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|sheesh, they never stop trying to find suckers.....
Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
|And yet, they are successful enough times to keep doing it. P T Barnum must have been right when he said "There is a sucker born every minute." It is just so hard to believe that folks can fall for this stuff....|
| Here's a real pathetic one!
It is my humble pleasure to introduce myself to you. However, I would need your attention for a moment. My name is Liya Gbagbo, age 25 the
Daughter of president Laurent Gbagbo, I am from Abidjan (Cфte d'Ivoire) West Africa, I would like to use your relationship with me to pull my wealth out
of the future problems my father is creating for himself and the family name. My father lost the election to his rival and refused to step down from power
resisting all international pressures and warnings. If I don’t safe guide my wealth to another name, soon I may be at my own risk because government will
freeze every bank account in our family last name including properties.
I promise you will not regret this relationship with me
Liya M Gbagbo
Tell her you'll consider when you see her story on CNN.
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|Boy! They sure know how to trip folks up with some of those stories. Hopefully there has been enough press release on these scams that folks are getting smarter and not being suckered in! This is one I received today. I don't remember if this one has already made the rounds:
Abidjan Cote D`Ivoire Business Relationship.
Please allow me to intimate you with a business transaction that would benefit both of us.
My name is Dr Desmond Williams, I am the director of the project and engineering division of
SODECI (Société de distribution d'eau de Côte d'Ivoire). I will want you to assist me in the claim and
transfer of $25 Million United States of American Dollars.
This amount was realized from over-invoiced contract amount awarded by us in 2007 to expatriate
companies. The Contract's Amount was deliberately overestimated to read more than the actual
cost of the project thus leaving a surplus of $25 Million United States of American Dollars. However,
as a head staff of SODECI, I cannot claim this money without a foreign partner who will act as the
contractor, entitled to receive the funds as his outstanding Contract payment. As I want to use umbrella
of your company in the name of the original contractor to claim this fund, the original contractor has
received his complete payment leaving over invoice but as political war continue in Côte d'Ivoire, which
delays this payment.
United Nation recognized Elected President of Cote d`Ivoire Alassane Ouattara appointed prime
Minster formal rebel leader secretary Mr. SOLO GUILLAUME who has decided to pay off all outstanding
contract debts to redeem back the image of the country. Following the intervention of the World
Bank/IMF , regarding the long delay and inconveniences suffered by companies and contractor here is
Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire while waiting payments, is available now via one of World Bank/IMF accredited
paying banks Credit Swiss and African Development Bank. Sequel to this I need your Company letter
headed paper with address only for us to proceed.
Please show me your willing to assist me in this transaction by getting back to me so I can give you
further details about this transaction. I am willing to give you 25% of the total amount after the transfer,
the rest will be held and released to me when I get to your country. I`m look forward to hear from you.
Reply me immediately on email private or call the below number .
Dr Desmond Williams
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|That Anti-Fraud International website is pretty neat! I'd sure like to stop all the emails I'm getting that are trash and rubbish! Any advice on that?
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|I wish I did Becky!|
|I know you can use blockers, but how can we block something that comes from addresses that we don't know are coming to us? I guess the only way would be to block everything but what we trust to come through our email box. And even that is not good, because sometimes people email me that I don't expect and a blocker would block them, too!
Wouldn't it be nice if some company created a program to handle these kind of junk and scam emails?!!!
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|I just found this forum so I went to my spam folder to see what "goodies" were lurking there. I got these in the past two or three weeks and I can't tell you how many Walmart gift cards I "won".
World Bank Assisted Program
Directorate of International Payment
World Bank united kingdom.
Attention Lucky Email User,
It is to bring to your notice that the Bank Draft of $850 000
Dollars has been awarded to you by the WORLD BANK in the
on-going WORLD BANK POVERTY ERADICATION PROGRAMME, I Mrs.
Katethrine .E. Guggenheim the Sector Coordinator, Social
Development officer, signed the project and deposited with
FedEx Express Courier Nigeria Branch.
What you have to do now is to contact the FedEx Courier Service as soon as
possible to know when they will deliver your package to you because of the
contact Nelson Adams
E-mail: [email protected]
N.B: I have paid them for the delivery,
The only money you will send to the FedEx Courier Service to deliver your
Draft direct to your postal Address in your country is $300.00 US Dollars
only being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far. Again,
don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except $300.00 US
Dollars. I would have paid that but they said no because they don't know
when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.You have to contact
the FedEx Courier Service now for the delivery of your Draft with this
(1) your full name:...
(2) Your home address...
(3) Mobile number:....
Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail
to avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping
fee of $300.00 US Dollars for their immediate action
Mrs. Katethrine .E. Guggenheim
I am Mr. Frank Martin, I am contacting you concerning
a deceased customer and an investment he placed under our banks management
Seven years ago. I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of
this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by
as a result of this mail.I am contacting you independently of our investigation
and no one is informed of this communication. I would like to intimate you with
certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you. In the year 2002, the
subject matter; came to our bank to engage in business discussions with our
private banking division. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of
Fifteen Million Dollars, which he wished to have us turn over (invest) on his
I was the officer assigned to his case; I made numerous suggestions in line with
my duties as the de-facto chief operations officer of the private banking sector
then, especially given the volume of funds he wished to put into our bank. We
met on numerous occasions prior to any investments being placed. I encouraged
him to consider various growth funds with prime ratings. In mid 2004, he asked
that the money be liquidated because he needed to make an urgent investment
requiring cash payments in Helsinki- Finland. He directed that I liquidate the
funds and deposit it with a security firm. I informed him that my Bank would
have to make special arrangements to have this done and in order not to
circumvent due process. Cash movement across boarders has become especially
strict since the incidents of 9/11. I contacted my affiliate and made the funds
available to the security firm.
I undertook all the processes and made sure I followed his precise instructions
to the letter and had the funds deposited with the security firm. The Security
Firm is a specialist private firm that accepts deposits from high net worth
individuals and blue chip corporations that handle valuable products or
undertake transactions that need immediate access to cash. This small and
highly private organization is familiar especially to the highly placed and
well-connected organizations. In line with instructions, the money was
deposited with the security firm. The deceased told me he wanted the money
there in anticipation of his arrival from Norway later that week. This was the
last communication we had, this transpired around 25th of November 2004.In August
last year we got a call from the security firm informing us about the
inactivity of that particular portfolio. I made futile efforts to locate the
deceased. I immediately passed the task of locating him to the internal
investigations department of the Bank. Four days later, information
started to trickle in, apparently our client was dead. A person who suited his
description was declared dead of a heart attack in cannel, in Southern part of
France. We were soon enough to identify the body and cause of death was
confirmed.In his bio-data form, he listed no next of kin. In the field of private banking,
opening an account with us means no one will know of its existence, accounts are
rarely held under a name; depositors use numbers and codes to make the accounts
This investigation has for the past months been unfruitful; we’ve
used our private investigation affiliate companies to get to the root of the
problem. It is this investigation that resulted in my being furnished with your
details as a possible relative of the deceased. According to practice, The
Security Firm will by the end of this financial year broadcast a request for
statements of claim to Bank, failing to receive viable claims they
will most probably revert the deposit back to Bank. This will
result in the money entering the Bank accounting system and the
portfolio will be out of my hands and out of the private banking division. This
will not happen if I have my way. What I wish to relate to you will smack of
unethical practice but I want you to understand something. It is only an
outsider to the banking world who finds the internal politics of the banking
world aberrational. The world of private banking especially is fraught with
huge rewards for those that occupy certain offices and oversee certain
portfolios. You should have begun by now to put together the general direction
of what I propose. There is Fifteen Million Dollars deposited in a security firm, I
alone have the deposit details and they will release the deposit to no one
unless I instruct them to do so. I alone know of the existence of this deposit
for as far as my Bank is concerned.
My proposal: I now seek your permission to present you as a next of kin to the
deceased, as all documentations will be carefully worked to make you the
beneficiary to the funds US$15,000 000 00 (Fifteen Million Dollars); I am prepared
to place you in a position to instruct The security Firm to release the deposit
to you as the closest surviving relation. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am
prepared to share the money with you. That is: I will simply nominate you as
the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you. We share the proceeds
60/40.I would have gone ahead to ask that the funds be released to me, but that
would have drawn a straight line to me and my involvement in claiming the
deposit. We can fine-tune this based on our interactions am aware of the
consequences of this proposal. I ask that if you find no interest in this
project that you should discard this mail. I ask that you do not be vindictive
and destructive. If my offer is of no appeal to you, delete this message and
forget I ever contacted you.
Do not destroy my career because you do not approve of my proposal. I am not a
criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience, this may be hard
for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this
move. Such opportunities only come ones' way once in a lifetime. I cannot let
this chance pass me by, for once I find myself in total control of my destiny.
These chances won’t pass me by. I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if
you will not work with me let me know and let me move on with my life but do
not destroy me. I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide them
with new opportunities. There is a reward for this project and it is a task
well worth undertaking.
I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is from you refusing to
work with me and alerting my bank. If you give me positive signals, I will
initiate this process towards a conclusion. I wish to inform you that should
you contact me via official channels; I will deny knowing you and about this
project. I repeat, I do not want you contacting me through my official phone
lines nor do I want you contacting me through my official email account.
Contact me only through the numbers I will provide for you and also through
this email address. I do not want any direct link between you and myself. My
official lines are not secured lines as they are periodically monitored to
assess our level of customer care in line with our Total Quality Management
policy. Please observe this instruction religiously.Please, again, note that I
am a family man, I have a wife and children. I send you this mail not without a
measure of fear as to what the consequences, but I know within me that nothing
ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a
platter of gold. This is the one truth I have learned from my private banking
clients. Do not betray my confidence.
I await your response.
|In my experience blockers cause more problems than they solve, the best blocker of all is yourself.|
|Thanks Kelli and welcome to the thread.
|Jon - You are probably right about the blockers! LOL! You'd think law enforcement could do something about these scams?
Kelli - Seems like we are all getting these email scams! Welcome!
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|I use gmail and have not had 1% of the spam that I used to have. I ♥ it for that!|
|June - What is gmail?
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|google mail ?|
|Yep! gmail is from google. Free, free storage (76K mb worth, though there is more if you ask for it), I can access it on any computer, any time and it is all there. It is "in the cloud" so nothing is downloaded to one (and only one) computer. Real handy and free and in English☺ unlike whatever sort of translated mix my current ISP is providing.|
|At least 50% of my mail is in Japanese of course and necessary for us.
Otherwise I would use it too.
|I wonder what kind of spam blocker google is using on gmail? Why can't the other ISP use something similar. I have yahoo and bellsouth email. As well as forum private mails.
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|The odd thing is regarding my service provider is that they say in their bumph (not recognized as a legitimate sender? Hmm why send it then?|
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