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Twik

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1275 on: July 05, 2013, 08:36:04 AM »
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You need to do every possible thing today and tomorrow to get this process done because our director has called to inform me that the warrant of arrest has been signed against you and once it has been approved, then the arrest will be carried out, and from our investigations we learnt that you were the person that forwarded your identity to one impostor/fraudsters in Nigeria when he had a deal with you about the transfer of some illegal funds into your bank account which is valued at the sum of $10,500,000.00 only.


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How funny. You'd think they would at least try to get their story straight. It might even catch them a few more victims. Seriously, thank god they are so totally and completely inept. It does help those who might otherwise fall for the scams.

I'm surprised that someone, somewhere, went to the trouble of actually looking up who is head of the FBI. However, I suspect that e-mails in his name will be circulating long after Mr. Mueller has moved on.
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« Reply #1276 on: July 05, 2013, 10:17:54 AM »
The Lads (as one bating site calls them) often use names that are in the news. When General Petraeus became head of the CIA, "he" convinced a woman in Taiwan that he was going to marry her. She wired him a bunch of money & he repaid her with travelers checks. She was arrested after the checks turned out to be forgeries. She still refused to believe it was a scam.
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But despite the authorities and media telling the engineer that she was part of a scam, she refused to believe it and still insists that the love between her and the CIA boss is real.

'How could a scamming group have so much resources at its disposal?Ē she asked, adding that the man who claimed to be Petraeus was deliberately misleading the media into believing he was a scammer to keep cross-strait issues calm and 'protect their love', according to the Taipei Times.

I expect that any minute now, the deposed president of Egypt (or his wife, son, cousin, lawyer...) will be looking for help transferring money or gold out of the country. 

I wasn't aware of this version before Bogus invitation to a conference. Looks like they collect registration fees, donations and/or fees for helping "participants" get a visa.

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« Reply #1277 on: July 05, 2013, 03:23:40 PM »
We got visited today by the "educational" books scammers.  Basically what is posted on this site and in the comment section: http://somedayallthis.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/the-southwestern-company-door-to-door-deception/

My youngest boy was interested in the science book but when told it was $110 he went O.o "I can google that stuff for free."

I thanked her for her time and sent her on her way.
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« Reply #1278 on: July 07, 2013, 09:49:07 AM »
I usually do a quick scan of my spam folder before deleting everything (in case there was a redirected 'good' email), this time there was a bunch of 'Itunes' mail, not sure what they would have tried to tell me*, but one was titled as: "***SPAM*** Itunes blahblahblah".
Since Gmail never put that "***SPAM***" bit into any mail it flags as spam the only explanation is that it's part of the original headline...  ::)

* never had, never will have an Itunes account.

Twik

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« Reply #1279 on: July 08, 2013, 08:38:47 AM »
Got a threaty one today, supposedly from Homeland Security:
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This is to remind you that if you fail to reply this email within 48hours we assume that you are terrorist and we shall track you down and your consignments would be confiscated.

It also mentions that my "consignments" include my "rightful inheritance". I guess this is a combined carrot/stick approach.

Surprisingly, the Department of Homeland Security uses a ".jp" address, rather than a ".gov" one. Outsourcing, I guess?  ::)
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1280 on: July 08, 2013, 09:26:01 AM »
Got a threaty one today, supposedly from Homeland Security:
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This is to remind you that if you fail to reply this email within 48hours we assume that you are terrorist and we shall track you down and your consignments would be confiscated.

It also mentions that my "consignments" include my "rightful inheritance". I guess this is a combined carrot/stick approach.

Surprisingly, the Department of Homeland Security uses a ".jp" address, rather than a ".gov" one. Outsourcing, I guess?  ::)

Nah, it stands for "justice of the peace."  It's so you know they're consulting a real lawyer  ;D

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« Reply #1281 on: July 08, 2013, 10:12:28 AM »
I feel very sorry for immigrants with not a lot of English or understanding of how the US government works who receive a message like this. For the naÔve, this could be terrifying.
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« Reply #1282 on: July 08, 2013, 11:05:25 AM »
I feel very sorry for immigrants with not a lot of English or understanding of how the US government works who receive a message like this. For the naÔve, this could be terrifying.

Here's a current scam that is happening in Chinatown:
http://scam-detector.com/face-to-face-scams/new-yorks-chinatown-blessing


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« Reply #1283 on: July 08, 2013, 04:09:36 PM »
I feel very sorry for immigrants with not a lot of English or understanding of how the US government works who receive a message like this. For the naÔve, this could be terrifying.

Here's a current scam that is happening in Chinatown:
http://scam-detector.com/face-to-face-scams/new-yorks-chinatown-blessing

That website is freezing my computer :(.  Can you please give a summary?

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« Reply #1284 on: July 08, 2013, 04:17:19 PM »
That website is freezing my computer :(.  Can you please give a summary?

Nutshell version:

Some scammers are listening in to private conversations overheard publicly (such as conversations at a restaurant table or while standing in line, etc.)  Then the people are approached by the eavesdroppers who now have some information about them from listening to their conversations, and the scammers will basically threaten them with a curse unless they pay money.  Apparently in some groups, people take 'curses' very seriously, particularly the elderly.

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« Reply #1285 on: July 08, 2013, 04:42:56 PM »
There has been a recent variation of that scam in San Francisco. Elderly women are told that they are already cursed, but if they bring their life savings and all their valuables to be "blessed," the curse can be removed. What is removed, of course, is all the valuables.

San Francisco News
Scammers targeting superstitious elderly Chinese


In New York, a woman who had read the fliers set up a sting with the police. Scam Suspects Become the Victims. She filled her bag o' goodies with "newspaper clippings and a couple of water bottles." Three detectives joined her in meeting the scammers.
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« Reply #1286 on: July 08, 2013, 09:38:18 PM »
Some scammers are listening in to private conversations overheard publicly (such as conversations at a restaurant table or while standing in line, etc.)  Then the people are approached by the eavesdroppers who now have some information about them from listening to their conversations, and the scammers will basically threaten them with a curse unless they pay money.  Apparently in some groups, people take 'curses' very seriously, particularly the elderly.

When I was a family entertainer (magician) and did shows for adults occasionally, this was what 'psychic entertainers' called "pre-show work". You'd be amazed what tidbits you can glean from looking in the windows of cars in the driveway (how many kid car seats, what work-related books lying around, etc) or listening closely to conversations outside the bathroom door or in the kitchen.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1287 on: July 09, 2013, 06:25:54 AM »
I got a FB message today... I think he loves me.

Rose is Famous for Grace...
Advocate is Famous for his Case...
Horsesí are Famous for Race...
But you are Famous for Smile on your Face...! o
My heart beat is Famous for your beautiful profile photo, that why I used this moment and opportunity to say I really want you to be faithfully heart doctor of my time I can see it in your eyes that you from the sky, please donít be offended my Dear I want to chart with if donít mind
Have a Nice Day

should I respond?  ::)

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« Reply #1288 on: July 09, 2013, 06:29:55 AM »
I got a FB message today... I think he loves me.

Rose is Famous for Grace...
Advocate is Famous for his Case...
Horsesí are Famous for Race...
But you are Famous for Smile on your Face...! o
My heart beat is Famous for your beautiful profile photo, that why I used this moment and opportunity to say I really want you to be faithfully heart doctor of my time I can see it in your eyes that you from the sky, please donít be offended my Dear I want to chart with if donít mind
Have a Nice Day

should I respond?  ::)

With an apostrophe there? Run. Run far and fast. Anybody who can misuse an apostrophe like that is Up To No Good.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1289 on: July 09, 2013, 10:04:15 AM »
So, what does he want to chart with you anyway? Why not graph ?