E mail is the easiest way of communication now. But never believe all Email messages you receive, there might be a trap to hook you in certain messages—in the form of offering a huge amount of price money, offering a good job, asking a distress help in the name of your best friend and in
many other ways. Nikhil Narayanan, works at the intersection of technology and digital marketing in a Fortune-500 technology company gives a broad picture about the fraudsters who misuse internet to cheat others.
I received my 103rd ‘Nigerian scam’ email recently. Despite religiously marking each of these mails as ‘spam’ every time I receive them, they still manage to evade both me and Google’s spam filters to reach my inbox. Though the scam has changed its ‘nationality’ multiple times during the last one and a half decades – from Nigeria to Libya, Egypt and other countries – it is still called the ‘Nigerian scam’ or the ‘419 scam.’
During the early days of the scam, the scammer used to claim he was a member of a wealthy Nigerian family, trying to find a place to keep the family wealth safe. ‘419’ is the Article in the Nigerian Criminal Code that outlaws fraud, cheating, etc. – something like ‘420’ in the Indian Penal Code. And, how is someone who’s trying to send you millions of dollars a scammer? They ask for a processing fee, a very small percentage of the millions they wish to send you. The fee is ‘just’ a couple of lakhs of rupees. You send them the money, and boom! End of story. Lakhs gone, the crores remain in your dreams.
How can you escape this scam? Simple: Don’t respond to such emails; forward the mail to the local cyber crime cell…………
(Read the full article in the July issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)