Police Issue Advisory About Online Scams

October 4, 2013

The Bermuda Police Service Financial Crime Unit said they would like to remind members of the public to “remain vigilant regarding phishing e-mails and other scams that attempt to obtain personal information or other sensitive data.”

“In particular, local residents are advised to be wary of a scam e-mail currently circulating allegedly from the ‘USAID AND DFID LOTTERY,” a police spokesperson said. “The fraudulent e-mail goes on to request personal details, suggesting the recipient has been awarded a cash prize.”

Text of the scam email below:

Dear Winner,

This is to inform you that THE UK Department of International Development (DFID) and UNITED STATES Agency for International Development (USAID) Has awarded your email address of the sum: (Five hundred thousand United States
Dollars) in the ongoing Global development Lucky draw Program 2013.

Email address owners, Facebook Account Owners and Twitter Account Owners from around the globe was inputted in a computerized integrated random system from which your Facebook Account came out as one of our lucky winners.

This Program is sponsored by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) And UK Department of International Development (DFID) as part of our social responsibility and as a means to promote economic growth, agriculture and trade, global health, democracy, conflict prevention and Humanitarian Assistance. USAID and DFID are International Government Organization Primarily Responsible for Administering Aid foreign civilians.

President John F. Kennedy Created USAID in 1961 by executive order to implement development assistance programs in the areas authorized by the Congress in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.

For the Claim of your winning amount of Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (USD 500.000), kindly Email the Claims administrator as stated below. “

The police spokesperson continued, “Such requests via unsolicited correspondence should be ignored. The public is reminded that personal information such as dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers and banking details are valuable and that this information should never be passed over the internet or phone to unknown persons.

“Members of the public can contact the Financial Crime Unit on 247-1757 or report suspected internet fraud via e-mail to fraud2@bps.bm.”

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  1. Nuffin but da Truth says:

    Nigerian Scammers…..that stupid they cannot even spell correctly.

  2. Bozey says:

    LOL…I received a scam some months ago. I was threatened that bad things were going to happen to me and my family because I refused to send money….and get this, they had spies watching us and interpol was going to arrest us!! Grammar was pathetic – they are pathetic!! LOL…

  3. Family Man says:

    Those scams are so obvious.

    I guess I’m pretty lucky the general’s daughter contacted me to help her claim that inheritance. She’s going to share it with me as soon as it arrives in my bank account. I gave her all the details so it should be here any day ….