Scams in 2015 are the same as in 2014

So says this article from the local newspaper:  RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) –

It’s a new year but cyber crooks are up to their old schemes. Cyber criminals can hit when you least expect it — by phone, or through a pop up window on your computer screen that says something like “Your computer is damaged. Click here so we can fix it.”

Cyber experts like Theresa Peyton say they constantly get calls from people asking if it is legitimate. She says most times, these are just criminals hoping to gain access to your computer and personal information.

“Not only is it a scam, it is so large the FTC has gotten involved. They are literally starting to prosecute these scam artist who call you, email you. They sound so legitimate and they sound like they are really going to help you but really a lot of times, they are selling you false software taking over your computer and even worse, in some cases putting malware on your the computer,” she said.

In terms of protection, experts says it is pretty simple: if you didn’t reach out to someone first asking for help, odds are it’s a fake. Also remember, you should never give control of your computer to someone who has contacted you by phone or through the internet.

You might think you’d never fall for one of these schemes, but a recent Google study says about 45 percent of the time nearly half of us are falling for those phishing emails. Which means criminals are hacking into computers when you click on phony links in emails. The goal is to your personal information.

Caution is the key. Never open any attachments or click links — that includes e-cards and funny jokes. You should also change your passwords on a regular basis.

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Pisa Malake will send me $6000.00/Day

According to Pisa Malake, I can receive $6000.00/day, up to a total of $1.5 million.  If you do the math, that would be $6000.00/day for 250 days.  Wouldn’t that be nice – by the way – wonder if Pisa’s nickname is “Leaning Tower”.

Google Incorporation® (officess81@yahoo.pt)
12/03/14 
From:  Google Incorporation® (officess81@yahoo.pt)
Sent: Wed 12/03/14 12:01 AM
To:
COMPENSATION PROGRAM BY THE UNITED NATION AND WORLD BANK(IMF) VICTIM AWARD.
GOOD DAY AND MY GREETINGS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. THIS IS TO BRING TO YOUR NOTICE THAT WORLD BANK AND UNITED NATIONS TO PAY YOUR SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATION$1,500,000.00 USD (ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS) ONLY. YOU ARE LISTED AND APPROVED FOR THIS PAYMENT AS ONE OF THE SCAMMED VICTIMS TO BE PAID THIS AMOUNT.

WE HAVE CONCLUDED TO EFFECT YOUR PAYMENT THROUGH (WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER IN ISTANBUL TURKEY EUROPE) AND $6,000.00 WILL BE SENT DAILY TO YOU UNTIL THE $1.5MILLION IS COMPLETELY TRANSFERED.

THOUGH, MRS. ADALET ADEM SENT $6,000.00 IN YOUR NAME TODAY, SO CONTACT WESTERN UNION AGENT ISTANBUL TURKEY AND REQUIRE FROM HER TO GIVE YOU THE MTCN, SENDER’S NAME AND QUESTION/ANSWER TO PICK THE $6,000.00 HAS FIRST PAYMENT OUT OF YOUR $1.5MILLION.

HERE IS THE DETAILS OF THE INFORMATION NEEDED FROM YOU:
AGE:_______________
SEX:___________________
COUNTRY:_____________________
FULL NAME:________________________
DESTINATION:__________________________
MAILING ADDRESS: ___________________________
PHONE NUMBER_____________________________________
PASSPORT BY ATTACH OR DRIVER’S LISENCE NUMBER.___
THEY WILL BE SENDING USD$6,000.00 PER DAY ONCE YOUR PAYMENT FILE IS ACTIVATED. CONTACT ISTANBUL TURKEY WESTERN UNION PAYMENT DEPARTMENT UNIT BELOW:

DIRECTOR NAME: MRS. ADALET ADEM
E-MAIL: (westernnion@careceo.com)
TEL: +905-45958-3014

BEST REGARDS.
PISA MALAKE

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Smishing Scams

I’d never heard of “smishing scams” until this article appeared in the local paper, see below:

A new scam uses text messages to trick you into giving up your banking information.

The text messages used in smishing scams vary, but they all pose as an urgent alert from a bank or business. Some give a number to call, others claim there’s trouble with your account and you need to get it straight now.

One scam text message fraudulently uses the company name SunTrust and gives a number to call. When the victim dials what’s equivalent to a toll number, the system may ask you to hold. While waiting the charges rack up, some as high as $19 dollars per minute.

A return call may also ask the recipient to validate your account data through a text or phone call. In an online message, SunTrust says if you get a message like this, do not respond. Report it to your bank.

Tom Gallagher with the Better Business Bureau reminds people neither SunTrust, nor any other bank, would call, text or email you regarding your bank account. The BBB says ignore the message. If you have already called and given out information you have damage control to do.

“I’m going to suggest that you get a hold of the bank and maybe talk to them about changing your accounts and go to the credit bureaus,” said Gallagher. “There are three main credit bureaus. Just go online and look up credit checks.”

To be safe, don’t respond. If you get a text you’re unsure of, delete it. Ignore instructions to confirm your information or visit a link. Also, be careful about displaying your cell number in emails or listing it on websites.

You can also file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC.

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Fake Job Offer – ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions

The below is from a local news story on a fake job offer found on Craigslist.
If you’ve ever been out of work, then you know jobs are hard to come by. To make matters worse, crooks are trolling reputable websites hoping to fool desperate job seekers. A local company was targeted and contacted 12 On Your Side to warn others.
If you’re looking for work, at first glance, a recent job offer on Craigslist may look legit. It claimed to be for an office position with ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions. The ad says you can make $15.75 an hour. Terrence Banks with ClearPoint says it looked real enough to fool job seekers, and even him. “We were outraged and we did immediate actions to try and stop it,” Banks said.
He says if someone hadn’t notified them, ClearPoint would never have known. “Actually, the consumer was looking for the job opportunity and found out they were phishing for information. In fact, it lead her to a different site where they asked her to upload a resume. I mean they got really in depth with how they were pushing the scam,” he said.
The eager jobseeker became suspicious when the person claiming to be from ClearPoint told them they needed to pay some cash to upload a resume. When ClearPoint found out about the fake posting, it quickly contacted Craigslist and other agencies to warn the public.
Craigslist took down that fake job post and has a section dedicated to warning users about scams. ClearPoint says it does use third party sites like Craigslist to post jobs but says you should always double check on its website to confirm the job offer is real. If any post claiming to be a job offer is asking you for money, steer clear.
“This is not the first time ClearPoint has been targeted for a scam, usually it is for debt settlement , advanced fees up front,” Banks says. The Better Business Bureau put out an alert when it got word of the job deception. The agency says don’t give up any information until you have confirmed the job offer is real. Crooks know good jobs are hard to come by and they hope by misusing a company’s good name, they can fool you.
The BBB says another sign that a job posting may not be legit, is if you are urged to pay for a credit check, or the person is trying to get your banking information to set up a direct deposit — before you are hired.
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Dr. Raha Alimusa Really Wants to Steal my ID

My Dear,

Thanks for your kind reply. As regards to my Proposai, be rest assured that there will be no problem.

kindly get back to me by sending the below information, which I will use to draft an application letter and send to you so that we can start the transaction.

1)  First name……………………..

2)  Surname……………………………

3)  Age………………………………

4)  Occupation……………………………….

5)  Telephone number……………..

6)  Address……………………………..

7)  Country……………………………………………..

8)  Your picture or a copy of your id………………………

9)  Private email address……………………………..

Thanks for your understanding and waiting for your reply.

Regards,

Dr. Raha Alimusa

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Dr Raha Alimusa Really Needs Some Personal Info to Steal Identities

My Dear,

Thanks for your kind reply. As regards to my proposition, be rest assured that there will be no problem.  This transaction is 100% legal and risk free. All you need to do is to comply with my instructions so that you will not make any mistake. The sharing ratio of this money will be 40 percent of the total sum for you and 60 percent for me. Any expenses done before the conclusion of this transaction will be deducted from the fund before the sharing of the money.

MY PERSONAL DATA:
1.  NAME :  Dr. Raha Alimusa
2.  AGE    :  55 Years
3.  MARITAL STATUS : Married with two children
4.  OCCUPATION : Banker
5.  YEARS OF EXPERIENCE : 25 Years
6  STATE OF ORIGN : Bobo Dioulaso
7.  COUNTRY: Burkina Faso
8  Telephone number.  00226 68780439
BACKGROUND OF TRANSACTION

The deceased customer is a foreigner but he naturalized in Burkina Faso for years before he died in 2005. I was his account officer for many years before his death. He was a contractor and the major supplier of agricultural equipments in West Africa .

Consequently, I have spent my time, made all the necessary enquires to find out if I can get his Next of Kin, who was also his personal assistant. Or any of his relative to come forward and claim his fund left behind in our branch for many years, but all efforts proved abortive. It was during this search that I found out that his Next of Kin died along with him in an auto crash along fada/ ngroma express road as they were traveling for a holiday, leaving no one to claim his fund left in our branch.

The banking ethics here does not allow such money to stay more than 11 years, because the bank will transfer it to the bank’s treasury as an abandoned or unclaimed fund. Truly, it was after this discovery, that I decided to contact you, so that I can use your name for the claim of this fund, consequence upon the fact that I do not want the fund to be transferred into our bank’s treasury as an abandoned or unclaimed fund, because it will be shared among the top shareholders and Chief Executive Officers of the bank.

We Poor employees do not gain anything out of these confiscated funds. I got this opportunity and decided to contact you, for the mutual benefit of our both families.

I will draft an application letter, which you will fill and apply as the deceased Next of kin/beneficiary. I will be here as your partner in the business to guide you on what to do until the bank transfers the money into your account. As I said earlier, this transaction is  risk free, legal and has no negative implication. I have perfected everything to guarantee success, you should not be afraid of anything. Nevertheless, you must try to keep it secret, in order not to tarnish my image as a senior staff of this bank.

Most Importantly, I will like you to assure me that you will not betray this trust and confidence that am about to repose on you. I have worked very hard in my life and I have always maintained high level of discipline and integrity. This is an opportunity, which I must strive relentlessly to accomplish. Besides, in a no distant time, I will be leaving for retirement.

Finally, if you have studied my letter carefully and you wish to achieve this goal  with me, kindly get back to me by sending the below information, which I will use to draft an application letter and send to you so that we can start the transaction.

1)  First name……………………..

2)  Surname……………………………

3)  Age………………………………

4)  Occupation……………………………….

5)  Telephone number……………..

6)  Address……………………………..

7)  Country……………………………………………..

8)  Your picture or a copy of your id………………………

9)  Private email address……………………………..

Thanks for your understanding and waiting for your reply.

Regards,

Dr. Raha Alimusa

Telephone number.  00226  68780439

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Dr. Alimusa Has Poor Grammatical Skills

Dear Friend

My Name is Dr. Raha Alimusa I am a banker by professio .I hail from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa.My reason for contacting youis to transfer an abandoned $10, 300, 000.00 (Ten Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars) to your account.

The owner of this fund died since 2005 with his Next Of Kin. I want to present you to the bank as the Next of Kin/beneficiary of this fund.

Further details of the transaction shall be forwarded to you as soon as I receive your return mail indicating your interest.You can contact me at this private email address: rahaalimusa10@gmail.com

Best regards,
Dr. Raha Alimusa

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