Nearly everyone online has received a scammers email at one time or another. Indeed, many of us regularly receive a scammers email encouraging us to send money or provide personal details in exchange for lottery winnings.
Of course, we should never respond to such correspondence as there are never any winnings to be received and the senders of the emails are only after our money or information.
Nonetheless, criminals are making huge amounts of money from these frauds, with a particular problem being criminals from Jamaica targeting vulnerable victims in the USA.
to snuff out the sources of this heart-breaking crime but, as the rewards are so enormous and the criminal influence so deep-seated, rooting out the perpetrators is taking a great deal of time.
All areas of the US are affected by the scammers email and a recent article in the Kennebec Journal sets out the problems and latest progress from the perspective of the state of Maine. It is estimated that Americans are losing around $300 million a year to these frauds with individuals losing up to $85,000 or more a time. Sadly, as victims are often unwilling to admit their mistake, the total losses could be even greater.
Of course a scammers email or letter can be received by anyone around the world: the Canadian government’s anti-fraud centre, for example, received 2815 complaints in 2012 regarding Jamaican sourced lottery scams.
Please, if you receive such a scammers email, do not reply. You might consider reporting it to your local police but you should then certainly delete it.
Do not become a victim of these heartless criminals.
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