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Old 09-22-16, 09:39 AM
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How on earth would anyone fall for an email like this?
It is my modest obligation to write you this letter as regards the Authorization of your owed payment through our most respected financial institution (Bank of America). I am Mr. Jeff Anderson, TRANSFER INSPECTION OFFICER, foreign operations Department Bank of America, the British Government in Conjunction with us government, World Bank, united Nations Organization on foreign Payment matters has empowered my bank after much consultation and consideration to handle all foreign payments and release them to their appropriate beneficiaries with the help of a Representative from Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

As the newly Appointed/Accredited International Paying Bank, We have been instructed by the world governing body together with the committee on international debt reconciliation department to release your overdue funds with immediate effect; with this exclusive vide transaction no.: wha/eur/202,password: 339331, pin code: 78569, having received these vital payment numbers, you are instantly qualified to receive and confirm your payment with us within the next 96hrs.

Be informed that we have verified your payment file as directed to us and your name is next on the list of our outstanding fund beneficiaries to receive their payment. Be advised that because of too many funds beneficiaries, you are entitled to receive the sum of $14.5M,(Fourteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars only), as to enable us pay other eligible beneficiaries.

To facilitate with the process of this transaction, please kindly re-confirm the following information below:
The English is so awkward and institutions cited so unlikely to be involved it just makes you laugh. Yet somewhere someone who knows the money isn't theirs but thinks they can scam a bank is sending them all their private info. As Bill Engvall would say, "Here's your stupid sign".
 
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What amuses me is the ones that start out 'dear sir/madam' and then go on to say how they have checked you out and found you to be an honest person who they can trust with the money. If they checked me out - how come they don't know my name
 
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Old 09-22-16, 02:13 PM
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What's interesting about your e-mail Ray is that in one part it looks like someone says you owe money and in another part you are getting money, I guess they can't figure out anything.
I used to get a great deal of those e-mails saying I was a beneficiary in a Nigerian bank if I would help them with their problem and pretend to be someone. Oh I am sure my check is in the mail,not!

Then there are those calls supposedly from the IRS stating that you owe them money on a recorded announcement and to call a certain number. That too is a lie but it is something unfortunately that some people fall for.
 
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I don't know if y'all have heard about the grandparent scam calls. A person calls claiming to be your grandson or granddaughter, in trouble and needs your financial help. I got one last month. I was fairly certain it wasn't my grandson [only have one] but I played along and said which one. The reply was 'I can't believe you don't recognize your oldest grandson's voice' I knew for sure it was a con at that point and hung up.
 
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Old 09-23-16, 01:52 AM
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My mom fell for that scam only she was smart enough to not send any money. I had been out walking with my cell phone off and she was worried about my youngest married niece and her grand daughter. Supposedly she was in trouble in New York somewhere which was a lie but could have been true as now she does some modeling but mainly on the west coast. So since she couldn't call me she called everyone else including my brother who called his daughter to see if she was o.k.. Not a very nice thing to do and I did report them and then I left them a nasty message on their voice mail.

Whoever those jerks were they haven't called back since then and they are probably on the run unless they scrambled their location. What really gets me mad are those robo calls that call very early in the morning and then they hang up.
 
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Wife got a recorded call from an "IRS Agent" yesterday informing her they knew about about our "hidden income", etc etc etc, blah blah blah. Wonder how many people fall for that one.
 
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The one that cracked me up was about a year ago a man in a nearby town got the FBI virus only he thought it was for real and turned himself in along with his computer that had child porn on it. The police said he wasn't on their radar but they gladly locked him up anyway.
 
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Sadly my Mother in law just fell for the "Your computer has a virus and has been hacked! Call this number for Microsoft's assistance to fix it!" scam. Sadly she did call and spent a couple of hours with the person and gave access to her computer remotely. As soon as they started asking for money she put the brakes on and told then she had to think about and called her computer guy (me). I did go through it with multiple scanners and it came up clean. I also did a restore point so maybe that helped.

I have also been getting calls from the "IRS" stating that they have filed a lawsuit for back taxes and I should call them back right away. Sheesh.

If I ever snap and go on a killing spree, I will find one of these calling places and kill everybody inside. I'm sure a jury will find me not guilty. These people make very
 
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Tolyn Ironhand your mom was very fortunate that the person who looked into her computer didn't put a virus on it or do something worse such as erasing all of the data off of her computer. I watched a video a while back where a guy just waited for one of those calls and had a virtual machine set up instead on a spare computer. Eventually they erased all of his data which he didn't care about as it was all fake and he informed his credit card that then removed the charge on his bill. So no money was lost and it was a very informative video.

If you see Team Viewer on her computer or another computer aid program either remove it or change its password to something very long. Nothing wrong with that program I have used it myself but that is the way scammers can hack into your system. Also if she has any tax information on her computer make sure her identity is protected by one of those better companies out there.
 
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Old 09-24-16, 06:52 AM
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Thanks Hedgeclippers!

Luckily she is older and does most of here stuff old school. She does no online banking and no tax info. The only thing she will do is online shopping, but very limited. I told her to only use one card, and to make sure it is a credit card, not a bank card. Also told her to watch that cards statement closely for any unauthorized charges.
 
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just got this email
I m sure this email come's to you as a surprise but this is to Inform that you are
one of the lucky winner in the Swiss lotto

Please kindly open the attach file and follow the procedure to claim your prize and
please note this is not a virus or spam.

Thank you

Mr Kenneth Gram
Now who would honestly think they won a lottery they didn't enter?

told her to watch that cards statement closely for any unauthorized charges.
It amazes me that anyone would not inspect the charges on their statement [any type] each month!
I know they are out there though
 
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Old 09-24-16, 06:37 PM
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Tolyn Ironhand I think your mom is safe then since she doesn't keep any records on her computer. Always a good idea to keep track of your accounts no matter if you have identity protection or not. I was given identity protection by a major health insurance company whose system was hacked. They don't believe that social security numbers were compromised but they wanted to offer it anyway so I took it. I still check my own accounts though and if anything looks odd then I will report it. The company so far seems to be working well and doing their job.
 
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