Scams on Associated Content
September 7, 2007 4:41pm CST
This is juts a heads up that the same old money scams that go the rounds everywhere else are no being messaged to people on Associated Content. The following is a copy of the letter I got and my news coverage of it that Associated Content refused to let be published on their site. It never ceases to amaze me how many men are lured into the Dateline "To Catch a Predator" traps even after having seen the shows themselves. It also is amazing how many people fall for the same money scams via the internet and mail, that have also been the subject of Dateline and loads of other news sources for years. Scammers trying to trick someone out of their money have used all sorts of investment ploys, fraudulent checks, and inheritance schemes. Now it seems like users of Associated Content may be a new target. Associated Content is on the cutting edge of internet activity and content providing, however the message system doesn't work as openly as an e-mail account per-say. Scammers must think people are fairly dumb to try and use the system to trick people with the following message: "(STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL) Dear Friend, My name is Williams Cole from Great Britain. I am the Personal Account officer to my late client, Mr. Davis Stanley Who used to work with a manufacturing company here in Europe before his sudden death. On the 21st of April 2003, my client, his wife and their only son was involved in a fatal motor accident along Oaklands Roads, Hanwell-London. And unfortunately, they all lost their lives in the event of the accident, since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives and this has also Proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet to locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence I contacted you, I contacted you to assist me in repatriating the money and property left behind by my late client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where these huge deposits were lodged. Particularly a Bank where the deceased deposited the sum of $25 Million U.S Dollars. (Twenty Five Million United States Dollars Only). Consequently, the Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin to the deceased or they will have the funds confiscated within a short period of time. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over some Years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the Deceased since he has no relatives left so that this $25Million U.S Dollars can be released to you as the next of kin to my late client. For both of us to share the money, I propose 55% to my self and 35% to you for your expected assistance, while 10% should be set aside for settling all expenses or tax as the government of your country may require. All the necessary documents that can be used to back up the claim of this fund will be processed in your name as soon as we agreed together. All I require from you now is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through. I guaranteed that this transaction will be 100% risk free and will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law here in Europe or over there in your country Please kindly get in touch with me through my private email address or mobile number to enable us discuss in details about this transaction. Remember to send me Immediately information as follows: **Your full names **Your full contact address, **Your private telephone, and Mobile Numbers. **Your Age and Occupation Best Regards, Williams Cole, writing from London Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +44-7024039130 Note that I will always be available on phone from 8AM to 6PM Monday to Friday London time." First of all, the person has set up an AC account in order to send this message and on top of that why would they have randomly chosen me out of all of the people on the site? Are there really people out there lacking the basic and logical sense of mind not to fall into such silly traps? If there are then consider this news a warning. Associated Content does not seem to be as easy a system to crack as Myspace has become for spammers; maybe it is because there is a stronger community involved with intelligent writers. Nice try Williams Cole or user name Willco, but nothing is 100% risk free and nothing is as 100% bogus as your money scam.