Do beware: Scammers are everywhere

Credits: betamaxgeneral

I received couple of suspicious emails last week, including a text telling me that $500 had been deposited into my account. Oh how I wish it was $5 million and not $500! That was a joke. Seriously though, I was able to identify these three as bogus based on knowledge and due diligence.

The emails appeared real/legit/valid and without due diligence could have passed off as an authentic correspondence from a legal entity.

Why am I sharing this information? To warn the unwary, and probably those looking for a get-rich-quick opportunity, lest they fall victim and are out of money.

Who are scammers?

Scammers abound everywhere and, contrary to some myths, are:

  • not restricted to any race.
  • in fact, some “unsuspecting” personalities are actually scammers in disguise.
  • are closer to you than you’re aware
  • spend most of their days on the computer monitoring their targets’ dealings via emails, your receipts, your websites, phones and computers prying for your information
  • most do not have a regular job/work
  • most are smarter than you and I would give them credit for; we wish however that they would channel their smarts positively rather than trying to defraud hardworking individuals
  • recruit others into their nebulous activities
  • dress ostensibly. This is a false front to draw attention away from them.

If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably is!


This is not the first time that I have received questionable emails. But I didn’t have a blog site at the time to share. Now, I do. In the past and depending on its content, I usually forward the emails to either the Police Department or FBI.

What to do should you receive a bogus email

  1. Don’t be too quick to respond
  2. Reply (without sending the response) and save the draft. This helps you to see the real email address.
  3. If the email address in #2 above is different from the email name or address visible to you (that is, the sender), that’s a sure sign you’re dealing with a scam/scammer.
  4. Do your due diligence. Visit the website and/or the known legal website to verify the authenticity of all information contained in the email.
  5. Finally, never call any number listed in the email. I’ll recommend giving the number to law enforcement agencies.

Also beware of scammers’ job-posting for virtual/personal assistants. Some will do a phone interview and will “send you a check” in advance for the work to be carried out for them. The problem is that the check is a bogus tender. Once you “deposit” the check and carry out the assignments, which involves purchasing on behalf of your virtual boss, you’re out of money and the items have been mailed and received by the recipients. Unfortunately, you will no longer be able to contact the person nor the phone number that previously was freely communicable. This actually happened to two young ladies at different times. Fortunately I overhead their conversations (was not eavesdropping) and advised them to call the bank first to verify the authenticity of the checks. I actually called the bank (credit union) on behalf of one of them. On a speaker phone, the credit union staff told us that it was an invalid check and explained to us how the folks operate! That was eye-opening. The ladies each called the respective guy (boss) immediately but could no longer reach them. Similar occurrences, two different sets of people!

“S/he looking for a quick freebie, often choke on it and is like one chasing the wind”

– an old Yoruba (a major tribe/language in Nigeria) adage

So please beware!

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