Posts Tagged ‘online fraud’

Upcoming Online Fraud – Visiting Your Country Make Bookings

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Visiting Your Country, Make Online Bookings Fraud.

This online fraud is still unfolding and the all ramifications have not been unveiled as yet. In anycase, do not wait until the entire racket is known. Stay careful now and save yourself from this online threat.

An email is being sent out by a group of fraudsters. The email claims that a certain person (named in the email) and family members (also named in the email) wish to travel for a vacation to ‘your’ country. The country is not named in the email and is referred to as ‘your’ country. The sender of the email requests you to do some bookings for travel and hotels on his behalf.

You are also informed in the email that, the sender will be paying for all the bookings through his credit card. This will be done around 2 weeks before the vacation start date.

This is surely an online scam and it remains to be seen how many people fall for it. You are probably expected to pay for the advance bookings with your credit card. And what happens after that? Let us presume that the email sender does not send you the payment as promised, you could probably cancel the reservations that you made and get away lightly.

The more likely and dangerous thing would be if the email sender actually arrives in your country and does something which is illegal or criminal. The law enforcing authorities will trace back the reservations and find that, they were originally made by you on behalf of the email sender. It could be tough to prove that you are not an accomplice to the crimes commited by the email sender.

Like we mentioned earlier, don’t get curious about the modus operandi of this online fraud. Just ignore such emails and delete them off your system. There is no reason why a genuine traveller to your country, should randomly contact people for making travel and hotel arrangements.

The ATM Card Waiting For You Scandal. Online Security Update.

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

The ATM Card Money Fraud.

It is the time of the year when many innocent online users are looking for bargains and also making online transaction. While this is a good thing for both buyer and seller, you need to stay updated with the online security threats that are currently going around. Kaisilver continues to monitor various online security issues and warns both buyers and sellers through this exclusive security blog.

The ATM card fraud basically perpetuates through emails. You receive an email saying that an ATM card with thousands or even millions of dollars filled in waiting for you. You could be asked to contact the shipping or courier agent, or just send full details of your name, bank account etc. There is a phone number and contact person mentioned in the email. All this is done to increase your confidence in moving ahead with the transaction. Do not fall for this fraud, you will get nothing and only end up losing money. At times, you receive a similar email from a (supposedly) big courier company. This is a cloak email and does not really originate from FEDEX, DHL, UPS or any other courier. The email says that your card is lying with them and you need to pay a small fee like a few hundred dollars to receive it. You might feel that it is a small amount to pay inorder to receive the millions of dollars that are stuffed in the ATM card! But just forget such ideas and delete the email, you will not get a single cent.

Please pass the above information to your friends and relatives. It is only such open sharing of information that can make the online world safer and more useful. We need to harness the benefits of online commerce while remaining alert about online dangers. This is the best way to proceed.

Two Latest Frauds, Beware Of These Scams

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Our network team has warned of 2 recent online threats that you should be aware of. These are related to the earlier frauds that, promised sharing millions of dollars just to help move funds out of a country. The earlier frauds promised you a hefty share of a suddenly discovered bounty, all you had to do was to provide certain confidential bank details and part with some hard earned money for ‘processing and legal fees’. Here are the 2 new frauds:

(a) Your money is on the way: The victim receives a fraudulent email from the fraudster. The email states that despite your refusal to help in the earlier transaction (money moving fraud), the fraudster has managed to move the funds. The fraudster however feels it right to give you a small share of the funds he successfully transferred. You are then requested to contact the sender of the email. You will undoubtedly be expected to part with some confidential financial details and a few thousand dollars. You obviously get nothing in return so do not be tempted to take any action if you receive such fraudulent emails.

(b) Your check is at the courier: This is similar to (a) above but is made more tempting. The message in this email fraud says that your draft is already ready to be sent to you. All you need to pay is a few hundred dollars towards courier fees. You are requested to contact the courier who in this case, will ofcourse be a close associate of the fraudster. At times, the email claims to have come from a courier/shipping company informing you that a parcel is waiting for your clearance. Do nothing with such emails, the delete key is your best protection against becoming a victim to such an email fraud.