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Old 05-16-2009, 10:30 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I wonder how many English-as-a-first-language people they succeed in scamming

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Old 05-16-2009, 12:21 PM   #12 (permalink)
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My wife's mother, for one. But she's not exactly computer literate, either... in fact, she's not really "life-literate".

*I didn't say that b/c she's my MIL... I said that b/c it's true, sad as it sounds.*

I don't think I know anyone else that's been scammed like that, but most of the people I know bring stuff to me all the time to scan over it and make sure it's legit.
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Old 05-16-2009, 02:34 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Bank of America included a scam in my bill
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Old 05-16-2009, 02:44 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I can just read that and tell its BS.
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Old 05-16-2009, 03:19 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Once upon a time...

A while back, I got a "lottery check" in the mail... I went to the Penna State Police about it, and presented them with a nice option... I would open another bank account in my name, give them the numbers for it, and when funds were removed from the account, they could trace it openly, without having to petition the bank and get a warrant, since the "account holder" gave them permission.

As it went, through about 30 bank withdrawals and a few random deposits, the Penna State Police had seized about $30,000 in funds across several accounts. I never saw the story advertised, but those particular scammers were local, and were jailed for X number of years, as I was told.

The next time I got one, I offered the same deal (as a public service, no money to myself.) and was turned down, due to "legality"... apparently, it's illegal for me to deposit that check knowing that it's a scam check, and that can't be overlooked, even though it's "for the better good".

Now I report every scam email to the FBI's net-crime bureau, and forward scam letters to the FBI's main office in DC.

They stopped sending "thank-you" letters about 3 years ago..
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Old 05-16-2009, 06:56 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I've reported a few times
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Last time for me, I got an email from a "young girl" who's father was recently murdered and needed someone she could trust with her million dollars of inheritance.

I regretfully informed her that it was I who actually murdered her father.

Im going to hell. Or prison.
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A friend of mine got tricked into losing $400US in Bangkok during a poker game that this local guy had taken him. The local guy spent 3 days befriending him... taking him on tours and meals and friends and stuff.

Probably like half a years pay, pretty good incentive.

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Most of these stupid bastids must have English as a second language.
I don't think stupid is quite the appropriate adjective. How many of us could construct a halfway plausible scam letter in a second language?
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maybe a better word is desperate?

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