Written by Bug
Many people have seen the scam messages in their email mailboxes everyday like this:
* “Hello, how ‘re you my name Debbie Fletti I am deaf….but presently in west Africa now for some reason …..”.
* “Memo from Deaf Charity Home Lottery The VP Sorenson Award: Congratulations You are the winner!!!”
* “ I am 61 years old deaf man living in Nigeria. I have $20 million…”
These messages are false. The scammers are trying to be the supporters of the Deaf World or act like Deaf. They are targeting the Deaf people because they think they can get something out of Deaf victim’s pocket. Also, the scam emails can take several forms, including appearing to come from a bank, a building society or similar financial institution, or one of the online payment or auction sites, for example PayPal or eBay. Other messages appear to show that you have ordered an item, often an expensive electrical item.
In March 2004 , National Association of the Deaf (NAD) said that everyone should be aware of the scammers because they operate scams through the Internet, TTY, telephone, mail and email, particularly those from overseas.
Some people are wary of e-mails from the surviving deaf children of Nigerian officials who need to get “a huge sum of money,” $30 million, out of a secret hiding place and offer 30% of the sum for their help. Will we get 30 % funds from them if we help? Not at all!
Internet Relay has been hijacked by criminal gangs in Nigeria who use this free service to scam. You can protect yourself and help Relay Service fight against the abuses. Read on: http://www.stoprelayabuse.com/Nigerian.fraud.0.html
Some of you remember the business scams such as STS, Canadian Diamond Trader, Swisscash, etc. You can find Fookem’s story about his experience with pyramid business at http://fookembug.wordpress.com/2007/07/18/failed-dream-hurts/
Fraud victims should contact the U.S. Secret Service, Financial Crimes Division, 950 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001; (202) 406-5850 voice (see also: http://www.treas.gov/usss/index.shtml).
There are many details and examples of scams at http://www.scambusters.org.
Here’s an example of scam:
I am the only Daughter of my late parents Mr.and Mrs.Uwa Kassi, My father was a highly reputable business magnate who operated in the capital of during his days. I’m a deaf girl but I can speak little with sign language….(read more, click: http://patty81.blogspot.com/2007/10/scam-targeting-deaf-bloggersthats-new.html )
Note from FB: Protect yourself against online and email fraud. Of course those who fall for this scam NEVER see these promised millions. Instead bank accounts are often cleaned out once they have handed over all their details, which include bank account numbers, copies of their passport and drivers licensce and phone and fax numbers. It is a simple identity theft, dressed up with a tempting lure for the gullible.