Have you ever recieved these emails?

Canada
March 3, 2009 5:11pm CST
Hi, I am the manager at "some bank listed" I am emailing you because "some person" has tragicaly died and has left 6.4million or some other ammount In there bank account and we have tried to contact his family but noone came forward. I am willing to split this money with you just send me your: Full Name Address Maritial Status Birthday Phone number And we will arrange the money to be transfered to you! sincerely some dude! I get these alot and I know that they are a scam. What is the point of them and what do these people gain from this?
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25 responses
• United States
4 Mar 09
They are phishing emails and they hope to steal your money or ID. Sometimes they are loaded with viruses that can kill your computer. If you can recognize these mails by the subject line you should delete them without opening them.
• United States
4 Mar 09
I almost forgot this important info: If your a victim of an Internet Phishing or Telemarketing Scam then this is where you go to report it. If you have given any banking or financial details you must inform your bankers immediately. Canadian Residents can report to Public Safety - Fraud and scams European Residents can report to Internet Fraud United Kingdom Residents can report to Metropolitan Police Service - Fraud Alert. United States of America Residents can report to the United States Department of Justice
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• Canada
4 Mar 09
Hi thank you for sharing all that info. That is a great way to let people know about scams and I know they will never stop but I think if everyone reported them then eventually they will stop!
@youless (84655)
• Guangzhou, China
4 Mar 09
I have received such kind of emails all the time. It's very annoying. I don't think everybody will be cheated by such kind of old trick. I think these people want to cheat you by transferring money to your bank account. You know, it's dangerous to tell others your personal bank accounts. Perhaps later they will ask you to transfer some amount to another bank account at first so that they can transfer money to you. I love China
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• Canada
10 Mar 09
Hi thank you for your responce. I went on a wholesale website today to purchase a nintendo wii. I placed my order and went to a payment page. It said that you have to send them teh money threw bank transfer only! That is the only method they accept! You know that is a scam right there! Who knows how much money they have recieved.
@lkbooi (16102)
• Malaysia
4 Mar 09
Yeah mamalovestoread, while checking my mail box I always find such type of email every now and then. When I received such email in first few times years back I had great interest and would like to read the content with fun. Later on I felt bored and knew that these bag eggs just wanted to take advantage from us by asking us to send them the money for service charge we then could get the great amount of money. Since then I deleted the scam emails received without any hesitation. It’s really bored and annoying to keep on receiving such rubbish emails continuously so I set them as spam, and they will be sent to the spam page automatically Happy posting and take care.
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• Canada
4 Mar 09
Hi thank you for your responce. It is a good idea to mark them as spam unfortunatly I have to check my spam to cause I find sometimes mylot stuff gets sorted as spam as well as emails from my business!
@reichiru (749)
• Canada
4 Mar 09
Cheap people, trying to wiggle personal information out of us. I've gotten a few of these emails before, just rolled my eyes and deleted them immediately. I mean, if they want to give you money (and it's from a BANK too), they should already have all of your information and wouldn't need to ask you again, it's stupid. So very obviously they're scamming you and are trying to use your personal information for some gain for themselves. Depends on what kind of information they want, you can probably deduce what they're trying to scam you for.
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• Canada
4 Mar 09
That is so true. If they were from a bank they would already have our info! I alwasy delete these but you wouldnt believe how many are scammed!
• India
4 Mar 09
Well they are scam mails they need your person information and later according to your information they will try to use then for their needs , well once you send them your personal information may be he may send you a letter to your house and also make a call to you and convince you to provide your bank account number as he will transfer you the amount and then once he gets your bank details he will call the bank and give your personal information and request for password and also keep change of address and slowly pull out your amount which is in your bank
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@carpenter5 (6786)
• United States
3 Mar 09
because for every 10,000 people that they send these e-mails to that delete them...there is that one gullable person that is so money hungry that they honestly believe they won something and they will send them all their information. My step-dad's sister gave some man that called her on the telephone her bank account number! He took out almost 3,000 dollars.
• Canada
4 Mar 09
Oh my goodness and i bet she never got the money back either! That is crazy!
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@dlr297 (5087)
• United States
4 Mar 09
It is a scam, and i would not answer it. I always report them as spam. What they get out of it is all your bank information, and then they take all they can from you. When they get all your personal information they can do what ever they want with it.
• Canada
4 Mar 09
Hi thanx for your responce that is so true. They do try to take your money. But you wouldnt believe how many people actually do fall for this scam and loose hunderads even thousands!
@lynnemg (4540)
• United States
4 Mar 09
I get them too. I delete them immediately. They are only seeking personal information. That information can be used to really screw us in financial aspects of life, and probably other ways that I haven't even thought of.
• Canada
4 Mar 09
I would like for someone to try to screw with my credit thell get a big surprise I have baaaaaad credit! Thanx for the responce
@agrim94 (3812)
• India
4 Mar 09
Hey i receive these kinds of emails daily and most of them usually when it started originated from Nigeria or some other sub Saharan country which are usually all corrupt countries with no law and order and then if u reply to them they would ask you for money to process the things and then u loose ur 5000$.. same with email lotteries.. u suddenly get a mail that ur email has won so many millions in online email lottery.. good thing Indian newspapers alerted people abouth them 4 or 5 years ago that this kind of thing is happeneing or b4 i got their first email
@CRSunrise (2964)
• United States
4 Mar 09
I've received those emails before. They're either in my inbox or my spam box. I figure if they really had something for me, they would already have my name, number and such. In a world where someone could change their email at the drop of a hat, it'd be hard to tell if you were really talking to the right person. It could be someone totally off the wall. They would be calling or coming to my doorstep with a representative.
• Canada
4 Mar 09
Hi thanx for your responce! I get them in my inbox and in my spam to!
• United States
4 Mar 09
By respondin to these fraudulant emails and agreeing by giving your information they have gained enough personal information to make it seem like they are you in order to make either a fake id or to get info on your bank account to get whatever money or credit you may have and then scams you. As obvious as these emails look a lot of people still fall for them.
• Canada
4 Mar 09
Hi thanx for your responce. I never really though of it that way. That is true they can make fake ids with it. There are still alot of people that fall for them! My motto is if its to good to be true it is!
@legend4u (1019)
• India
4 Mar 09
i think this is one of the earliest mails i got. first time i read this mail and was very suprised. for a biginner who don't know about scams, this things can trick. how ever i was lucky enough to know the actuall satus and situation very quickly.
• Canada
4 Mar 09
HI thanx for your responce. It does def scam some people out of information!
@arvaster (521)
• United States
3 Mar 09
How odd, they don't want your bank acct # for the transfer? :P I guess they either collect info to sell to telemarketing companies or are a telemarketing company themselves. I usually just get scam mails about someone logging into my bank acct and that I have to send them my password to save it. Like eh.. if THEY are the bank they don't need any information from me. Same thing happened to me recently in real life, a guy supposedly from Verizon came by to "collect information" and I said "if you're from Verizon why do you need this info you already got on paper?" he didn't have an answer. Looked real insecure and left. Never saw him since. I don't know what he was looking for or whatever but it was obviously a scammer of some sort.
• Canada
4 Mar 09
Lol its funny the way some people try to get money! I had a person call me one time said "we are calling you on behalf of visa and we are congratulating you on paying your visa bill every month on time for the past 6 months! We are going to up your limit! Than asked for my visa number I said "ha thats funny I dont even have a visa card!" He said oh well would you like to apply for one all we need is your current credit card number! I knew it was a scam and hung up!
@kaplima24 (111)
• Philippines
12 Mar 09
The first time I received this kind of mail, I almost believe it due also to the huge amount of money it offers. I was about to give my personal info and passport details when I thought of consulting this to the internet. And viola, this is a scam and not really true. I think they want to get personal details like address, phone numbers, passport number and bank accounts to take advantage. They may be so good in doing this and they can even steal one's identity.
10 Mar 09
there just trying to steel your id aye think aye never giv info out lyk that unless i know its a trusted componey
@sunil_008 (1270)
• India
8 Mar 09
hi yes quite a few times i have received emails like that. but i think they are all scams nothing in them...why would they chose to pay you money through emails...
@KrauseHome (32349)
• United States
5 Mar 09
Well, I actually think that anyone who has ever been on the Internet for any length of time has gotten one of these Email. I have had them delivered here in message form in myLot, and Chat rooms, etc. as well. The main thing is they are trying to get your Information so that they can SCAM you, and next thing you know you are broke. The problem is I know many people are still believing these and getting taken otherwise these SCAMS would still not be going around. I really wonder what it will take to STOP these, and how more people cannot be protected from these as well.
@jazzsue58 (2672)
4 Mar 09
I got one of these recently - I kept sending back 'scammer' insults but he kept mailing me back. In the end I sent a mail saying, 'I give in. Yes, Mr Lawyer-on-a-yahoomail-account-in-Nigeria I do believe you are for real and would love half of this $90 million fortune. All my details are held here: and then posted a link to the email box of my local police station! I got a short snappy one back about how I didn't know the difference between a scam and a real fortune. I did, which is why I never did what he wanted - give him all my personal ID details (for identity theft) or my bank details (for monetary theft) These scammers empty bank accounts - people do get taken in occasionally. This 'you are the only living person we can find with claim to this inheritance' scam is afairly new ploy. It started when people got wise to the 'dearest beautiful friend my client is a Nigerian prince' one. Why? That's easy. Why Nigeria? God only knows. I mean, why not a prince from the Congo; an intestate Ethiopian millionnaire, a Zulu warrior ... actually, I think I'd quite like to fund a Zulu warrior!
@Kmarie923 (875)
• United States
4 Mar 09
I get so many of these every day! They are so annoying. People send them so that they can get you to trust them and allow them to send money to your account and then you send them some back. Only, the money is fake and won't clear the bank so you will have to pay the bank the money that you sent them.
4 Mar 09
I don't get them...