sourdemuette is conning in dooyooo community
October 22, 2008 11:21am CST
Could believe it someone by the name sourdemuette in dooyoo wrote this to me. "DEAR ONE I AM A DEAF GIRL MY NAME IS STELLE KOMANA THE DAUGHTER OF THE LATE DR AND MRS AFRED KOMANA, MY FATHER WAS A VERY WEALTHY COCOA MERCHANT BASED IN ABIDGAN. THE ECONOMIC CAPITAL OF IVORY COAST MY MOTHER DIED SINCE OCTOBER 2005. HE SECRETLY CALLED ME ON HIS BEDSIDE AND TOLD ME THAT HE HAS BIG SUM OF MONEY IN A LOCAL BANK HERE IN ABIDJAN. HE ALSO EXPLAINED TO ME THAT BECAUSE OF THIS WEALTH THAT HE WAS POISON BY HIS BUSINESS ASSOCIATES, THAT I SHOULD SEEK FOR A FOREGN PARTNER IN A COUNTRY OF MY CHOICE WHERE I WILL TRANSFER THIS MONEY AND USE IT FOR INVESTMENT PURPOSES. SO IT IS WHY I CONTACT YOU TODAY TO HELP US TRANSFER THIS MONEY INTO YOUR ACCOUNT. MOREOVER, I AM WILLING TO OFFER YOU 20 % AS THE TOTAL SUM OF COMPENSATION FOR YOUR EFFORT INPUT AFTER A SUCCESSFUL TRANSFER OF THIS FUND TO YOUR NOMINATED ACCOUNT OVERSEA. RESPOND AS DIRECTLY AT OUR EMAIL ADDRESS firstname.lastname@example.org stelle233(at)cantv(dot)net STELLE AND KEVIN KOMANA" it is very sad that even place like social network where you wish to get good people there are con men and women, what is your take on this one
• Cambridge, England
22 Oct 08
They get everywhere, unfortunately. Social Networking sites, forums (like this) and even they get your email addy (if you are rash enough to post it where anyone can find it ... ALWAYS read a site's security policy and if you don't trust it, create a new email address for it!) 'Sourdemuette' means 'Deaf and dumb girl' in French. This kind of 'email' always starts by trying to make you feel sorry for the person ('I am deaf girl', 'I am orphan', 'My father was poisoned', &c &c) then they mention a large sum of money (this one isn't specific but they often say it is millions of dollars) and offer you a share if you can 'help transfer it'. They also often make it clear that you shouldn't tell anyone else about it - doesn't that already set alarm bells ringing? What happens if you respond? They will ask (of course) for your full bank details. Sometimes they ask for money to transfer the amount or for 'courier charges' or something like that; sometimes they manage to persuade you to give them enough information so that they can bleed your account dry. It is really sad that people fall for this (and they do) regularly. I suspect that most victims will be too embarrassed ... or simply not sure enough of their rights ... to complain. Hundreds of people a year are scammed by these crooks and just swallow the fact that they have been robbed! If they do report the theft, the crooks are, of course long gone, have got the cash and are impossible to trace. NEVER EVER RESPOND TO A MESSAGE LIKE THIS! (I know you didn't.) IF YOU GET SOMETHING LIKE THIS, DELETE IT IMMEDIATELY. IF YOUR SOCIAL CONSCIENCE URGES YOU, THEN REPORT IT TO THE ADMINISTRATORS OF THE SITE (basic site security should make it impossible for any user to message another unless they are on a 'Friends' list!) If the site administrators do not reply or do not take your complaint seriously, then ASK for your account to be closed and ALL of your details to be removed from the site. Suggest that you will 'take it further' if they do not acknowledge your request and confirm that they have removed your details. If they don't respond to that, threaten to take legal action. That is usually enough. Any social networking site that allows unauthorised users to PM other users without permission is committing a criminal offence ('spam' is now a criminal offence in most countries and sites that are lax enough to allow it are accessories to the crime). It doesn't actually matter if it's not a criminal offence in the country they list as their street address. If you are allowed to be a member of the site and spam is illegal in your country, then THEY are liable; if their address is in a country where spam is illegal (even if it is not in your country), then they are STILL liable - regardless of any disclaimers they put in their TOS! My advice is to ALWAYS report this kind of message to the administrator of the site and threaten (unspecific) action if it is not dealt with. THEN delete it and do whatever you can on the site to warn others and advise them what to do.
22 Oct 08
I appreciate your response on the internet fraud and this will help so many people, it is just very sad that even in social networking this things are happening and majority seems to be coming from west Africa. People just need to be extra catiuos when giving their information on the internet