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An Inside Look At Spam Scams From Someone Who Played Along

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Back in February I posted my thoughts on a certain spam message and a copy of the email in question. A few days later, someone said they were interested in the opportunity! So, I made it clear I was just commenting on the situation, and not participating in it.

Early this morning, someone posted a new comment sharing their story about what happened when they responded to a similar email and went along for the ride. Here's what they wrote:

"the real trick to this is that they send you a bogus cheque in your name from a bogus company. I actually got caught up in one of these..fool..fool..fool. anyway, i wanted to see how far it would go, curiousity. I deposited this cheque for 48 grand in my account that they sent me, while i was waiting for it to clear, the scammers called me with some sob story that they needed a couple of grand from me while this cheque was clearing, this happened over a couple of days, and i was almost convinced, because my 10% was going to be 4,800 bucks which i thought i was going to have within 7 days after the cheque cleared. I almost sent them the money, which they gave me clear instructions to deposit somewhere in a japanese account, the guy that called me had a convincing japanese accent, but something told me that this was a scam, i didnt deposit the money, it was weird anyway, they called me a couple times more to try and convince me to deposit this money. Monday morning i get a call from the bank to let me know there was something weird about this cheque, any way, i called these japanese guys back to let them know that the bank thought there was something suspicious about their cheque, the guy hung up the phone and i never heard from him again, i tried calling the number after and it was out of service. but anyway it was quite the experience. Pretty well laid out scam, it was almost like something you would find in a movie, the plot was interesting, but nothing but a scam. alot of work must have gone into it.
scam, scam, scam-pretty good experience, if you can, send this story out to other people, i still get these same letters every now and then, i just chuckle when i see them. Sometimes i will respond to them to let them know that i know what their scam is. boy do they get offended."

LUCRATIVE BUSINESS PROPOSAL THAT WORTH ABOUT £9,500,000.00 (Email Spam)

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

I just got this a little while ago.


[Begin Email]

Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 15:48:48 -0700
From: "Curtis Anthony" <anthony540099@charter.net>
Subject: PROPOSAL

DEAR FRIEND,
I HAVE A LUCRATIVE BUSINESS PROPOSAL THAT WORTH ABOUT £
9,500,000.00(Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand Pounds).
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR MORE INFORMATION.E-MAIL:
curtis_anthonyallen@hotmail.com
100% LEGAL!
REGARDS,
CURTIS S ANTHONY

[End Email]


Before I clicked on the message, all I saw was "Curtis Anthony — PROPOSAL." "Hmm, I wonder it could be? A business proposal, perhaps? Lucrative, maybe? Oh goody, oh goody, oh goody…"

"100% LEGAL!"

That's hilarious. I wasn't even wondering, "Is this legal?" That's like the kind of thing you have to say after explaining your million dollar idea to someone who has doubts.

"I don't know. Are you sure it's legal to transfer all those millions of dollars from those banks to your Swiss account?"

"Sure. In fact, it's One Hundred Percent legal!"

"Oh, ok then…If you say so…I'll go get my credit card…"

EDU ACCOUNT UPGRADE TEAM: VERIFY YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT NOW (Email Spam)

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Wow, these guys are persistent! I got a message saying "VERIFY" on Monday, January 28. Yesterday, five days later, I received the "FINAL NOTICE." I can't believe how far they're willing to take the scam. It's just too bad the original owners of bsaenz@purdue.edu and bnesbitt@purdue.edu fell for it.

Here's the first email:

Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 02:17:36 -0500
From: "EDU ACCOUNT UPGRADE TEAM"
Subject: VERIFY YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT NOW

VERIFY YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT NOW

Dear Email Account Owner,This message is from our educational messaging
center
to all our email
account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail
account
center. We are deleting all our email accounts to create more space for
new
accounts.

To prevent your account from closing you will have to update it below
so that we will know that it's a presently used account.

CONFIRM YOUR EMAIL IDENTITY BELOW

Email Address : ………. …..
EMAIL Password : …………….
Date of Birth : ……………..
Country or Territory : ……….

Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account
within Seven days of receiving this warning will lose his or her
account
permanently.

Thank you for using our edu email!
Warning Code:VX2G99AAJ
Thanks,
Account Upgrade Team

[END EMAIL]

And the second:

Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2008 23:17:58 -0500
From: "EDU ACCOUNT UPGRADE TEAM"
Subject: FINAL VERIFICATION OF YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT

VERIFY YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT NOW

Dear Email Account Owner,

This message is from educational messaging center to all our email
account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail
account
center. We are deleting all our edu email accounts to create more space
for new
accounts.

To prevent your edu account from closing you will have to update it
below
so that we will know that it's a presently used account.

We have been sending this notice to all our email account owners and
this is
the last notice/verification exercise.

CONFIRM YOUR EMAIL IDENTITY BELOW

Email Username : ………. …..
EMAIL Password : …………….
Date of Birth : ……………..
Country or Territory : ……….

Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account
within Seven days of receiving this warning will lose his or her
account
permanently.

Thank you for using edu!
Warning Code:VX2G99AAJ
Thanks,
Edu Account Upgrade Team

[END EMAIL]

You'd think the warning code for a final notice would be different from the initial message, but nooo!