Do People Really Fall For This This

Canada
August 20, 2009 12:03pm CST
At least once a month I get an email from someone I have never heard from and the Email address looks like it would be a valid contact. It always goes like this. My husband recently passed away and left me $$$$$$$$ Millions of dollars and because I have recently found out I have terminal cancer and only have a short time to live I want to send you my estate money of so many millions $$$$$$. Then it'll say Email me at whatever whatever. I always file this as junk and I never respond to it. I often wondered if anyone ever gets these. I just got one this morning again and thought I would mention it here to see do you know of anyone getting burnt by this foolishness? We live in a world where there's always someone trying to mess with our minds.
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@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
20 Aug 09
yup I get them havent for awhile but have. and I delete them as fast as I can lol
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• Canada
20 Aug 09
Good for you I delete them as fast as I get them also.
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@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
20 Aug 09
cool
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@Canellita (12051)
• United States
20 Aug 09
OMG, that is really low! You would be surprised though how many people would respond even just to see what would happen or to think they are going to scam the scammer. It just goes to show though, who in their right mind would even believe such a story? Says a lot about the greed and gullability of some people.
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• Canada
20 Aug 09
It is low, but people will try anything to scam you. I would never fall for this.
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@Polly1 (12646)
• United States
21 Aug 09
I get that crap all the time too, I delete it or mark it as spam. I suppose some people do fall for that, I can't imagine the kind of people who do though. The next time we get one of these emails, maybe them people will send us the money, they keep promising it to us. Then we will have enough to plan a big mylot reunion, we can all come then. We will have the millions and be able to afford it. Hope to see you soon.
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@GardenGerty (124297)
• United States
21 Aug 09
Now that would be fun. Those of us who have won millions or inherited estates will have to share with those who have not. We will pick a central location and have the world's grandest MyLot family reunion we can find.I will be so looking forward to meeting some more MyLot friends and celebrating such a wonderful stroke of luck.
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@Polly1 (12646)
• United States
21 Aug 09
Its a date, now we just have to figure out how to collect the $$$$$.
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• Canada
21 Aug 09
Oh girl friend you are funny BUT... I love the idea of a reunioun!!! As for GardenGerty and her so called wonderful stroke of luck??? Hell with my luck if all I won was 100.00 I may die of a stoke. lol. Oh you girls are thinkers hehehe
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@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Aug 09
I'm guessing that some people do actually fall for this stuff or the scammers would give up and stop sending that around.
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• Canada
20 Aug 09
Well good point I too have wondered that someone somewhere must have fallen for this crap or why do the Emails keep coming. I have never replied but yet I keep getting the Emails.
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@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Aug 09
I had a friend who actually called one of them and messed around with them, it was pretty funny...
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@lelin1123 (15635)
• Puerto Rico
21 Aug 09
I get a few of these per week and just delete it. I don't know how they get away with sending these and are there really people out there that would fall for this nonsense. I hope not but I bet there are.
• Canada
21 Aug 09
It really is to bad these people can get away with garbage like this. Thank You for your response.
@saundyl (9791)
• Canada
20 Aug 09
i havent fallen for it so far! Another thing that makes me wonder is...those money for gold things. I see them on TV but to me it seems so fishy - you are supposed to trust them and send you gold and HOPE they send you money back - what if its not the value u want or they dont actually send you anything what can you do they already have your gold!
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• Canada
20 Aug 09
It's just awful we live in a world where we can not trust but that's the way it is and we just can't take these chances and you're right it's on television as well. Be Careful.
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• United States
21 Aug 09
I was watching tv the other morning and they was talking about the cash for gold. It is legit. They do send you a check for what they will offer you. If you like it then you cash the check. If you don't then they will send you gold back to you. The news people did a test on it and found out that is true but they won't offer you as much as a pawn shop or local jewler would. I just wanted to give you this little bit of information. Have a good weekend.
• Canada
20 Aug 09
I get those too, and lately my mother has been getting them in snail-mail form, which is really scary, because it means these people know where she lives. I don't know how they would have gotten her address. I keep getting them, and I delete them. A friend of mine is being scammed in a different way, not necessarily by one of these scams, but by someone over in Africa who claims to be in love with her though an on-line relationship...what the hell? My husband and I met on line, but as friends first, and through a writing group, where we started off with similar interests to begin with, not us out looking for osmeone, and trying to woo someone into having a relationship with us.
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• Canada
20 Aug 09
That is scary and not good that someone may know where your mother lives. I wonder also how they would be able to get your address, but I don't like it. Good for you that you were able to find the person of your dreams that's a wonderful thing. I do think and I hope I'm right that people are getting to be better educated and more careful regarding scams. Thank You for your response
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• United States
21 Aug 09
That is VERY scary - do they have her name on there with the address? That is crazy scary if they do. If not, maybe they are just sending them blanket to addresses, not people, if you know what I mean. I don't understand how it is that people get pulled in by these things. I also don't understand what kind of people come up with these schemes - crazy people who don't give a damn about anyone but themselves for starters, but still.. I guess it's one of those things that I don't get because I could never do anything of the sort to another person....
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@GardenGerty (124297)
• United States
21 Aug 09
I used to get tons of them, but have applied some filters to my e mail, so I am only getting a fraction of what I used to get. It can come from any country, and can be from any man or woman. Honest people usually realize that even if these things were true, they would be dishonest if not downright illegal to do. I have known of some people who have gotten scammed, not with that particular one but from another type of scam.
• Canada
21 Aug 09
It really is to bad these people can get away with garbage like this. Thank You for your response.
• Singapore
21 Aug 09
yes, some will fall for this kind of emails, but thats just a handful of people only sometimes, what i can say is that this kind of emails can show how greedy a person can be. i remember last time got what Nigerian scam or whatever. they send emails to you saying you won money/you are the heir to the inheritance but you need to send a big amount to them before you can collect your money... only greedy ones will really send money to them...blinded by money already
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• Canada
21 Aug 09
It really is to bad these people can get away with garbage like this. Thank You for your response.
@mtdewgurl74 (18159)
• United States
21 Aug 09
Yep, I get one or two of those a day those or the I won a lottery thing. A waste of people's time and space if you ask me. I don't see why they would send them out so much. I doubt many people would be so gullible to follow it.
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• Canada
21 Aug 09
It really is to bad these people can get away with garbage like this. Thank You for your response.
@LittleMel (14033)
• Canada
21 Aug 09
actually I've read the news where a lot of canadians fall for scams like that or something that sounds like their friend needs help where as their friend doesn't even need it and yet they send money I don't have that much luck in lottery so I don't think millions of money will ever be in my hands anything that sounds millions, well that's not mine
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• Canada
21 Aug 09
It really is to bad these people can get away with garbage like this. Thank You for your response.
@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
21 Aug 09
Only once a month? I get several a day! I wish I could cash in on just one of them and be comfortable with the millions of someone's estate who could afford it!! I can't understand the waste of time, but the information they want is usually enough to tell me that it is not legitimate. I don't know of anyone who has fallen for it, though, and hope that I never do know anyone who does.
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• Canada
21 Aug 09
It really is to bad these people can get away with garbage like this. Thank You for your response.
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@drannhh (15237)
• United States
20 Aug 09
The sad fact is that there are people whose desperation and greed...and ignorance...do actually allow them to fall for such blatant nonsense. If that weren't true, the perpetrators would not take the risks they take in continuing to set up these scams. It only takes one foolish person to make the criminals happy, and so they don't care about the hundreds of thousands of other people they are inconveniencing with their "spam." Worse yet is when con artists sit and wait and watch for an elderly person to become vulnerable so they can move near in a moment of weakness and "befriend" them in order to seize their sometimes meager (and sometimes not so meager) belongings. Sometimes would-be "caregivers" do this, sometimes it is a fortune teller or someone pretending to be affiliated with a church, sometimes a man or woman professing to have a romantic interest in the victim, but the courtship is always the same...they offer help and lavish the person with attention and promises and then over time, they start wanting little things and then bigger things. Did you read about the 100-year old man in Philadelphia who was recently knocked to the pavement and beaten and for what--for $30 and his bag of groceries?
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• Canada
20 Aug 09
Yes I have actually read as well as heard of different cases of elderly folks being badly beaten for the sake of a bit of pocket change. This stuff is unacceptable but until our justice system steps in and puts a stop to people taking advantage of everyone this type of thing will always go on and it's our job to just protect ourselves the best we know how. Thank You for your response.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
20 Aug 09
I have received many of these scams over the years and I really wonder how they get our email addresses. I always add them to junk mail without responding. However there are some gullible people out there who do fall for these tricks and get burnt. so many people give out personal information - even their bank account numbers and credit card numbers to people who ask. Too many trusting souls and they are usually older people. I did have a GF who was tempted and I could not believe it that she was willing to take the risk! Excellent post
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• Canada
20 Aug 09
Thank You very much and yes there are trusting souls unfortunately.
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@dpk262006 (56737)
• Delhi, India
21 Aug 09
Hi dear! I would also receive this kind of mails once in a while. However, if I get such a mail, I immediately delete the same, after reading first few lines. I know it very well that this mails are fake one. However, once I found that one of my colleagues's father got trapped in such a mail and was willing to act as was directed in the mail, it took considerable time for me to convince him that he is not going to get any money/funds, it is fake and he should ignore it.
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• Canada
21 Aug 09
It really is to bad these people can get away with garbage like this. Thank You for your response.
@dpk262006 (56737)
• Delhi, India
21 Aug 09
Yes, those people who are cheating must be punished by the law of the land.
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@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
21 Aug 09
Hi Grandmaof2! Yes, I get emails like this all the time! I just put them in my spam. This is called the "Nigeria Scam". I also get letters like this from banks in England. I heard about a girl who fell for this scam one time and it got her in a lot of trouble with her husband. I started a discussion about this several months ago. Kathy.
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• Canada
21 Aug 09
It really is to bad these people can get away with garbage like this. Thank You for your response.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
20 Aug 09
Hello Grandmaof2, I did a discussion yesterday about junk emails and this one was mentioned there too. I receive these and out of all the junk I get I do tend to glance at them just to see how much I'm going to inherit. One of my respondees had read the mail through to the bottom though and apparently they want %50 to cover admin costs. I never got that far myself, I'm too amused by the fact they want to leave me all this money but address me as 'Dear Sir'. It goes in the junk email bin along with the rest of them.
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• Canada
20 Aug 09
I did look up your response and the only reason I didn't respond is because I really didn't have anything to add in addition to your responders. I have also been sent Emails for male enhancements, hello I'm a woman. Also like you said Dear Sir, I just hit the delete button. Thank You for your response.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
20 Aug 09
Hello, I actually started mine as felt a bit frivoulous and thought I'd receive a list of lots of funny emails but it didn't quite work out that way, just shows I musn't do humour terribly well. Good luck with yours.
@uath13 (8204)
• United States
21 Aug 09
I've been getting that same email for years but always with a different name. The phishers aren't even original anymore. They just copy & paste the story with their own email in it.
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• Canada
21 Aug 09
It really is to bad these people can get away with garbage like this. Thank You for your response.
@derek_a (10894)
21 Aug 09
Oh yes, this is a scam that has been around for quite some time on the Internet. I once read in the newspaper that a guy had been duped by it and even went out to Africa expecting to find his fortune there only to have all his money taken from him. I have also heard of people who have gone out there and have been killed. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of greed in the world, and it is this greed that is the root of all evil and gets people into all sorts of trouble. - Derek
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• Canada
21 Aug 09
Thanks Derek my goodness it really is to bad these people can get away with garbage like this. Thank You for your response.
@sylvia13 (1850)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
21 Aug 09
Yes, I get those emails too and they are always half or a full million pounds, not dollars! Even if they send millions of those emails, they only need one person to fall for it and then they have made their money! It is bad, but it seems that one can't trust people anymore!
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• Canada
21 Aug 09
It really is to bad these people can get away with garbage like this. Thank You for your response.