Email scams

Rather serious, unlike my last few posts here on LMB, I always thought to bring this up to public so that not only our Lahori youth but also our elders of the Lahori society can save themselves and their families by remaining away from these menace.

My friend Kamal has brought up really nice suggestions to me last night which I would like to share with my folks here. From time to time, purely as public service, I like to remind each and every one of you to be very careful and completely ignore and discard any emails that show up in your inbox, asking you for help transferring millions of dollars from a dormant account of an unknown person in Africa, Europe, or Asia. Usually these emails would appear to offer you a large percentage for your services.

And these mails would ask you to send your account numbers to them. While each mail may have a slightly different angle, the usual scam is the same.

I am banker, or a lawyer or a businessman, or wife of a former dead-dictator in Africa, etc. I have access to $50 million. If you send me your bank account information, I will transfer the money to your account. You can take a 3% cut and give me the rest of the money. Please help me.

Please be advised. These are all scams. Never give out your bank account numbers. These emails are fraudulent and would try to swindle money from you through different means. There are gangs of people in different countries who are trying to bait innocent and less-savvy people. Believe me, if someone has access to $50 million, or even $5 million, there are many easier ways to get that money that contacting a complete stranger in Pakistan for help.

If you are unable to understand, or need help figuring out. Please ask yourself: Why would a complete stranger contact you and trust you enough to send you millions of dollars directly, without ever having met you in person. Trust me: The money will never come. I will say this again, as I have said it before to many of my friends outthere: “If a scheme sounds too good to be true, it usually is!” [Stated differently, if a scheme does not sound like a realistic possibility, it usually is not!]

While most people are not quite that gullible. But we have to watch out for that 0.01% group. May you’re quite old enough in IT to understand that you won’t be effected. But for the sake of your 19 year old cousin who is enthusiastic about his career, or some new villager who has recently come to Lahore and is starting his new life here onwards and find such scams in his emails, he might feel them as valid and genuine offers. The reason I am sending out a reminder after a while, because I have recently seen a rise in such scams. Therefore, just consider this a note of caution.

See: http://scamdex.com/ for more details.

6 Comments so far

  1. V (unregistered) on August 7th, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

    On a serious note, has anyone ever heard of anyone (esp. Pakistani) falling for such email scams?


  2. Ahem!!! (unregistered) on August 7th, 2007 @ 3:09 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPmc4dYQpx0

    Lighten up :-).There are no green monsters under your bed or hanging from ceiling.The IT revolution has also reached villagers and they do not fall for such frauds.


  3. Sehrish (unregistered) on August 7th, 2007 @ 4:44 pm

    i know a family in which the 27 yr old son was doing it and he got so seriously involved that he couldn’t get himself out of it…….. He kept thinking he has his dollars lying abroad……. he use to fighttt……… So he needed psycatric help with medicine to make him understand……

    this is right that scams are baaddd…… god safe us from it…….


  4. Kashif (unregistered) on August 7th, 2007 @ 5:45 pm

    My father is target. He has send money thru western union many times. Thnx 4 important post. it is frawd crime


  5. Opee (unregistered) on August 7th, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

    @AHEM: (Correction) They are black monsters roaming around, most of which are Nigerians.

    @V: Yes, I have many examples ranging from Azam Cloth Market to Hall Road who have been involved and lost thousands. Though they in the end understand. But there are always newbies coming to the internet world everyday which are enthusiastic enough to fall in their traps! Kashif’s father is an example!! I praise Kashif that he has been strong and brave enough to talk about it. As many people dont!


  6. V (unregistered) on August 8th, 2007 @ 2:26 am

    I’m really surprised and shocked that there actually are people who fall for such scams. I had absolutely no idea. I hope and pray that may Allah keep all of us away from such scams!



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