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2001\08\15@215746 by Russell McMahon

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Received this today. At the risk of starting a waaaaay off topic thread, I
thought this was amusing enough to pass on for general enjoyment.
I see the scam has (apparently) moved from Nigeria to South Africa, although
where this person is actually based is of course uncertain.

While one would expect that anyone with an IQ above about 60 would
immediately realise that this person was trying to steal from you and not
give you money, this does not seem to be the case for some people who one
would EXPECT to have much more intelligence than that. A senior member of
our corporate business community recently ended up losing several million
dollars of other people's money on a scam essentially identical to this one.
How anyone can be taken in is utterly beyond my conception.

To avoid the risk that anyone receiving this might just possibly be fooled
(surely not!) I have corrupted the return email addresses and certain other
details. (If you can work out what I've changed you are smart enough not to
be fooled).
I'll also send a comment to their shown ISP- not much hope that it will help
though


Happy investing !! :-)

       Russell

PS - anyone wanting to assist in disposal of $US20 million of Tsarist gold,
100 odd Faberge eggs and about 50 paintings looted by the Nazis please send
me $US1000 cash in a plain envelope.  No name or return address necessary.

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2001\08\16@013034 by steve

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> Received this today. At the risk of starting a waaaaay off topic
> thread, I thought this was amusing enough to pass on for general
> enjoyment. I see the scam has (apparently) moved from Nigeria to South
> Africa, although where this person is actually based is of course
> uncertain.

I've had quite a few of these by letter, email and fax. They obviously
find fax machines quite complicated as it it took them several goes
to get the bit of paper to go through. (Probably worn out). What
suprised me was that he phoned to make sure the fax came
through OK.

They do have a use though. Another con that was doing the rounds
(until they recently got busted) was some supposed Investment
brokers that were operating out of a basement in the Phillipines (I
think). They put on a really hard sell and are impossible to get rid
of, but if you tell them that you would be interested in their scheme
and that you are expecting a large sum of money from Nigeria,
they get all confused and hang up.
:-)

Steve.

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2001\08\16@020521 by Vasile Surducan

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On Thu, 16 Aug 2001, Russell McMahon wrote:

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>         Russell
>
> PS - anyone wanting to assist in disposal of $US20 million of Tsarist gold,
> 100 odd Faberge eggs and about 50 paintings looted by the Nazis please send
> me $US1000 cash in a plain envelope.  No name or return address necessary.
>
>

 Where? where? Send me urgent your address. I want to send you $US2000.
May I built the envelope from toilette paper ?

Best regards, Vasile




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2001\08\16@024552 by Quentin

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We here in SA have known about the scam for a long while. Obviously
since we are one the same continent, we were the first target. Before
email, these scams were send by mail to companies. According to a
magazine article, a few people have been caught like that.
Don't know where the email came from, but the country code on the tel.
no. is not for SA.

Quentin

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2001\08\16@041521 by Alan B. Pearce

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>   Originally, this money (US$20M Dollars) was mapped out for military
>   seminar schedule to be held on the 10th of January 2001 in the capital

Must have been some "seminar" that was supposed to have been planned.
Perhaps they were going to blow up all the country's munitions stock, and
"needed" this money to replace the munitions :))))))))))

News of these scams periodically appears here in the UK also. I heard of
this particular one.

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2001\08\16@081119 by Russell McMahon

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> We here in SA have known about the scam for a long while. Obviously
> since we are one the same continent, we were the first target. Before
> email, these scams were send by mail to companies. According to a
> magazine article, a few people have been caught like that.
> Don't know where the email came from, but the country code on the tel.
> no. is not for SA.


Just checked with our international operator.

> .....jaclogamba1KILLspamspam@spam@onebox.com - email
> (917) 421-3902 x4631 - voicemail/fax


91 is India
   7 is not a major city in  India, apparently

BUT  if the leading 9 was the international access code this could be x 17 =
USA.
But the number is too short to make sense for USA.

Congo is access code 243

South Africa is 27

I can't really imagine anyone being silly enough to put a real telephone
number on such things - far more traceable than an internet account.



       RM

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2001\08\16@082556 by Bill Kaufman

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From:  Bill Kaufman@MITEL on 08/16/2001 08:24 AM
"> (917) 421-3902 x4631 - voicemail/fax

This number is a US number for OneBox, a voicemail service provider.

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2001\08\16@143406 by Dave King

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At 08:24 AM 8/16/01 -0400, you wrote:
>From:  Bill Kaufman@MITEL on 08/16/2001 08:24 AM
>"> (917) 421-3902 x4631 - voicemail/fax
>
>This number is a US number for OneBox, a voicemail service provider.

917 is Brooklyn/Staten Island area



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friendship I share with my collection of singing potatoes

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