Beware of Email Scams

It seems that the old but rather obvious email scams are on the rampage again. I have received an email letter that goes like this:

“We are pleased to inform you that your personal e-mail address have won a prize money of 845,000.00 { EIGHT HUNDRED AND FORTY FIVE THOUSAND GREAT BRITAIN POUNDS } for the 2008 Splash Promotion which was Organized by YAHOO AWARDS & WINDOWS LIVE.

YAHOO! collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail and few from other e-mail providers. Six people are selected monthly to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners…..”

And here’s another one:

“I am Mr.__________, Honorable Commissioner for Agriculture federal republic of Ghana,I am here by using this little opportunity to let you know some of my secrete, for i got you contact when i was making a search on internet, and found out that you can keep and handle secrets as a man and i believe u will not set me up.
Well let me trust you for this first time. the deal is that,I am in position of [$10 Million USD], which i removed from my office with my influence as a commissioner of agriculture, which i want to use as my private funs to invest on business, and i intend to invest in Real Estate and factory in your country so that i can come there in future to live and handle the business.
Actually, all i want you to do is assist me as a partner and open an account there with your name, so that i can start sending this money for you little by little, and after that i will come down there to meet you face to face for us to work together and invest with the money.
So if you can keep the secret to handle this offer for me, just let have your contact informations and please do not delay to reply immediately……”

And if you are convinced you may unknowingly provide your information details to scammers. Oh, and there goes your credit card. For those who are not yet familiar with this kind of email scams, please beware. This is a common and old style of internet scam. Just delete unsolicited messages like this. This might result to your credit card being robbed off or your identity being stolen if you initiate a dialogue with the scammers.

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