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Email Scam!

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posted on Mar, 16 2006 @ 08:50 PM
This is my first post in website related discussion. Place looks pretty interesting.

Does anyone else get those emails where some guy/girl/family/prince/prime-minister/princess/rich-person wants you to look after money for them, until they can do something, like get out of the country or something?

I think they are very annoying. Here's an example:

Dearest One,

happy day to you and your families
I saw your profile in a site
during my research for a reliable person
overseas who will come to my aide by
assisting me in transferring my late father's money
for investment.I hope that you will be
very honest with me in managing this money for me for
Investment. email me on time because I want to leave
this place immediately due the people that assassinated my
beloved father. presently i am hiding in a hotel and I have decided
to remain here until I hear from you, and again i will want you to assure
me the safety of this money in your position before I will give you the contact
of the bank.So that you will contact the Bank on my behalf as my late
father's business partner overseas and that you want me
to come over to your Country to stay with you
and continue my education.And that you want them to
transfer my late father's money in their bank to your
account for investment.

Thanks and God bless you.


pls here is my private email box below.

I mean, what the hell?

Who is dumb enough to fall for that? [be assured, I would kick myself to death if this turned out to be real]

Does anyone know where these emails come from?

Does anyone know what happens if you answer and agree to take the money?

It's like those telephone calls: "You've won a once in a lifetime all-expenses-paid trip to Florida!" Hmm . . .

But it probably isn't as bad as this:

If you do this, you get a free iPod nano if you give the company your email address and password; and then you have to get 4 friends to do the same.
I got a few emails from people asking me to do this, and they got rather rude replies very quickly from me.

The company gets tens of thousands of free email accounts, and then all they have to say is "sorry, but you didn't get enough friends to join in."

For petes sake, the subject line of the emails reads "please do this, for a free [$gift_name]"

What, insert gift name here?

Once again, does anyone know where these emails come from?
Government trying to assess our gullibility factor?

posted on Mar, 16 2006 @ 08:59 PM
It's a variation of the Nigerian Letter/fax/e-mail scam..
And has been around for quite a while.
Apparently it has worked on quite a few suckers...(greedy ones LOL)

Check out this link...there are many more too..

posted on Mar, 16 2006 @ 09:06 PM
Wow, so I should alert my nations law enforcment agencies to this email? Yeahhh . . . no.

I've got that Nigerian one many a time, but I did not know that they actually came out of Nigeria! My god, don't those people have anything better to do?

The scam is the third largerst industry in Nigeria. Now that just makes me feel sorry for those guys.

Has anyone else recieved emails/letters/phone calls along these lines?

Has anyone actually followed up on it to see what happens?

posted on Mar, 16 2006 @ 09:13 PM
That's not a scam. That's how I received my fortune, from emails out of Lagos Nigeria. I hav'nt checked the bank account lately but they said they were sending millions.

posted on Mar, 16 2006 @ 09:21 PM
Watch_The_Rocks, I get about 3 or 4 of those a week.
I replied to one of them just to see what would happen and I never got a reply back.

I guess maybe they were fibbing?

posted on Mar, 16 2006 @ 09:23 PM
You're getting the money? I thought I was.

Years ago, I used to get these kind of scams in the postal mail. That's right, actual envelopes and badly written letters. Its been around forever.

I wish I could recall the source, but I read an account by a guy who claimed to have scammed the scammers out of a couple hundred dollars.
Apparently, he was far better at shoveling the BS than they were and actually got them to forward some money for expenses.

Just today, my inbox received phishing scams from (all phony), Chase Bank, PayPal, and eBay.

Somewhere, there are some fools making this kind of nonsense pay off for the scammers.


posted on Mar, 16 2006 @ 09:30 PM
I got many of those Nigeria mails. These people are dangerous! Seriously, I mean it. Do what I did and simply trash the mails. Do not reply to them at all, not even to tell them what you think about them or to say no. Ignore them and trash the mails!

One of the letters I got from Nigeria was from "Doctor Lulu" who wanted to give me $20 million
. I never replied to it...

posted on Mar, 17 2006 @ 02:05 AM
Best thing to do:

Find a couple of foreign brides who need money to come visit you. Hook them up with the Nigerians who want to give you money.

You never hear from either of them again, or at least they never use the same name.

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