Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Scam Artists & Online Enquiry Forms

The number of email and Internet scams going around is frightening. While millions have wizened up to the fact and simply ignore anything that sounds too good to be true, people are still being caught, hard lessons are still being learnt, and scam artists continue along their merry way with impunity.

Over the years many of these dodgy e-mails have found their way to my inbox and were they to be true, I would be on a Caribbean Island drinking pino colada's. The list is endless, I have won the Microsoft lottery, I have inherited a fortune, won the email address sweepstakes etc etc.

I’m lead to believe that as soon you engage with these scam artists, they request such things as administrative or legal fees, and that is how they take you.

Of Concern...

A case has been reported to us of one such scam, being sent out via enquiry forms.

To submit an enquiry form there is a field that needs to be completed with the answer to a system generated mathematical sum (other sites ask you to enter a word that is displayed skewed). The reason for this is to ensure that human beings populate the fields, rather than internet spiders that scan the web sending out gibberish. The mathematical sum is essentially a preventative measure against computer generated spam.

When somebody with ill intent follows the necessary steps and sends out an enquiry for the purpose of scamming, there is little we can do about it.

The one that was reported to me this morning, the first one I know of via our website; goes along the following lines:

“On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late Engr.Blakes Paulson; I once again try to notify you as my earlier letter returned undelivered.” It goes on to say that you are the beneficiary of USD$10,100,000.00 followed by “this may sound strange and unbelievable to you, but it is real and true”.


Rich dead relatives whom you never heard of and left you fortune is way beyond extremely unlikely. Please watch out for this sort of thing and always be vigilant, If it sounds too good to be true it generally is.

Ernest Roper
Regional Manager Durban


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