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And the scams keep on coming. Right now someone claiming to be Southwest Airlines will give me vouchers for five free tickets if just turn over some of my private information for its eyes only, including my passwords, credit card numbers, and, well, I’m sure you know the rest.

Do people really fall for this?

You bet they do. Just like they fall for the e-mail from Discover Card that tells me, “This is your official notification that the service’s listed below will be deactivated and deleted if your profile is not verified immediately.”

It goes on to inform me that I must log in and enter my password and user information at once or blah, blah, and more blah.

To the sender of that e-mail, the joke is on you.

I don’t have a Discover card.

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This morning I received an official looking letter that started:

“Dear Friend, I am Miss Sandra Tunkin, a U.S. citizen and am 34 years old. I was residing in Dripping Springs, Texas and I am relocated since I am now rich. I am one of those that took part in the United Nations Compensation program in Nigeria…” Stop! As soon as you see the word “Nigeria,” do not read any further. The Nigerian scam is a con where a recent widow (or anyone) from Nigeria (or anywhere) contacts you with a sob story about how she was cheated out of 10 (or 20 or 50) million dollars and if you assist her in getting the money out of her country she will be happy to split it with you.

All you have to do is fill out some information and wire her a small sum of money such as two or three hundred dollars in good faith.

Hey, that’s not bad. I send $200 and I make 10 million.

I know many people who have received these e-mails but I don’t know anyone who has fallen for this con. Yet, they keep on coming.

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The Treasury Department will be issuing new hundred-dollar bills. “Psst. I know a guy that works in the treasury and can get his hands on a truckload. He’s willing to sell them at half price. How many do you want?”

Yeah! Sure!

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Quickly. Hurry. Right now. Before it’s too late. “Send me the required information and $50 so that you can receive your share of the one-million pounds of sterling in the Qatar Quick-Pick Lottery from which your e-mail was chosen as the winner.”

Tempting, right? Wrong!

This is a perfect example of that old saying, if it sounds too good to be true … you know the rest.

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Then there’s the e-mail from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It appears to be real with the magnificent authentic seal and all. Laugh when you get it and delete it immediately. I am telling you the following from experience. If the FBI needs to talk to you, it will not be via an e-mail. When you least expect it, two eight-foot-tall giants flashing badges will come knocking on your door.

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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