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Something I thought I'd never see on TR. Beware!!!!

By sleepin'dawg ·
This showed up in my e-mail @ 23:30hrs Mar.04,2005. Why I was chosen to receive this is a mystery but I put it in the same category as the phony Nigerian e-mails seeking much the same type of information. Beware; there are con-artists everywhere. Just because they've shown up on TR doesn't give them any legitemacy. There is no such a thing as a free lunch. If it seems too good to be true; it probably is. Note: this came at me under the guise of a peer message. Even TR isn't safe from this crap.


One of your fellow TechRepublic members has sent you a private message:

From: agoworine@...
Dear Friend,

I am Barrister BAYO AGOWORINE, a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney to Mr. MARK CRANE, who used to work with Oil Development Company.

On the 4th of May 2002, my client, his wife and their only daughter were
involved in a planecrash. All occupants of the plane unfortunately lost there lives.

The following websites could be referenced:

Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy here to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to look for any body who will be willing to assist me in recovering the fund valued at US12.5 million
left behind by my client before it gets confisicated or declared onserviceable by the finance house where this huge amount were deposited.

The said finance house has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the deposited consignment confisicated within the next twenty one official working days.Since I have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over 2 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased hence I have all the legal document to back you up for the claim, so that the proceeds of this consignment can be released to you.

Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then
discuss on how we can sharing the funds when it gets to your
account. I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for claim. All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through.

I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Please you may reply to my alternative e-mail address:
( )

Best Regards

NB: You are to forward to me the following...



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by neilb@uk In reply to You've got a point but th ...

Thank you for that picture. I was reading it while eating my cornflakes and I've had to wash the screen and the wall behind it.


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by sleepin'dawg In reply to Dawg

Don't feel embarassed it has happened to me more times than I care to admit.

Dawg :^O

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dawg: I'm not talking to you

by neilb@uk In reply to Dawg

I think I still have some of Kellogg's finest stuck in my periorbital sinuses...

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Sorry!!! However periorbital sinus cavities almost achieved the same here!

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Dawg

I however was indulging myself in an early Sunday afternoon libation. Scotch, as I've mentioned previously, makes for fine cough medication. As a medical type, you will obviously be pleased to know that it also makes for an amazing nasal decongestent. Next time however, I do wish you would wait until I was drinking a blend rather than a single malt as it seems a tad wasteful. Snot and Scotch, as a drink, will never make it amongst the tonier types. ]:)

Dawg :^O

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Now that's rich!

by ProtiusX In reply to Something I thought I'd n ...

Now that was a good one. Not to many spelling or grammatical errors and an honest open solicitation for thievery. Just the thing to brighten up my day. You should email him and ask him for his bank account number and what ever passes for a social security number in the Czech Republic.

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Addendum to my original post. This clown is unrelenting!!!

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Something I thought I'd n ...

In replying to his original message, I flamed him by asking how stupid did he think we were and asked why any American or Canadian (okay Col, Australians too) would select a foreign (and boy is this cat foreign) lawyer from all the possible choices he could have made in his own country where the lawyer would be familiar with all the inheritence laws of that country. His reply is attached. Name has been edited for preservation of privacy. You have to give him credit for persistence if not ethics. BTW he didn't say how he knew this Mark Crane character was Canadian but anyway he is now on my blocked list.

Dear Sleepin' Dawg,
How stupid are you i am trying to help you and help meself to recorver my late
client funds mr MARK CRANE who is a citizen of your country,

Well you can write me back if you are serious of getting rich.



I might send him an e-mail from "Mark Crane" and ask how my estate is currently. :^O

Dawg ]:)

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Well I know that the churches have the Gold Phone

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Addendum to my original p ...

That is a hot line to heaven but I didn't realize that they had an Internet connection as well.

Now I wonder if all the telephony to heaven gets monitored like for the rest of us? After all Heaven could hardly be called to provide information on How to Make ############ could it?

I'd love to see the response if you actually get one.

Col ]:)

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A fine example of a Toad

by BFilmFan In reply to Addendum to my original p ...

And unless someone comes up with something better, that email reply from that buttockshead is gonna be this week's BIG Winner!

Send your nomination of him here

Oh and just a nod of the head for having the malice aforesight to flame him up one when you got the mail. That way TR should have a nice little email trail for it.

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I hope you made yourself feel better...

by amcol In reply to Addendum to my original p ...

by replying to a phishing attack. In the course of doing that you confirmed that the phisher sent his "solicitation" to a legitimate e-mail address and have succeeded in making yourself a target for a wider audience of criminals.

Why help these people? I would hope by now we'd all know better and not take these ridiculous, obviously nonsensical e-mails seriously or personally.

They don't need any additional encouragement from you. Do yourself and the rest of the world a time (and there will be a lot of next times) hit the "delete" key. Don't respond.

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Lighten up. This was not a phishing job; just an old con job.

by sleepin'dawg In reply to I hope you made yourself ...

This con has been around for years, usually originating in Nigeria, Ghana or Uganda but since the advent of personal computers and the availability of anonymous ISP's et al, they could be originating right down the block from you. This is just another variation except for the Czech origin. I flamed him for the sole purpose to see what would shake out. It went pretty much as expected but left me curious as to how he has acquired TR's mailing list.
You think hitting 'delete' is going to solve your problem??? There are such things as tracking cookies and data miners which can be triggered by doing just that. A better solution (mine, heh heh)is a strong spam filter with a quarantine function that lets you open and examine these things in safety. When I flamed him I did so from an anonymous source as an added measure of protection.


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