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WayneC

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09-15-2007 03:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: scam internet

Part of using the Internet and this site safely is to understand the dangers of the internet. We have someone (sonia2007) trying to pull off a Nigerian Scam or advaced fee fraud on the members of this site. In general everyone should be aware of this scam so I am including info on it.

From Wikipedia
An advance fee fraud is a confidence trick in which the target is persuaded to advance relatively small sums of money in the hope of realizing a much larger gain. Among the variations on this type of scam are the Nigerian Letter (or 419 fraud) and “The Spanish Prisoner.”

This scam usually begins with a form-letter e-mail sent to many target recipients making an offer that will purportedly result in a large payoff for the intended victim. The stories behind the offers vary, but the standard plot is that a person or government entity is in possession of a large amount of money or gold. This person, for myriad reasons, either cannot access the wealth directly or is no longer in need of it. Such people, who are fictional or impersonated characters played by the scammer, could include the wife of a deposed African or Indonesian leader, a terminally ill wealthy person, a U.S. soldier who has stumbled upon a hidden cache of gold, a business being audited by the government, a disgruntled worker or corrupt government official who has embezzled funds, and similar characters.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov


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Obi

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#1 posted 09-15-2007 04:10 PM

I NOTIFIED MARTIN AS SOON AS I GOT IT.

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WayneC

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#2 posted 09-15-2007 04:17 PM

I imagine Martin’s message box will be filling up on this one. BTW. Good morning Obi.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Tony

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#3 posted 09-15-2007 05:00 PM

DITTO.

I think these fraudsters must be really stupid to think that they are going to get somebody to respond to their letter, especially after all the bad publicity they get. Oh of course you have seen xxx’s of copies of the same letter, all from different people!

OR

Are there still some really gullible people out?

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#4 posted 09-15-2007 05:38 PM

It always amazes me that this kind of stuff can still work. Never underestimate the power of greed or the level of ignorance.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#5 posted 09-15-2007 05:39 PM

To quote American showman and huckster P.T. Barnum, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

Hi ho.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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WayneC

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#6 posted 09-15-2007 06:51 PM

This is a very successful scam. Especially with the elderly. I’ve seen where people have played these scammers and had a lot of fun getting them to do stupid things.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 09-15-2007 07:38 PM

Don’t respond to the letters.
They will harvest your e-mail as a “live one” and sell it to other spammers.
I report as many as I can to spamcop

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#8 posted 09-15-2007 09:41 PM

All con games operate on greed. If it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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WayneC

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#9 posted 09-15-2007 11:44 PM

Good advise Bob.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 09-16-2007 02:26 AM

I just trash-binned it. I knew that by the time I read it you guys would have already gotten Martin up from his coffee to take care of business.

A quote of Dave Ramsey quoting Proverbs:

“He who hastens to acquire wealth will not go unpunished.”

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WayneC

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#11 posted 09-16-2007 03:20 PM

Now there is a Sonia2008 account on the site. Hmmmm.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 09-16-2007 09:24 PM

Guessing Martin will take care of this…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#13 posted 09-16-2007 10:22 PM

I’ve removed both sonias. I’m working on some features that will help to prevent this – but probably not eliminate completely. The best thing to do is to send me PM when this happens and NEVER respond to the spammer. Plus as Bob said report to the spamcop

Thanks for discussing this.

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#14 posted 09-16-2007 10:50 PM

I went to AutoCAD school with a guy that made messing with these scammers his hobby! He would make them do all kinds of stupid stuff to try and convince him they were legitimate.

-- http://www.facebook.com/pages/DSO-Designs/297237806954248

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WayneC

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#15 posted 09-16-2007 11:22 PM

Thanks Martin.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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