Fake credit union, private investor scamming Delaware residents, AG says

By Bryan Cohen | Feb 19, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden warned Delaware residents on Monday about two email scams that were recently reported to his Consumer Protection Unit.

In one scam, Delaware residents received an email that purportedly came from a credit union attempting to verify recent activity on the recipient's account. The sender is actually a scam artist trying to trick potential victims into giving out personally identifying financial information, including bank account numbers.

In the other scam, a scammer claiming to be a private investor based in West Columbia, S.C. sent emails to Delawareans about transferring money from a foreign country. The sender claims to have been contacted by South African government officials who need to transfer a large sum of money into the U.S. In exchange for access to the recipient's bank account to facilitate the transaction, the scam artist claims he or she will give the recipient a large sum of money.

The scam is an attempt to use the victim's bank account numbers to steal his or her money.

"No matter how good an offer sounds, never give out your personal financial information online," Biden said.

Biden said Delawareans should ignore both emails and can report such scams to his Consumer Protection Unit.

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