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    Yahoo and Gmail Duplicate Email Scam

    I just changed my gmail password 2 days ago, so I am pretty sure my email is safe...
    Anyhow, I got an email from a dentist I used last year... lets say the email address is [email protected] and the name matches the dentist's name exactly. The dentist's ACTUAL email address is [email protected]. The name is right and the email is almost right.
    Anyhow, they claimed they are stuck in Ukraine because their bag was stolen and they need a short term loan to get back to the US. Funny, I know...
    I'm trying to figure out how this person duplicated this email and this person's name... they didn't hack my account, perhaps they hacked the dentist's account? Just curious if anyone has seen this one before.
    Right now I am responding and stringing them along, because it is humorous. They are signing their emails "Leigh" which is the dentists last name... and the last email the sent they signed it "Lanno"... lol oops!!! I asked why they signed it Lanno last time and they said they were in a hurry and it was a mistake, lol.
    So, who knows what the deal is here? Was dentists account compromised or mine?

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    Re: Yahoo and Gmail Duplicate Email Scam

    Thanks for posting up that information on a scam.

    Making a scammer's scam googlable on every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find is a great way to slow that scammer down when a suspicious potential victim goes looking for information, finds your post containing the name the scammer is using, his email address, phone number and the emails themselves and then that potential victim does not become a scam victim because you took the time "get the word out".

    Wasting a scammer's time legally and safely is called "scambaiting". If you google that word, you will find sites where you can read scambaits, post up the emails and email addresses of scammers, post up a fake website, read up on how to alert a hosting company that they are hosting a fake website, ask questions and learn all about the hobby of scambaiting.

    Since that scammer intended to steal your money, he did not give you his real life information. All you have is one of his fake names, one of his free email addresses, one of his fake stories and one of his paid-for-in-cash cell phone numbers. None of that information is going to help your local law enforcement agency track down that anonymous scammer sitting in a cyber cafe half way around the world from you.
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