Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Botswana based cyber criminal caught out in US tip line

A Botswana based cyber criminal was this week caught out on a Cyber Crime Tip Line set up by the American Springfield Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office. The hotline was opened on Tuesday to help catch online criminals.

The first call, made on Wednesday was from a caller who reported receiving an e-mail from Botswana on February 7th. According to the e-mail, a relation of the caller named Robert Hunter had died during a diamond mine accident. Robert Hunter had no ‘Will’, and Robert Hunter had an estate valued over 3 million dollars. The e-mail also stated the caller was the only verified relative of Robert Hunter. The e-mail asked the caller to send her e-mail and phone number to claim the estate.

This is another variation of the latest cyber scam that uses the promise of finding unclaimed money to lure people in.
This new scam comes in the form of an email telling people they have “millions of dollars” in unclaimed money. The message directs consumers to call an overseas telephone number to claim their supposed money. Scammers intend to get personal information from people such as their bank account information, credit card information and social security number. The crooks also make their money by tricking people into calling an overseas toll telephone number to retrieve their supposed funds, then using various schemes to keep them on the line as long as possible.


Read this week's paper