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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.

Dawg


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

From: agoworine@...
Subject: URGENT RESPONSE
Message:
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:

http://www.usafricaonline.com/ngrkanocrash.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/1968616.stm

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:
( bayo_agoworine@login.cz )

Best Regards
Barrister BAYO AGOWORINE

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

1. FULL NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE BENEFICIARY
2. YOUR BANKING INFORMATION
3. PRIVATE TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS.
4. YOUR SCANNED INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT/DRIVER LICENSE

THE ABOVE INFORMATION WILL ENABLE ME APPLY FOR THE
PAYMENT INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.

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Followup

by deepsand In reply to From TR or spoofed?

Nope, it's not spoofed.

I just got one, and checked the header; it did come from TR's mail server.

The sender's reply address appears to be served by the Horde Project, suggesting that the perp. may be a rogue techie who is willingly participating in the con. Either that, or his TR USRID/PSWD have been compromised.

Incidentally, Brightmail correctly flagged this as spam.

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I think some one is fishing

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

I got the same thing


Subj: Message from a TechRepublic Member
Date: 3/4/05 6:59:26 PM Central Standard Time
From: agoworine@login.cz
To: zlito@aol.com
Sent from the Internet (Details)



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

From: agoworine@...
Subject: URGENT RESPONSE
Message:
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:

http://www.usafricaonline.com/ngrkanocrash.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/1968616.stm

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:
( bayo_agoworine@login.cz )

Best Regards
Barrister BAYO AGOWORINE

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

1. FULL NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE BENEFICIARY
2. YOUR BANKING INFORMATION
3. PRIVATE TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS.
4. YOUR SCANNED INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT/DRIVER LICENSE

THE ABOVE INFORMATION WILL ENABLE ME APPLY FOR THE
PAYMENT INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.

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Not phishing

by deepsand In reply to I think some one is fishi ...

It's merely a now very old con.

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Its another Nigerian email scam

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

I've gotten many, many of these at work - though never through TR.

You can send a copy of the email to spam@uce.gov and they will investigate it. Thats where I send any that I receive.

Its not phishing, they're just looking for people gullible enough to do what they ask.

I think they may have gotten your email address through directory harvesting.

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Its a shame, what's more a shame is some fall for it

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

..of course unless you really are the most gullible (sp) soul who ever lived or you have a severely low IQ, how can anyone take these scam emails seriously.

"Oh ok some strange email that was sent to me asks for my driver's license/password information, my home address and my banking information. Here you go".

The very first time I got the "original" version of this scam (the Nigerian one) it was about 5-6 years ago, I laughed so hard out loud it struck me as "YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME" kind of funny.

I emailed them back with bogus information, but made one last request....if I could instead have my money up front in all pennies.

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That really is the shame of it!!!

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Its a shame, what's more ...

Yet you have to wonder what would lead people to fall for this, unless they have fallen into some sort of dire financial straights and are grasping at any straws to escape. Sad, because these people are probably the ones that can least afford it.

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Well Here is another one again supposedly from a Peer

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Something I thought I'd n ...

FROM MR USMAN ALI
31 OXFORD AVENUE
JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA
email:usman_ali_55@yahoo.com
TEL; 27-728-308-008


HUMBLE ASSISTANCE

Dear

My name is Usman ali the elder son of Mr duke ali of Zimbabwe This might be
a surprise to you about where I got your contact.

A career diplomat who I consulted in my search for a reliable
individual/company who can assist me in transferring a reasonable sum of
money abroad to a company or private account introduced your firm to me.

During the current war against the farmers in Zimbabwe from the supports of
our President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white-owned farms tohis party
members and his followers, he ordered all white farmers to surrender all
their farms to his party members and his followers.

My father is one of the best farmers in our country and because he did not
support Mugabe's ideas,Mugabe's supporters invaded my father's farm and
burnt everything in the farm ,killing my father and made away with a lot of
items in my father's farm.

Before his death, my father had deposited with one of the Security Company
in Johannesburg, South Africa the sum of(US$21.Twenty One Million eight
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).

After the death of my father, we decided to move to the Republic of South
Africa where he had deposited the money in the Security Company as
valuables.

So I decided to contact overseas firm and companies that will assist me to
move this money out of South Africa because as asylum seekers we are not
allowed to operate any bank account within South Africa.

We have agreed to offer you 25% of the total sum for your assistance, 5%
will be mapped out for any expenses that may be incurred in the course of
this transaction and 70% will be for me and my family to invest in your
country

All I want you to do is to furnish me with your entire Personal phone and
fax numbers for easy communication. You can contact me on the above
Telephone number.

Note that this transaction is 100% risk free and absolutely
confidential.

Yours Faithfully


USMAN ALI


It isn't even an original one as I've seen this particular one previously but from a different source. I'm thinking of responding with the bank details of John Howard's Company Credit Card.

That is the card that he runs up all the AU Government debt on so even a few billion going missing will not be noticed.

Col ]:)

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They're called "419" scams.

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

The various governments have long been aware of them, and have been shutting them down as fast as they can.

But, there's no way to prevent new ones from being started.

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I wonder how many people actually are gullible enough..

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

to follow the instructions in these kinds of emails.

I mean...

Send your banking information?
Full name and address?
Home telephone number?
Your driver license information?

I mean to me (and I'd think most logical people with some common sense) that screams SCAM!!!

It's sad to think some people actually blindly believe anything they see in writing.

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Well, enough fall for 419 scams so that they remain viable.

by deepsand In reply to I wonder how many people ...

Now that's a sad commentary on the human condition.

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