How to Identify Scams
We are assuming you've found this page while trying to learn How to Identify Scams
As there are far too many emails for us to list and for you to compare, there are a few common reoccurring concepts.
- You've just won some money
- Some Rich Person Died, please help me move their money and I will give you money if you do
- You have just inherited money
- You've won an Iphone, Laptop, or other such item
You've just won some money
Let me just tell you up front that you've not won. Stop dreaming about buying that Oceanfront Condo, the new Sports car, or the second home in the Mountains. If you want all those things you are going to have to get them the old fashion way, buy lottery tickets. :)
All joking aside you have not won any money. This scam works a few different ways.
- You give them your account info and details and they take all the money from your account.
- In order to get the money you have to pay the "fake lawyer fees" once you pony up the few thousand or so dollars the scammer drops all contact with you and you never get the money promised.
Some Rich Person Died
Some rich guy dies and the widow or other party member needs help getting the money into your country. If you help them move the money they will pay you for your help. Nope.. not real.
This scam works much the same as the other ones. They write you a check you deposit the check, send them some money and in a few days their check bounces and you are out any money you sent to the scammer.
You have just inherited money
Nope.. you didn't. Sorry to again burst your bubble. In order to get the money you "inherited" you must pay the "fake" fees. Once you send in your money, the scammer halts all contact again.
But Why all this Scamming?
Why are the so popular you may be asking? Well its really a numbers game. People send out millions maybe even billions of spam email messages a day. If they get one sucker to send them a thousand dollars a week or even a few hundred dollars a week its worth it. Many of the scammers are in 3rd world countries where a buck or euro goes a long way. When your average monthly income is $24 and you can make $1,000 a month from scamming, and your government doesn't have any penalties for your actions its really a win win for the scammer.