Email scam of the week: ATM renewal notice good for a laugh, not cash
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: August 24, 2012
Email scam artists are getting more and more desperate to separate you from your cash, but the only thing they’re good for is a laugh.
Make sure that laugh is at their expense, not yours. Never reply to an email with a “too good to be true” story of how you won or inherited millions of dollars, or are being contacted because you are an honest person who will give millions - after you get your cut of course - to a worthy charity.
Remember: even scam emails might bypass the filter meant to redirect them to the trash or the computer’s Scam folder. But they’re pretty easy to spot, and this one making the rounds is so desperate to separate you from some cash that they forgot to note how much money was awaiting your reply.
The unedited scam email reads:
“Your ATM is renewed read detail and comply,
We make an apology for keeping you postponed for the last period of tome due to your ATM VISA Card validity has expired on the 1st of August 2012 and was officially forwarded to the SWIFT CARD PAYMENT PACIFIC CENTER, for revitalization, which has finally get done yesterday
Congratulation!! A brand-new latest certified / valued legitimate ATM VISA MASTER CARD has been dispatched to D H L email@example.com to take delivery first in the morning according to there shipping schedule each day keeping charge cost only US$10; again it is our apologetic that you might have been dealing with wrong people all this days in search of your ATM VISA package, but now it’s my advice to tell you TO suspend communication with anyone else and follow these regulation guidelines underneath.
Reconfirm the below guidelines
1.Country / Nearest Airport....
2Welcome Home Address......
3.Personal telephone No.........
4.A Copy of Photograph / ID Card .........
5. A charge of $60, 00 only’ for the [six days] official keeping settlement....
Contact the delivery company’s office customer care service agent Master Green now before the charges get more enlarge E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +229 990 33277
My best regards, Ms. Joy Anita Dominic (Code: 1122)
International Settlement Dept Oceanic bank plc
Oceanic Bank Post
All copy rights reserved. (c) 2001-2012”
Email scams are particularly tricky, as the majority of them originate outside the United States. At least the attempted scam signed by Ms. Joy Anita Dominic has a double warning: when the website was entered in the search bar the message that came up noted the address was not authenticated and your attempt could be redirected to another website. “This,” noted the message, which could be classified as an understatement, “may be an attempt to trick you.”