Wire fraud and mail fraud are similar. They both involve schemes that are designed to deceive people into giving away, sensitive personal information, money or other assets. The main difference is, wire fraud uses electronic services like phone, fax, sms and the internet.
Historically wire fraud schemes relied on the telephone with scammers limited by the amount of calls they could place to try to hook their victims. Today, with the proliferation of the internet, fraudsters can reach many more people through social media with their fake stories of loss, love and instant wealth. Some of the most common types of wire fraud include:
This is a common scam that has been around for along time and was made famous by scammers posing as a Nigerian Prince. The fake characters have changed over time but the basic format is the same. The scammer sends a message claiming to have a very large sum of money, but for political or legal reasons they cannot get access to it. They ask for help to get access to the money and in return they promise to pay the victim a share. The goal of the scammer is to get access to the victims personal information like their date of birth, social security number, bank account and credit card details which they use to steal money or use their identity in other kinds of fraud.
Victims receive an email that they have won a cash prize or sweepstake. The communication states that to claim the winning prize they need pay a processing fee of a few hundred dollars. Unfortunately there is no prize and the scammer makes off with the money you transferred.
Catfishing is when someones sets up a fake profile to win their victims trust and ultimately get money from them. Often these types of scams are associated with online dating and they target vulnerable people looking for companionship. Once the scammer has won a victims trust they start asking the victim for money, often for small amounts initially then gradually increasing over time.
Scammers use email or sms messages to try to trick people into giving away personal information. The send an email that looks like it is from a trusted company like a bank, online store or social network. The message is designed to get the victim to click on a link or open an attachment. Some of the tactics include; notifying you of a problem with your account, offering a coupon, confirming personal information or overdue payment. Clicking on the link installs malware onto the victims computer and allows the scammers to get access to their email account, which they to find businesses that they victim has some transaction history with. They pose as that business and request payment by wiring money to them.
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