I won $250,000 in sweepstakes...not (1 Viewer)

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I received a letter in the mail yesterday saying I won $250,000 in the Switzerland mega sweepstakes. it came with a check for $4,975 I'm suppose to deposit the check in my bank and then send $2,950 to a tax agent. well guess what, its a scam. I called the bank and and they said that they have received several calls from people who had deposited the check and sent the money only to have their bank want the money back because the check was no good. be careful. no real sweepstakes will make you pay upfront to get your winnings. if you receive a letter like this report it to the U.S. postal service or your local district attorney.
 

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Man, they're still trying to get people with those scams? I have a hard time understanding why folks are still falling for them. :dunno:
 

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wouldn't you know if you were registered in a sweepstakes??
 

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Man, they're still trying to get people with those scams? I have a hard time understanding why folks are still falling for them. :dunno:

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I think you'll get the full explanation from about 10 people in 3...2...1....
 

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Nigeria is the worldwide capital of Swiss/Canadian-based sweepstakes scams. But not the Nigerian scams. Those are based out of Barbados.
 
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I think you'll get the full explanation from about 10 people in 3...2...1....


I guess I should have put the sarcasm off tag at the end of the post.
 

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I immediately thought of "The Office" after reading that.

Michael: You know what, Toby? When the son of the deposed king of Nigeria emails you directly, asking for help, you help! His father ran the freaking country, okay? ...Alright, so, raise your hand if you wanna get rich. [Jim and Dwight raise their hands] Alright.

Jim: No, um. How is this not a pyramid scheme?

Michael: Alright, let me explain. Again. [draws on board] Phil has recruited me and another guy. Now, we are getting three people each. The more people that get involved, the more who are investing, the more money we're all going to make. It's not a pyramid scheme, it is a... it's not even a scheme per se, it's... [Jim draws a triangle around Michael's diagram] ... I have to go make a call.
 
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My sister-n-laws brother actually fell for that scam (not the brightest hammer in the toolbox). We told him it was fake. Clowns.
 

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I work as a computer security expert and one of the problems we're facing here is "mule" recruiting.

It works like this. Due to different protective measures you can't do a direct money transfer from your electronic bank account to another out of the country bank account. You will either have to use a bank wire service or a credit card. So when Hackers in Romania or Russia get hold of your account information and security key, they can't transfer money directly to Russia or anywhere else , only to another danish bank account.

So they use another version of the Nigerian scam, recruit naive people by telling them they need to transfer say $10.000 to another country without paying taxes and if they will help they will get 20%. The Hackers then steal from account A transfering the money to the private account of the mule. The mule verifies that $10000 has been deposited into his account and then withdraws $8000 and send it to the Hackers using Western Union.

A few days later the owner of account A discovers something is wrong and a short time later the mule gets a visit from the police.....

The hackers have disappeared with the $8000 and the story starts over.

We have had examples of mules being recruited as if it was a regular job.You know, CW, Interviews etc... Company starting up, hire someone to do some kind of bookeeping or prepare an ad campaign for a non existing product. Receives payments from "customers" (bank accounts compromised by the hackers), take out your own salary and send the remaining balance to the head office.

Some supposedly very smart people has been caught in this kind of scams
 

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Apparently Keith Van Horn got caught up in one of these.


http://cousinsofronmexico.blogspot.com/2008/02/mavrickian-e-mail-scam_19.html

Dear Keith Van Horn,

I know that this message will come to you as a surprise. I am the Owner with the Mavericks, of Dallas, Texas. And HDNet.I Hope that you will not expose or betray this trust and confident that I am about to repose on you for the mutual benefit of our both families.

I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of ($4)million to your account within 10 or 14 game days. This money has been dormant for years in our Salary Cap without claim.I want the bank to release the money to you as the nearest person to our basketball team without notrade clause, Mr.Devean George who refused trade along with his supposed next of kin in an a contract, he is a deceased to me. Serious, they will fish his body from lake because of his distubrance of transgression.

I don't want the money to go into New Jersey's hand as an abandoned fund. So this is the reason why I am contacting you so that the bank can release the money to you as the next of position to the jerk small forward. Please I would like you to keep this proposal as a top secret and delete it if you are not interested. League offices frown on not sending real player so keep the fact that you will not suite up of the utmost secrecy.

Upon receipt of your reply, I will give you full details on how the trade will be executed and also note that you will have 100% of the above mentioned sum if you agree to handle this business with me.

I am expecting your urgent response as soon as you receive my message.

Best Regard.

Mr.Mark Cuban
Poor Keith Van Horn.
 

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