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    Junior Member DonOne's Avatar
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    Hi Everyone, I hope I posted this in the right place. I,m writing an article on internet scams anyone been scamed, know a good anti scam web address, have you scamed anyone? its a pretty in depth article so any information would be great. cheers


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    A scam is an opportunity/product that is presented to be something that it is not. Usually presented in vague terminology, or outright misleading advertisements.
    Well, the nearest thing to "scam" thats happened to me is buying something for 90 off ebay and not getting it and then seller left ebay.

    Also, ebay related I get fake email all the time saying "were updating our records please fill in this form that does not secure your credit card details but instead sends them around the web" etc

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    Senior Member Jack000's Avatar
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    I get emails every month that presents "business oportunities" where I can easily acquire large sums of money, but first pay a small deposit.

    I got emails from elbonia princes and iraqi refugees and suspicious characters from various other relatively unknown countries. I doubt anyone falls for these things though.

    here's an example: (if you don't want to read all of that, it basically says if I help them transfer $6.5 mill to "my country", they'll give me a cut. I don't know what the angle is but it's definitely a scam...)

    My name is Mr. Michael Lepoto, the stepson of Mr. Terry
    ford of Zimbabwe. It might be a surprise to you where I got
    your contact address; I got it from the net. Don't be
    worried because I am contacting you in good faith.

    During the current crisis against the farmers of Zimbabwe
    by the supporters of our President Robert Mugabe to claim
    all the white owned farms in our country, he ordered all
    the white farmers to surrender their farms to his party
    members and their followers. Terry was one of the best
    farmers in the country and knowing that he did not support
    the President political ideology, the president supporters
    invaded my father's farm and burnt down everything, killed
    him and confiscated all his investments. Before this
    unpleasant incident, my mother and Terry had already
    visited South Africa to deposit the sum of Sixteen Million,
    Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$16.5M) in
    the safe vault of a Security and financial company here in
    Johannesburg South Africa. This action was taken because
    Terry felt the growing tension on the farm issue but I
    guess he never anticipated the tragedy that brought his
    brutal death. At the time of deposition, the real content
    was not disclosed to the security officials; instead, it
    was deposited as ?Family Valuables? valued for the real
    content in the consignment.

    After the bloody incident, we all had to escape our country
    for the safety of our lives. We seek refuge in South Africa
    and we were permitted to reside here as Political Refugees
    under section (5.9). Because of our present and unpleasant
    status, my mother and I are seriously looking forward to
    having an overseas partner that will assist us with the
    convenient and legal transfer of the funds out of South
    If my proposition is considered, for assisting us to
    transfer this money to your country, we will offer you 20%
    of the total fund, and 5% of the total will be set aside to
    cover any expenses incurred during this transaction. 75%
    will be for my family to buy shares in your company or
    investing in your country under your supervision. For
    detailed information, you can contact me on my direct line:
    0027 82 677 2992. I would appreciate confidentiality and
    honesty in our correspondence. Your immediate response will
    be highly welcomed. I wait to hear from you. Be with God.

    Best Wishes,

    Michael Lepoto
    for family

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    419er scams are what you've quoted there. 419 = the Nigerian statue for the crime (it started there). the other ones from "eBay" and banks are "phishing" emails. GMail even has filters for those now.
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    Junior Member DonOne's Avatar
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    Yeh national consumer league's statistics show that 86% of fraud complaints are made by people getting scamed in auctions, then 20% with general merchandise. Nigerian money offers are at 8% the scam here is to get you to give them your account details. check this link its really funny but don't try this at home..

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