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SCARS|RSN Special Report & Scam Warning: New Fake Bank Scam
We all know that scammers are inventive and resourceful. They will create the most amazing stories to lure in unsuspecting victims.
However, a new Zero-Day Scam wins the award for the most audacious. Scammers invented a Fake Bank called SkyNet
Yes You Read That Right – SkyNet
Here Is The Message That We Received From A Victim Caught Up In This Scam:
I’m not sure about this one. Everything This lady told me appears to be true. She Is currently working under strict security at the North Bay Norad site, Ontario, Canada. And is a Consultant Chef, in charge of all Senior officers meals.
She recently lost a phone while pleasure boating, overboard. She claimed to have a corporate bank account with Skynet???? I don’t know how but I have looked into her account and it appears to be very healthy. I have checked with so many Banks to ask if this is a legitimate Bank but all I was told to check the bank myself, phone them. (Yeah right phone what is thought to be a dodgy Bank and ask them if they are real) DER. Thanks for that SANTANDER UK.
Anyway I have all her details of the account and she has told me to withdraw enough cash to see me through the months of November until she can get leave in December. She also wanted me to buy her a phone and laptop with the money and a present for her of my own choice.
I have asked Friends online from Canada to ask if they had heard of this Bank. Some say no, Most say they have. I feel sick inside as she is a beautiful woman, and I have fallen deeply in love with her.
She has a friend on the base that is on Facebook, we did become good friends. This woman is supposed to be a Capt. She always let me know how my love was doing, if she had been upset or crying over a little tif we may have had.
Most about her not being real, as I found on Facebook a page with all my lovers details on except a date of birth and an older phone number. Plus It had a photo of her, I reported it and since it has disappeared.
This what I thought was a fake FB page, but still got in touch. Well this is where the story really lit up lights for me. She (my lovers double) Told me she was somewhere in South America, I’m not giving precise details as maybe against the law. Anyway she claims to be where she is, in hiding. As she was found in a hotel room with a dead person next to her. And claims she was drugged up and planted there by an ex boyfriend. The ex wants her dead apparently so that he can claim her money. It all sounded very convincing to me, but I told my lover what went on, but thinking she could be fake as well, never told her the whole story.
My lover told me that she had an affair which went on for some time, She had brought this guy a Mobile home for his birthday, and gave him several thousand dollars to help with gambling addiction. Any way he got posted to the middle east and she found out another woman was pregnant by him. Yes he was a soldier too.
The brunt of this story is that I just don’t know what to believe, is she fake, is the bank fake. Whatever our relationship is over because I truly thought she was a fake. As all family and friends have told me to steer clear.
Another thing I tried looking into myself was, Is North Bay Norad Operational still I have been told it’s been empty for years.
Our Response To His Message:
1) The idea of a contractor working on a military base if not unreasonable. But she needs you to buy a phone with her money? Amazon works just fine, plus a zillion other ecommerce companies, plus she would need to buy it from a phone company or at least have you buy it form her phone company to make sure it was compatible or to transfer her account to the new phone.
2) Yes NORAD has scaled back their one the group radar and listening stations since almost everything is now surveilled by satellite. But scammers never do a complete job of researching their stories because they know most victims will not check.
3) This is the great part and us truly scary. These scammers invented their own bank. NO ONE in North America would start a bank called SKYNET – we already think banks are plotting to destroy us, but with the brand from the Terminator movies? Really? No way. But the good news is that we looked at the website and it is a true fake. Plus we have a 2018 directory of ALL banks in Canada. Everything is available if you look for it. So this is as bogus as a kangaroo in Nigeria.
This Is A Far More Serious Fraud That It Might Appear At First Glance
It represents a significant escalation in the scammer arms race. This victim said he was able to actually see a page that looked like an account ledger. Most victims would have no clue how to tell the difference.
However, the disturbing aspect of this is what real person gives a stranger access to their online banking? What victim would expect or accept that this is normal?
It does not sound like this victim lost more than their time, but it should how careful you have to be constantly online!