|Information & Advice by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach REALTOR®. "THE SMART CHOICE!" for real estate
This isn't spam is it? It sounds so legit. I'd better act quickly! This poor woman lost a loved one... (I wonder which one, since that part happens to be blank) and this money needs to get to charity! My goodness! I must help her right away!
This is legit, right? Don't you all agree? Here's this poor woman's plea of desperation...
I am Mrs. Sarah Grant, my deposited the sum of 7.5 Million Pounds with a Bank before he died. Presently, I'm suffering from esophageal cancer, Please Stand-in as the beneficiary and collect the Funds from the Bank to finance Charity Organizations. If interested, reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
OK. This message is really a PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT. For anyone reading this who hasn't figured it out. The paragraph above is from a spammer, who is trying to take advantage of anyone gullible enough to believe this. I know that many of us frequently make fun of these low-lifes, (as I did above) but the truth is, many people are still falling for these schemes. We know they are, or the schemes would not still be in circulation.
Please. If you receive an e-mail from a stranger, DO NOT respond to them! Once you respond, they'll never leave you alone. As a matter of fact, you really shouldn't even open the e-mail. It may contain a computer virus.
Be sure to ALWAYS have anti-virus software installed on your computer (and keep it up-to-date), and have it scanning your incoming e-mail as well. There are many FREE programs available out there. I personally have AVG installed on both my laptop and my desktop computers. (Although I'm considering switching to PC Tools) It's free. But the free versions only scan for viruses. They don't remove them if you get one. So you may want to pay to upgrade to an anti-virus program that fully protects your computer system.
Please, don't click on spam, and/or phishing scams... According to Wikipedia, the definition of a Phishing Scam is "the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication". Basically, phishing scams are scams to steal your identity and/or your money.
The copy of the e-mail I've included in this message may very well be a phishing scam instead of just the usual annoying spam. But you wouldn't find this out until you responded to the message... thus giving them verification that you are the owner of the e-mail address they spammed. Once they know there's someone who is gullible enough to respond... I'm sorry to sound so harsh, but that's how they think... they'll never leave you alone. They'll use many e-mail addresses that have been routed through many servers, with the origination point most likely coming from another country.
I really hope this helps someone... anyone... to avoid these scams and schemes.
And now, if you're interested in buying or selling real estate in the Daytona Beach area, I'd love to help. For as many scams there are out there that come through your e-mail, there are just as many in real estate. I'm educated and knowledgeable, and I do my best to protect my clients from these scams. So for all your real estate needs, make a Smart Choice and contact Lisa Hill with Adams Cameron & Co., REALTORS®.
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