Don't Believe This: A Scam Of A Different Kind??

@pyewacket (44036)
United States
February 25, 2008 2:41pm CST
I just got a very "interesting" email via the writing website Helium. Okay granted, sometime ago, I did do an article and submitted it to them and it was sort of a review of the book and DVD "The Secret" and about the principles of the Law of Attraction. No doubt this "person" has and will target anyone else who has done any kind of articles about The Secret and/or Law Of Attraction. Here's the email: From: Raid Jal, hi I am the executive manager of COACH training and Consultation Company, based in Dubai at the Arabic Emirates. We are interested in delivering a training workshop about the principles in the book "THE SECRET" to senior managers in Dubai at by the end of March 2008. We are looking for a professional trainer that is qualified to hold this workshop and deliver the training about the principle of those secrets in the book by Rhonda Byrne. so please ,if you find your self in this training,we would highly appreciate your support and concern in replying to us and discussing the requirement of this process. p.s. please send me a CC of the reply to this email : xxxxxxxxxx(purposely edited) Thank you Raid Jalboush ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PRIVACY The Helium member did not have access to your email address to send this email. When you reply to this member, you are opening up direct communication with the Helium member via your own email addresses. If you want to block this member from sending you more emails, click this link http://www.helium.com/user/update_account_details?block_user_id=397723&tab=privacy_settings If you do not want to receive any more Helium member emails, click this link http://www.helium.com/user/update_account_details?tab=privacy_settings Helium.com Where Knowledge Rules™ ____________ Okay what amuses me no end, this email is from a person in the Arabic Emirates....like duh? Why, oh why would anyone from there want to learn about the principles of The Secret and Law Of Attraction, when you have people there spending 14.3 million dollars for one lousy license plate as I described in my one discussion...aren't they kind of using the Law Of Attraction there already, or is it that instead of mere billions they want to attract trillions of dollars?? (hehee) Is it me, or does anyone see this email as being a bit strange and some kind of scam once again?? Has anyone else gotten an email like this, particularly via Helium???
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13 responses
• United States
25 Feb 08
It s an unusual e mail, but the concept is not unusual. You have to remember there are many more extremely poor people than rich out there. Most of the men are looking to marry western women and don't care about looks or age or anything they just want to marry so the can come to America and they of course expect the woman to foot the bill. It is one of the reasons why I always keep my messenger set to invisible....they will contact you that way too. Since most of the chat rooms have been closed they are seeking other ways to get their contacts.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Oh, I've completely switched off all my messengers so I don't get spammers after me
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• United States
26 Feb 08
Yeah I smell scam too. It's amazing just how many of these email scams are out there!!! It makes me think that there are more people than I thought that fall prey to these predators! Scary!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
27 Feb 08
What's really annoying is that this email came to me via Helium...I thought they were reputable
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• United States
27 Feb 08
I'm not familiar with that site :)
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• United States
28 Feb 08
Oh I see. Well that does make that email all the more strange!
@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
26 Feb 08
If you reply, that person will have your email address, so don't reply to the message. What I would do is look up that user on Helium and see what you can find out from the bio page. If you suspect a scam, forward the message to help@helium.com. When Helium first implemented the messaging system between users, I received a coulple of spam messages, which I sent to help, and they took care of it quickly. It is just another way scammers are attempting to get access to your info or to get you one way or another. Maybe they figure coming from a site where you are a member you will not be so skeptical and will reply. Be wary.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
28 Feb 08
No don't worry I never reply to these kinds of scam emails. I did report the person to Helium and they emailed me back (Helium) and said the person's account was deleted..apparently I wasn't the only one to complain
@ctrymuziklvr (11059)
• United States
26 Feb 08
This is one of the reasons I don't join a lot of these sites. No matter what it is there are always spamming emails coming in from it and I really don't appreciate it. I'm not a writer so I never joined Helium but I know someone who did and got a lot of this type of emails once she started writing articles on it and the funny part of it was not one of them was from the US...makes you think doesn't it?
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
28 Feb 08
I'm surprised though that such a thing would happen through them as I though they were reputable and not into sending out emails to members by other members that were clearly scams-I know none of these emails are from the US
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I am not sure if this is scam or for real. Not everybody in Emirates is rich. Also, happiness is about life balance, love and joy. People in other countries think that we are all rich in USA. They think that we all are in big houses with swimming pool and servants.... Law of Attraction is more spiritual in nature and it is more in it that material world. People who run lectures with English speaker are making lots of money. Someone is willing to make money from book popularity and fact that you know a lot about the book. It is like the license plate. They are willing to pay a lot just to have good speaker and be able to tell everyone that they pay $500 for one ticket. Those who don't speak English may pretend that they do, just for prestige. I am not saying that I would trust the letter in more that 20%....
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
27 Feb 08
LOL--yes, I know how many view us here in America....the streets are paved with gold, we all drive BMW's, we all have million dollar homes...Since LOA is spiritual in nature can't help thinking though that it would go against the beliefs there as it's a muslim country
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Ummm, I don't know what to make of this, pyewacket. It could be a legitimate offer, or maybe this guy just wants to pick your brain. The only other alternative I can think of is that he might be shopping for a new wife, lol.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Well I did email Helium with a copy of the email to me, including the full header that shows it's origins...I find it strange that Helium would send out such an email out to any of it's members without reading it...heeeheee..mmmm..someone hsopping for a wife huh,...gee that would solve a lot of my problem if this is some rich oil baron...LOL
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
27 Feb 08
sounds weird to me and howed they get your email addy I dont go tho Helium butthen again other people do. Sure hope you didnt email back and went stright to HElium to complain!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
28 Feb 08
No I didn't reply to the person, and I did make a complaint to Helium who then emailed me back to tell me the person's account was deleted...others must have complained as well
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
28 Feb 08
very good of them they didnt need that to happen to thier site!
• Philippines
26 Feb 08
That definitely looks like a scam mail. Why would they request your cc. Professional people don't write emails like that and especially doesn't ask for cc info through email coz it can be stolen. They are devoloping a training workshop and hiring you yet they ask for a cc. Who would hire someone and ask to pay them 1st. That sounds ridiculous. Bad email..scam..
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
28 Feb 08
No the "CC" doesn't mean credit card, it means the Carbon Copy thing in emails, but don't worry I would never give out my cc number anyway
• United States
26 Feb 08
Pyewacket it sounds like a scam to me. As I was reading their email bells where going off in my head this is a scam! I would not reapond to this eamil.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
28 Feb 08
Don't worry, I never reply to these things as I know they are scams..so tired of getting them!!
@morgandrake (2140)
• United States
26 Feb 08
It reeks of a scam to me. Just writing a Helium article on the subject does not make you an expert, or for that matter an accomplished speaker. Take for instance, myself--I write about a lot of things that I barely understand. And you definitely do not want me to speak in front of your group; I am a borderline anarchist. Helium initiated the writer email system to be nice to the writers, and allow us to email one another. It is too bad that outsiders (yes, I consider scam artists and referral emails to be outsiders) have been using it to annoy the writers and sell us things that we do not want.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
28 Feb 08
Hehee...I do that too, write things I barely understand...it's called bullshating...LOL..I was notorious at that with my college term papers and managed to get A's all the time..heeehee. As for Heilum..maybe they should just have a PM system thing, or do they? I haven't been there in awhile..been busy with other work, especially my photo work
@sparkster (181)
18 Apr 08
HELIUM.com IS a scam!!!!! I wrote several articles there for months and earned a total of $37 during their reward-athon. On payout date my earnings completely disappeared and I have contacted Helium several times since and they are just ignoring me!! Check this out: http://www.heliumsucks.com
@slavezero (835)
• Philippines
28 Feb 08
Well... I am not aware of those kind. But it really look suspicious. I believe it would be better if you just report it as spam or just ignore that mail. Tricky people are just around the corner esp in the internet. We just have to be cautious with them. You did the right thing in sharing it here. At least to warn everyone and I believe there would be someone out there that can help you figure it out.
@irishmist (3820)
• United States
28 Feb 08
This email does sound strange. I have not gotten any emails like this, but I have only written six articles over at Helium, and I'm sure they would not be interested in any of them.