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Topic # 10018 31-Oct-2006 08:51
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I just got my first ever spam email sent to my Geekzone address this morning. It has to be the worst i have seen ever. Playing on the deaths of others.....

Guten Tag,
Mein Name ist Carolin Ingo. Ich lebe in Pakistan. Seit der Heirat mit meinem Mann 1988 bin ich hier in Pakistan. Mein Mann arbeitete bis zu seinem Tod als persönlicher Berater von Informationsminister Rashid Ahmed in Islamabad Ich stamme eigentlich aus Berlin Schöneberg, habe aber seit mehr als 8 Jahren keinen Kontakt mehr nach
Deutschland, da meine Eltern bereits verstorben sind.
Seit dem Tod meines Mannes, am 02. März diesen Jahres hat mein Leben sich schlagartig verändert. Mein Mann befand sich mit einer Gruppe von Mitarbeitern und seinem amerikanischen Diplomaten in der nähe des US Konsulates, in Karachi, als zwei Autobomben explodierten und 4 Menschen, darunter mein Mann, in den Tod riß. Viele Menschen wurden verletzt.
Ich erhielt zwei Tage nach der Katastrophe die Nachricht, das mein Mann bei der Explosion umgekommen ist. Ich habe mich nun entschlossen nach Deutschland zurück zu kehren. Eine Frau ohne Mann an Ihrer Seite, kann hier kein normales Leben führen. Mein Mann hat vor einiger Zeit bei einer Gesellschaft in Europa eine größere Summe Geld deponiert, um mich finanziell abzusichern.
Ich habe mich nun, aufgrund meiner jetzigen Situation entschlossen, mir das Geld von dieser Gesellschaft aushändigen zu lassen. Es ist mir jedoch nicht möglich, Pakistan zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt zu verlassen, denn es fehlen mir die finanziellen Mittel. Mein Schwager verfügt über das gesamte Bargeld. Ich möchte Sie nun um Ihre freundliche Unterstützung bitten. Wäre es Ihnen möglich, dieses Geld für mich in Empfang zu nehmen und es mir zukommen zu lassen?
Selbstverständlich würde ich Ihnen etwas für Ihre Mühe geben. Es ist die einzige Möglichkeit für mich, das Geld zu bekommen.
Bitte senden Sie mir Ihre Antwort an:Mit der Hoffnung auf eine baldige Antwort grüße ich herzlich.Bitte erwidert zu meiner alternativen E-Mail-Adresse:-     oder

I obviously couldnt read that, so i applied my (googles) awesome tranlating skills and got this:
Good day, My name is Carolin Ingo. I live in Pakistan. Since the marriage with my man 1988 here am I in Pakistan. My man worked up to his death as personal advisors of information Minister Rashid Ahmed in Islamabad I actually originates from Berlin beautiful mountain, has however for more than 8 years no more contact after Germany, there my parents already deceased. Since the death of my man, to 02. March this yearly suddenly changed my life. My man was with a group of coworkers and its American diplomat in sews US of the consulate, in Karachi, when two autobombs exploded and 4 humans, under it my man, into whom death tore. Many humans were hurt. I received two days after the disaster the message, which my man died with the explosion. I have myself to turn now decided to Germany back. A woman without man at your side, can lead no normal life here. My man some time ago deposited a larger sum money at a society in Europe, in order to secure me financially. I have myself now to let hand out decided due to my current situation, me the money this society. It is however not possible for me to leave Pakistan at the current time because the financial means are missing to me. My brother-in-law has the entire cash. I would like to ask you now for your friendly support. Would it be possible for you to take this money for me in receipt and to send it me? Of course I would give you something for your trouble. It is the only possibility for me of getting the money. Please you send me your answer on: With hope for an imminent answer I greet cordially. Please answers to my alternative E-Mail address: - or

Bloody spammers.... I wonder how many german speaking people will get sucked into this. I'm sure more will fall for it than the original nigerian scams.

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Reply # 50378 31-Oct-2006 09:02
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This is low, but usual spam. What is new is the "context" spam. For example I got one today about "Overclocking NVIDIA". The whole thing is a mashup of articles about overcloking, with an attachment - which is a .gif file, where probably the spammer inserted the usual "buy this stock because it will explode come Monday".

How people reading a non-sense e-mail such as these would actually take in consideration the "stock tip" is beyond me. But every day, every hour a fool is born...

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  Reply # 50386 31-Oct-2006 10:13
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bradstewart: I just my first ever spam email sent to my Geekzone address this morning. It has to be the worst i have seen ever. Playing on the deaths of others.....

The whole thing is completely fictitious.  I get these every day but my Death2Spam filter intercepts nearly all of them.

This (and similar sob stories) are just another variant of the Nigerian scam i.e.

* Large Sum of Money left after someone died
* If you provide your bank details to "facilitate the transaction" you will get a large percentage commission

Without fail, anyone who responds to this sort of spam finds out that they need to pay various fees to enable the release of the multi-million dollar sum, bribes to government officials etc, it's all very well documented elsewhere on the web.

Many people in NZ have been sucked in by this sort of scam and even some accountants (who you would think should know better) have been taken for thousands of dollars.

DELETE such spam immediately and don't even think of replying or you will get shiploads more...


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  Reply # 50393 31-Oct-2006 10:38
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You may take some heart in Wayne "Whine" Mansfield recently being fined NZ$6.5 million for spamming, in Australia... but, I've noticed a massive upsurge in spam lately. It's apparently due to the Russian SpamThru trojan.

It's a real pain...

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