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Old 06-25-2014, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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I just got this scam email in my junk file today. I can't for the life of me believe that the sender had any hopes of anyone falling for this. Does anyone actually fork over money to a complete strange via email?

I appreciate your quick response. I made a quick trip down here in Istanbul, Turkey for business purposes, but facing a little challenge here as i tried to make few withdrawals from the cash machines here but not going through, have been to the bank also to see if i can withdraw from there but was informed that i can't withdraw from my account here in Turkey due to network errors, so i was wondering if i could get a quick loan of $2,850 USD from you or you let me know how much you can raise now because i need it to clear some little things here and then get a cab to the airport. I promise to refund it back once i get back home. Let me know what you can do so i can instruct you on how to get the money sent to me.

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Old 06-25-2014, 05:52 PM
 
Location: southern kansas
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I just got this scam email in my junk file today. I can't for the life of me believe that the sender had any hopes of anyone falling for this. Does anyone actually fork over money to a complete strange via email?

I appreciate your quick response. I made a quick trip down here in Istanbul, Turkey for business purposes, but facing a little challenge here as i tried to make few withdrawals from the cash machines here but not going through, have been to the bank also to see if i can withdraw from there but was informed that i can't withdraw from my account here in Turkey due to network errors, so i was wondering if i could get a quick loan of $2,850 USD from you or you let me know how much you can raise now because i need it to clear some little things here and then get a cab to the airport. I promise to refund it back once i get back home. Let me know what you can do so i can instruct you on how to get the money sent to me.

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Unfortunately yes. If the scammer sends out enough of them, then the odds are someone somewhere will respond. That's why these keep showing up. I have to say that this one is probably the worst I've ever seen. The person would have to be a complete fool or mentally off to respond to it.
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:08 PM
 
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Someone will fall for it.

Friend of mine years ago met someone in a Yahoo chatroom or group. This person was local, seemed interested in meeting and had exchanged pictures. He said he was in IT and did work internationally and was leaving on a business trip shortly to Africa. Sure enough about a week later he gets an email asking for some money because he was in a hospital and couldn't get out without paying the bill. My friend didn't fall for it but someone might have.

Most of these emails originate from Nigeria. Its been a big business there for years. I remember, before the internet, getting letters at work. The usual stuff saying they were the nephew of General Sir BigGuy and wanted to share $USD2,000,000,000.

This is an interesting site if you want to get a laugh about how people scam these scammers...

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Old 06-26-2014, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Florida
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For as many years as this kind of thing has been around and considering that it's 'big business' in many places now, not just Nigeria, you have to concede that it still works often enough to be immensely profitable.
You can look up to find estimates of how much of Nigeria's GNP comes from scams...it's substantial.
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Old 06-26-2014, 07:29 AM
 
Location: New Market, MD
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I received very similar e-mail a few months ago. E-mail was sent by the person who did home inspection when we bought our house (sender's name was like actual person's name followed by his Home insurance co. - exactly like he did!). If you look at the name it's perfect match and also e-mail (as I seemed to remember roughly what it was)!! But I was very suspicious and more or less sure this has to be a scam as why would he ask me money! So I decided to search his old e-mails and see if I could find tiny difference somewhere. And apparently difference between his actual e-mail and this one was just a letter!! So you see they can be very tricky to figure out sometimes.
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Old 06-26-2014, 10:54 AM
 
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Considering that I have clients that fall for this type of thing all the time, UPS/FedEx emails, IRS emails, phone calls from Microsoft about their infected computer, the chances are good that the scammers will find someone to scam.
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:06 AM
 
Location: metropolis
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I used to get these emails all the time. One day, I sent a nasty reply, threatened to forward the email to the FBI. I never got another email after that. LOL
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Old 06-26-2014, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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These emails are puposefully constructed so as to most easily identify the real idiots and gullible people. They are done that way because the people behind them don't want to waste their time doing hard-sells on skeptics. The automated emails are simply profiling for those dumb or gullible enough to fall for the scam.
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Old 06-26-2014, 02:02 PM
 
Location: southern kansas
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These emails are puposefully constructed so as to most easily identify the real idiots and gullible people. They are done that way because the people behind them don't want to waste their time doing hard-sells on skeptics. The automated emails are simply profiling for those dumb or gullible enough to fall for the scam.
That makes sense. They are also the type of people probably least likely to report they've been scammed.
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Old 06-26-2014, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Dublin, CA
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I just got this scam email in my junk file today. I can't for the life of me believe that the sender had any hopes of anyone falling for this. Does anyone actually fork over money to a complete strange via email?

I appreciate your quick response. I made a quick trip down here in Istanbul, Turkey for business purposes, but facing a little challenge here as i tried to make few withdrawals from the cash machines here but not going through, have been to the bank also to see if i can withdraw from there but was informed that i can't withdraw from my account here in Turkey due to network errors, so i was wondering if i could get a quick loan of $2,850 USD from you or you let me know how much you can raise now because i need it to clear some little things here and then get a cab to the airport. I promise to refund it back once i get back home. Let me know what you can do so i can instruct you on how to get the money sent to me.

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Yes, ALL the time. And every other scam out there. A day does not go by I don't get a call for service for someone falling for this scam, or another. Even the Nigerian email scams.
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