Phishing-related fraud and email-based scams are big business in numerous countries, including Nigeria (see Churchgoing Nigerians Drive Business Email Attacks).

Last year, Nigerian police arrested a 40-year-old man, "Mike," who had been accused of masterminding multiple types of fraud schemes.

He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career.

guyana dating scams-67

Here, we look at some of the most common online wire scams so that you can know what to look for and avoid being a victim.

You’ve found your dream apartment but are requested to transfer the first month’s rent up front.

Or a timeshare, but there are taxes you need to take care of with a money order first.

Maybe your search for a car has paid off with an unbelievable deal, but there are application fees you need to cover with a wire transfer.

S.-based individuals to further their fraud via "romance scams," prosecutors say.

These typically involve a fraudster pretending to be someone else - the gang often adopted identities involving European women - to establish a romantic relationship with victims and trick them into serving as money mules, referring to people who - knowingly or otherwise - transfer money illegally on behalf of others.While not all scams will reach you online, phishing and other cybercrime cost Americans nearly 0 billion each year.And scammers are only becoming more sophisticated, using increasingly elaborate schemes to trick you into revealing personal and financial information.Prosecutors said Chase Bank, Bank of America, ADP and Branch Bank & Trust Co.collectively suffered

These typically involve a fraudster pretending to be someone else - the gang often adopted identities involving European women - to establish a romantic relationship with victims and trick them into serving as money mules, referring to people who - knowingly or otherwise - transfer money illegally on behalf of others.While not all scams will reach you online, phishing and other cybercrime cost Americans nearly $100 billion each year.And scammers are only becoming more sophisticated, using increasingly elaborate schemes to trick you into revealing personal and financial information.Prosecutors said Chase Bank, Bank of America, ADP and Branch Bank & Trust Co.collectively suffered $1.5 million in fraud as a result.The fraud network engaged in "numerous internet-based fraud schemes," including tricking people into cashing counterfeit checks and money orders on the group's behalf, purchasing electronics and other goods that could be easily resold - especially on auction site - using stolen credit and debit card numbers, and taking control of online bank accounts using stolen personally identifiable information, the Justice Department says.

||

These typically involve a fraudster pretending to be someone else - the gang often adopted identities involving European women - to establish a romantic relationship with victims and trick them into serving as money mules, referring to people who - knowingly or otherwise - transfer money illegally on behalf of others.

While not all scams will reach you online, phishing and other cybercrime cost Americans nearly $100 billion each year.

And scammers are only becoming more sophisticated, using increasingly elaborate schemes to trick you into revealing personal and financial information.

Prosecutors said Chase Bank, Bank of America, ADP and Branch Bank & Trust Co.

collectively suffered $1.5 million in fraud as a result.

The fraud network engaged in "numerous internet-based fraud schemes," including tricking people into cashing counterfeit checks and money orders on the group's behalf, purchasing electronics and other goods that could be easily resold - especially on auction site - using stolen credit and debit card numbers, and taking control of online bank accounts using stolen personally identifiable information, the Justice Department says.

||

These typically involve a fraudster pretending to be someone else - the gang often adopted identities involving European women - to establish a romantic relationship with victims and trick them into serving as money mules, referring to people who - knowingly or otherwise - transfer money illegally on behalf of others.

While not all scams will reach you online, phishing and other cybercrime cost Americans nearly $100 billion each year.

And scammers are only becoming more sophisticated, using increasingly elaborate schemes to trick you into revealing personal and financial information.

Prosecutors said Chase Bank, Bank of America, ADP and Branch Bank & Trust Co.

.5 million in fraud as a result.The fraud network engaged in "numerous internet-based fraud schemes," including tricking people into cashing counterfeit checks and money orders on the group's behalf, purchasing electronics and other goods that could be easily resold - especially on auction site - using stolen credit and debit card numbers, and taking control of online bank accounts using stolen personally identifiable information, the Justice Department says.