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Telegram scam: Cybercriminals offer fake credentials to steal money

Nigeria's fake inheritance scam resurfaces in 2022 via Telegram messages (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo)
Nigeria’s fake inheritance scam resurfaces in 2022 via Telegram messages (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo)

A fake Nigerian inheritance scam is in use Cyber ​​criminals Years ago via email, it reappeared in 2022 via messaging Telegram. The scam tries to trick victims into voluntarily providing sensitive data that could compromise their Financial security.

As reported by cybersecurity company ESET Latin America, the scheme involves tricking users into thinking they’ve been accidentally contacted. mass notificationsthat an important person from Nigeria was looking for someone to leave his property to.

used the story Scammers The details may vary, but the background is the same in all cases: a person unknown to the users contacts them and says that he wants to inherit money from them because he has a terminal illness and that, what can be seen on their profiles Social networksVictims are trustworthy people you want to take advantage of.

Inheritance scams in Nigeria try to trick victims into voluntarily handing over sensitive data that could compromise their financial security.  (Pixabay)
Inheritance scams in Nigeria try to trick victims into voluntarily handing over sensitive data that could compromise their financial security. (Pixabay)

However, all this information is false. The ESET report indicates that even if an African country’s area code is used, photos are sent that increase the credibility of the situation or even video callsThis is a scam that tries to steal money from victims.

What happens, if the users agree to continue with the supposed delivery of the “legacy”, is that the person contacting them shares telephone number which belongs to the alleged attorney they should contact to coordinate the details of the delivery of the money.

At that moment, the fake lawyer shares a form With the data needed to be able to deliver the money, however, they additionally ask for a “fee” to make the shipment effective. If the victims make this payment, the cybercriminals will keep the people’s money and get nothing.

Messages in messages

It is one of the most common cyber attacks PhishingCharacterized as a threat that replaces A’s name or appearance A reliable company to deceive their victims. Their goal is to get them to click on malicious links to steal your credentials. Typically, these scams are sent via email.

If the victims make a payment from the supposed lawyer who contacts them, the cybercriminals keep the people's money and get nothing.  (Robert Guenther/dpa)
If the victims make a payment from the supposed lawyer who contacts them, the cybercriminals keep the people’s money and get nothing. (Robert Guenther/dpa)

According to Kaspersky, if an email asks for an action like clicking on a link or downloading an attachment, claims it’s important to “personally request the CEO” or something that’s “due in the next few hours,” it’s safest to be one trap.

Links should not be opened e-mail direct you to external sites that request personal information; Do not download or open files that are executable (such as .exe) or perform actions related to them money transfers.

It can also be checked from the note header if it is a spamBecause the address must match the sender, for example if it says it’s an urgent email from Google, then the email should be “@google.com” and not “@donitas.com” or whatever.

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