Internet Advice for College Students – Avoid E-mail Scams

There are many email messages circulating on the Internet that ask for your cooperation to move a large sum of money out of another country and all of them are scams.  The scammers pose as bankers, chief auditors, chief security officers, remittance officials, directors of finance, directors of government or bank contract award divisions – all stating they have access to unclaimed funds, generally inactive or delinquent accounts, with millions waiting to be claimed.  Others say they are kin to family members who died natural deaths but unexpectedly, or their relatives were killed in assassinations, military coups, or plane crashes. In all of these bogus schemes, the deceased was rich and the letter writer needs help getting the dead relative&rs quo;s vast fortune out of the country due to local snafus or bureaucracy. Individuals are asked to provide funds to cover various fees and for personal identifiers, such as social security numbers, bank account numbers and other similar data. Often they start out by just asking for your phone or FAX number and then in subsequent communication they ask for your bank account number to wire-in the alleged funds. Don’t give them anything. Money will be wired out of your account. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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The Massachusetts Bankers Association represents approximately 190 commercial,
savings and co-operative banks and savings and loan institutions located in Massachusetts and
elsewhere in New England.

Massachusetts Bankers Association, Inc.
One Washington Mall, 8th Floor
Boston, MA  02108
Tel: 617-523-7595 / Fax: 617-523-6373

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