Friday, December 28, 2012

Humble Assistance - Scam Email from Fraud People

Humble Assistance - Scam Email from Fraud People

Sometimes you may receive email entitled "Humble Assistance", "Seeking Assistance", "Business Proposal", "Investment", "Please Help Me", "I need your Help", "I am seeking for your assistance", "My Dear Sir" or "Dear Brother", "Hello", "Assalamu Alaikum"; which contain request for transfer money from their country to your country and offering commission to you. After continuous email conversation, when you become intimate and close relation with the email sender, then they will ask you for money as "Registration Fee", or "Service Charge" or mentioning any type of legal problem.

These cheater and fraud people use mainly poor, famine affected or war damaged countries or regions specially African countries like Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Sudan, Lybia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon etc. Some Asian countries also used like Philippines, Burma, Iraq etc.

 

There are many types of fraud and scam email or advertisement, which are given below:

A. Some email or advertisement is intended to directly take money from people through temptation.
B. Some email is intended to hijack the email password or internet security to get credit card no. or any other personal business related information.
C. Some websites are intended to force the people to buy their anti-virus or anti-spyware software by falling the people in their trap.

 

A. Types of scam email or advertisements, which directly hijack the money through cheating and fraud:

1. Email sender claims himself/herself as a son or wife of any dead or killed millioniare or political leader.
2. Claiming himself as a bank manager.
3. Claiming himself/herself as a leader or commander of any defeated warring faction, or an ousted president of any country.
4. You are the visitor number 50,000,00 of this website, please claim your prize.
5. You have won the Lottery.
6. Your payment has been received
7. Offering any big order.
8. Data Entry Scam.

B. Identity Theft:

Some people encourage you to send your email password to them, which will be used to theft your credit card or paypal account.

C. Fraud Softwares:

Some fraud websites persuade you to download their software which will be starting to irritate you until you buy their paid version.

Now we are giving details description of each type of fraud and scam:

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A. Scam and fraud email or advertisements, which directly hijack the money:


1. Email sender describe that, his/her father or husband has been killed leaving millions of dollar. S/he and his/her money is not safe in their country and he/she want to leave the country with money. So, he/she need to transfer the money from their country to your country and he/she will be migrated from his/her country to your country. He/she found only you as a trustable person in this world and need your help to transfer the money. As a return of your cooperation, he/she offer you commission from this money. But at a stage of conversation, they will inform you that, the status of their money is in fix deposit in any bank or insurance company, which could not be released without payment; so they need some money to retrieve their fund from account.
For view example of this type of scam, please view the page:

2. Sometimes somebody may send you an email claiming that, he is a bank manager and one of the client or customer of his bank has been killed by accident or natural disaster, who have no successor or inheritor to claim the money of his account. So, if you can claim yourself as his relative or family member, then you can release the money from the bank and share this amount with self declared bank manager- sender of the email. It is not only a scam and fraud, but also an unethical offer. No honest or faithful person could agree with this type of business proposal.

3. Some type of email sender claim that, he/she is a leader or military commander, whose party or forces has been defeated in civil war and he/she may be captured by his/her enemy forces in any time. So he/she is seeking for a safe shelter and wants to migrate from his/her country to your country with large amount of fund. Or, the email sender may be claim himself/herself as an ousted president, or wife or child of any ousted or killed or arrested leader, who have huge funds which may be seized any time by current government for corruption charge.

4. Sometimes during visiting any website, you may see such ad: "Congratulation! You are the visitor number 50 million of this website. Please claim your prize and call the number xxx." But if you contact with their given number, then you will see you have to pay something to get the prize. It is not necessary the website owner to be responsible. Website may be used by any third party advertisers to show their own ads using the advertising opportunity.

5. Another common email scam is like Congratulation! You have won the lottery. These types of email are sent by using the name of Microsoft or any famous organization. How it is possible for me to win a lottery without participate? For more details about this type of scam, please visit my another post: You Won the Lottery - Another Internet Scam

6. Another type of email scam is giving good news like "your payment has been received" or "your credit card is now pre approval". For more details, please view the post: Your payment has been received - another type of scam email

7. Another type of scam is offering any large volume order. This type of email is targeting mainly the people involve in import-export business. Suppose, if any scammer know about you that, you are an exporter or supplier, then they will send you email like: "We want to buy 2 million pcs T-shirts for United Nation's campaign against AIDS in Africa." After some days, when you will agree with them about price, then they will send you email entitled "Registration as a Contractor", which require three things: a passport size photo, a passport or driving license copy and registration fee US$ 1500. That means, you have to become a registered contractor to get the tender to supply these goods.

To identify business fraud, please note the following points:
i) In buying-selling or import-export business, it is normal rule that, payment will done by buyer. But if you hear supplier have to pay, it is fraud.
ii) If buyer accept excessive high price, or give their target price too high, it is fraud. Similarly, if supplier offer abnormal low price which seems impossible, it may be fraud.
iii) When you are going to business with any African country, you have to be more careful. If you want to import anything from Africa, never give any advance payment, even not give L/C before you get the goods in your hand. If you want to export anything to Africa, never produce or ship the goods without advance payments.
iv) In European countries, Romanian, Bulgarian and Spanish buyers only collect samples.
v) Never trust with any Bid or tender which comes from any individual or private organization. Only government of any country can invite for Bid or tender.

8. In case of Data Entry or any types of works, it is obvious that, service receiver have to pay and service provider have to get paid. But if you see any website, you have to pay any amount to do your data entry works, it is nothing but a fraud.

In one word, any type of attractive offer which require advance fee is scam.

 

B. Identity Theft:

Sometimes in your Yahoo mail, you may see email which claimed to be sent from Yahoo, inform you that, Yahoo is now closing all unused email accounts, so you need to verify your account as soon as possible to avoid the closure of your email account. In this type of email, sender asks to the receiver to fill the form containing personal information including email password. This type of email also sent to gmail entitled "Update your account to avoid suspension" informing that, "Google is now engaged in account maintenance service and account holder need to confirm his/her continued membership. Failure to confirm the continued membership will lead to service suspension." It is nothing but a trap to hijack email password of the user.
Sometimes you may receive any email attachment entitled "password", "I have your password", "I have your photo with your girl friend", "You are under criminal charge", "Your criminal acts has been revealed", "Police is hunting you" etc. and sender ask you to see details information in the attached file. These attachments may contain elements which can hack your email password or even get access and control on your computer.

These cyber criminals will use the email password to theft your identity which includes confidential business information specially credit card or paypal numbers.

Sometimes password theft attempt is done by offering any large business order. An example of this type of password theft trap is as follows:


"Sir/Madam,
This is Diane Norfleet  from Sales Manager Corporate, Inc..I'm using this medium to inform you that we are interested in your product, If Yes below is our order sample


Kindly Give Me your Minimum Order Quantity,delivery time, Payment terms, and your products warranty.
Thanks and best regards
Diane Norfleet
Rana Singh Farms Ltd
780-167-2065 house
780-167-7458 cell"
 
Needless to say, if you click above web link, you will see a form which require only your email address and password.


To protect yourself from identity theft:-
i) Never provide your personal information to unknown people, 
ii) Never open any attachment of unknown person, 
iii) Never open any attachment of unknown file extension,
iv) Never fill any form which require Email ID and Password, even it seems like Yahoo or Google page. Yahoo and Gmail login page is duplicated by the hackers.
v) Never trust any news from unknown people,
vi) Do not become over curious about any surprising or sensational news.

 

C. Fraud Softwares:

During browsing the internet, sometimes you may be noticed that, your computer is full of virus and spyware. Even they will show an auto scan and specifically tell the name and number of viruses of your specific drives and folders; and you will be asked that, without downloading and installing their software, you have no way to get rid of this viruses and spywares. But their provided virus data all are fake, and if you download or install their software, then they will get you as a hostage, and you will have no way to escape without ransom. After installing their software, every time you start your computer, they will start automatically scan your computer and you will not able to do any normal work in computer. Every internet browser like IE, Firefox all will be prevented by their software detecting as a virus. You will have no way to browse internet except the purchase site of their software. In this condition, if you want to get release from their blockade, you have to buy the paid version of their software. 
I was get victim by one of this kind of software, which is named Windows Activity Debugger. For more information about Windows Activity Debugger and to know the way to remove this fraud software, please view my another post: Windows Activity Debugger - Another Example of Internet Fraud


Tips to avoid every type of scam and fraud: Never give money to unknown or unfamiliar people except legal buying and selling and import-export business. Advance payment only may be needed in case of production of any good, which you have place an order to any trusted established reputable manufacturer. Even if you get email from any known, famous or familiar person for seeking any economic assistance, please ensure and verify either his/her email has been hacked or he/she has been kidnapped.

If you have any experience about scam or fraud, please describe your history to our email. We shall publish your history at Others people's experience page. If you know about any other kind of internet scam or fraud, please let me know through posting a comment. Real story from the people who already get victim will get priority.

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