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An extremely strange email just now...

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by goatranch, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. goatranch

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    I just now received an email from one of my customers...not a great customer but non the less. He says he is in London and was just robbed at gun point. Cash, credit cards, phone all gone. His plane leaves in a few hours and he needs ME to send a couple of hundred dollars for hotel bills. He will pay me back and be externally grateful. HOW weird is that?? It came from his yahoo mail account I have on file. What do I make of this????

    I told him I could not but to contact the American Embassy. Surely he can look up his card company online, call them and verify who he is to them for assitance.
     
  2. Dr. Octagon

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    Scam. Been done before. They use facebook and myspace to do this too.
    Don't respond... or contact him via phone to let him know someone's using his info to scam.
     

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    Well isn't that just a tad bit odd? Sounds like a scammer.
     
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    Computer hacked or maybe his phone was stolen and the thief is trying to scam his contacts he has saved on it.

    Have him call, or offer to call him. E-mail requests like this are always fishy.
     
  5. goatranch

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    I just received two more emails exactly like the first. I will call him.
     
  6. 6F0 Nick

    6F0 Nick Just Wanna Fly

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    I don't believe it because the UK has such strict gun laws, there is no crime to speak of. So you know it is bogus.
     
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    Classic Scam with a few variations. They can be very convincing...... send no money.
     
  8. GreyEclipse

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    Obvious scam.

    The UK has super strict gun laws. If anything he would more likely be robbed by someone wielding a knife. But it's such an obvious scam that it's sad, lol.
     
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    Be happy he's not internally grateful.
     
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    I just contacted this person by telephone and they were just made aware of it. They are NOT in London right now. They are contacting Yahoo to kill that account. Dams scam/spammers.
     
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    SCAM, you also have to inform Yahoo.
     
  12. Dr. Leaky

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    My wife's nephew got a trojan that crashed his machine and the next day I got that same email. Earthlink tagged it as suspicious so I had them analyze it. Origin: Lagos, Nigeria.
     
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    Spot on old chap. That could never happen in London because they have outlawed guns. It must be a scam.

    Tell him to send you his card # plus his pin # and you will go to an ATM to get his money because you are short now with the obama mess and all. Tell him you are glad to help an old friend, but you must know his dog's name to keep anyone from stealing from both of you.:rofl:

    Beware of a man begging for gifts.
     
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    :goodpost:

    There are no guns in the UK. Wake up and smell the coffee.
     
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    Scam, that one has been going around for a while now... Don't send any money!
     
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    Thats crazy. I consider myself to be very internet savvy. I would never fall for it but I have to admit this is the first I have heard of this type of scam.
     
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    A local sports radio host fell for this a few months ago when it was just becoming widespread. He sent $1000 but was somehow able to recover the money. They had a news story about it and stuff. Now he's urging people who get these emails to string the scammer along. They read the correspondence between one listener and the scammer on the air yesterday and it was hilarious, at least to the listeners that knew what in the world was going on.
     
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    Send it to me instead. You KNOW I'm good for it. :thumbsup:
     
  19. costanza187

    costanza187 I like Macs

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    Definitely a scam! My mom received a similar email from one of her friends a few months ago. It was kind of foiled by the fact she had talked to that same person who was allegedly robbed in London earlier that same day state side.
     
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    told you so. good thing you checked. :whistling: