A Cautionary Tale
I have just had the upsetting news that a friend who lives in the States has lost her retirement savings through a scam. Normally I wouldn’t insult your intelligence by warning you of such a thing; but everyone has their vulnerable periods and I have always thought my friend an astute business woman.
I think many of us in the
My friend believed she had won a large amount of money from an International Lottery based in the
Eventually the money was transferred to an interbank in the UK and the final payment was required to cover ‘fluctuations in the exchange rate’ She asked her bank to check it out and make sure it was legal, and the answer was that she should deal directly with the interbank. Throughout she had been checking the internet for scam lists and now identified it as a Nigerian scam.
She has reported it to the Fraud Squad in
‘It could be worse- I count my blessings. I don’t have cancer, or a son in
Just be careful- it’s a jungle out there!