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    Possible Charity Scam?

    Recently, I received an email that sounds like a scam. I would like other perspectives on it and tell me what to look for,legit,etc.... And I am planning to use the following email for a presentation.

    FROM MRS STELA WHITE OF NETHERLANDS
    PLEASE ENDEAVOUR TO USE IT ON CHURCHES,ORPHANAGES AND WIDOWS
    REPLY TO EMAIL:[email protected]

    Dearest one,
    I am the above named person from Netherlands. I am married to
    Dr.Franklyn
    white who worked with canada Embassy in Nigeria for nine years before
    he
    died in the year 2000.We were married for eleven years without a
    child.He
    died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.

    Before his death, we were both born again christians.When my late
    husband
    was alive he deposited the sum of Fifteen million, four hundred
    thousand
    U.S.Dollars (US$15.4) with BANK CLAYS BANK PLC Presently, this money is
    still with the above mentioned bank and the management just wrote me
    mas the
    beneficiary to come forward to receive the money or rather issue a
    letter of
    authorisation to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I can not come
    over.Again,I'm with my laptop in a hospital where I have been
    undergoing
    treatment for cancer of the lungs. I have since lost my ability to talk
    and
    my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live.

    It is my last wish to see this money distributed to charity
    organizations
    because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth since
    my
    illness.I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge
    responsibility
    to any of them. Please,I beg you in the name of God to help
    me collect the deposit and the interest accrued from the bank and
    distribute
    it accordingly.
    I want a person that has God fearing, that will use this money on
    churches,orphanages and widows propagating the word of God and to
    ensure
    that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to understand
    that
    Blessed is the hand that giveth.I took this decision because I don't
    have
    any child that will inherit this money.My happiness is that I lived a
    life
    of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve
    him
    in spirit and truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life.
    Any
    delay in your replywill give me room in searching for another person
    for
    this same purpose.

    Hoping to hear from you soonest.
    Yours Sister in Christ,
    MRS STELA WHITE

    NB:Please kindly contact me on my alternative
    email:[email protected] for arrangements regarding this
    transaction and assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated
    herein.

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    Re: Possible Charity Scam?

    This is a total scam ... I have read this before some where I just can't give u the link but it's a scam -- as a matter of fact my sister rec'd a similiar e-mail from someone in "Nigeria" who asked & said about the same thing ... stay away from this one ... others will agree too ...

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    Re: Possible Charity Scam?

    This is just one of many Nigerian scams - often called 419 scams (from the section of the Nigerian penal code that governs them, I believe.)

    Check out this example on the web: http://www.awitness.org/news/april_2..._419_scam.html

    Eerily similar, eh?

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    Re: Possible Charity Scam?

    Is there like a guideline online on how to identify email scams? If so, I would like the link so I can use it for a class project.

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    Re: Possible Charity Scam?

    I don't know of any BUT this site sure helps ... good luck w/ur project!

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    Another Nigerian Charity Scam!!

    The body of emails exchanged: My reply to an offer -

    "Hey look, this is (lisa's) husband. Do you people think we're idiots or something? We just got a check for 18,000 that was a forgery and we busted the scam artist. We have received 4 offers just like yours. You are trying to run a scam, period. I will not argue with you or listen to your lies. If people cannot donate in the way we set it up then we don't want it. All scam artists are reported to the authorities so back off and stop trying to steal people's money and identity. I for one will bust your ass!
    cecilparker2327: Yahoo account with no information, most likely created 11/03/05(last update) as a ghost account to perpetrate a scam. Location investigation results: Lagos, Nigeria. (IP search results)

    Cecil Parker wrote:
    have read your page and am compel to promise you a donation of $2500 .in order to make it,i would need you to go to the nearest BANK OF AMERICA or WELLS FARGO BANK and open a new bank account there .Then mail me the account # so that i can make a wire transfer of the $2500 to it.i dont need your account # for any other reason other than the afformentioned purpose.
    so as soon as that is done mail me so i can schedule the wire to your new account with little or no money in it.have a great rest of the day.

    ----------------------------------
    Cecil Parker
    [email protected]"

    Is anyone tired of these damn Nigerians yet? Maybe Bush should divert some of the U.S. military to that country because these Nigerians are as bad as any terrorist and they are prolific scammers! One bank I spoke to told me that many people actually fall for these scams! Seriously, if any government needs reformed it's Nigeria's so they can deal with these scammers! :mad:

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    Re: Another Nigerian Charity Scam!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravensmedicine
    The body of emails exchanged: My reply to an offer -

    "Hey look, this is (lisa's) husband. Do you people think we're idiots or something? We just got a check for 18,000 that was a forgery and we busted the scam artist. We have received 4 offers just like yours. You are trying to run a scam, period. I will not argue with you or listen to your lies. If people cannot donate in the way we set it up then we don't want it. All scam artists are reported to the authorities so back off and stop trying to steal people's money and identity. I for one will bust your ass!
    cecilparker2327: Yahoo account with no information, most likely created 11/03/05(last update) as a ghost account to perpetrate a scam. Location investigation results: Lagos, Nigeria. (IP search results)

    Cecil Parker wrote:
    have read your page and am compel to promise you a donation of $2500 .in order to make it,i would need you to go to the nearest BANK OF AMERICA or WELLS FARGO BANK and open a new bank account there .Then mail me the account # so that i can make a wire transfer of the $2500 to it.i dont need your account # for any other reason other than the afformentioned purpose.
    so as soon as that is done mail me so i can schedule the wire to your new account with little or no money in it.have a great rest of the day.

    ----------------------------------
    Cecil Parker
    [email protected]"

    Is anyone tired of these damn Nigerians yet? Maybe Bush should divert some of the U.S. military to that country because these Nigerians are as bad as any terrorist and they are prolific scammers! One bank I spoke to told me that many people actually fall for these scams! Seriously, if any government needs reformed it's Nigeria's so they can deal with these scammers! :mad:
    sigh!... yawn!... if i had a dollar for eah of these scams i get online, i would be a millionaire & i say that with 100% conviction! i guess because they are so widespread, nobody pays attention to them anymore. can't the ip address be used to trace the exact place where these e-mails come from to get these creeps?

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    Re: Another Nigerian Charity Scam!!

    Quote Originally Posted by saturnsc2
    sigh!... yawn!... if i had a dollar for eah of these scams i get online, i would be a millionaire & i say that with 100% conviction! i guess because they are so widespread, nobody pays attention to them anymore. can't the ip address be used to trace the exact place where these e-mails come from to get these creeps?
    They're in Lagos Nigeria. I don't know if it can be traced to an exact location. Probably an internet cafe I would think, but who knows? Maybe they do use it from their home.

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    Re: Another Nigerian Charity Scam!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravensmedicine
    They're in Lagos Nigeria. I don't know if it can be traced to an exact location. Probably an internet cafe I would think, but who knows? Maybe they do use it from their home.
    you would think the fbi would be interested in something like this, but i bet they are very busy with more important issues such as terrorism & could really care less about something like this..

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    Re: Another Nigerian Charity Scam!!

    Quote Originally Posted by saturnsc2
    you would think the fbi would be interested in something like this, but i bet they are very busy with more important issues such as terrorism & could really care less about something like this..
    well i certiany am not a FBI man, but i can tell you this.

    there is a reason there are whats known as "departments" and "divisions".
    the FBI allocates manpower according to what each division needs.
    while you are right in that it pales in comparison to terrorism, this scam actually bilks MILLIONS of dollars each year from Americans (ive read total scam history dollars is in the billions), so allocating some manpower in maybe teh fraud division, or international money laundering, or watever department deals with scams is not a bad idea.
    \just cuase there are bigger crimes out there doesnt mean it doesnt deserve attention.

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    Re: Another Nigerian Charity Scam!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravensmedicine
    They're in Lagos Nigeria. I don't know if it can be traced to an exact location. Probably an internet cafe I would think, but who knows? Maybe they do use it from their home.
    the sad thing is i was gonna joke and say "pfff these people dont have computers at their homes", but in reality many of these scammers live quite well for their means. i have read that some of them drive sports cars and wear nice jewelry...also a take of maybe 5K is probably worth the same amount as like 50k in Nigeria

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    Re: Another Nigerian Charity Scam!!

    Quote Originally Posted by umdkook
    the sad thing is i was gonna joke and say "pfff these people dont have computers at their homes", but in reality many of these scammers live quite well for their means. i have read that some of them drive sports cars and wear nice jewelry...also a take of maybe 5K is probably worth the same amount as like 50k in Nigeria
    you are correct... in many of what are known as "third world" countries the usd is very valuable. I once wrote a couple girls in Vietnam and they said you could live well on just 150 a month. I also know cost of living in jamaica is pretty cheap if you get out of the tourist trap resort areas.
    Funny, I almost was going to make the same joke, except I have written people in 3rd world countries who do have computers in their homes, or at least at their place of work.

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    Re: Another Nigerian Charity Scam!!

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    There are just too many scams coming out of Nigeria. What is this, the haven for con artists and bunco operators? Is this like the country that allows its citizens to ship illegal child pornography to the USA even though it's illegal (supposedly) there?

    Personally, I think the U.S. should give Nigeria a "least favorable nation" status until its government at least pretends to put a stop to this stuff. Either that or let's just treat them like other nations that harbor terrorists.

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    Re: Another Nigerian Charity Scam!!

    The reason the FBI doesn't do anything about this is that they can't. Hello, ever heard of sovereignity? The FBI doesn't have jurisdiction in Nigeria.

    Nigeria's government is corrupt and many of its officials are involved in this "industry". There is no impetus to crack down on the scammers there, so tracking your scammer is really not very fruitful activity. Just ignore them.

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    Re: Another Nigerian Charity Scam!!

    People Come On.....wake Up And Think Smart.....anyone Asks You To Receive And Send Money Should Raise A Red Flag.... It Is Money Laundering.... No Matter What The Reason Is..... Wake Upppppppppppppp

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    Re: Another Nigerian Charity Scam!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ScamSurfer
    People Come On.....wake Up And Think Smart.....anyone Asks You To Receive And Send Money Should Raise A Red Flag.... It Is Money Laundering.... No Matter What The Reason Is..... Wake Upppppppppppppp

    This is the same message you posted on another similar thread. Does it make you feel better about yourself to tell other people how dumb they are? Get a life.

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