More Scam Emails

@maddysmommy (16236)
United States
October 28, 2007 11:08am CST
Do people really think I would be silly enough to fall for these kind of scam emails? I can't believe how they mysteriously appear in my inbox and know my first and last name (married one that is) - that really bugs me - I should report this to someone. Does anyone know who? "Dear ...... ....., (I removed my name) I am Barrister Haruna Sambo of Sambo & Associates Lome-Togo, personal attorney to the late Patrick -----,a foreign construction engineer who was a resident here in Lome Togo. My client died with his family while on Vacation at Phuket Island in Thailand in December 2005. Asia Earth Quake Disaster(TSUNAMI DISASTER) On the 6th of January 2006,I recieved a phone call as his personal Attorney which broke the tragic news of my clients death in the Tsunami disaster. Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of his extended relatives. This has proved unsuccessful. After several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you hence I know that you bears the same surname with him. I seek your consent and assistance in repartriating money left behind by him before it gets confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Bank. The deposit is valued US$6,500,000.00 (Six Million,Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only) and it is lodged with Bank. The Bank has issued me an ultimatum to present the next-of-kin of the deceased to inherit the funds or have the account declared unserviceable. I here by seek your consent to present you to the Bank as next-of-kin of the deceased, so that the proceeds of this account valued US$6,500,000.00 can be transferred to you as inheritance, and thereafter you and me will share the money, while part of it will be donated to Charity Fund. I have necessary legal information which in legal terms are surposed to be known by me and this will I relate to you to support the claim of the inheritance from the Bank. All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see the transaction through. I guarantee that the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Thank you. Barrister Haruna Sambo Sambo & Associates No 8 Boulevard du la Kara Lome-Togo"
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15 responses
@beckish (612)
• United States
28 Oct 07
I get them all the time and just delete them. I am not sure who you could report them to; the email addresses they send from are probably not real ones so I don't know if they could be traced or not. I think the sad thing is that a lot of people do fall for them, even though there have been numerous warnings not to.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
28 Oct 07
I was going to reply but then again I thought it was better not to and just deleted it.
@darkaeon (466)
• Portugal
28 Oct 07
i hate scam e-mails... i hate every type of scam , people who do that should be arrested for 3 years... grrr! lol
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
28 Oct 07
or even more than 3 lol
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
28 Oct 07
My e-mail has an excellent junk filter. But, even if it is with my regular mail, if I don't recognize it, it gets junked. I am so afraid opening an e-mail and getting a virus that would go to everyone in my address book. That would make me sick. I see no reason to take chances.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
28 Oct 07
I'm surprised gmail didn't pick this one up as it does all the others. I wish I knew how to send a virus LOL
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
29 Oct 07
Girl, I do not know about you. I just know that is a typo. Who would you send a virus to? I sure am glad I am not one of your enemies, LOL.
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
29 Oct 07
haha the person who sent me the scam email, that would stop them in their tracks (for a while at least LOL)
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
28 Oct 07
I have received this one and also the one below. I have yet to figure out how they get our names and email addy to sen dthese scams to us they would have to be very good hackers dont ya think! I turned mine in to snopes.com dont know if it will help or not but might
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
28 Oct 07
Thanks for the link Lakota12 - I'll turn this one in too.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
29 Oct 07
and I had another one to day when I went back to my email later lol
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
1 Nov 07
that snopes,com
@kimthedane (1000)
• Denmark
31 Oct 07
I get at least one of those a day madmum and if you knew how many times I won in the Irish, UK, Italian and Dutch lottery without ever spending a daim playing. I am so fed up with them but problem is when you are using these free e-mail providers, that they will find their way thru to you even if you get new e-mail. I have tried to report it to the Danish Authorities but it seems as if there is absolutely nothing they can or want to do about it. Scam mails I am affraid are here to stay.
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
1 Nov 07
Oh i hate those UK lottery thingies too LOL
@icon_001 (586)
• India
29 Oct 07
Yes,even I feel surprised as to how they get full name Information . But I generally delete such Mails .
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
29 Oct 07
Yup I usually do to - just wanted to bring it to the attention of others :)
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
28 Oct 07
I get those on a regular basis. I delete them, but, I saw a program on TV where people admitted they had fallen for such emails. That's the sad part, they wouldn't be around if there weren't people actually falling for it. So, I would say to all those people, if if seems too good to be true, it usually is, and just stay away. Unfortunately, greed takes over some people, and they end up losing a lot of money.
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
28 Oct 07
Yup I deleted it after I posted this discussion. My gmail filter didn't pick it up which was surprising. I wish I knew how to send a virus as a reply to the email LOL
@Flight84 (3050)
• United States
28 Oct 07
I have been getting alot of those lately! I keep getting these things in my email about winning some kind of UK lotto. It doesn't have any way for me to opt out of their emails either. But yeah, I get all kinds about winning lots of money and they want my personal info so they can send me the check. I don't think so!
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
28 Oct 07
I hear ya!
@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
28 Oct 07
I wish I know where to report these scam emails. I have received so many of these emails that I will delete them without even reading the content. It would have been a good offer if it was real but too bad, in reality no stranger will give us that amount of money. lol.
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
28 Oct 07
Totally agree. It's unbelievable how many people do fall for them though.
@disvachic (10123)
• United States
28 Oct 07
I know right.My name begins with "S" but it doesnt stand for STUPID.They gots to be kidding me with that mess.I get those scam emails all the time.Its so ridiculous.I hate them.They always claiming I have won the lottery or something like the one you have posted.They need to stop trying to get over on innocent people.
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
28 Oct 07
I hate them too and why wonder people do fall for them. I get those UK lottery ones too, bunch of rubbish that is taking up too much space in my email - now and then my gmail spam thingie doesn't catch them all.
@dlucia (208)
• United States
28 Oct 07
Any email that has "barrister" in it, comes from Nigeria and they are Nigerian 419 fake money transfer scams. Here are some helpful links about these scams: http://home.rica.net/alphae/419coal/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance_fee_fraud If you go into any Yahoo chat room, that is where they pick up your email addresses from. They have various ways of retrieving your email addresses, however. They send out literally thousands per day from internet cafe's all over the world. It originated in Nigeria, but it's now worldwide. Just delete the emails without responding. If you respond, that just lets the criminals know they have found a valid email address and will continue sending them. I can usually spot right from the Subject line and/or who it's from to trash it without even opening it by now. These criminals are all over the net and unfortunately, there are innocent people who believe this garbage. Hope this helps.
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
28 Oct 07
thank you dlucia for those two links :)
• Philippines
29 Oct 07
I also received that kind of email but it was about erap's mistress. I just ignored and deleted their email because it was obviously a scam. So I think the best thing to do is to ignore these kind of email. As long as they are just bugging us in the email, let's just ignore them at least it's just in the email. They're not disturbing us in the telephone and they don't even come to our house. So it's not a big deal for me.
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@eskay007 (72)
• Israel
29 Oct 07
Scam is bad but it is always amazing how some people will be so gullible as to trust strangers. My belief is, it has to with greediness. we need to be united in the fight against all scammers those who perpetrate it and those who are stupid enough to encourage them by giving them funds!
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
29 Oct 07
I seem to be getting more and more of these all the time and am amazed that anyone would fall for these scams. It is ridiculous how many people are trying to steal money from innocent people and hope that these criminals get caught and get locked up. It is getting worse and I just delete them as I go. They know that someone is likely to fall for their scam so they keep on trying.
• United States
29 Oct 07
thats crazy I am the type of person who would believe that kind of email!!!!! I don't know why I guess all I see is dollar signs or something. I wish I had a radar up against this sort of stuff to where I'd be like nope it aint real and move on. I don't know why the internet just puts out our information like that it makes you not want to buy anything on the internet or put any of your information on there. There needs to be something put up to where nobody can get your email address its getting too rediculous these days, next thing you know people are going to be able access all of our information such as bank account information social security numbers everything and when that day comes wont one computer be in my house because identity theft is just getting worse and worse these days and nobody is really doing anything about it.
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