This is why it is important to protect information like your address and phone number.Remember, if the lottery or sweepstakes is legitimate, they could deduct those fees from your winnings without you having to wire them anything.
Many of the sample emails read a bit like Mad Libs or choose-your-own-adventure texts, featuring decision templates that include advice for ultimately tricking the mark into wiring money to the scammer.They make it appear like the call is coming from a legitimate police department."If they believe they can instill fear of law enforcement, police, prosecution, they are going to do that if it can extract money," said Gavin.After the bogus police call, the father in this scam asks the victim to send money via a Green Dot card.It convinces victims they broke the law and they could be arrested unless they pay up.It's becoming such a problem, that the scheme h as been given a name: sextortion.They interact, and then there is a critical point where they try to get them to send pictures, conversations, videos that would be embarrassing to the victim if they are released," said Agent Michael Gavin with the FBI Memphis office. From there, Ferguson says, there is always a story about how the teen's parent got a hold of the phone.One man who is too embarrassed to reveal his identity explains what happened next. "She said something like 'are you ready to do something to this 17-year-old body? Then the victim gets a call or text from someone saying he is the teen's angry father."They will look at each potential victim and craft a scenario they think can extract money," said Gavin.The proprietor also claims that his method is more than 20% effective within three replies and over 60% effective after eight.The dating scam package advises customers to stick to a tried-and-true approach.That includes dating scams — among the oldest and most common of online swindles.Recently, I had a chance to review a package of dating scam emails, instructions, pictures, videos and love letter templates that are sold to scammers in the underground, and was struck by how commoditized this type of fraud has become.