Scammers are continuing to use email to try to trick people into revealing sensitive personal and financial details so they can steal identities and money.
These scam emails typically ask the recipient to provide these details in order to participate in a transaction worth several million dollars. However, the proposed transaction is fake.
One recently circulating email claims to come from ‘Army Captain Dr Douglas Powell’ and asks the recipient to ‘receive and secure’ US$13 million discovered during a rescue mission in Afghanistan.
The poorly-worded email, which has not been sent by the real Dr Powell, suggests the transaction would be mutually beneficial and that ‘Dr Powell’ has completed ‘all necessary requirements for the release and dispatch of the funds’.
You are advised not to respond to any emails asking you to provide sensitive personal and financial details, and to alert the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s ‘SCAMwatch’ service if you receive such a message.
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