft or Coca-Cola.
Learning how to recognize Internet scams can prevent a potential loss of money to a criminal. Phishing and scams in Africa like the Nigeria scam letter are becoming famous. Fraud originating from Africa can be recognized and reported.
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