Monday, February 23, 2009

Nigerian Scam and Teamwork

Jan hijacked our journal yesterday so today we're going to tell a story on her to get even.... uh, we mean.... no, actually we mean to get even.

Yesterday she received an email from a friend she has rarely heard from for a while. He's been having some health problems and she's missed his humorous correspondence. So she was glad to see a message from his fun email account. She never knows what to expect from his "alter ego."

Hello,
I am sorry I didn't inform you about my traveling to Nigeria for my business and personal reason's,and i forgot my little wallet in the Taxi where my money is, passport, documents and other valuable things were kept on my way to the Hotel.

The present condition that I found myself is very hard for me to explain.I am really stranded in Lagos,I am facing a hard time here because I have no funds on me. I need you to help me with the hotel bill of $800 Dollars and i will also need $200 to feed and help myself back home so please kindly help me with a sum of $1,000.I will appreciate what ever you can afford to send me for now and I promise to pay back your money as soon as i return home.

I am sending you this e-mail from the city called London and I was giving only 30mins to write and check your reply , I will appreciate what ever you can afford to send me for now and I promise to pay back your money as soon as i return home, you will send the money via western union money transferr. Please i want you to wire me any amount you can just for me to get home and as soon as am back i promise to pay you back asap!

Receiver's Full-Name:Motley-Hagan
Address:10Kings Hotel Building,Surulere,
City:Lagos
Post-Code:23401
Nigeria.

Please Get back to me with this after you got it paid

Sender's Full Name:
Post-Code:
City:
Mtcn Number:
Text Qestion&Answer.
Amount sent:

Please Kindly wire me some money now!!

Thanks and God Bless You!

At the bottom was the signature her friend used on his regular email account messages.

Well, Jan knew her friend wasn't going to Nigeria and if he was, he wouldn't be emailing her to send funds, so she answered:

Hello,
I too am sorry you didn't inform me you were traveling to Nigeria. However, I regret to inform you that since I seem to have misplaced my own wallet, I can not help you with funds. Let this be a lesson to you. Never, ever, ever go off without your wallet because no one will acknowledge knowing you or send you funds.

Best wishes for the rest of your trip. I fear you will be washing a LOT of dishes!
Me


A few hours later, she received a message from her friend with the subject: new email address.

Due to a scam being perpetrated with my old email address, please note that I have changed email. In the event that you receive email containing my old e-mail address, please be advised that it did not originate from me. Thanks for making the change and I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

You're kidding! Jan responded.

I'm serious, Jan, he replied. Will contact you later. I'm in the process of notifying all my contacts of the new email address.

Needless to say, Jan is in shock. Not that she received one of those notorious Nigerian scam messages. She has received a "ton" of them. But that someone got in her friend's email account and she answered a real scammer. She is curious whether the "Nigerian" got to read her message. If so, she wishes she could have seen his face.

But she feels bad for her friend. Having a stranger in your email would be like having a burglar in your home. It's personal! Someone got into another blogger's gmail account a while back and it cost her some money. And we know of a blog where strange posts appear on their blog that they didn't post.

So be extra careful!

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And on a lighter note, we were sent a link to this video yesterday and enjoyed it so much we want to share it. This is adorable.


17 comments:

  1. This is so scary. We hopes nobody steals our email.

    We have an award for JFF. ~S,S,C & F

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  2. That's such an awesome video...thanks fur sharing it. Our Logan puts his head against our girl's back when they're walking into the barn and very, very gently nudges her along. Amazing when you realize he weighs over 1000 lbs and could squash her like a bug if he pushed too hard.
    ECHO

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  3. Email scammers are becoming more dangerous every day.
    You cannot always prevent it, but extra caution is definitely a must!

    Love the video!!

    Headbutts,
    ~ Ruis & Karl

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  4. That is so scary about the email scam...sort of like identity theft which really scares mom!

    Thanks for sharing that video...it was great!

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  5. There are so many people trying to scam money from others. Why don't they earn money by working hard like everybuddy else? Around Christmas, someone stoled our credit card information and bought stuff! Luckily we found out and canceled our card right away so we did not lose any money.

    That video was so sweet, it touched my heart.

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  6. The mom's Aunt's email hadid this done to her too! The mom knew too she didnt go to Nigeria. We is glad he founds dis out before it was too late!

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  7. The same thing happened to our mom except she was stuck in London. Thanks goodness that by the time we read her letter, she was back from London and trying to hide from us in the bathroom. She is so rude cuz she closes the door on us.

    Nice blog even though you have cats on here. We think they are stinky. Our cat hacked our blog last week. Crazy Critter!

    Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker

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  8. Hello - just wanted to say thank you so much for the lovely message you left on my blog about Lemon and Hsin-Yi's father.

    Am so pleased to have found your blog and to make new friends!

    Slobbers,
    Honey the Great Dane

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  9. I don't have much sympathy for victims who are taken in by greed, but playing on someone's friendship is terrible. My favorites are the ones that want my help in stealing from his boss.

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  10. What a beautiful video! We have chillies up our spines! We know all about the Nigerian scam artists. We get tons of mail from them every day telling us we won money, or inherited it and they have the nerve to ask us what our bank and account number is so they can deposit our new fortune!! Idiots! But please don't even open their mail - they could spread a bad virus to your computer.

    xoxo
    Chef

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  11. That's scary, your poor friend. Mom says she has new mails lately where she' won a lottery in Dubia. You'll all know if she has, new stuffies all round!!

    Loved the cute video.

    Wiry wags.Eric x

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  12. The video WAS adorable!
    Horrible what happened to your friend.

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  13. Love the video! It is so sad that so many people have fallen for the Nigerian scams. It's really scary that scammers hijack email accounts. Jan's response was really funny.

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  14. Oh this is kind of similar to an email that I received sometime last year too!! It was address to Huskee (me) and said that I stand to inherit like a few million dollars if I remit over some money for 'bank charges' to a Nigerian account.
    Mom responded back to the sender saying something like 'Huskee's parents originated from a dog breeder in Australia. I wasn't aware that he has relatives in Nigeria too. Anyhow, thank you for your kind offer, Huskee has advised that he hsa enough dog treats and squeaky toys to last him a lifetime'.

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  15. Wow! Good thing Jan didn't fall for that one! Thanks for coming by our blog, it was so nice to hear from you, we have missed you all!
    -Stryder, Scotchy & Sugar

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  16. Wow! Good thing Jan didn't fall for that one! Thanks for coming by our blog, it was so nice to hear from you, we have missed you all!
    -Stryder, Scotchy & Sugar

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  17. There was an article about this on CNN or MSNBC online regarding facebook accounts being hacked, and these types of emails being sent out. From a person you know who was supposedly out of the country, lost their money, etc., and needed money wired to them.

    I liked your response. LOL

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