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#1 Dread Pirate Robert

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 11:10 AM

I receive scam emails on a daily basis.   They are so obviously absurd that I find it hard to believe anybody could possibly fall for one -- but I suppose some people do, because otherwise the scammers would have given up long ago.  

For your amusement, here is the latest:

From Captain James Moten
Attn,
May this mail find you well.

I am Captain James Moten of the US Marine. I am currently in Iraq as an Advisory to the Iraq Military on fight against ISIL Terrorits.
During the fight to retake the Mosul Dam, we discovered the sum of USD$ 5.200.000.00 stocked in a box which I have moved to a secret location. I will like to move this money as quickly as possible to you for business purpose. Only if I can trust you.
any way I am willing to settle you with 30% of the total sum.You will advice me on the business to invest in since I am not business oriented. I want to move this money to your destination for you to safe keep it for me until am out of Iraq,
I believe I can trust you. Presently we can only communicate through our military communication facilities which are secured so nobody can monitor our emails,I will only reach you through email, because our calls might be monitored, I just have to be sure whom I am dealing with.
I wait for your response so we can proceed immediately because In less than 5 days the money should be in your safe custody.
Please get back to me so that we can discuss on the way forward.
Reply me to this email jamesmoten2017@yahoo.com
Best Regards,
Captain James Moten

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 11:54 AM

Impressive.

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 11:59 AM

No, but a couple months ago my grandparents got a call from someone pretending to be me.  He said I got into a car accident in upstate New York, killed a pregnant woman, and was facing manslaughter charges, and he told my grandfather that he needed to bail me out and not to tell anybody.

In actuality I was at school and had just finished my classes when I got a call from my grandmother.  I picked up and she started sobbing into the phone that I was okay.  It was the strangest thing.

Fortunately, they never sent the guy any money.  They reported the incident to the police, and they’re looking into it.  The craziest part was that Grandpa said the guy sounded just like me.  Gives me shivers.

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 12:20 PM

View PostDisk98, on 21 November 2017 - 11:59 AM, said:

No, but a couple months ago my grandparents got a call from someone pretending to be me.  He said I got into a car accident in upstate New York, killed a pregnant woman, and was facing manslaughter charges, and he told my grandfather that he needed to bail me out and not to tell anybody.

In actuality I was at school and had just finished my classes when I got a call from my grandmother.  I picked up and she started sobbing into the phone that I was okay.  It was the strangest thing.

Fortunately, they never sent the guy any money.  They reported the incident to the police, and they’re looking into it.  The craziest part was that Grandpa said the guy sounded just like me.  Gives me shivers.

I'm glad your grandparents didn't get scammed!  The grandchild call thing has been happening in Pennsylvania, too.  We keep reminding my mom and dad that none of their grandchildren would call them for money- if for no other reason than they are notoriously hard of hearing!

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 12:31 PM

I get scam emails all the time and get scammers trying to buy stuff I've had on Craigslist. The last Craigslist scammer I strung along for more than a week before finally admitting I knew he was trying to scam me. Never heard from him again. I thought we were friends. :(

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 01:37 PM

View PostDisk98, on 21 November 2017 - 11:59 AM, said:

No, but a couple months ago my grandparents got a call from someone pretending to be me.  He said I got into a car accident in upstate New York, killed a pregnant woman, and was facing manslaughter charges, and he told my grandfather that he needed to bail me out and not to tell anybody.

In actuality I was at school and had just finished my classes when I got a call from my grandmother.  I picked up and she started sobbing into the phone that I was okay.  It was the strangest thing.

Fortunately, they never sent the guy any money.  They reported the incident to the police, and they’re looking into it.  The craziest part was that Grandpa said the guy sounded just like me.  Gives me shivers.
A couple years ago someone called my grandparents claiming that I was arrested in Mexico and needed bail money. And like you they called me.

These types of scams, preying on the elderly's loved ones with threats, are really particularly quite c***ish.

People engaging in fraud deserve every negative thing that's coming to them in the world.

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 03:48 PM

I still get those kind of emails. I usually delete them before reading it. I can tell it's a scam by who it's from and the subject line. I don't talk to people through email anymore. I haven't done that in probably a decade or more now. The main thing I use it for is to get confirmation on bills I've paid and other online purchases. Everything else goes immediately into the trash folder.

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 04:48 PM

Unfortunately, every single day. Good part about how I've got my eMail set up is that it usually detects spam/scam eMails and directly goes straight into the spam folder so I can just go into the folder and delete it all w/o even bothering checking the contents.

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 05:25 PM

You should definitely reply and screw with them.

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 05:33 PM

Just to hijack this thread I just thought I'd say that the greatest thing ESPN has created in the last 20 years is this:

http://www.espn.com/...layoffs/machine

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 05:35 PM

Speaking of spam...

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 05:49 PM

View PostLorraine, on 21 November 2017 - 05:35 PM, said:

Speaking of spam...
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Posted 21 November 2017 - 06:37 PM

View Posttreeduck, on 21 November 2017 - 05:33 PM, said:

Just to hijack this thread I just thought I'd say that the greatest thing ESPN has created in the last 20 years is this:

http://www.espn.com/...layoffs/machine

Thanks! This is cool!  I usually only look at the hockey and baseball standings.

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 06:49 PM

I looked at DPR's OP and thought "Was this guy's previous experience with the Nigerian Lottery scam?"

On my personal e-mail most crap like this gets auto router to the Spam folder, to be trashed and deleted.

However, morons keep trying.  Somebody from "secure banking" sent some of my co-workers and I an email ( these all to Federal   .gov adresses), claiming a security breach, and trued to get me to open a portal to send them information.  It's not the first time someone's tried that stunt, so the email was forwarded to our separate mailbox for phishing reports.  There will probably be an advisory on our intranet site tomorrow.

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 06:49 PM

View Postblueschica, on 21 November 2017 - 06:37 PM, said:

View Posttreeduck, on 21 November 2017 - 05:33 PM, said:

Just to hijack this thread I just thought I'd say that the greatest thing ESPN has created in the last 20 years is this:

http://www.espn.com/...layoffs/machine

Thanks! This is cool!  I usually only look at the hockey and baseball standings.
Yeah I play with this for weeks once it's unleashed each year. The Saints always become the #1 seed of course and the Clowns, Pansies and Cowboys lose every game! :16ton:

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 10:15 PM

I for one enjoy them. It helps ease the burden of my lonely existence

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:28 AM

I don't get scam emails, more spam than anything.

I know this is not the same thing, but I have a FB friend, and she's a nice person. However, for the past 3 or so weeks, I've been receiving random emails from who I thought was her. I can access the email, but not the content, just a great big blank scrreen saying content not available. So I sent my FB friend a message about the emails and showed her a screenshot, but she very clearly had no idea what any of it meant. There are several members of FB with her name, but I have no idea who it is. I have no idea what I may have done to receive the aforementioned emails.

Either way, I also have no idea how to block the emails from my email account.

Edited by Babycat, 22 November 2017 - 05:29 AM.


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Posted 22 November 2017 - 06:11 AM

View PostBabycat, on 22 November 2017 - 05:28 AM, said:

I don't get scam emails, more spam than anything.

I know this is not the same thing, but I have a FB friend, and she's a nice person. However, for the past 3 or so weeks, I've been receiving random emails from who I thought was her. I can access the email, but not the content, just a great big blank scrreen saying content not available. So I sent my FB friend a message about the emails and showed her a screenshot, but she very clearly had no idea what any of it meant. There are several members of FB with her name, but I have no idea who it is. I have no idea what I may have done to receive the aforementioned emails.

Either way, I also have no idea how to block the emails from my email account.

Maybe somebody hacked her account on Facebook and is using her email to send out viruses. It may be that your virus blocker is catching it.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 06:14 AM

I’ve gotten emails from scammers if I’ve been trying to sell something on craigslist. Those are usually pretty obvious because of the bad grammar/English or they use phrases like “your item” instead of specifying what they’re inquiring about.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 12:01 PM

View PostEagleMoon, on 22 November 2017 - 06:11 AM, said:

View PostBabycat, on 22 November 2017 - 05:28 AM, said:

I don't get scam emails, more spam than anything.

I know this is not the same thing, but I have a FB friend, and she's a nice person. However, for the past 3 or so weeks, I've been receiving random emails from who I thought was her. I can access the email, but not the content, just a great big blank scrreen saying content not available. So I sent my FB friend a message about the emails and showed her a screenshot, but she very clearly had no idea what any of it meant. There are several members of FB with her name, but I have no idea who it is. I have no idea what I may have done to receive the aforementioned emails.

Either way, I also have no idea how to block the emails from my email account.

Maybe somebody hacked her account on Facebook and is using her email to send out viruses. It may be that your virus blocker is catching it.

Never thought of that.




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