"Our system caught your car speeding 20 mph over the speed limit at (location). The penalty is $10 per mph over the limit. Send $200.00 cash or money order to (recipient) by Tuesday, or a warrant will be issued for your arrest..."
I don't know about you, but I don't want to be arrested...
I know this message will come to you as surprised, but permit me of my desire to go into business relationship with you. I am the exhiled Prince of Nigeria, and require $200.00 to get have my money sent to me from Nigeria. If you will be kind enough to send me the $200.00, i will be able to retrieve my money totaling $4.2 million US dollars. If you will help me by sending the $200.00, I will gladly send you 20% of my money after I have retrieved it from Nigeria... "
I'd love to sign up for 20% of 4.2 million dollars (that would be $840,000) for a relatively small investment of $200.00. Who wouldn't??? This beats the interest I'm getting on that money sitting in my bank account - bay a HUGE margin...
The problem is that neither of these emails (or sometimes it will be an ALERT screen) will work to my benefit. In fact, just the opposite...
Criminals will use any ploy that has any chance of getting you to send money to them. They will attempt to scare you (imminent arrest warrant), appeal to your sense of greed ($840,000.00), use a made-up dire situation for a loved one or good friend (Your grandson was just arrested or in an accident), or almost any other ploy to get you to send money. Usually with a deadline of some sort so that you won't have time to check the "facts" presented.
A common "tip-off" to these scams is that the perpetrator wants the money NOW, and usually insists on some sort of money order or wire transfer for payment (although they may also ask for bank info, or a credit card, or anything else that they can cash in... so don't be duped).
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