Tele / Email Marketing Fraud
You may receive calls or emails with “exciting offers”, for the “lucky winners”, “for a limited time period only”. The caller or emailer will urge you to “act immediately” to take benefit of this “once in a lifetime offer”. All you need to do is wire the required amount.
Internet Auction Fraud
With increased online activity, antique items and great deals for all kinds of merchandise are now available at a click, especially through online auctions. All the seller wants is a “down payment through money transfer”, to “save on sales tax”. You even get a receipt confirming the transaction and sale.
Someone who has no relatives has died and you can “receive a huge inheritance” because you “share the surname”. A “lawyer” sends you an email or a letter saying he could give the money to you and all you need to do is split the money between him and you. All you have to pay are some taxes, legal fees, banking fees etc.
Phishing / Vishing / Smishing Scams
You may receive emails, calls or sms's pretending to be from "your bank", "credit card service" or other financial institutions regarding a server upgrade, account update, or pending transaction. They ask you to "update" your account and identity details.