According to an email that I received today, my transaction has been received and I have an account balance of $1725.45. Supposedly, I can click a link and fill in a form to get this money.
The email contains no information about where the money came from or what transaction it is associated with.
Instead, it urges me to click a link to get my funds. Which, of course, is exactly what the scammers who sent the email want me to do.
Clicking the link opened a Google Docs file that contained yet another link.
Here’s a screenshot of the scam Google Docs page:
Clicking the “Sign Up” link in the document opened a decidedly dodgy website that claims that I will become wealthy by creating an account and using the company’s special software to trade on the stock market.
But, in fact, the site is just another binary options scam and its outlandish claims are nonsense designed to fool people into participating in a scheme that will steal their money and personal information.
And, of course, there is no account balance of $1725.45. That is just the bait used to entice people to click through to the scam website.
There are many variations of these emails. The amount of money supposedly waiting for you and other details may vary in different versions. But, they are all designed to trick people into falling for binary options scams. Some versions are distributed via SMS rather than email. If you receive one of these emails, just hit delete.
I discuss binary options scams in more detail in this earlier Hoax-Slayer report.