Today’s post – Don’t Fall for a Financial Scammer – is motivated by an email I received that landed in my Junk filter. Caught a spammer scammer!
Friends, just like I’ve written posts to help you avoid romance scammers, it’s important not to fall for financial scammers. Their game is similar, but romancing you might not always be part of the plan. Separating you from your money is the same goal.
I’m not talking about what happens on a farm. For sure a topic that a vegetarian like me doesn’t want to discuss. Pig butchering is a financial scam that often avoids “investing” in crypto currency with the promise of high returns. The scammer sets up a website or an app and finds victims who will invest money. And then persuades them to invest more money as the “value” increases dramatically with profits.
When the “investment account” shows a hefty sum and the victim tries to withdraw money, they are unable to do so.
Pig butchering scams are soaring.
Let’s dissect this scam email that landed in my Junk folder.
Yikes! When I snipped, saved, and uploaded here, it came out small. I’ll have to copy and paste it so it’s easier to read.
Email to and from
Let’s start at the top. Who’s the scammer who emailed me? I’m going to unlink the email addresses so no one accidentally clicks and emails Mohammad the scammer.
Mohammad Abdalla email@example.com
I received the email, same as how anyone can contact me on this blog, but the email address showing in the header is: firstname.lastname@example.org
So that’s kind of funny. The only thing close about this email address is my first name. And apparently I run a French translation company. Ha ha ha!
I can say bonjour and count to 5 in French. People are not breaking down my door for my amazing translation services.
The topic line is: Private investor for your business
Who says I need one? Apparently only Mohammad the scammer.
The rest of the email
I am working directly with a private INVESTOR portfolio that can provide funding for credible clients with feasible projects. Currently, we have investment funds for viable projects.
We are currently seeking means of expanding and relocating our business interest in the following sectors: Banking, Real Estate, Stock Speculation and Mining, Transportation, Health sector and Tobacco or any other sector you may suggest. We can also partner with your company on other projects of value. The interest rate and tenure are fantastic.
PLEASE NOTE: Intermediaries / Consultants / Brokers are welcome to bring their clients and are 100% protected. In complete confidence, we will do good business.
Your response is most anticipated if this is of interest to you.
Reach me on email:email@example.com
Kindly respond accordingly if you have interest for possible corporation.
Goodbye financial scammer
Without getting too overloaded with details, Mohammad the scammer can’t even get his act together on email addresses.
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Ladies, we have to be smart with our money. Don’t hand over any money to some random scammer that emails or texts us.
Got it? That’s the most important takeaway. Never give money to someone you don’t know in person. If you already deal with a financial planner or banker, you can listen to their advice and decide what to do with your money.
Another very important tidbit of advice when dealing with any financial investor or any reputable business – they are NOT using a gmail account. Or any other free email server account either.
Reputable financial advisors will have the name of their company or website as part of their email address.
Investing your money
I am DIY when it comes to investing my money. I use an online broker called Questrade with low/no fees. One of the biggest online investors in Canada. If you’d like to open an account, please sign up at https://www.questrade.com/ and use my “refer a friend” code: 415632012426909. We will each get $50 into our accounts to buy stocks. You will have to complete your sign up within 60 days of using the code and deposit $1,000 into your account.
When it comes to recommendations where to invest your money, ask people you know what they’re doing and research online. Every personal finance blogger out there will have suggestions in their posts. Free advice.
We work hard for our money and we struggle to pay down our debt and put a little aside to invest. Don’t let a low life scammer steal your money.
Published by Cheryl @ The Lifestyle Digs on July 3, 2023.