In this era of digitalization, it is very important to save ourselves to at least know the basic rules of thumb on how to save ourselves from possible online attacks; especially bank accounts are under higher threat. Even last year, Americans have lost $ 700,000 through these schemes or traps laid down by Nigerians. In case you can remember the Nigerian prince who used to send emails to financial requests far and wide, a decade ago. The scam was a type of advance – fee scheme, which is also known as the Spanish Prisoner scam. The amount of loss has been recorded by a security firm ADT. This decade-old news is reminded by similar online threats and bizarre attacks made from the same country. Let’s have a sneak peek into the techniques these people use to get away with the information, secure data and even money, successfully and that too pretty rapidly. We will also cover the ways how you can save your backs and information at the same time.
In the notorious scam of cybercriminals posed as African royalty officials used to mail people from all around the world. The recipients of these emails implored the bank accounts as a safe shelter for larger amounts of money, which was intentionally marked for a noble reason but was blocked for leaving the territories of the country. In return for the help people used to pay fees along with that, the fraudsters used to promise the potential victims a large amount as a percentage of the total sum. The scammers, as usual, got away with the money and fees and in some cases; they even had emptied the bank accounts of the victims.
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A slightly updated version of this same kind of online scams is relevant, even today. As the first instance, A person while in prison serving a sentence of 24 years in Lagos scammed the amount of $ 1 million. The ongoing investigation and reports suggest he had connectivity to the internet, his mobile phone and also the access to his wife’s bank accounts in his prison. He also used to leave the jail for various unjustifiable reasons like a medical emergency, he used to lodge hotel rooms as well to meet his family, relatives, and friends. In his operations, he used to aim for victims in different countries, relied on his network of crime partners, and even managed to buy houses and luxury cars at different locations. The decision of the court is still pending on this case but the onlookers complain about the corrupted prison system. This person is Nigerian, but the Nigerian correctional service is still mute on this scenario.
In another scam, in the year 2017, 10 suspects had been arrested from the USA. They used to court various women online, and extorted from them about $ 1.1 million. The majority of the suspects have their roots in Nigeria. They used to make numerous aboriginal profiles on major online dating sites and social media platforms, make strong connections with the victim, through email, different chat rooms, and texting. Then they used to demand small gifts and transfer of money via wire transfer because of various made-up reasons. The size of requests increased over time, gradually. Though these people never meet her suitor, one woman had spent $ 5, 46,000 in cash and gifts from all her bank accounts.
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Ways to minimize these kinds of scam is to first apply common sense, don’t respond to peculiar, suspicious or fraudulent emails or texts or phone calls. Be very careful with your passwords. Use lengthy and strong passwords.
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