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  1. #1
    A fountain of knowledge.
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    West Sussex on the coast

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    Has anyone else received one of these today???

    Dear one
    I am writting this letter with due respect and
    heartful of tears since we have not known or met
    ourselves previously.

    I am asking for your assistance
    after I have gone through a profile that speaks good
    of you. I will be so glad if you can allow and lead me
    to the right channel towards your assistance to my
    situation now.

    I will make my proposal well known if I
    am given the opportunity. I would like to use this
    opportunity to introduce myself to you. well, i am
    fatima usman 20years old young lady and I know that this proposal might be a surprise to you but do consider it
    as an emmergency.

    In nutshell, My (late) father Mr sule usman
    was a very wealthy gold and cocoa merchant who based
    in Accra and Abidjan respectively. But he
    was killed along side with my mother during last year's
    Rable attact and all his properties was totally

    However, after their death I managed to
    escape with a very important document (DEPOSIT
    CERTIFICATE (US$4.7m) four million Seven hundred
    thousand U.S Dollars deposited by my late father in the bank
    which i am the next of kin.

    Meanwhile,i am saddled with the problem of
    securing a trust worthy foriegn personality to help me
    transfer the money over to his country and into his
    possession pending my arrival to meet with him.

    Furthermore,you can contact the bank for
    confirmation and i will issue a letter of authorisation
    on your name,that will enable the bank to
    deal with you on my behalf.

    I am giving you this offers
    as mentioned with every confidence on your acceptance
    to assist me or take me as your child and manage the
    money. I am inclined to offer you 15% of the total sum
    as a mode of compensation for your effort after the
    successful transfering of these fund to your
    nominated account overseas

    Conclusively,i wish you send me a reply
    immediately as soon as you recieve this
    proposal,please write me back with this email
    address Until then,i remain with the best regards fatima.

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    Default now they spam forums!!

    It seems that someone thinks it is a funny idea to spam forums now! I am surprised they are bothered to waste their time. Do they have to be registered to send PMs?

    Sadly, our dear friend Ann (alias Ladkyis) passed away on Thursday, 26th. December, 2019.
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  3. #3
    Reputation beyond repute
    Join Date
    Oct 2004


    It sounds a dashed good offer!!!

    I think I'll take them up on it

  4. #4


    Classic 419 scam - but I have never seen one sent as a PM before!
    As far as I am aware, you need to be registered to send a PM, so the scam must have been sent via a registered name? If so, I would report it to the administrators of the forum via the little report link.

  5. #5
    Loves to help with queries.
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Herts, UK


    You must have come across as very sympathetic in your forum postings

    I'm a bit disappointed I wasn't considered for this kind offer now (- not!)


  6. #6
    A fountain of knowledge.
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Definitely not DRY Brisbane any more, Queensland.


    I got one of them, too. This is really a new slant on spamming. Labour intensive.
    I like poetry, long walks on the beach, and poking dead things with a stick.

  7. #7
    Starting to feel at home.
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Plymouth, Devon


    I hasd the Nigerian scam in a email some time ago and sent it to the local
    paper who done an article on it to warn others.

    Let me tell you of a scam that I just couldn't resist answering.

    It is the Canadian Lottery, of which we get a lot of in the UK.

    I had won big money on this lottery even though I hadn't entered it.
    They wanted around 1000 for admin charges (how stupid).
    I emailed them back thanking them for notifying me of my win and told
    them to take the admin charges out of the winnings and added
    that they could also have 15% for themselves as a thank you and to send me what was left over.
    Of course they never got back to me.

    I wonder how many people actually fall for these things and how much they

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    Can I make a little warning here for people?
    Many of these scams - particularly the 419 scams - seem too silly for words. It is very tempting to email them and play along for a bit or whatever.
    Be aware that many of these scammers are working for organised gangs - especially some of the 419ers - and many have associates in the UK, USA, Canada and other places.
    Unless you really know what you are doing, it is not worth responding at all to these scams.
    And never, ever, give them any personal details of any sort - certainly never agree to meet them.
    If you really are keen to find out a little more on the scams - how they work etc - look at the websites for 419Eater or Scamorama. Both those sites have a lot of information about various scams.
    Although the scams may seem stupid to most people, you would be amazed how many millions of US dollars and other currencies are scammed by these people each year. Even in the UK, there is a dedicated unit at Scotland Yard dealing with these crooks.

    (Sorry to go on - they are one of my areas of interest )


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    I delete several similar offerings from my spam trap every week - unopened of course. Recently I have added NATIONWIDE, BARCLAY'S and HALIFAX to the customized spam list as I get reguar requests to "Update my details." Since I have never dealt with Halifax and severed any connection with Barclay's and Nationwide many years ago I can only assume this is another attempt to obtain personal information.


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    A fountain of knowledge Mary Young's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Edinburgh, Scotland


    Dear Rod
    Should we be seeing the original posting of this Spam letter? The email return address still looks like an active link.

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