I'm A Millionaire!

Canada
July 10, 2007 1:16pm CST
Not really, but if I were to 'listen' to all of the scam artists I've been receiving e-mails from of late, I'd believe I was about to become one. I've 'literally' been receiving these bogus messages from all around the globe, and I find it sooooooooo disgusting, to put it mildly. It seems 'complete strangers' are choosing 'me' to be their heir, benefactor, etc. to their vast fortunes. Others want me to go into 'partnership' with them. I actually selected one of them today, and sent a reply back, to let them know that they're commiting a criminal offense. Yes, I'm that fed up. The one I selected was 'very scary' because they were actually requesting my complete home address, and personal phone number, so that they could bring the money to me. I can't wait until my millions roll in ... Bill Gates look out! Is anyone here being victimized like this, or do you know of others who are regularly receiving this type of messages?
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@mummymo (23709)
10 Jul 07
You are definitely not alone sweetheart - I am getting at least 2-3 a day - every day or so it seems! The no of lotteries I have won that I have not even entered beggars belief and the number of people with the same surname as me who have been wiped out in tragic circumstances is just astounding! I used to try and find out who to forward these mails to but it seems no one is interested , so then I used to save them in a file marked as suspicious until it had too many in it for me to control so now I just hit the delete button! I hope that emailing helped honey but I am sure that these people know they are committing a crime - I would not even respond to these people , it is not worth the time and effort required! Hugs xxx
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• Canada
13 Jul 07
Hi mummymo, Wow, what a coincidence, you and I must 'really' be related. Who knows, maybe we've both been invited to help the same person out too.;) I've been hitting the delete button also, but on this particular day, I'd really had enough, and contacted 'just one.' I'm sure it did no good, but it made me feel better, at that moment. I truly wish these 'people' could be prosecuted. Thanks for sharing, as always. xxx
@sunnypub (2131)
• United States
25 Jul 07
I hate those spam emails. The sad part is that there are people out there who are gullible enough to believe them. I mean really common sense dictates that you can't win any kind of lottery that you never played. These are definately examples of the bad things to come out because of the internet. Sadly I know someone who would be stupid enough to fall for one of these scams. I mean he got an email the other day saying that this person was interested in hiring him for an online position that paid $24 per hour. He called us up so excited because he had a job, yada, yada, yada. He actually conversed with the person via email and was all set to send his bank info so they could direct deposit his pay. He finally listened a little to us and sent an email asking questions that we told him to ask and low and behold he got no response. Some people.... Right now the biggest spam email I am getting are the ones saying that I got an ecard from so and so. I mean I must be the most popular person in the world because of all the ecards I am getting. Spam drives me insane!
• Canada
26 Jul 07
Hi sunnypub, It's really great to see you again.:) This whole scam thing is very sad, and even sadder when gullible people are actually taken advantage of. So far, I'm not getting the e-card ones, but will be on the lookout for them too. Thanks for sharing.
• Canada
27 Jul 07
You're welcome. I can tell that you've really had your hands full, and hope that things even out for you now. Those e-card scams sound scary too, so I'll be on the lookout for them. So far I haven't received any. A couple of the 'other' ones I received were very specific, in asking for my full street address, 'not' including a box number. They also wanted my home phone number, and said they'd 'deliver' the money to me. This is very scary, and I really wish there was a way these 'people' could be prosecuted.
@brendakaya (2335)
• United States
29 Jul 07
I have 9 or 10 yahoo email addresses, and I receive at least 5 or 6 of these everyday, in each one. It's ridiculous, the lengths these scammers will go to, to hook people in. One of sent me a check for $2600.00, and wanted me to deposit it and sent it back to them to claim the rest of my fortune. I took it to work and showed it to people and had a good laugh, then through it away. A lady that I work with fell for one of those money order scams, and was arrested for it. All she did was try to cash a money order that was sent to her. They eventually dropped the charges on her, but it was still embarrassing for her. People need to be careful with this stuff.
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• Canada
31 Jul 07
I'm still receiving so many of these types of things, and it's maddening, to say the least. I still don't get the benefit these 'people' get from sending these out. Surely they don't have too many 'takers.' That's really scary about the woman at your work. I'm glad to hear that things were sorted out for her. Thanks for sharing.
@Calais (10905)
• Australia
14 Jul 07
YOU TOO !!! I have won sooo much money everyday from various companies and long lost relatives from countries that I have never heard of leaving their inheritances to me...Its a joke I receive at leat 3 everyday...They get deleted straightaway..I cannot handle any more money...
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• Canada
25 Jul 07
Unfortunately, I've been receiving around 3 of these a day too, Calais. These people must think that 'most' others are really stupid, to fall for these scams. I wish there was a way to stop them. Thanks for your response.
@ewealth (60)
• Nigeria
13 Jul 07
replying might be dangerous, no matter how annoyed you may be. It shows clearly that your e-mail is valid, and gives room for further 'selling' of your address leading to more spams.
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• Canada
25 Jul 07
Thanks for the 'heads up' regarding this, ewealth. I do realize it to be true, but was soooooo annoyed the day I decided to reply to 'that one.' Anyway, I'm continuing to receive this garbage. Thanks for sharing, and welcome to myLot.
@mfpsassy (2827)
• United States
13 Jul 07
I use to get those all the time. I would just email them back and ask them why they didn't already know the info if they had my email address. I no longer get those emails
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• Canada
13 Jul 07
That's an interesting way of handling them, mfpsassy, and it's great if its worked for you. I haven't heard back from the one I've contacted, and am sure I won't, as if they did receive it, I've 'called their bluff.' Thanks for your response.
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• United States
11 Jul 07
i also get them daily i cant believe anyone would be dumb enough to fall for sauch crap but they must i delete as soon as i realise what they are i started to send one back as you did but was aft\riad they might be able to get some info if i even do that these folk are crud and are not above entering a virus into your system my advice is delete them as soon as you know what they are !just got 2 today
• Canada
13 Jul 07
I'm afraid that people do fall for this, revdauphinee, or they would've stopped sending them out. I've been deleting them too, and did send that one reply out, because I was so frustrated. You're right about watching your computer system too, as that is 'another' concern. Thanks for your response.
• Israel
11 Jul 07
Yea! I get these messeges all the time. I have 3 e-mail addresses, and once, the same person sent me the same e-mail for two of my addresses! So I decided to reply both e-mails seperatly and have a conversation with the lady. Well - she did not reply, but it is indeed a scam I do not understand its purpose. Now many ladies send me ambigous e-mails about them seeing my profile and wish to know me better. They do not say what profile, who they are etc. I can't see the purpose for such e-mails - do you?
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• Canada
13 Jul 07
I'm not surprised that she didn't reply, as she was probably surprised that you 'caught her,' Healthkeep. The only purpose I know of for these type of e-mails, that I'm speaking of, is to rob people of their identity, using their credit cards etc., and getting access to their bank accounts. Very scary. Thanks for your response.
• Philippines
11 Jul 07
Hi, imultiplier here Yes, I have had several emails received that have been offering me just like you had. Well I have replied to some knowing that they can't get anything from me personally as i am fat broke. That is to test their modus operandi and sure enough they all have the same answer. First to send money to them so that the amount will be transferred to my name and account. Well I have noticed that most of this scams come from African Countries like Nigeria, Gold Coast, Etc.How about starting an organization called ScamWatch?
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• Canada
13 Jul 07
They'd never be able to get anything from me either, imultiplier, as I don't have it to give. I have many that are from Africa too, as well as other parts of the world. Who knows 'where they're really from.' I believe there are some sites already set-up to warn people, but it doesn't stop this garbage from being sent out. Thanks for your response and welcome to myLot.
@wilynn (754)
• Singapore
10 Jul 07
My friends always complain about such things but recently I've seldom heard that any of them received such mails. I have not received such mails except for a few times couple of years ago. I thought such emails were passe and no longer being done.
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• Canada
13 Jul 07
I wish these e-mails were a thing of the past too, wilynn. However, I've been receiving them almost daily lately, and am getting so fed up. There are still a lot of them circulating out there, I'm afraid, and it really concerns me that there 'will' be 'some people' who actually fall for these scams. Thanks for sharing.
@sunshinecup (7882)
10 Jul 07
Yes, I get the ones that are someone in another country with funds here in the States wanting me to help them get it. My bulk mail is filled daily with these scams. Heck you can find these nuts here on Mylot from time to time before they get deleted. One promised to give us the secret to making $2000.00 dollars a month, LOL if he could what the heck is he doing here posting for pennies??? I report spamers everyday here, and I turn in the scums that send me their scam mail also. It's like you said, you get fed up after so much of it.
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• Canada
13 Jul 07
I agree with you, sunshinecup. Why would anyone be 'here' if they could make that much money elsewhere, if making money on 'here' is really their only goal? As far as 'strangers' choosing 'us' to help them get their funds etc. ... absolutely ridiculous, and sometimes, especially some days, it's too much to take. Thanks for your response.