MAILBAG: Investment scam & fraudulent FedEx email
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- We all could use a little extra money. But one valley woman recently received an investment opportunity that seemed a little too good to be true. So, she reached out to Action News.
Pat says she was skeptical when she got an unsolicited letter from someone named Samuel in West Africa. So she sent us a copy.
It says: "I currently inherited the sum of $95 million which I intend to use for investment purposes specifically in your country."
Samuel goes on to suggest a business opportunity for Pat, by helping him transfer the money to the United States. All she has to do is provide some key information, including her full name, address, date of birth and even her place of employment.
The Nevada Fight Fraud Task Force tells us this is definitely a scam.
Anyone making a multi-million dollar transaction like this isn't going to be contacting a random stranger. If they're outside the U.S., the task force says there are banks, broker services or other certified financial institutions that can help. And remember, never give anyone you don't know enough personal info, that they could possibly steal your identity.
The next question comes from Milton. He sent us an email he got from FedEx.
It says: "You have a new outstanding invoice from FedEx that is ready for payment."
The email also provides a link in order to pay the amount due. Contact 13 reached out to FedEx which says it's seeing an increase in these fraudulent emails. They say customers should never click on provided attachments or links because they could contain a computer virus. And FedEx will never request customers provide personal information in an email.
If you've received a suspicious email, you can report it by calling 1-800-Go-FedEx.
And if you have a consumer question you'd like to have answered in our Contact 13 Mailbag, send an email to email@example.com. Be sure to include your phone number so we can get in touch with you.