Finally, my ship has come in. I can finally stop working. I can pay off our mortgage, and maybe move to warmer weather. Don't worry I'll get by, I've got $15 million dollars waiting for me in Nigeria! Yeah! It's odd though, I never had $15 million dollars to begin with, but it must be interest or a great exchange rate. What? You're telling me I don't have $15 million dollars waiting for me in Africa? What the email I got from Special Agent Kelvin J. Wilson in Charge of Fraud and Investigation Division Field (FID) Abuja Nigeria wasn't official? Damn.

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I got an email sometime yesterday, we get 100s a day that we flag as junk or simply delete without opening, as we see the signs of a scam or it being from an illegitimate email address. But how many people fall for emails like this? It has to be at least one, or why else would they be emailing people to see how much data and or money they can get from us?

As we roll into the holidays, and with increased concerns about the spread of COVID-19 indoors, check on your elderly family members, relatives, and or neighbors. With less contact with loved ones, generally those at risk for falling for these types of schemes, we might not realize it until it's too late.

In the real world, we don't get emails from 'authorities' in other countries notifying us we've got unclaimed millions when we've never had a million dollars before. The Sheriff's Office won't call you about a warrant, they will just come and arrest you. Bail can't be paid with iTunes cards. We laugh and or smirk as to how dumb this seems but it happens at an alarming rate every day in the world we live in.

To the bank tellers, check out line employees, big-box retailers, help keep our relatives safe this holiday season, and if they are acting odd, or making a strange purchase say something, get involved as one day it could be your relative making that purchase.

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