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419419 An advance fee scam or fraud (419 scam) is a form of fraud and is one of the most common types of online confidence tricks. The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster claims will be used to obtain the large sum. If a victim makes the payment, the fraudster either invents a series of further fees for the victim or simply disappears. The 419 comes from the Nigerian law against this type of scam. Money Scammers Turn To Google Forms
ScamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime - is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. Warning: Google Forms Have Become An Attack Vector Of Choice For 419 Scammers
Scammers are always on the lookout for new ways they can scam their victims. Google Forms appear reliable and authoritative.
As a result, scammers are using this tool to collect a victim’s information.
Here is an example of how scammers are now using Google Forms to create email lures for victims.
Instead of a standard “Nigerian Prince” style email scam they are using Google forms to add legitimacy and anonymity in the acquisition of your identity and banking information.
These can lead to money losses and identity theftIdentity Theft Identity theft is when someone uses another person's personal identifying information, without their permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. In both the U.K. and the United States it is the theft of personally identifiable information. Identity theft deliberately uses someone else's identity as a method to gain financial advantages or obtain credit and other benefits, and perhaps to cause other person's loss. The person whose identity has been stolen may suffer adverse consequences, especially if they are falsely held responsible for the perpetrator's actions. Personally identifiable information generally includes a person's name, date of birth, social security number, driver's license number, bank account or credit card numbers, PINs, electronic signatures, fingerprints, passwords, or any other information that can be used to access a person's financial resources..
If you get a Google Form from someone you do not personally know and can verify, flag it as a scam/spam and delete it at once.
SUBJECT: My name is Mrs. Irene Raya from Indonesia,
I know that this message might come to you as a surprise because we don’t know each other nor have we ever met before but accept it with an open and positive mind, because I have a very important request that made me to contact you in this regard.
I am a widow diagnosed with brain tumor disease.
It has gotten to a very bad stage which my doctors have confirmed and announced to me that I have just a few days to leave, Now that I’m ending the race like this, without any family members and no child.
I was a business woman from Indonesia dealing with gold exportation here in the Republic of Burkina Faso. I have decided to hand over and entrust the sum of ($10.5 Million Dollar) in my account to you for the mutual benefit of the orphans and the less privileged ones in your location to fulfill my wish on earth.
But before handing over my data’s to you, I want you to understand that It will be my pleasure to compensate you as my Investment Manager/Partner with 50% percent of the total money for your effort in handling the transaction, while 50% of the fund will be invested into the charity project there in your country.
Meanwhile if only you are interested please contact. firstname.lastname@example.org
I am waiting for your prompt response Now I have access to the Internet in the hospital, I will give you further details and my data. Please always check your e-mail as I have only a few days to leave on this earth. Your early response will be appreciated.
Mrs Irene Raya.