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Topic # 24396 22-Jul-2008 22:16
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Just recieved in my inbox!


FROM THE DESK OF IBRAHIM AKWABBA

AUDITING DEPARTMENT
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB)
LOME REPUPLIC OF TOGO REU DE DECON


Dearest  Euan Andrews-




I am writing following the impressive information about your profile  through  the website your capability and reliability to champion this opportunity.Here in this bank existed a dormant account for the past 8 years which belong to an foreigner who is now late (Mrs.Gloria Andrews) died on auto accident.
 
This is the story in a nutshell.I seek your consent to present you to the bank as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last name and the proceeds of this account can be paid to you before it gets confisicated or declared unserviceable by the bank.
 
It is a careful Deal and for the past eleven months I have worked out everything to ensure a hitch-free operation. The amount is not so much at the time of deposit but with all the accumulated interest the balance in this account stands at-(US$10.5 million ).


I will use my position and influence to effect legal approvals and onward transfer of this money to your account.Therefore, on receipt of your positive response,we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfer which will be executed under legitimate arrangement.
 
Finally,It is my humble prayer that the information as contained herein be accorded the necessary attention,Urgency as well as the secrecy it deserves.I expect your urgent response if you can handle this project.


Respectfully Yours,
Mr.Ibrahim Akwabba.


Do people really fall for this rubbish?

The senders email is josephmandela2@hotmail.com should anyone love to spam him/her/them back!




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  Reply # 150499 22-Jul-2008 22:23
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Haha, my goodness, if these people have enough time to compose such a long e-mail, they should have enough time to find themselves a proper job!

Unfortunately, people still can fall for such scams.  Last year, I think, I saw a doco where a woman was fooled into the deal and lost thousands.  She even had the opportunity to meet the person who wrote the e-mail in New Zealand.  Freaky stuff.

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Reply # 150507 22-Jul-2008 22:46
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Reminds of 80's when I received a number of the infamous Nigerian letters.  I read the first one I got, burst out laughing then threw it in the bin.  The next few didn't even get read.  Interestingly enough a few years later, in a similar vein to what heavenly_wild describes, there was a doco on TV featuring a number of Kiwi's that had been suckered in.

One of them was a computer consultant I knew, which surprised the heck out of me.  Takes all sorts I suppose.

I got a scam email of a different sort the other week, advising that the servers of my bank were being updated and requesting that I go to a particular site and update all my details.  Yeah right.

But to answer your question: Yes, after more than 20 years of similar scamming, people still fall for this rubbish.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 150515 22-Jul-2008 23:42
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It remind me once i almost got scam by fake ebay email, which was an item that i was going to buy recently at that time.
It keep telling me to pay through West Union which i realise it is a scam email. Thereafter i report it to ebay, and they told me it is fake ebay email.

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  Reply # 150677 23-Jul-2008 15:39
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I like the ones: click here to update you account details. I click and fill them out with some choice words.




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  Reply # 150684 23-Jul-2008 16:20
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I wonder if the scammers & victims have websites like this one.
www.SCAMZONE.ORG - because you know they are organised.
www.SuckerMoreThanOnce.Com - for those who are fooled more than once.

I sometimes get those emails forwarded onto me from my clients asking me what they should do about it.  After I recover from the amusement factor I then advise them about the scam & how it works.  Still, sometimes they ask more than once. =/





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  Reply # 152290 29-Jul-2008 08:45
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I was most surprised this morning to find a scammer/spammer using a Geekzone account to spam.....

<insert nasty expletive here>

I'd be tempted for some scambaiting, but frankly I haven't the wit or talent.....

(The culprit's florakonnh if ya feel like deleting someone......or florakonn@yahoo.com if ya feel like scambaiting....)


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Reply # 152291 29-Jul-2008 08:47
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To make it clear, it was a PM spam, not an email spam. In the past we stopped this kind of things by blocking PMs from people located in some countries, but we can't block everything.




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Reply # 152297 29-Jul-2008 09:03
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freitasm: To make it clear, it was a PM spam, not an email spam. In the past we stopped this kind of things by blocking PMs from people located in some countries, but we can't block everything.

A constant headache I've no doubt...

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  Reply # 152300 29-Jul-2008 09:11
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freitasm: To make it clear, it was a PM spam, not an email spam. In the past we stopped this kind of things by blocking PMs from people located in some countries, but we can't block everything.


Oh, absolutely.  The frustrating thing is there's no 100% foolproof way of avoiding this crap, and I know forum moderators and owners have a helluva job at times with keeping on top of the spammers before they ruin a discussion board.

I do still find it astounding that scammers would even bother with a message board aimed at a technically & socially aware userbase. 

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  Reply # 160316 28-Aug-2008 00:11
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Man i get this stuff all the time everyday i open e-mails i get spam. Cannot stop them :(




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  Reply # 160527 28-Aug-2008 19:01
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What is more disturbing is a scam uncovered  by my other half and some of her workmates.
One of them had been flat hunting and found a nice apartment for a good rent.  Legit address.
Unfortunately it appears to be a scam.
Nigerian origin.  Significant other actually called the guy in Nigeria to get more info, so he does actually exist.
But the tennancy agreement breaks a number of NZ Tennancy laws, not to mention lacking in info.  Currently the "lease Agreement" appears to cover the entire building (apartment block) for $180 per week.
So, they are having a bit of fun at his expense while collecting info on him to forward to authorities.

So, be careful.  And as usual, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.




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