This is a rather long piece to read. If you use e-mail then it is all very important for you to know. In the least it may educate you. It may save you some aggravation or prevent you from aggregating others. And it could possibly keep you from being scammed or getting involved in a Federal crime.
These emails claim that someone made a posting about the recipient at their website. If you then visit the site you will not find any details about that supposed posting. If you want to find out more, you're asked to sign up as a premium member, with memberships starting at $14.85 for one month.Well. . not just suckers. Also the naive and paranoid or people with a public presense on the web.
ShareYourExperiences seems to be a reincarnation of an older money-making scheme using the Word-Of-Mouth.org domain, where people curious about what someone might have written about them may get tricked into subscribing to a useless online service. Read more about it on the Urban Legends Reference Pages (follows).
The same principle is at work with Word-of-Mouth.Org, which attempts to lure the gullible into joining their "service" by spamming Internet users with ominous-sounding exhortations similar to the message quoted above: People are filing (anonymous) reports about you! Use our service to find out what they're saying! But only a sucker would pay to find out what anonymous people are saying about him, since anybody (including the people operating the service) could be generating the gossip.
And suckers is what they're counting on. The user who follows the link to "view all reports in our system . . .
I have gotten these from hundreds of probably fictitious names, almost always from Nigeria. However this scam is spreading to other places. Thousands of people have fallen for this scam in the US alone. Usually there are payoffs to be made (Lawyer's or banking fees) and the mark ends up giving up thousands of dollars. The scam only comes to an end when the victim stops paying or runs out of money.Envelope-to: email@example.com
Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 16:34:10 -0700 (PDT)
From: abiola williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: BUSINESS OFFER TO YOU URGENT
I got your contact from my brother who was a diplomat
but now late.He was once residence in your country. He
told me it confidence of your capability and
trustworthiness He gave me your information when he
was still alive.
I am Mr.Abiola Williams the present officer in charge
of operations Central Bank oF Nigeria (C.B.N) I am
contacting you in view that we might be of immense
help to each other. I have within my reach the sum of
(120.000.000) U.S.D one hundred and twenty Million
Dollars of which I intend to make you the beneficiary
of the funds.
This money in question belongs to a deceased foreign
contractor in Nigeria of which I know 100% well that
the money is hanging loose and unclaimed within the
Central Bank of Nigeria Territory. Due to my current
position as a present worker in the bank and also a
Civil servant I cannot lay claim on this money.
I wish to contact you so that you will indicate your
interest as soon as you receie this message, so that I
will proceed and put your name as the rightful
beneficiary of the funds and move the money outside
Nigeria with your name. I intend to part you with 20%
of the total sum, for your assistance while 80% will
be my own cut of the deal. Every record concerning
this funds and all the legal contract documents
backing the funds are all in my possession.
please my good friend I want you to limit this matter
personally to your self, whatever your decision might
be, all correspondence must be through this mail box.
or my private phone number 234-42-255873.This deal is
100% risk free I look forward to hearing from you
thanking you in anticipation.
Mr.Abiola Williams C.B.N
From: "PRINCE ARTHUR EZE" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 02 Jun 2002 06:20:08
Subject: respond promptly
From the Desk of:
REV FRANKLIN EGOBIA
INTERCONTINENTAL BANK LIMITED
#98 ADENIRANB OGUNSAYO BRANCH
TO: THE MANAGING DIRECTOR/CEO
RE:TRANSFER OF THE SUM OF US$52.1M DOLLARS INTO YOUR
FIRST,I MUST SOLICIT YOUR CONFIDENCE IN THIS
TRANSACTION.THIS IS BY VIRTUE OF IT'S NATURE AS BEING
UTTERLY CONFIDENTIAL AND TOP SECRET.THOUGH I KNOW THAT
A TRANSACTION OF THIS MAGNITUDE WILL MAKE ANYONE
APPREHENSIVE AND WORRIED.BUT I AM ASSURING YOU THAT
WILL BE WELL AT THE END OF THE DAY.WE HAVE DECIDED TO
CONTACT YOU THROUGH THIS MEDIUM DUE TO THE URGENCY OF
THIS TRANSACTION AS WE HAVE BEEN RELIABLY INFORMED OF
YOUR DISCRETENESS AND ABILITY.
LET ME START BY INTRODUCING MYSELF TO YOU. I AM REV FRANKLIN EGOBIA
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT OF INTERCONTINENTAL BANK
LIMITED ADENIRAN OGUNSAYO BRANCH OFFICE LAG0S NIGERIA
I CAME TO KNOW ABOUT YOU IN MY PRIVATE SEARCH FOR A
RELIABLE AND REPUTABLE PERSON TO HANDLE THIS
CONFIDENTIAL TRANSACTION AS WE ARE STILL IN ACTIVE
THE PROPOSITION,AN AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL,LATE ENGINEER
PETER A.WALKER,AN OIL MERCHANT/CONTRACTOR WITH THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA,UNTIL HIS DEATH THREE
YEARS AGO IN A GHASTY AIR CRASH IN AN EGYPTIAN
AIRLINE,BANKED WITH US HERE AT INTERCONTINENTAL BANK
LMITED ADENIRAN OGUNSAYO BRANCH LAGOS,AND HAD A
CLOSEING BALANCE OF US$52.1M(FIFTY TWO MILLION ONE
HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS)WHICH THE BANK
UNQUESTIONABLY EXPECTS IT TO BE CLAIMED BY ANY
AVAILABLE FOREIGN NEXT-OF-KIN TO THE LATE BENEFICIARY
OR ALTERNATIVELY BE DONATED TO A DISCREDITED TRUST
FUND FOR THE PURCHASE OF ARMS AND AMMUNITIONS AT THE
MILITARY WAR COLLEGE IN KADUNA STATE HERE IN NORTHERN
NIGERIA.SEQUEL TO THIS,FERVENT VALUABLE EFFORTS WERE
MADE BY INTERCONTINENTAL BANK LMITED.TO GET IN TOUCH
WITH ANY OF THE WALKER'S FAMILY OR RELATIVES BUT
PROVED TO NO AVAIL.IT IS BECAUSE OF THE PERCEIVED
POSIBILITY OF NOT BEING ABLE TO LOCATE ANY OF THE LATE
ENGR.PETER A. WALKER'S NEXT-OF-KIN(HE HAD KNOWN WIFE
AND CHILDREN) THAT THE MANAGEMENT UNDER THE INFLUENCE
OF OUR HONOURABLE CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF
DIRECTORS,(Retired)MAJOR-GENERAL KALU UKE KALU THAT AN
ARRANGEMENT BE MADE FOR THE FUND TO BE DECLARED
"UN-CLAIMABLE" AND SUBSIQUENTLY BE DONATED TO THE
TRUST FUND FOR THE PURCHASE OF ARMS AND AMMUNITON TO
FURTHER ENHANCE THE COURSE OF WAR IN AFRICA AND THE
WORLD IN GENERAL.IN ORDER TO AVERT THIS CRUDE AND
NEGATIVE DEVELOPMENT,SOME OF MY TRUSTED COLLEAGUES AND
I NOW SEEK YOUR PERMISSION TO HAVE YOU STAND AS THE
NEXT-OF-KIN TO LATE ENGR. PETER A. WALKER, SO THAT THE
FUND US$52.1M WOULD BE RELEASED AND PAID INTO YOUR
ACCOUNT AS THE BENEFICIARY'S NEXT-OF -KIN.ALL
DOCUMENTS AND PROVES TO ENABLE YOU RECIEVE THIS FUND
WILL BE CAREFULLY WORKED OUT AND MORESO AS
PROFESSIONAL BANKERS, WE ARE ASSURING YOU OF 100%
RISK-FREE INVOLVEMENT. YOUR SHARE STAYS WHILE THE REST
WILL BE FOR MYSELF AND MY COLLEAGUES FOR INVESTMENT
PURPOSES IN YOUR COUNTRY.
IF THIS PROPOSAL IS ALRIGHT BY YOU,THEN KINDLY GET TO
THANK YOU IN ANTICIPATON OF YOUR CO-OPERATION.
REV FRANKLIN EGOBIA
INTERCONTINENTAL BANK LIMITED
#98 ADENIRAN OGUNSAYO BRANCH LAGOS.
From: "munirat abacha"
Date: Sat, 08 Jun 2002 00:33:56
Subject: mutual benefit
I am Mrs. Munirat Abacha, the wife of Mohammed Abacha,
son of the Late head of state of Federal Republic of
Nigeria - General Sani Abacha.I am contacting you in
view of the fact that we will be of great assistance
to each other like wise developing a cordial
relationship. . .
"Send us you name and address (and other personal information) and we will put you on our do not solicit list"I responded that I do not need to give you that information, just my e-mail address which you already have on the sample mail I sent. I also attached more samples of SPAM from freeze/freefinds/promotionserver to show them what they were dealing with. I also told them that I was merchant that accepted Discover Card and that I would stop accepting their card and announce why if they continued to SPAM me.
NOTE (August 2002): We are now being SPAMed by VISA, MasterCARD and Office Depot through the same SPAMMERS. It seems that corporate America has embraced SPAM. At this point we do not know what to do. To stop taking all credit cards on the net is to go out of business. . . But I CAN stop doing business with Office Depot.
We have written to MasterCARD and VISA but have gotten no response.
The fact that American corporations are embracing SPAM as a way of doing business is a national embarassment and just one more piece of ammunition for those that dislike us. Corporate America is joining the Cyber Terrorists. . .
The response from MasterCARD was totaly unsatifactory. They say it is my problem with MY bank. . . It is NOT. It is one of THEIR member banks spamming everyone. . .
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