From: Lisa Williams
Date: Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 9:12 PM
Subject: THANKS, FOR YOUR RESPONSE
How are you today? I am very happy for your respond to the mail I sent to you.
My name is miss Lisa . W. Omini from Darfur Region of Sudan l am 22 years and presently I am residing in the refugee camp here in Dakar Senegal as a result of the death of my family by the rebels
My father and my mother were killed by rebels in our residence house in the capital city Darfur. My late father Dr.Jonas . W. Omini , was the Chairman, Nas-Melton Oil and Gas Company a private extracting oil firm in Darfur before He was killed with my mother one early morning by the rebels as a result of the civil war that is going on until now in Sudan.
It is only me that is alive now and I managed to make my way to the West African state called Senegal where we are leaving now in a refugee camp here in Oakam North, 12 km from the capital city of Dakar Senegal, please don't be discouraged for hearing this.
However iam using the computer at the office of the reverend father who is in charge of the refugee camp to write to you. I would like to know more about you.Your likes and dislikes, your hobbies and what you are doing presently, remember that you caught my attention in that site that was why I wrote you in first place
Attached here is my picture for you,though I am not all that photogenic,I hope you wouldn't mind, Awaiting for your reply soonest.
from my heart.
The answer is very little protection when using your credit card online with overseas vendors.
What are the safeguards to prevent possible fraud?
- "http" in the recipient's web address to make sure it is not a spoof site (a site that is created to mimic a genuine site).
- A padlock icon. Some sites also show which safety feature they use, like Thawte or Verisign.
- Many e-commerce vendors have signed up with "Verified By Visa" or Mastercard Securecode. If they have this logo it means that they have a secure payments system. These logos typically appear on the payment page.
- A site should never store your credit card details, so you need to input them every time you shop.
The following are a few examples of types of Internet scam:
- Sales via unwanted e-mails.
- newsgroup postings
- chat room discussions
- Web sites and online classified advertisements for everything from T-shirts to toys
- calendars and collectibles.
The following are some tips to help you to possibly avoid being a victim of Internet scam.
- Only do business with those you know and trust.
- Be sure you know who the company or person is and where it is physically located. Understand the offer.
- Look cautiously at the information about the products or services offered, and ask for additional information, if needed. A lawful business will be glad to provide it; a fake telemarketer won’t.
- Be sure you know what is being sold, the total price, the delivery date, the return and cancellation policy, and the terms of any assurance.
- Check out the company’s or individual’s track record. Call to check for complaint records with consumer agencies and the Better Business Bureau. Keep in mind that con artists can appear and disappear quickly, particularly in cyberspace, so the lack of a complaint record is no guarantee of legitimacy.
- Don’t give your bank account numbers, credit card numbers or other personal information to anyone you don’t know or haven’t checked out. And don’t provide information that isn’t essential to make a purchase. Take your time. While there may be time limits for special offers, high-pressure sales tactics are often danger signs of fraud.
- Never judge consistency by how nice or flashy a web site may seem. Anyone can create, register, and promote a web site; it’s comparatively easy and cheap. And just like any other forms of advertising, you can’t assume that someone has screened and approved it.
- Know that people in cyberspace may not always be what they seem. Someone who is sharing a friendly tip about a moneymaking scheme or great bargain in a chat room or on a bulletin board may have an secret motive: to make money. Remember sometimes friendly people are crooks.
- Finally, don’t click on an attachment from someone you don’t know or was unwanted. Harmful viruses can be triggered by clicking on an attachment without your knowledge that could wipe out your computer files or even hijack your Internet service, reconnecting you through an international phone number, resulting in enormous phone charges.
You can also file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org, and you can always file a report with your local law enforcement agency.
From: Vickky Fred <email@example.com>
Subject: Hopping to hear from you soon
My Dearest Love,
Yours Forever in love.
Be aware of her. She is scammer . I got her details while scam baiting .
Thanks for replying my request, how is everything over there in your country and the day, i believe you are having a nice moment and that the atmosphere over there in your country is very nice today? Mine is a little bit warm over here in Dakar Senegal.
My name is Miss Angela Abbe i am (24yrs) but age doesn't matter in a real relationship, so i am comfortable with your age, I am from Liberia in west Africa, i'm 5.8ft tall, chocolate in complexion, very attractive, single, (never married ) and presently living in the refugee camp here in Dakar Senegal as a result of the untimely death of my beloved parents by rebels. My hobbies are tennis, swimming, reading and homemaking.
My late father Dr. Johnson Abbe who was the chairman managing director of ABBE'S COCOA INDUSTRY LTD, in Monrovia, he was also the personal adviser to the former head of state, before the rebels attacked our house one early morning and killed my mother and my father in cold blood. It was only me that is alive now and I managed to make my way to a near by country SENEGAL where i am leaving now as a refugee under a Reverend father's care and i am using his computer to send these message to you. I will plead with the Reverend Pastor of the church to allow me recieve calls from you so that i can give you the telephone number of the church to call me so that we can talk more about ourselves.
I would like to know more about you.Your likes and dislikes, your hobbies and what you are doing presently. I will tell you more about myself in my next mail. Attached here is my pictures.
Hoping to hear from you soonest.
Be aware of her. She is scammer . I got her details while scam baiting .
I got this scam letter from C. Martin.
to : me
date: Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 9:01 PM
subject: Winning number:PL/09788/60
Euro Lotto Promotion Company of Scotland.
Edinburgh, Scotland EH12 8LP,
Ref: XYL /26510460037/10
The Board of Directors and the International Promotion Department of Euro Million Promotion Company in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme wish to gladly inform you that your email has won a prize money of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pound Sterlings (2,500,000) in our 2010 Online Euro Million Promotion Company (NEW YEAR CRISIS SOLUTION PROGRAMME) .This program is aimed to encourage the union and also help families with the current Global crisis all over (Europe, American, Asia and Africa), hence no ticket sold.
To claim your winning prize you are to send the following information about yourself to the claims processing manager for verification & direction. Do contact the processing manager with the below contact
Claims Processing Manager:Richard Moore
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment and Release order Department.
HOW DO YOU FEEL TO BE SELECTED AMONG THE LUCKY WINNERS:
Disclosure & Disclaimer: I ...............................................
hereby declear that the above information is true and binding on me.If at any time it is discovered that I have given false information, I will forfeit my rights to my winnings.Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulent claims. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.
Congratulations once again!.
Miss Anita C. Martin
Euro Lotto Promotion Company Online Co-ordinator
.Don't Belive This ...
I got the letter from Ruth.
Hello my love,
i am so happy in your mail to my mail.How was your day?,Mine is a little bit cold over here in Dakar Senegal.
My name is ruth. from Ivory Coast in West Africa,5.4ft tall, far in complexion,(never married before ) 24Yrs old and presently i am residing in the refugee camp here in Dakarcivil war that was fought in my country.My late father Dr Frederick udu was the managing director of Fredcocoa and Associates (Ltd) and he was the personal advicer to the former head of state (Late Dr Robert Guei) before the rebels attacked our house one early morning and killed my mother and my father in cold blood.It was only me that is alive now and I managed to make my way to a near by country Senegal where i am leaving now.I Iould like to know more about you.
Attached here is my picture and I will send another picture in my next mail.I will also like to see your picture.
Hoping to hear from you soonest
Be aware of her
How do spammers learn your email address
Scammers use several tricks to discover the email addresses of their possible victims:
- Scanning web sites;
- Scanning bulletin boards, forums, chatrooms, Usenet News etc;
- Selecting ‘easy’ addresses such as jonh@, mary@, alex@, info@, sales@, support@.
- Or by selecting ‘short’ addresses such as aa@, an@, bb@, abc@ through a simple search.
Considering the above, it is suggested that a user undertake the following measures:
Registration on websites
- Always use your public address to register in forums and chatrooms and to subscribe to mailing lists and promotions. You might even think using a number of public addresses in order to trace which services are selling addresses to spammers.
I receive spam in spite of all the measures taken. What can I do?
- Never react to spam. Most spammers verify receipt and log responses. The more you respond, the more spam you will receive.
- Do not click on ‘unsubscribe’ links from dubious sources. Spammers send phony unsubscribe letters in an attempt to collect active addresses. You certainly don't want to have your address tagged as ‘active’ as it will just increase the amount of spam that you receive.
If it is impractical to put up with spam any longer:
- If your private address is exposed by spammers - change it. This can be difficult, but changing your email address does help you to avoid spam - at least for a while!
I did not give my email address to anybody but my close friends, however I receive spam all the time
I need an address which can be used by anyone who wants to write to me
- Make sure that your email is filtered by an antispam solution. Consider installing a personal antispam solution. Only open email accounts with providers that offer spam filtration prior to mail delivery.
Bed Time Burn
Straight Bait - Where the baiter plays the part of a classic victim acting in a way that the scammer more or less expects a victim to act. The baiter never gives the scammer what he eventually wants, but trys to give him false hope for as long as possible.
Church Bait - The baiter gets the scammer to join their "church" and perform various feats of change and membership.
Phone Baits - Same as email scam baiting but verbal instead of written. Useful for adding genuineness to a bait and often the source of highly entertaining recordings.
Safari Bait - The baiter trys to trick the scammer into traveling to some far away location to recover money or something else of value. Sometimes the scammer gets stranded on their safari because they counted on the money to get them home. No money, no trip home. Many baiters only believe safari bait successful if the scammer is tricked into traveling at least 200 miles (round trip) or fooled into crossing an international border.
Art Baits - The baiter gets the scammer to create a piece of art in hopes of getting paid for their efforts. This can generate interesting award for the baiter if successful.
Business Baits - The baiter gets the scammer to do all of the support work necessary to start a business in their country. Searching out acceptable sites, concept drawings allow process, etc...
Treasure Hunt Baits - The scammer is told that there is a treasure buried or hidden some place. This can lead to a safari depending on where the money is located.
Cash Bait - When a baiter successfully steal money away from a scammer. A reverse con. Cash Baiting is prohibited. While I personally have no ethical problem what so ever with seeing a scammer swindled out of his ill-gotten cash, technically this constitutes wire fraud, which is a crime.
Freight Bait - When the scam baiter tricks the scammer into paying the shipping charges for something valuable and then ships him a bunch of worthless items instead. An example of this would be if the scammer sends a phony check to a scam baiter in swap for a new computer, but the baiter refuses to send the computer unless the scammer pays for the shipping (usually through UPS or DHL). When the freight company comes for the item - the baiter gives them a box containing worthless junk. Here is a video about Freight Baits...
- Scambaiting in easy words is wasting the valuable time of a spammer pretending that you are interested in their schemes.
- It is a method of entertaining the baiter and pretending as if you are prepared to perform some ridiculous tasks. Thus indirectly you are keeping the scammers from potential victims who may fall in trap with the scammers.
- One frequent goal of scam baiting has become the photographic trophy. The scam mail senders, sometimes known as lads, are goaded or cajoled by the Mugus, or victims, into having a picture taken by them.
- Send the scam mail senders to a Western Union office to collect the allegedly sent money and get them to book hotels for them.
- A few scam baiters have also succeeded in receiving cash from the fraudsters.
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Though, a more complicated scam has emerged in new days whereby the conmen have targeted people straight in writing, in fact posting the letters from within Ireland.
They are also targeting people with the same surname of an imaginary person they claim has died leaving a multi-million dollar fortune behind them.
The "consultant" says he asked a friend of his travelling to Ireland to post the letter.
He proposes that the receiver of the letter enters into an arrangement with him to claim the estate of a saver who died in an accident in China, leaving an estate worth $18.5 million (€15m).
"He has no next-of-kin and the reason I am writing to you is because you bear the same name last name individuality," the letter states.
It goes on to hearten the recipient of the letter to exchange bank account details in order to become a beneficiary of the account.
"In terms of sophistication, this is certainly a step above the spam emails that we all receive from time to time," he said.
"It looks reasonably professional, so businesses and individuals have to be on their guard.
"There are some telltale signs that indicate that all is not as it seems."
The letter comes "From the desk of Ed Sullivan", but is not printed on letterhead or official note paper.
And he said a cursory Google search turns up no mention of such a person in that company.