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March 17, 2011 - Rob Weaver
This has been a weird week for spam and scam e-mails.
In addition to a bogus appeal for money to aid disaster victims in Japan, plus the usual AD ENQUIRY messages from people seeking to place an “advert,” I received these in my in box:
Dear I have bought a Apple phone with high-quality and reasonable price on [web address deleted}, and now the company is putting a promotion, you can buy anything you want with free delivery charges! Come on guys and catch this valuable chance!!! Best wishes for you!!!
It was sent from a friend’s e-mail account, and included his initials and name at the end. Catch is, this friend has an android smartphone.
The following attempted scam made me laugh:
I really don't mean to inconvenience you right now but I made a quick trip to London UK and had my bag stolen from me in which contains my passport and credit cards. I know this may sound odd, but it happened very fast. I've been to the embassy and they're willing to help me fly without my passport but I just have to pay for my ticket and settle some bills. Right now I'm out of cash plus I can't access my bank without my credit card here.I've made contact with them but they need more verification.I was thinking of asking you to lend me some funds now and I'll pay back as soon as I get home.I need to get on the next available flight.
Please reply as soon as you can if you are ok with this so I can forward the details as to where to send the funds. You can reach me via May field hotel's desk phone if you can, the number is [telephone number deleted] or via my alternative email ...
Hope Taft President/CEO Leadership To Keep Children Alcohol Free Foundation 2933 Lower Bellbrook Rd, Spring Valley, OH 45370-8761
Bet you didn’t know the former governor’s wife not only keeps my e-mail address on her person at all times -- or has it memorized -- and feels familiar enough to hit me up for a loan. I didn’t, either.
I can’t help but wonder, though, whether people actually fall for these pitches. ...
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