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  • Oportunity knocks.

    Here's a copy of an email received by a friend recently, it amazes me that they still keep trying, they must get the odd bite or they wouldn't bother.

    Dr GOOD LUCK EBELE JONATHAN, Nigeria's president sounds like a pretty dubious character in his own right.

    BBC News - Profile: Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan

    ATTENTION : GREETINGS BENEFICIARY ,
    I AM MR. JAMES F. ENTWISTLE, THE NEW APPOINTED UNITED STATE AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA,
    THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY HAS RESOLVED ON A DIPLOMATIC MISSION TO NIGERIA ON-BEHALF OF 100 SCAM VICTIMS TO BE COMPENSATED AFTER POLICE ARRESTED SOME FRAUDSTERS IN LAGOS NIGERIA WHO MENTIONED YOUR PARTICULARS AS ONE OF THE VICTIMS OF CIRCUMSTANCES
    NOTE THAT AFTER MY MEETING WITH DR. GOOD LUCK EBELE JONATHAN, PRESIDENT FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AND OTHER HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE MEMBERS, WORLD BANK, UNITED NATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF), THEY AGREED TO PAY YOU BACK YOUR LOST AND COMPENSATION.
    CONGRATULATIONS FOR YOUR NAME WERE AMONG THE LIST TO BE PAID COMPENSATION PAYMENT.
    SO RE-CONFIRM BELOW INFORMATION SO THAT THERE WILL NOT BE ANY MISTAKE
    1) YOUR FULL NAME: ---------------
    2) YOUR CURRENT HOUSE ADDRESS: -------------
    3) CURRENT DIRECT TELEPHONE: -------------
    4) OCCUPATION & AGE: -------------
    AS SOON AS I RECEIVE THE INFORMATION, I WILL TELL YOU WHAT TO DO TO RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT WITHOUT ANY FURTHER DELAY. GET BACK TO ME IMMEDIATELY AM A VERY BUSY CORPORATE EXECUTIVE WITH SO MANY ASSIGMENT TO CATER FOR.
    CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN.
    MY BEST REGARDS.
    MR. JAMES F. ENTWISTLE
    UNITED STATE AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA

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    LOL!!!
    its bad...
    disgusting , i recall i saw a documentary based in UK....trying to catch scammers, very hard too, as they are very very clever little bastards evading arrests with all sorts of excuses, their set ups to catch with videoed and played back...its unreal , sorry i forgot the name of the docu, but if i do stumble it , if try find a you tube link and flip it back here, quite entertaining at same time, enraging!!

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    • #3
      Surely in these enlightened times no one would fall for any offer from Nigeria.

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      • #4
        unfortunately , many still do....

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        • #5
          Well I guess the old saying is as valid today as it ever was, (A fool and his money are soon parted) no sympathy from me.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Grummer View Post
            unfortunately , many still do....
            Yup, if it didn't work they'd stop doing it...

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            • #7
              Still plenty of attempted phone-fraud happening.
              Just the other day a foreign sounding male told me there was a problem with my National Bank accounts and that I needed to tell him all the numbers and passwords to fix it.

              I kept him on the line for a while asking him lots of silly questions (I'm retired - I have lots of time) and then spent a few minutes castigating him for being so dishonest.

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              • #8
                I recently cancelled our land line as it seemed the only calls we were getting on it were from the scammers doing the Microsoft scam http://www.acma.gov.au/Citizen/Stay-...ne-scam-i-acma

                I usually try to keep them talking for a while. Last one told me I had a virus. I acted all shocked and asked which computer it was on. He asked "How many have you got?". I said 12. And we went on from there.
                They even called me back after the first person put me on hold and I thought they had given up.

                Like others, I am surprised that this stuff still works on people, but it does!

                Anyway, no land line now and my mobile phone blocks calls from unidentified numbers, so it's a lot quieter.

                Brett.

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                • #9
                  If you get bored, just ring one of your mates (or your mother-in-law) pretending to be a scammer/pollster. Great way to while away a quiet Tuesday evening. If they're not home try again at 2am. The beauty of calling on people late at night is that they always seem to be home.

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