BEWARE OF TRANSFER FUND SCAMS
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher has warned consumers to beware of unsolicited e-mails promising an opportunity to get rich quick, but which are nothing more than an attempt to drain unsuspecting consumers’ bank accounts.
Recipients of these e-mails
are told that the sender is either a high-ranking government official or the
close relative of a high-ranking government official from a developing country.
As a result of some financial miscalculation, the sender has millions of dollars
languishing in a bank account that cannot be accessed without the recipient's
assistance. In return for this assistance, the recipient is promised a portion
of the funds, usually 20 percent. All the recipient has to do is demonstrate
their good faith by either depositing a sum of money in a bank account (which
the sender can access) or by faxing company letterhead and information on the
recipient's bank account. The sender then drains the bank account.
Additional information can be found at the U.S. Secret Service’s website at http://www.secretservice.gov/alert419.shtml. Victims should contact the Secret Service’s Financial Crimes Division at 202-406-5850. Consumers may also call the department’s toll free helpline at 1-800-342-2762.