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Old 11-19-2008, 10:41 AM
 
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FOXNews.com - Oregon Woman Loses $400,000 to Nigerian E-Mail Scam - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News

Janella Spears of Sweet Home says she simply became curious when she received an e-mail promising her $20.5 million if she would only help out a long-lost relative identified as J.B. Spears with a little money up front.
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Texas
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My wife told me a president of a bank in my city was taken in by that scam.
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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She's lucky she still has her life. The ultimate goal of these scams is to get the person on a plane to fly to Africa, where they're kidnapped and ransomed. It rarely goes that far, but if they can get you there, you're lucky if you get out alive.
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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If they're a long lost relative I want nothing to do with them - they must be lost for a reason! Heck - I don't even want to have anything to do with most of my close relatives!!!
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I just wish I had 400K to throw out. If I had 400K I would be happy as a lark.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:53 AM
 
Location: The Raider Nation._ Our band kicks brass
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I can't feel sorry for her. She let herself get consumed with greed. People need to be taught the lesson that NOTHING in life is free.
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Old 11-21-2008, 10:59 AM
 
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lol, she had it coming. The Nigerian scam is sooooo old
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Old 11-22-2008, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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But she got to keep the other 16-million in the airport locker, right?

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I do not begrudge the Nigerians. They are working stiffs, in a country where it is hard to make a decent living, manning the e-mail desk. They are no different from the people who phone me at supper time trying to give me free stuff for looking at their scam timeshares. And the telemarketing scammers in this country are praised as hard-working Americans taking responsibility for themselves and expanding our economy and blah blah blah. Nigerian scammers are not breaking the laws of their own country, and Americans believe that it is perfectly OK to earn money doing things that are not against the law in your own country. So we have a transfer of wealth from the USA to Nigeria, 400K. Thats a quarter of a cent per Nigerian. Don't the Americans believe that if you are smarter than the next guy, you deserve more wealth?
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Location: Ohio
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She should have used this reply.

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Old 05-06-2009, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Universal City, Texas
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Bowie: You're clever!! I love that response.

I remember when they use to use snail mail for that scam. I got those letters in the late 70's, 30 years ago.
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