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   posted by DaveyD on 24-Jan-2006 12:44:13 (6685 reads)
Please ignore and report to the site staff any PMs containing (or similar) this Nigerian scam
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I am writing you for assistance in transfering the sum of US$9,000,000.00 Million Dollars into your account. And, i am using this opportunity to crave your indulgience in transfering this money into your account, this transaction is risk free. It is only myself that is aware of this money.
    

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FuZion 
Re: PM Spam / Nigerian Scam
Posted on 25-Jan-2006 19:55:45
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@ajs

Cheers for the info. I'd have to say that I'm pretty astute with these things but that's a new one to me.

If I was faced with that situation I would ask for the number of the person calling so that I can call them back, IF they give me their number, contact a REAL number (Found on statements etc...) & ask that the number be confirmed & that I be put through to that person/department. If the number is a fake, I'll soon find out from the real company.

Again, thanks for the extra info.

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mbilla 
Re: PM Spam / Nigerian Scam
Posted on 25-Jan-2006 19:58:10
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@ajs and thread

I don't understand how people can be trapped by any such email!

First a bank or any other money related system (VISA, ebay etc)
will NEVER ask any confidental infos such as PIN CODES, PASSWORDS, 3 ditits on the back of your card etc. via email or phone!
Here in the EU is simply illegal (Bank secret)! So any such email is just SPAM. Point!
Even if you call the bank yourself and you just want to get the account status you won't get an answer but are requested to appear personnally at the bank!

If something is wrong with your card and the bank or money institue knows it your card will simply be unfunctional and your will ne notified via registreed snailmail that this is the case! POINT.
The only time you have to deal on the phone for any credit card, is the person you call when you have lost your credit card! Again you don't need to tell any code. Just your Credit card number which isn't secret at all!

OTOH you will never be asked your PASSWORD or PINCODE!
Why? These are coded they can't be coded back and not the bank nor ebay or whoever can tell you your password/code. If you don't remember it you can get another one, but for that you must visit the bank in person and fill out a special form. After that (several days) you will be send via registered snail mail a new computer generated code, which nobday knows!!

My providers already do filter these SPAM emals very good. And those who slip through are killed by my email progs and the rest (5-10) are deleted by myself!

I don't even read such emails My email progs also checks the size of attachements, it they are too small the're just deleted automatically, the same goes for people I don't know or subjects I know I will never get an email, because my banks don't know none of my email addresses!

So I'm really shocked that so many people here in the forum, do seem to believe these SPAM emails!

To resume: No trusted system will ever ask for a PIN code or Password.
No one anywhere will give you something for free, and most certainly NO money!
FREE = GRATIS simply does not exist! Someone always has to pay and with these emails it's mostly the receiver!

Edit: Infos about 3 digit number

Last edited by mbilla on 25-Jan-2006 at 08:05 PM.


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Re: PM Spam / Nigerian Scam
Posted on 25-Jan-2006 20:44:36
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Quote:
will NEVER ask any confidental infos such as PIN CODES, PASSWORDS, 3 ditits on the back of your card etc. via email or phone!


Incorrect, the CVV can well be asked by retailers and they DO ask for it, it's the security code,
it's not a personal identification number.

Once I almost fell victim of a paypal spoof. It all went down very well, 'till I reached a line string gadget
with the PIN number title. They are freaking idiots, there are a lot of things one can do WITHOUT the PIN number, had they not asked for it I'd be a victim, since it was a PERFECT mirror of the paypal site.


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Re: PM Spam / Nigerian Scam
Posted on 25-Jan-2006 21:31:01
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You know, I never knew that these were actually from Nigeria, I aways assumed they were mailed out by the Billion by some Americans hiding behind the right to freespeech.

And it's the eBay one that worry me, the sorry there seems to be something wrong with your order, log in here: www.ebay.co.uk(www.scammoal.webhosting.com), I do worry about my eBay addicted mother sometimes...


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Re: PM Spam / Nigerian Scam
Posted on 25-Jan-2006 21:36:54
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Poster: ajs Date: 25-Jan-2006 14:15:09

As this thread is about scams i thought I'd post this here.
Just had this sent by our local NHW (Neighbourhood watch)

CREDIT CARD FRAUD: IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ

The following was given to me by a colleague at work, whose husband
works for Barclays and has dealings with Barclaycard.

Quote: This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA
& MasterCard Telephone Credit Card Scam works, you'll be better
prepared to protect yourself.

One of our employees was called on Wednesday from "VISA", and I was
called on Thursday from "MasterCard". Note, the callers do not ask for
your card number; they already have it....

This one is harder to catch as a fraud than most, since they already have your name, the name of your bank and your address.

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mbilla 
Re: PM Spam / Nigerian Scam
Posted on 25-Jan-2006 21:56:26
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"Incorrect, the CVV can well be asked by retailers and they DO ask for it, it's the security code,
it's not a personal identification number."

That's true. But it's the bank system behind the dealers order system that asks for the CVV. These systems are always SSL or https encoded.
CVV is only asked on internet online order but never on the phone.
I would never trust an order via phone, that way you don't have any proof (order form, fax, bill...).
The connected bank system immediately checks with your card provider computer if your card is ok.

Here in Luxembourg (number one worldwide with bank transfers) you can't even have a different delivery address as the one of the card holder. So even if someone can order online with your card infos, the items will all the same be delivered to the card holders address. This even works in foreign countries, my girlfriend once ordered a GPS from USA to be delivered to my address, which didn't work so the GPS had to be delivered to her house (as that was the address saved at VISA).

If osmething goes wrong you're in trouble very fast.
At least here in Luxembourg. A friend of me once bought a TV and paid with cheque. When he arrived at home 2 hours laters, he was arrested. He had done nothing wrong and the cheque account was ok.
But he had paid with his wife cheque and not his own! (different names)
It took him 1 week of administartional paperwork to get the situation cleared with the bank, shop and police!

The problem I see with such things is phishing! In the meantime to done very cleverly. But again you must first open an email which redirects your browser to a phishing site!

I will never get in trouble with credit cards, I don't use or have one! Here I'm once on par with manager/bankers: the CEO of Barclay UK said in an interview 2 years ago: "I would never use a Barclay (or any other credit card)
and I insist that my sons don't use one either! Credit cards are way too much taxes!!"


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Rob 
Re: PM Spam / Nigerian Scam
Posted on 26-Jan-2006 1:16:06
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@mbilla

I recently oredered some motorsport wishbones for my escort and company asked for my 3 digit code via the telephone. I was happy to do so though because I'd bought products from them before, in fact they'd sent the wrong bushes one time and gave me the correct ones free of charge.

They're going on saturday morning, so my car should handle even more tighter than before.

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AmiGame 
Re: PM Spam / Nigerian Scam
Posted on 26-Jan-2006 9:57:22
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I also recently received two Emails, one from Paypal, One from Ebay to my Hotmail Account (within about one week).
Both were basically saying that there were a problem with my account and unless I update my Security Details, my accounts will be suspended.
Both Emails looks IDENTICAL to previous Emails received from Paypal or Ebay.

But because there were sent to my Hotmail Account (I am checking thisaccount less than once a week generally), I saw those emails about ONE week after they arrived.
So I click on the link (A button "Respond" or somethink like that), which took me to a "Page not Found"... And my Ebay account is still working (though I haven't bought anything for over 3 Months). IMO,, this was another SCAM !

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Posted on 26-Jan-2006 10:58:59
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"So I click on the link (A button "Respond" or somethink like that), which took me to a "Page not Found"... And my Ebay account is still working (though I haven't bought anything for over 3 Months). IMO,, this was another SCAM !"

If you check where that link goes to it's would have been something like www.234eBayy.com the screen would look identical to the eBay one, and if they've really got their act together will test to see if you've entered the correct Usneame/code by being able to log onto eBay, and then forward you to the correct eBay site, all nicely logged on once they skimmed the info off you...


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Posted on 26-Jan-2006 11:04:44
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@Jerryuk007

Yep, that one is a scam too. I get em all the time, and sometimes from banks that I don't even have an account with. That particular scam is called Phishing. As you see from that link, they are out to steal your identity.

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Posted on 26-Jan-2006 13:38:22
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I just had a look now at one of the link...
http://www.signin.ebay.com.ssl23.com
Some kind of Search Engine...
The second one (in fact it was not Paypal but Ebay as well) really goes to Ebay, but with an "Ebay - Page ca not be found"...

Jerry


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Posted on 26-Jan-2006 15:02:07
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Have I understood this correctly: "419" scammers are actually REGISTERING here to send PMs specifically to aw.net members? I've never heard of this modus operandi before.


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AmiGame 
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I don't think they are necessarily registered as the PM received said "From Anonymous"...

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mbilla 
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Posted on 26-Jan-2006 16:29:05
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Just got this email at the office:

AND NO I won't answer her

Quote:
DEAR CHOSEN PARTNER

This letter may come to you as a surprise due to
the fact that we have not yet met. The message could be strange but
real if you pay some attention to it. I could have notified you about
it at least for the sake of your

integrity. Please accept my sincere
apologies in bringing this message of goodwill to you, I have to say
that I have no intentions of causing you any pains. As i am writting
you, i am in a sick bed because i am having a heart attack.

I am a
Mrs. Chantal Nguema, 38 year old business woman from Sierra Loene in
west Africa.I elate to inform you that I inherited a total sum of $8
million Us dollars (Eight million us dollars) from my late husband
chief Kossi M.Nguema, a gold and diamond dealer who was murdered early
this year by the former Liberian president Mr Charles Taylor over the
dispute in their diamond and gold deal.

This money which is concealled
in a Trunk box is deposited in a safe deposit company , I am presently
taking refuge with my two kids and the trunk box was deposited as
containing family treasure not money for security reason.That is to say
that the deposit company does not know that the trunk box contain money.
This was done under a high powered government conection.

Your
assistance is now sought in retrieving the trunk box from the deposit
company and transfer this money to you country for investment into any
lucrative business of your choice.By this mail, you are requested to
visit me here for familiarisation and to enable us arrange on how to
get this trunk box out from the deposit company and transfer this money
into your account in your country after which I will go back with you.
But if you cannot come down here, I can prepare an Authorization letter
on your name which will give you to power to meet with the deposit
company on my behalf for the release of the trunk box to you before we
can start arrangeing on how to come over to your country. For rendering
this service, you will be highly compensated, a situation that will be
discussed later.

I want you to take this transaction very serious
because it will benefit you.I will later tell you why I reposed this
trust and confidence in you, a person I have not met before. we must
act fast because it cost me 50 Euro daily as demurage to the deposit
company keeping this trunk box and the earlier we remove it from there
the better for us. This is not scam please.I know about scam because my
late husband was a victim before his death.

Please while replying do
not forget to include your direct telephone number for easier
communication

Looking forward to your reply through this my private
email: chantal_nguema@mail.ru

Sincerely yours,
Mrs.Chantal Nguema


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@mbilla

Wow! She's sick in bed having a heart attack and she can still manage to write an e-mail. I'm seriously impressed.

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@mbilla

Quote:
This is not scam please.I know about scam because my


Okay, now since she said it's not a scam, I guess you had better believe her. Hey, even her husband was scammed before his death... Wow, these people are in such poor health and dying at such an alarming rate, All of them having such great wealth but cannot do anything, as there is nobody left in Nigeria to help them. They've all died a horrible death...

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Before I left for work this morning I e-mailed my scammer asking if he was still interested in buying my Blizzard surround sound system. I doubt he'll know any better somehow.

The actual Blizzard PPC auction was won by an Italian yesterday.

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Quote:
Blizzard surround sound system

:

Jerry


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...

I only have a credit card for absolute emergencies... I've only used it twice so far and I've already had
trouble with it... My account got locked for security purposes, right after last year's Big Bash, since
an ATM was hacked and cloned it and I realised that when I tried to pay at the super market, using my
debit card as always. Had to use the credit card instead and... Apparently, when they'd given me this
card, they'd automatically set up direct debit to my step account... I didn't know about it and paid at
the counter. I migrated to a student account since then and so the step account was empty... The
credit card statements I get are always **EXTREMELY** late and as such I paid at the counter...
Not knowing the exact amount, since I had no statement, I paid 5 pounds less... They tried to debit
the money from my empty account and of course, it bounced... giving me an administrative fine of
38 pounds... They tried again, giving me another 38 pounds... Of course, no correspondence was
made from their side, to let me know that something's wrong. I realised it when I received my account
statement to see it 90 pounds overdrawn! Only after that did I receive the credit card statement...
They do their BEST to charge people. Thankfully, I got a refund, after explaining the situation to the
bank, and also left some cash in that account, just in case...


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