You’ve inherited money! Or not

April Fools’ Day has come and gone, but cybercriminals have not stopped trying to trick Internet users into parting with their hard earned cash.

A popular technique these days is the advance fee fraud. That’s when a cybercriminal sends you an e-mail message that promises a large amount of money in return for a small initial payment.

The most popular form of advance fee fraud is the lottery scam, but there are others. Recently we told you about the MSN Auto Protection Plan scam and we read something on Snopes (a popular scam-busting site) about inheritance scams. These scams claim that an unknown relative has left you a large sum of money and in order to claim it, you must pay for “processing fees.” Don’t be fooled. Don’t send money or offer any personal information.

To learn more about this scam, see Snopes: Windfall Inheritance.

To find out how to protect yourself, see Avoid advance fee fraud and other lottery scams.

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »