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Trying to Rip us off through here

By Aaron A Baker ·
Dear Friends;
I am posting an "African" letter asking for money from me. They sent me this message through my membership at Tech Republic.
Obviously, it's not from here, but I thought you might find it interesting to see just how low some people will go in order to get money.
It's also been sent to every Major Organized Crime Unit throughout the world.
I do this because I suspect that I won't be the only one that get's these.
I hope it doesn't become a habit.
See what you think.
Warmest Regards

As Received;

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

Subject: ereice

The Desk of Mr DRerice Mike
The Manager of Union Bank (africa) Plc
Dopemu branch

Dear Sir/Madam,
Business Proposal

I am. dr erice mike the Manager of Union Bank (africa) Plc dopemu branch. I want to inquire from you if you can handle this transaction for mutual benefits/life opportunity for you and me. [20% for you, 80% for me].
The transaction is about assisting me as my foreign counterpart to enable us present you as the Beneficiary[next of kin] to the usd$35million dollars left by our late deceased foreign customer who died in a plane crash with his family since January 2002.
The Fund is currently in a suspense account awaiting claim, since the time the bank made a public notice that they are ready to release this fund to any of his relative abroad i have embarked on an intensive search using the services of a private investigator and found none whatsoever which prompted me to solicite your assistance in this venture i want to assure you that this is 100% risk free and legal as all neccessary documents to back up your claim will be put in place in due time,once we have succesfully concluded this transaction you and i will be very wealthy men, also i willl be donating a bulk of my share to charitable causes so i implore you to help. I will give you more details about the transaction when I receive your affirmative response via my email address stated above.
Looking forward to hearing from you.

share to charitable causes so i implore you to help. I will give you more details about the transaction when I receive your affirmative response via my email address stated above.
Looking forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully
Mr DRerice mike email

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How is it

by road-dog In reply to Trying to Rip us off thro ...

that the least developed continent (with the notable exception of Antarctica) inundate the planet with scams like this?

If they put some of this effort toward... maybe growing food, Sally Struthers would be unemployed.

It never fails to amuse me that rubes still fall for this scam.

I'm sure that the Nigerian counterpart of the FBI is working hard to wipe out this wretched hive of scum and villainy. hat tip to General Kenobi.

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Not the starving

by Dr Dij In reply to How is it

I hear that 1/3 or so of the Nigerian economy comes from victims, so the ones doing this scamming are definitely not starving.

All the crime agencies probably have copies so not much point forwarding it. After a bunch of them, the effort involved will make it not even feel good.

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Far-Reaching Affect

by illilli In reply to How is it

Hmmm, so you think this came from Africa, now why is that? Is it because it said so? You see how easily we are duped on multiple levels? The only clue you have to origin is .... none. It was a Yahoo! e-mail account. You know nothing more.

When you get spoofed, you have to turn your brain completely off, step back and carefully analyze what you are looking at. Otherwise, you might be doubly mislead.

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This is the classic Nigerian scam

by road-dog In reply to Far-Reaching Affect

Well known the world over.

Just suppose that this particular email did not originate in Africa. So what? It is still the same scheme.

If somebody is trying to scam you, the specifics as to where the keyboard it was typed on geographically are irrelevant. The law enforcement agencies handling the case will be interested, but unless I have a personal interest in taking a baseball bat to the offending scammer and his computer, I don't see the point.

The origin of the email being means nothing; yahoo is globally accessible. It could be Nigeria, might not be.

You are picking fly $hit out of pepper.

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Award-Winning Authors

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Trying to Rip us off thro ...

The scientific journal Annals of Improbable Reseach awarded it's 2005 Ignoble Prize for Literature to the "Nigerian scammers". See

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A couple of ideas for reply

by jkameleon In reply to Trying to Rip us off thro ...
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I'd reply via an internet cafe

by Neil Higgins In reply to Trying to Rip us off thro ...

using a disposable email address,saying that you represent the overseas branch of the World charity fund,and that $35 million would benefit needy children around the world.Thank you for your generosity,expect to see our representatives arrive in your office within a week.We will also bring along CNN,Fox News,and the BBC,who think your understanding of the poor is first class,and would like to cover your life story.

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I see I'm not alone

by Aaron A Baker In reply to Trying to Rip us off thro ...

You have to be a special kind of scum to try these types of tactics. They're really hoping that they'll get some idiot who will see stars before his eyes the minute that he reads this garbage. In my communiqu?s with the authorities, I've been told that there are actually people stupid enough to do this. No wonder the Nigerians keep trying. It's like fishing. Only they're fishing for us.
Oh well, Life in Nigeria??

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Yeah I got that one as well.

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Trying to Rip us off thro ...

Don't know what makes me more sad, that someone can try a scam like this or that or that they are occasionally successful.

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I have to ask

by Aaron A Baker In reply to Yeah I got that one as we ...

Mine came at me through "Tech Republic" is this how you got your's or was it ordinary mail?
Aaron :)

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