A Really Weird E-Mail Sent To Me

@pyewacket (44032)
United States
September 26, 2007 6:56pm CST
I'm just going through my emails and I came across this really weird one---Here it is in its entirety: Quote:.... ..."Hello, How are you doing today?Hope fine.I just want to use this channel to ask if you will be available to work for me on my birthday.I'm Mr.Asamoah Andrew,resident in China.I have been here for the past 8 yrs as a foreign investor.However i will be relocating with my family back to America and have just purchased a new house in the address below.Therefore,i'll like to know if you can provide me a photography services on 20th Oct in my new house. The address of the new house is:540 W 163rd St New York,NY 10032.Meanwhile,you can contact me on my China's Mobile number; 86-13426262327.I will be arriving The States finally on 18th Oct and i want all arrangement concluded prior to my arrival. Also,at least 30 people are expected to grace the occasion ,old friends and family as well.The party will commence 12 noon and lasted till 6pm.So,furnish me with your quotation on how you charge your Clients.Looking forward to hearing from you. Regards. Andrew. ..." Now how this person got my e-mail I haven't a clue..yes, I am a photographer, but this just sounds a bit weird and eerie to me.. I was able to check out the address doing a google search, and this location is in the upper Harlem section of Manhattan, but the address itself shows a condo complex and each condo goes for over $688,000.00! Don't worry, yes, I'm a photographer, but I'm not going to leap at this so called "job" offer...the way he uses the word clients and what do I charge almost makes me sound like a hooker...LOL--And what kind of name is Asomoah??? Oh and like sure...I'm going to call China?? What are your thoughts here---
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37 responses
• Northern Mariana Islands
27 Sep 07
be careful on the internet, if you don't know the sender then SPAM it, if it's really a business proposal then it should reach you on a personal note like a phone call, kinda' creepy how he got all that info in the first place - peace:0
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Sep 07
I do think it's some kind of scam thing...I do have a few websites that show off my photo work with my email address, but I don't do people photography...I'm a scenic photographer and anyone seeing my websites would know that
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• Canada
27 Sep 07
hey if I rely on what they say ..I am rich everyday...avoid opening emails that you do not know senders...dangerous scammers spyware ect....DO NOT TRUST!
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@brendakaya (2335)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Ok, I agree, that is wierd. It just sounds like your usuasl spam, email, but the fact that it's an email to a photographer, makes it wierd. I don't know, what to think about it. Have you given out your personal email on any of your sites? They may have gotten it, directly from one of them.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Yes I do have two photo websites and yes, they do have my email addresses for people to contact me for the kind of work I do..which is scenics, not people. My type of work is the kind that would be good for greeting card kind of things, or covers for magazines and such. But anyone seeing my sites would know that just by looking at them I don't do people. LOL
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• United States
27 Sep 07
Maybe this spammer's not smart enough to realize that. lol
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• United States
27 Sep 07
See what did i say before?? I was right! And if you actually did a more intense search, you'd find that this scam actually originates from NIGERIA, In AFRICA, which does seem to be the home of all these Scams! So if anyone else in her should ever recieve any of these weird scams in their emails, just delete them, or send them to your Spam folders, but whatever you do, Do NOT reply back to any of them, and do Not send any money to them, because if you do, You will Not get any of your precious Money back!!! Thanks Pyewacket for your last reply, it does seem like we're both thinking the same thing here!!! :)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Let me stop laughing and "oh and like sure...I'm going to call China??" Oh goodness Pye... That is really strange. Perhaps he really does need a photographer. Whats the harm in responding to him and asking him politely how he learned to contact you? This could be some really good exposure for you not too mention a few extra dollars! Are you going to at least find out if he is serious or not? Im really curious myself. lol Keep us posted! Bay xx
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• United States
27 Sep 07
Damn, does this show how trusting I am or what?? Sigh....
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Sep 07
First of all, I'm not a people photographer...I mainly do scenics type of work...I do have photo websites which is maybe how he found out about me but none have my location of where I live...so like how does he know I live where I do? For all he knows I might live in Denmark..LOL While I do live near Manhattan, I'm not that near and I still have problems traveling due to my panic disorder/agoraphobia..I'm not exactly housebound, but where this would be located is too far, and I have no car anyway
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• United States
27 Sep 07
Gosh though Pye, what does that say about me! lol I would like to think Im not stupid, but trusting I guess. Knowing a bit more about your background now, thank you *smile*, I would say its not such good idea. Sorry! lol You made me laught out loud and pretty hard though. Thanks for that. Bay xx
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• United States
27 Sep 07
Pye I truly believe that is some sort of set up. I get these type of emails all of the time. I don't even read them.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Thanks there..I was thinking it's a weird set-up too.
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@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
27 Sep 07
It's a scam. Some similar versions have been going around for years like those Nigerian scams. Just delete it and anything similar they're all scams.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Thanks there...I thought it was a scam thing too.
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• United States
27 Sep 07
Ewww, that's really freaky! I don't have any good feelings about this one. I would tell him you're booked....and then really book, like that way ---------------, lol!
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Sep 07
I really don't plan to respond to his e-mail at all..if it's a scam/spam kind of thing then by emailing him back would verify who I am
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• United States
27 Sep 07
Darn mylot, it ate my response lol. Try again.. OK, first I would not reject this out of hand, It might indeed be legit. The address would appear to be in one of the sections of Harlem being renovated for the very wealthy. I'd get an alternate email addy, at hotmail or yahoo or such. Email him back, include a paste of his mail to you to remind him who you are, tell him the 'new' addy is your business one. I'd not worry too much about his wording. Anyone you do business for as a freelancer is your client, that is the proper term. Also, in China, business dealings are still very formal. His wording and approach are proper for that area. If he has been there as long as he says, he is used to using such formality. As to where he found you? Almost anywhere, even here. you are a published photog, he may have seen your work, which would have your name on its credits. Then he could find you email on any of several websites set up for such searches. So use a somewhat wary approach. Tell him you wish to make initial arrangements thru email, then meet personally before the work date. Ask how may photos he is wanting and charge a good high rate for your time, not only the six hours, but the whole time you will be in NY involved in this project. Sit down and get yourself a quote. Include your transportation and hotel for the trip, enough for a double room so you can take a trusted friend as backup if you can. Demand at least half up front. Make your own arrangements so he does not know how you are getting there or what hotel you are at. If you can't take a friend, have someone you make frequent phone contact with while there who can call the police if you don't check in as planned. He claims to be an investor and can afford this condo, so spare no expense, price yourself right up there with the big dogs. For all he knows you are quite used to working for wealthy clients. Put out these feelers and see how he reacts. if something is hinky he'll probably resist doing things your way and start pushing for you to let him call the shots. then your instinct will send up red flags. As for the weird names, i learned long ago not to judge those too quickly. some of my most lucrative work has been for people whose names I could barely spell, much less pronounce. The fact that he contacted you might not be so outlandish. Assuming he is in China, he had to make arrangements long distance, a difficult thing, or he'd have to bring his own photog from China then fly them back. In this day and age contacts from weird places come from weird places. I would ask in my first email just how he came by my name and who recommended me. keep us posted. Who knows you might end up being the New Harlem's premier photog and make enough to buy your own condo there lol. Oh, I just had a thought. Contact the clerk of court of the county harlem is in and ask for the name of the owner of that property. Property owners' names are public record, see if he is it. Also, the county tax office would have this. You could very likely do this by email or snail mail if you do it quickly. This would be one check of his reality.
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• United States
27 Sep 07
I wrote my response b4 reading the others, but here's one thing. I am not a photograher, assuming he isn't either, a person who does not know would likely not know that photogs are so specialized. Assuming I had money LOL, I might contact a photog whose work I liked to do a party. I would not realize that 'scenic' photogs do not normally do such work. Until I read the comments above, I did not know that. If I liked your work I would ask you to do some for me.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Okay just hunted down the address and it gives the real estate as Century 21, and an agent's name I did emails to them..so will see what happens
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@cyntrow (8524)
• United States
28 Sep 07
LMAO, obviously, you are as much a noseybones as I am. LOL. Glad I am not the only one.
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@cyntrow (8524)
• United States
27 Sep 07
I think I would respond just to see. I am horribly nosey, though. LOL. Still, no harm could be done from emailing the man and finding out exactly what he is looking for. Very interesting, indeed. Let us know if you find otu anything.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Thing is, if this is a scam/spam kind of thing, by my responding I'm just acknowledging who I am...and that is exactly what scammers love
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@cyntrow (8524)
• United States
28 Sep 07
Oh I know. But I'm such a nosey twit that I wouldnt' be able to stop myself. I once responded to one of those stupid Nigerian Email scams, just to see what they would say. LOL
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
28 Sep 07
What kind of reply did you get..now you got ME curious..LOL
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@AmbiePam (51035)
• United States
27 Sep 07
That's beyond weird. What do you think you're going to do? Is there any way to find out more information? Does the e-mail address give any clue?
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Sep 07
I actually plan to ignore it...as someone else suggested to wait and see if he contacts me again...the email address is actually funny...I'll PM you about this
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Okay--I'll give just part of the email address --the first part is body_joy41--how can one take that seriously??
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@AmbiePam (51035)
• United States
27 Sep 07
I just on the computer and got your message.
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@terrych (1227)
• United States
30 Sep 07
Well I think if he contact you on the email, you can contact him on his email, and ask all the questions you have... and of course give your prices... anyway sound strange, but if you have your contact information on internet... It can be a real job opportunity... Just be carefull and be sure to take all the security preacaution that you can...
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
30 Sep 07
I think it be best for me just to ignore it...sometimes these scam artists just love it if you reply so then they know they got a winner, that is sucker to pounce on
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@terrych (1227)
• United States
30 Sep 07
well whatever you feel confortable with my friend...
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@Darkwing (21588)
27 Sep 07
Oh boy! There is so much deceit on the Internet. This is so weird and the letter doesn't even sound professional. I think I'd be very tempted to reply, in a wry sort of a manner but that's probably not a good idea as it will start of a chain of c**p! I would scrap the e-mail and put it down to experience. Photographer or not, I don't think you're quite silly enough to fall for this, are you, my friend? :) Brightest Blessings.
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Sep 07
You're right, I'm not silly enough to reply to this jerk..LOL...like you said I might get an avalanche of emails like this...thank my friend! :)
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@Darkwing (21588)
29 Sep 07
You're quite welcome... just stay safe, my friend. xx
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@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Yeah pw-sounds like a scam of some sort to me.I'd report it. +'s
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Who would I report to???
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@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
27 Sep 07
If your email is through your isp then I'd say to them but I'm pretty sure all email providers have a system for reporting spam. ++
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Think this feler is a parasite and wouldnt even give it one more htought. and I just know you are going to call China loloolol. but upper HArlem am not sure but I dont think I would want to live there let alone think or even concerder that kind of money for COndo? and I dont know how these weirdos get our emails this is like ones I get that I have won lottos and thing I have never entered lol I wouldnt do anything with this but to delete it hugs and blessings
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Oh sure I'm going to call China...LOL..I did trace the name and came up with a person from Africa not China, that in itself is weird
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
28 Sep 07
this is one of those scam things that is gong arounfd just with a different twist . Dont fall for it!
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• Canada
27 Sep 07
This is a very strange email indeed pyewacket. I'm not really sure what to say about this. As you have said you are a photographer, but not of people, and why would he give you a number for China? Hmmmm not really sure, I personally would just ignore it as you know opening emails from strangers can be dangerous to your computer! Your Friend, PurpleTeddyBear ;)
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Yeah, I'm planning on ignoring it..it is very weird though...and sure, I'm going to call China and then maybe get a bill for a few hundred bucks...right---NOT
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• Canada
29 Sep 07
Some of the BESt advice I was ever given hun is ... ALWAYS trust your gut! Love & Hugzz, Your Friend, PurpleTeddyBear ;)
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• Hungary
30 Sep 07
This is definitely a 419 scam (just type 419 in search engine to know what it is). They have probably acquired your email address by purchasing it from a website where you have submitted your email and name (not just from money making sites.) The name Asomoah sounds like an Afrikan name to me (any Africans reading this, please tell if I'm wrong): what is the likelihood that an African resides in China (maybe Europe or America, but the far east?)? Also why didn't he just contact a professional photographer (unless you have a personal photography site with your email address). I recommend that you don't even e-mail back to him, because scammers are smart and know phsycology. For further info look at scambaiter.com
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
30 Sep 07
I did do a search on the name, and it does indeed originate in Africa, not China. I do have photo websites with my email address, but anyone seeing my work on-line would realize I don't do people photography, but more in the commercial line. Yes I'll type in both 419 and the scambaiter.com--thanks for that info
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• Philippines
28 Sep 07
That was indeed weird. I also get weird messages everyday and I do not how they got my email address. You know, I do have several email addresses and each of them have different purpose. I do have an email for friends, for official matters, etc. I do have a private mail but I was surprised because even if its private and intended only for people close to me, I could still get weird emails. Well, my computer genius friend told me never to resply such mails because sometimes, the intention only is to get our details. With a little detail coming from us, they could work wonders.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
30 Sep 07
I get weird emails too on another address, and I hardly ever use it..LOL...Yup, that is why I didn't even answer it, cause I figured the person is just fishing for info from me..no thanks
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@m_5ugar (1013)
• Malaysia
28 Sep 07
It is just a scam, don't believe it.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
30 Sep 07
yes it's a scam all right
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• Philippines
28 Sep 07
hmmmmm, same scam as i get. every single day. delete it, dont read it.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
28 Sep 07
Thanks..amazing these scams..right?
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@Stiletto (4584)
27 Sep 07
Weird! Although I was just wondering where the scam bit came into it when I noticed "furnish me with your quotation on how you charge your Clients" and there it is. He will want to pay you in some dodgy way and ask you to clear a cheque for him or something like that. Jeez these people never run out of ideas do they lol!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Yup--the check would probably be bogus...Yes there seems no end to these people's imaginations
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@gradyslady (4055)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Yeah it's a scam, they're always looking for people to send them money.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Yes it does sound like a scam
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