Have you recently got the following types of text or email messages?
- “FYI Letter from Marc Meilleur regarding your gift. Read attached for details.”
- “My name Is Marc Meifeur and my wife name is Dorothy-Ann from Noelville, Canada: we both won the sum of $70-million Lotto Max draw. | am 60 years old and we where in disbelief because it was unbelievable as the Tears of joy ran through my eyes! because life haven’t been easy for us. | am a Christian and I believe that Good things happens to those people who wait and never get discourage. We have vowed to help charities and institutions which we have decided to spend 50% of the total sum for charities and institutions due to this covid-19: we have also decided to extend the charitable gift to the United States and through our financial adviser, details of the beneficiary was picked randomly and you happened to be one of the beneficiary. You have been gifted the sum of $1,500.000.00 Canadian Dollars equivalent to $1,200.000.00 USD which you are to also use part of the money for charity work in your Country in United States and we have insured the funds with a very high level of insurance policy to make sure that the funds get to you as the rightful beneficiary”
- “You have been gifted the sum of $1,500,000.00 Canadian Dollars equivalent to $1,200,000.00 USD which you are to also use part of the money for charity work in your Country in United States and we have insured the funds with a very high level of insurance policy to make sure that the funds get to you as the rightful beneficiary so you will have to provide details below. You are to reply from your personal Email address to Email: firstname.lastname@example.org You are to provide details below. Name: Address And Country: Age: Gender: Marital Status: Occupation: Phone No:”
If you have got messages similar to the above examples, you should know those are phishing messages send with the intention to scam you. That’s why you should not click any link provided on such messages, or download anything from such messages, or follow any instruction provided on such messages.
You may also get slightly different kinds of messages but if those messages look similar to the above examples, then definitely you should delete those fraudulent messages.
The main motive of these kinds of fraudulent messages is to steal your personal information which they will try to do in the following ways:
- By asking you to click the malicious link provided on the message which can hack your device.
- By tricking you to submit your credentials on the clone sites that look exactly similar to the renowned legit sites but with different domain names.
- By asking you to reply to them or call them back directly.
- so on.
Now you may be thinking about what they will do with your personal information, right? Well, they can sell that to third parties and make money out of that. If they got your credit card information or other payment processor details, they can directly steal your money.
Now you know that “FYI Letter from Marc Meilleur regarding your gift.” text messages are nothing other than fake messages. So, if you want to make your friends and families aware of this scam, then please feel free to share this post through your social media accounts.
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