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    Red Cross memorabilia scam?

    What I found in my gmail spam folder:
    Hello.
    My name is Valeriy, I'm 42 years old, i live in Russia in Sankt-Peterburg. Your e-mail address i found on the internet on google and decided to write you a letter.
    Every day, the world's natural disasters, accidents, disasters, armed conflict.
    In Russia we also have a branch of the Red Cross and they have free health care a very large amount of people for what we like and respect the mission of the Red Cross.
    I am very interested in information about the work and missions of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world.
    I want to ask you to mail me information about the mission of the Red Cross in your country, magazines, catalogs, brochures and photos.
    I am very pleased to receive small gifts with the symbol of the Red Cross in your country, T-shirt, shirt or jacket, size XL, patch, pens and icons.
    I hope that my small request would not be difficult for you.
    My postal address: Russia 196211 Sankt-Peterburg (edited Out) Valeriy S(edited Out).
    Sincerely, Valeriy S(edited Out).
    The first warning sign is that this guy didn't write where exactly he found my e-mail adress. I am confused if he is looking for free stuff or phishing for good natured people's adresses. I found that the same guy was already reported for spam on another site where he requested free(?) samples from some chinese online seller. If he is a legitimate collector then he should be looking on eBay and on websites visited by collector's. He didn't even offer to pay for postage of the free stuff he requested.

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    Re: Red Cross memorabilia scam?

    There are scam busting sites with online lists of the names scammers use, their fake job offers, their email addresses, stock copy/paste emails, paid-for-in-cash cell phone numbers, stolen pictures and fake websites they use. You could start your search and post/ask at such sites.

    If you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

    Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

    Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even partial sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.
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