An incompetent attempt at a scam

  johndrew 30 Aug 13
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Having had quite a few of this type of scam mail attempts, I received one on the 26 August which must take the biscuit for incompetence. It was untitled and read:

*"I am Mrs Aani Fatimah, a Muslim woman I have inheritance of $4.30000 Million for you please email me aanifatiimahamidn@*.eu"*

Can anyone beat this??

  bumpkin 30 Aug 13

Ignore it you don't need the money:-)) Better to get ones easy to spot. Many years ago before PCs I contacted a Liverpool based "company" regarding investment, I received a typewritten letter explaining the deal written on paper so thin that it had holes in where the zeros and letter o should be, not the sort of thing that inspires confidence.

  morddwyd 30 Aug 13
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I think it is a sad reflection on our society that when a poor foreign woman who cannot speak English very well attempts to forward somebody an inheritance she is treated with such suspicion.

  john bunyan 30 Aug 13

I am trying to sell a car on Southern Trader on the web. I have received a call from Nairobi, Kenya asking for my e mail -do I give it? Also I have received two mobile texts saying they will collect the car tomorrow at the asking price - I just have to visit www.trade-autotrader.com and enter the Purchase ID xxxxxxxxxx.I guess both these want to get bank details? I have not responded.

  lotvic 30 Aug 13

john bunyan, that's an old scam, they will overpay you (with a stolen account) - paypal or cheque -and then ask for balance to be refunded so by the time paypal or bank recover full amount of the money back from you, you are out of pocket tune of one car and the amount you refunded via Western Union or similar. ClickHere

  john bunyan 30 Aug 13

lotvic

You confirm my suspicions and I have not replied. I did think of reporting the attempts to the police, but I suspect they are uninterested.

  Chronos the 2nd 31 Aug 13

Oh so the unfortunate African lady who seems to have had a prolonged period of misfortune is not genuine? So her promise of millions of pounds she was going to give me, to do good works obviously, will not be forthcoming then?

Don't know what I am going to do with all the midge repellent body stockings, much needed by our Scottish neighbours, I have on order.

  Forum Editor 31 Aug 13

"I did think of reporting the attempts to the police, but I suspect they are uninterested."

It's not a case of them being uninterested, but one of them being inundated with reports of emails like this. There are millions of such messages sent every day, and there's a simple rule to remember when dealing with them - nobody is ever going to contact a total stranger via email and give you a huge sum of money out of the blue.

It's not going to happen, not ever, under any circumstances. Delete such messages on sight.

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