Devere Group Scam Warnings

You’re a loser if you send cash to claim a prize

You may think you’re a winner if you get a letter or email confirming you have won a draw or lottery - but you’re a loser if you try and claim your prize.

The typical email, letter or phone call you receive shouts out that you have won, and to claim your prize, all you have to do is send off a small administration fee to unlock your riches.

The temptation is just too much for some and the outlay is probably tiny in comparison to your supposed winnings, but nevertheless, it’s a con.

Send the money off and that’s the last you will see of your money - and the prize never existed in the first place.

Devere Group scam experts outline another scam. Know your stuff and be safe.

This scam is one example of an ‘advance fee fraud’.

Others include request from diplomats or religious persons to transfer large sums of money in to your bank account - and you can keep a share providing you send some cash to cover expenses.

Sometimes, this is called a ‘419 fraud’ because Section 419 of a criminal code in Nigeria legislates against the scam, once popular with gangs in the country sending out millions of emails.

Other common advance fee frauds include messages from clairvoyants who have a personal message to your advantage - again for the price of a small fee.

Dream job offers or out-of-the-blue appointments as an agent for an overseas firm who want to use your bank are also favourite fraudster emails doing the rounds.

The common factor of all advance fee frauds is a request for payment upfront in one guide or another.

Another is the conman suggesting you use a money transfer. They’re quick, easy and anonymous for the scammer.

The best way to deal with these attempts to scam you is never to reply - if you do your name goes on a sucker list and is passed around gangs who will inundate your inbox with spam.