For the past several weeks we’ve brought spam e-mails that we’ve received here at the Tri-State Better Business Bureau. Today is no exception.
In the early 90s, consumers started receiving letters supposedly from Nigeria. These letters claimed to be from a family member of a high official of the country who died, and claiming that they have millions of dollars they need to get out of the country before some bad guys take it away. Those letters requested a safe haven in an American bank account into which those funds could be deposited. Unfortunately, there was nothing deposited into bank accounts, but money was taken and diverted elsewhere.
With the advent of the internet, these fraudsters took advantage of the new technology, and made their offers through e-mail.
Of course, you now see similar e-mails needing to find those save havens with similar offers, but from different parts of the world. What we’ve learned over the past 20 years is that there is a network of organized crime that seeks to separate unsuspecting Americans from their money. One of these centers has been from Nigeria, hence the association with this letter scheme and the nation of Nigeria. Here’s the text of the e-mail we received on August 23.
From : email@example.com
To : firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject : HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE PAID?
Senior Residence Representative
9 Hon. Justice Mohammed Bello Street
Attention: Fund Receiver
I am Mrs Linda Williams, senior investigator working with the international monetary fund regional office. Information has been sent to our office in London giving us the list of beneficiaries that has been trying so hard, but are yet to receive their inherittance and lottery winnings. Our residence representative (Mr Scott Rogers) has given me your payment file to carry out an investigation in other to ascertain the possible reason why you are yet to receive your fund transfer.
You have to get back to me with your full information and direct mobile number for swift communication, and once am able to establish communication with you, I will have your transfer happen within 48 hours max. Assist us to serve you better
I will be waiting for your swift response!
Mrs Linda Williams
International Monetary Fund
Your BBB offers the following tips if you receive such an e-mail:
1. Forward the e-mail to email@example.com.
2. Delete it.
3. Don’t open any attachments until you’ve run a security scan on it because it may contain a virus or malware.
4. Don’t click on any links from within the e-mail because it might take you to a site that may install malware on your computer.
5. If you receive such a letter through the U.S. mail, contact your postal inspector and report it. They may also need to see a copy of the letter in question.
6. Look for misspellings and incorrect grammar usage.
7. If you have other questions or concerns about suspicious mail or e-mail, contact your BBB.
For more information you can trust, contact our BBB by visiting evansville.bbb.org.