Here's a freshly created scam that's been going around for a little while. Scammers always like to take advantage of major events, such as baseball's World Series or soccer's World Cup. The Olympics of whatever year is never an exception.
If you have ever wondered whether the money being offered by strangers is real, please allow me to alleviate the wonder. The answer is always a resounding "No!" If you had access to millions of dollars or pounds, would you want to give it away to someone else?
If you do not want to get ripped off, then please do not ever allow temptation to goad you into paying for something that simply does not exist. The one and only reason these people create these scams and send them out in the first place is because they are successful in stealing people's money. This has been going on for hundreds of years in one form or another, and the internet has made scamming extremely convenient. Stop falling for the scams, and the scammers and their e-mails will go away.
Today, the scammers always want you to wire them money, because once they pick it up, it is gone for good, and you would have virtually no chance of getting it back. Western Union or MoneyGram will warn you about the scam, but in the end, if they cannot convince you that it is one, they cannot refuse to take your wiring fee. Even if the police caught the scammers and got it back, it would not surprise me if they kept it for themselves or for the department.
P.T. Barnum said that there's a sucker born every minute. Opportunity may quietly knock just once, but temptation will loudly bang on your front door forevermore. Don't be a sucker. The money does not ever exist, and there are never any exceptions. Period.
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These social media scams have been going on for awhile now, and this is one of the few I've seen that claims to come from Facebook. Scammers have also misrepresented MySpace, Yahoo, Microsoft, Google, and a few others. I haven't seen a Twitter scam yet, for that matter.
Every single one of the e-mails you get that claim you've "won" millions of dollars are always scams, 100 percent of the time. There are never any exceptions to this rule, ever. Please do not be tempted by these scams, and never wire any cash to the scammers. If you already have, please stop right now.
The so-called "money" does not exist, it never did, and there is virtually no possible way you can get your money back. This entry is linked here, and there are some lottery scam videos located here. Please follow me on Twitter @inscamerated. Thank you.
Sigh ... the Publishers Clearinghouse scammers are at it again, trying to convince you that you've "won" today's draw. Don't fall for this stuff. If you did win, PCH will never contact you by e-mail. They will either contact you by snail-mail, or they'll actually drop by your home. This entry is located here, in the upper right hand corner, and there are some lottery scam videos here. Please follow me on Twitter @inscamerated. Thank you!
Oh good, I've got another fresh scam that wasn't on my website. It's probably been going around for a little while, though. This one claims you've won the Facebook "Lottery." Just as with all corporations, some may be philanthropists. It depends upon how much extra cash they have. They may give money to charity, but they never give it away to individuals, especially not in the form of a lottery in which your e-mail address or mobile number was "chosen." These are always scams, and there are no exceptions, ever. This entry is located here, in the upper left hand corner, and there are some lottery scam videos here. Please follow me on Twitter @inscamerated. Thank You!
I haven't been doing many posts lately because well, these scams are pretty much all the same. One dying scam is just like another; it's kind of disappointing in a way. Names and diseases are switched around, the most common being strokes and cancer, with varying levels of religious overtones, and so on.
Here's an interesting little twist, though. Instead of saying you've won Shell's "lottery" which doesn't exist, we're being told that we're to be the recipient of some sort of "donation" from Shell. This, of course, does not exist either.
Corporations donate money to worthy causes in the form of an advertising gimmick called philanthropy, but they don't give it away to individual people, except in the form of some small freebies every once in awhile. This could be several cents off per gallon (or liter) of fuel if you should buy some of Shell's other products, or some free soda with different manufacturers' "under-the-cap" promotions.
They never give away cash, however, and that's why these are always scams. This entry is linked here, and there are some good games to play here. Please follow me on Twitter @inscamerated. Thank You!
I had categorized European lottery scams by country, until I realized I didn't have a lot of each, so I consolidated it all into "Europe," which already had some in it. Anyway, this one appears to come from Italy, and is probably really from Nigeria. The entry will be linked in the upper right hand corner here for awhile, and a good video about foreign lottery scams is located here, from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. They have some others as well, about different kinds of scams. Please follow me on Twitter @inscamerated. Thank You!
If you should win a prize at Publisher's Clearing House, they will never, ever e-mail you. They will contact you by snail-mail, telephone, or in person with their Prize Patrol. Here is a good example of a PCH scam. I'm not sure exactly how this particular one would play out, as there are a few different methods the scammers use to get ahold of your money. They could charge you a fee, after which they would send you nothing, or they would send you a fake check. I can't imagine them sending a bogus check for a million bucks, though, unless it's one to "take care of taxes" or whatever. Whatever happens, they want to steal from you anyway they can. This entry is located here, in the upper right hand corner. Please follow me on Twitter @inscamerated. Thank You!
I hadn't seen this one before, but if you Google for it there are others that use different websites with different logins and passwords. I suspect that if you enter them, you would be treated to a computer infection. You have not won anything. There is no money and there is no SUV.
From: Shangyu Long Channel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear eMail User (Intended Victim), This is to immediately inform you that your email address with Micros ID JMG-69841-DMC-T7UD-0WT has won you $485,000 and a brand new Range Rover SUV. Use the details below to login and immediately begin your claims.
This is getting kind of discouraging, waiting for fresh, original material. It seems that all day today I got nothing but dying and loan scams, very old stuff. I did get something new, however, and in a different language to boot. I ran this particular scam-mail through Google Translator, because I originally got it in German. So I posted it on my site that way, in the upper left hand corner, and then provided an imperfect translation below it, linked here. It claims we've "won" the European Social Fund, as if it were some kind of lottery. It isn't, but I put it in the lottery section anyway. This is how people really participate in ESF Actions, as stated on their website, at this link. Feel free to explore their site, which has something to do with the European Commission, and you can see that it has nothing to do with Euro Millions. Hey, it's tough enough keeping up with American politics LOL! Please follow me on Twitter @inscamerated. Thank You!
Here's a good example of a convincing lottery scam. This one came as an attached Microsoft Office Word document, and some are PDF files. If you download attachments, be sure to scan them first on a flash drive. They usually really are just Word or PDF documents, but don't take my word for it. Be careful, and don't become infected with malware! The scammers do this so they can get a little fancier than an e-mail, and they usually don't know how to program one in HTML. In the document, they give you all kinds of official sounding numbers, and even include names, photos, and signatures of "lottery officials," which may or may not be real. These are never real either, of course, and there is never any money. If you did not go out to your local lottery outlet, and buy your own paper lottery ticket, then you did not win anything. Click Here. This entry is linked here in the upper right hand corner, and there are some YouTube lottery scam videos here. Please follow me on Twitter @inscamerated. Thank You!
My name is Gary, and I live in the Midwestern United States. This site is intended to expose the frauds and scams that are so pervasive on the internet, especially today. One hundred per- cent of the e-mails you get that promise you millions are never, ever real. They'll tell you they're "dying," trying to gain your sympathy. They're not dying, they're lying. Click Here for the "Dying" scams. Don't fall for it, and never send them any money, no matter what they tell you. Oh, and good luck hacking this website. It's got a nice strong password on it.