Victims are targeted via chat rooms or online dating services. They gain the victim’s trust then
take advantage to exploit them.
Claim: An email from a ‘lawyer’ names you as a beneficiary of a fortune from a rich relative.
You are required to contact the lawyer or law firm to confirm your identity, then to pay certain
expenses to have the money released.
Claim: You can work from home and make extra money, usually an attractive amount is proposed,
just by filling envelopes. On response, you’re requested to pay a fee for the postage of these
envelopes etc. to
be sent to you. More fees accumulate and no envelopes are sent.
Claim: You must act as a guardian to recover someone’s wealth whereby you’ll receive a large sum
of money for your service.
Rich Investor Scam
Claim: A wealthy person wishing to invest in your country but cannot do so without your help.
Rich Philanthropist Scam
Claim: A wealthy dying person with no one to leave his fortune to and would like to donate his
money to the underprivileged.
Claim: A charitable organisation seeking donations for their cause. Claim: Critical illness
seeking funds to help to pay for surgery or treatment.
ATM Card Scam
Claim: There is money waiting for you in a bank account for which the scammer holds the ATM
card, and you must pay transport fees and taxes.
Claim: Recruitment firm or employer offering attractive opportunities. On response, you have to
pay fees for visa applications or travel expenses in advance to qualify.
Claim: An item was purchased on a classified ad site of which an overpayment was made in error.
The ‘payment’ was made with a fake cheque or money order. The seller is told to refund the buyer
Claim: Affordable and enticing prices for vacation and retirement villages. On response, you’re
requested to pay a deposit in advance to secure the investment.
Email Password Scam
Claim: Your email details must be updated to avoid being shut down. When you respond, hackers
acquire your address and password and send out a plea to your contacts to send you money because
Change of Banking Details Scam
Claim: Your tax authority or municipal services or other banking details have changed and all
further payments must be made to a new account. Always check that this is a legitimate claim
before making payments.
Claim: Scammers ask you to pay money or give them your bank account details to help them
transfer the money. You are then asked to pay fees, charges or taxes to help release or transfer
the money out of the country through your bank. These 'fees' may even start out as quite small