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About those scam emails

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LoobyG
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Post by LoobyG » Fri October 29th, 2010, 8:22 am

Ben, those extracts from 'Delete this at your Peril' are so, so funny :D I particularly liked the talking lions!

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Post by Michy » Fri October 29th, 2010, 8:07 pm

Just read an interesting online article in the NY Times -- apparently much of the world's spam comes out of Russia (which may account for the bad English!!). For some uncertain reason, Russian authorities have recently decided to start cracking down on it. As a result, in the last month or so the amount of spam going around has (supposedly) dropped about 20%. I'm sure you've all noticed a decrease in your junk email. :p

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Post by Misfit » Fri October 29th, 2010, 8:54 pm

[quote=""Michy""]Just read an interesting online article in the NY Times -- apparently much of the world's spam comes out of Russia (which may account for the bad English!!). For some uncertain reason, Russian authorities have recently decided to start cracking down on it. As a result, in the last month or so the amount of spam going around has (supposedly) dropped about 20%. I'm sure you've all noticed a decrease in your junk email. :p [/quote]

I actually look up the IP's of the most blatant ones and report them (kinda complicated to explain how to do that). You are correct, most of them come from Russian and environs. South America is a distant second.
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Post by parthianbow » Sat October 30th, 2010, 1:20 pm

On this side of the pond, most of them come from Nigeria/Benin/Togo - but many are from Russia too!
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Post by Michy » Sun November 7th, 2010, 9:12 pm

Hey, I got one from the UK today! So I'm in the club, now! :D The language and grammar doesn't seem to be quite as bad as the ones Misfit's posted, so it's probably not quite as entertaining...... But even at that, I still can't quite figure out what they're trying to tell me? Have I won a lottery? If so, I'll graciously cede the honor of claiming it to one of my Brit friends on his forum. Any takers?
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Post by Madeleine » Mon November 8th, 2010, 5:28 pm

Have been seriously scammed twice in 3 days - the first one was just loads of spam emails, apart from the usual Viagra nonsense there were several new ones, most of which had a Canadian address.....just deleted those.

However today a friend phoned me to say that she'd had an email today, supposedly from me, saying that I was stranded in Spain with no passport, money, place to stay etc and could she lend me $2,500 to get me home! Well the money bit gave it away of course, although as I told her, if she wants to lend me some money anyway..... When I logged into my account, I had to re-set it and type in a new password, and a strange email address did come up which I had to delete, so I'm guessing it belonged to whatever saddo did the spamming. Hopefully that'll be the end of it now.
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Post by Nefret » Fri November 12th, 2010, 12:38 am

Most of the ones I get seem to involve funds left over from plane crashes.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
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Post by Misfit » Fri November 12th, 2010, 12:56 am

[quote=""Madeleine""]Have been seriously scammed twice in 3 days - the first one was just loads of spam emails, apart from the usual Viagra nonsense there were several new ones, most of which had a Canadian address.....just deleted those.

However today a friend phoned me to say that she'd had an email today, supposedly from me, saying that I was stranded in Spain with no passport, money, place to stay etc and could she lend me $2,500 to get me home! Well the money bit gave it away of course, although as I told her, if she wants to lend me some money anyway..... When I logged into my account, I had to re-set it and type in a new password, and a strange email address did come up which I had to delete, so I'm guessing it belonged to whatever saddo did the spamming. Hopefully that'll be the end of it now.[/quote]

A friend of mine received a similar email from a *friend* stuck in Spain.
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Post by LoveHistory » Fri November 12th, 2010, 1:35 am

You guys are so lucky! I never get stuck in Spain. ;)

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Post by Madeleine » Fri November 12th, 2010, 12:21 pm

Actually I'd prefer Italy!
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