Jon Bowling, President Thin-nology
So, you got a message from a lawyer explaining that a relative your family had never told you about has died and left you, his only relative, his fortune. You read on to realize that the reason your family had never spoken of this rich relative is because he had lived, far off, in the jungles of Africa.
The lawyer briefly explains that in order to process your dead relative’s Last Will and Testament that he will need a small payment towards the processing fee. All he needs from you is a piece of paper authorizing the transfer of just a couple of thousand dollars. Your reward is the millions this rich relative has left to you.
I mean how lucky can one get. You wake up in the morning, go through the dreary routine of feeding the kids, listening to your wife or husband moan about their boss, and wonder how your going to make the mortgage payment and… Bingo. The thing everyone dreams about. A rich forgotten relative with millions, has died and left it all to you.
So what ya gonna do? You gonna send the money? Right?
We discussed in the last article one of the oldest phishing scams, this is the original, and one that is still played today. We know people who have given up ten’s of thousands of dollars to guys in Nigeria, sitting in Internet café’s scamming people out of their hard earned dollars. I know, there are those that say, “my parents told us we had an uncle that left and went to live in Africa and they had never heard from him again.”
This type of phishing exercise draws in those who believe they are just one entry away from winning $5000 a week for life from Publishers Clearing House. The difference is about once every couple of years Publishers Clearing House actually picks a winner. In this scam the only winner is the Guy in Nigeria in the Internet Café.
If you had a rich successful relative living in a far-a-way land he would come back every year to show the reset of family what a bunch of losers you were while bragging about his millions. There are other variants to this; sick kids, dying aunties, and on and on and on. This truly is one of those times when the only defense is to use is YOUR COMMON sense. Scammers even scam “go-fund-me” for money; so getting an email like this should send alarm bells in your head that say, I know I have a complainer for a spouse, kids that wine, and a boss that just wont shut up for five minutes but this really is “JUST TO GOOD TO BE TRUE.”