This letter is not from an actual person. 'Mrs. Maria Fernandez' is a scam. The letter is basically telling you, If you have lost any money from a scam. You can then contact her and she will give you US $1,300,000.00. if you pay her $250.00 for the ownership paper works. This is NOT real, some people aren't very intelligent and they fall for it. You will pay the $250 and not get anything in return.
What are 2 reasons you know that this letter is a scam.
First of all, it is too good to be true. Nobody would give you 1,300,000.00. for just $250 in return.
Secondly it is kind of obvious that it is a scam because how would 'Maria' get the money to you without you telling her where you live or where to send it to, that would be a bit dodgy telling something you don't even know your address, bank account details etc.
Give 3 pieces of evidence (excerpts of sentences) that prove that this letter is a scam.
- I have finally received my compensation funds of US$1,300,000.00. Moreover
- So I am advising you to contact Mrs. Maria Farnandez (email@example.com) for your own money including the money you lost or you can as well call her on her direct telephone number (+234-9094654395) please take it very serious.
- The only Money I paid after I meet with Mrs. Maria Farnandez was just $250.00 for the ownership paper works.
Describe a scam or prank you have heard about or been subject to.
I have had a few experiences with pranks/scams. Most of them are at school when I go onto websites etc for school. For example, enter your details here to win a new iPad. You are the 1,000,000 person on this website, click here to win 1,000 dollars. Also a couple of weeks ago we got a phone call from someone from a different country, I think they sounded indian. They said to us that our windows computer had broken down but we don't have one. This is a scam because they try to get you to download a software so they can see everything that your doing.
Give 5 pieces of advice for people to avoid internet or email based scams.
You can look up advice to avoid scams on the internet.
- Don't believe anything if it's too good to be true
- Don't give any bank details over the internet, if you DON'T know who it is, it may be a scam.