Beware of the Black Dollar Scam

April 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm Leave a comment

A great post at Prevention Works warms of a new scam that is sucking people in and taking their money. Similar to the Nigerian email scams, a victim receives a communication from an individual who states that a large amount of money needs to be transferred out of their native country into the US, and the individual promises a percentage of the money in return for importing the money. Of course, says the individual, there are some small fees involved, but they will be reimbursed by the large sum of money the victim will receive after the transfer is completed.

But here is the twist, according to the scammer, the money being imported has been dyed black in order to pass customs. But no worry, the scammer says, you can buy a cheap solution that will wash off the black dye and the money will appear again. To further convince victims, in some cases, a slight-of-hand demonstration is even presented to “show” the victim that the black really does wash off the money. Eventually, the scammers keep presenting the victims with small taxes and transfer fees, as well as making them buy phony washing solution, until the victim stops paying or runs out of money.

Personally, I can’t believe people fall for this stuff, but I suppose there are some desperate people out there who are looking for a quick buck. To protect yourself, remember to never give out personal information over the internet, and remember that if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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