This one scares me!
We see so many scam attempts that we've almost become immune to them. But this one is so good, it scares me.
I'm sure you're all familiar with the typical inheritance scam which looks so phony you just laugh it off. Poor English, lots of typos and spelling errors. How could anyone take it seriously?
This one is different
First the envelope: it's neatly typed and, instead of a stamp, it bears an official-looking mark from Canada Post.
"Now, who do I know in Canada? Not a lot of people. It looks official, I'd better open it."
The letter itself bears a little logo and the words "Canada Trust". There's no address, just the website www.tdcanadatrust.com Yes, that's the real website for The Toronto-Dominion Bank [CA].
I'm greeted with "Dear Marion Black". Nothing generic here. They know who I am and have addressed me accordingly. It must be real!
The text of the letter is justified, has no spelling errors, and is written in perfect English.
I'm not going to give you the entire text of the letter, and I can't scan it because my printer/scanner has run out of ink and refuses to play nicely until I give it a drink.
Suffice to say that it's very similar to all the other inheritance scam emails I've received. I've been invited to pass myself off as next of kin to a deceased person to claim $12.9 Million USD "it will be shared between both of us on the ratio that we will agree upon".
The first step I'm asked to take is to reply to his email address and then he will provide me with more details.
The signature consists of the name, telephone number and email address, typed not hand-written.
I've reported it to Scam Watch in Australia. And now I'm trying to spread the word to as many people as I can.
Don't fall for scams