Some scams are so absurd that they actually become rather amusing. This poorly executed attempt at an advance fee scam purports to be from none other than Melania Trump, “First Lady of the United State”. (I’m not sure what happened to all the other states).
Supposedly, Melania has a check for $20 million ready to deliver to you as soon as you have replied with your personal details.
But, alas, I must inform you that the email is NOT from Melania Trump and you are NOT about to get $20 million.
Of course, if you replied in the hope of getting the unexpected windfall, scammers posing as Melania would start asking you to send money. The scammers would claim that you must send this money before your funds can be processed and delivered to you.
After the scammers have extracted as much money as possible from you, they will simply disappear, and of course, you will never receive the promised $20 million. Moreover, the scammers may have also gathered a large amount of your personal and financial information. They may subsequently use this information to steal your identity.
While this example is quite obviously a scam, other versions are somewhat more sophisticated. Unfortunately, people all around the world continue to fall for advance fee scams and end up sending their money and personal information to criminals.
The Scam Message:
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!