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.
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!