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uilleann
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Icon 1 posted December 31, 2006 19:32            Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I just had his scam arrive in my inbox; take note of the link in the e-mail. Someone's getting cleverer.

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Dear Friend

This email should be treated with utmost confidentiality and if you are unable to assist please delete this message and keep confidential. Thank you. My name is Sgt. John J. Sloane ; I am an American soldier, serving in the military with the Third infantry Division in Iraq. I and my superior moved funds belonging to Saddam Hussein, the total is $38,000, 000.00 (Thirty Eight million US dollars) this money is being kept safe in a secured location. You
can go to this web link to read about events that took place here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2988455.stm

Since we are working for the government we cannot keep these funds, we have decided to look for someone to help us keep this funds this is why I have contacted you, so you can keep it for us in your safe account or an offshore account. We will divide the total funds in three ways. You will take 30%, and 30% will be for me, and my superior will take 30%. 10% will be kept aside for expenses. This business is confidential, and it should not be discussed with anyone.

Note that there is no risk involved whatsoever. If you are interested I will send you the full details, my job is to find a good partner that we can trust and that will assist us. Can I trust you? To ensure confidentiality, when you receive this letter, kindly reply me via this e-mail: [email protected], i am using this email for security reasons. Please signify your interest including your confidential telephone/fax numbers for quick communication and also your contact details.

Yours sincerely

Sgt. John J. Sloane

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Icon 1 posted January 01, 2007 04:44      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Uilleann______________________I have recieved many of the same type of requests, Usually some oilfield engineer, killed leader or the whole family ran off the road no heirs.

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uilleann
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Icon 1 posted January 01, 2007 05:05            Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ones that use a reputable news source to back up the e-mail? I've never had one before. I guess I just don't get enough e-mail. (I don't)
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Icon 1 posted January 01, 2007 13:26      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Sadly, the victims aren't getting any smarter.

I mean, really, who falls for the old "I've got $38 million in stolen money, and I've picked you at random to receive $11 million of it, in exchange for a few hours of your time" scam?

Mr Barnam was right, but with the increase in the worlds population, there's now one born every 11.3 seconds.

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Icon 1 posted January 01, 2007 14:42      Profile for Colonel Panic         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Sorry U,

I have a nephew who was transferred from his original assignment to transporting gold bullion and US currency that was in Hussein's vaults.

Every shipment he was involved in protecting went to shipping containers destined for Halliburton.

The money has not been seen since.

Of course this is a scam.

CP

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uilleann
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Icon 1 posted January 01, 2007 15:47            Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I know it's a frigging scam :P Why do you all think I'm asking if it's a scam or not? I just find it amusing what they'te trying now. And the usarmy.com e-mail address (note: the US military uses .mil not .com)
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I don't know what I was thinking... it seemed like a good idea at the time.

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Icon 1 posted January 02, 2007 09:38      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
uilleann: Wow. You're right. They are getting smarter. That's kind of scary.

Then again, a fool and his money are soon parted, right?

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Icon 1 posted January 02, 2007 10:00      Profile for Black Widow     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Get your free usarmy.com email here.

That's how they make it look legit.

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Icon 1 posted January 02, 2007 11:29      Profile for Mel     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Some people really do fall for it. My boyfriend's grandmother once sent away $30 for some kind of processing fee so that she could get the $100,000 she won in a contest she never entered. The family has to be cautious of what she does so that she doesn't lose all her money to a scam.
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Icon 1 posted January 02, 2007 13:54      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Some scams are far more believable than others.

I recently got an email purportedly from a law firm trying to track down beneficiaries for a deceased estate. It all looked quite official, with correct spelling, grammar, and an actual contact address here in oz.

I didn't fall for it, because as a recent arrival in this country I knew for certain that I didn't have any great-uncles who'd made a fortune in the mining biz in Western Australia 40 years ago, but I can see how the average non-moron could be taken in by such a plausible-looking scam.

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When you see how many different versions there are of that scam, it's almost funny ... until you realize the scam is still out there because people are falling for it. Then it's sad. For a few minutes, at least. Then it's funnier.
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Yeah, I got some 10-15 of those "nigerian scams" in my gmail spam box at any given time, but the most popular spam is the "there´s a problem with your paypal account", which leads to a fake paypal site for login, and from the volume, seems too many people never read the paypal read me which says "Never enter your password into any site except ww.paypal.com"
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Icon 1 posted January 06, 2007 17:43      Profile for Aditu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Working in a library, I see too many older people who have gotten various scams and have gotten themselves enmeshed. It just makes you want to cry. They have limited funds and see a chance to leave their family something.
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