Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden this week warned state residents to be on the lookout for two email scams recently reported to his office’s Consumer Protection Unit.
In the first scam, an email purportedly from a credit union seeks to “verify recent activity” on the recipients account. Biden’s office said the email is actually trying to trick potential victims into giving up sensitive personal financial information, including bank account numbers.
In the second scam, an email purportedly from a “private investor based in West Columbia (South Carolina, USA)” claims the sender has been contacted by a “group of government officials from South Africa who need to transfer a large sum of money into the United States.”
The email promises the recipient a percentage of the money in exchange for access to the victim’s bank account information to facilitate the fraudulent transaction, Biden’s office said.
In reality, the scammers are seeking bank account numbers to steal the victim’s money.
“No matter how good an offer sounds, never give out your personal financial information online,” Biden said in a statement released Monday.
Anyone who receives either of the emails is directed to ignore the messages. Anyone who believes they have already fallen victim to the scams is directed to immediately contact their financial institution.
Delawareans who receive unsolicited phone calls, emails or other messages that they suspect might be a scam is asked to report the communications to the state attorney general’s consumer protection unit by calling (800) 220-5424 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.