Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
Did you receive a fax from Robert Mosana, subject "Investment Cooperation Proposal", claiming "I was the fund/property investment manager to Mr. Paul-Louis Halley, a Frenchman who lost his life in a plane crash of Socata TBM 700 aircraft crash on December 6, 2003 including his wife."? Sent from 2711128497 or 2786603476? It is a scam. While the names, numbers and exact wording may change, if it looks like the example below, it's a scam.
The scammer either bought your fax number off of a list of verified fax machine phone numbers, or made his own list, using an autodialer to randomly dial phone numbers until it hears a fax receiving tone on the other end.
The scams work the same way as in email or telephone; usually it is "hot stock tip" scam (see this page about stock and security scams) or it is a basic advanced fee fraud (AFF, also called "Nigerian 419 scams, see this page)
Autofax dialers can produce, store, and dial telephone numbers using a random or sequential number generator. Often, they dial every number in a sequence, hoping that some are valid and they will connect to a fax machine.
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