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The company has real clients and income stream. (Email Spam)

Monday, April 28th, 2008

I know who I'm investing in…


[Begin Email]

From: "veforipy45606" <veforipy45606@hotmail.com>
To: 2santafe@microdsi.net
Subject: The company has real clients and income stream.
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2008 10:28:33 -0400

We have not said much in the last few weeks. We have not seen anything
of intrest. This one looks like it will be strong and steady mover.
With the new company Leadership and up and comming contracts. We feel
comforatble to bring QRVI to you.

Not all our picks will do as our last few with all climbing over 100%
in the first 5 days after our pick. But we do expect big things from
this Company.

Please take the time to do your research on this Company. Everything we
found looks like it will breakout anytime. The recent new is good but
we expect bigger things to come soon.

Quality Restaurant Ventures, Inc
QRVS
April 25: 3.90

Quality Restaurant Ventures, Inc., announced that its Board of
Directors has approved Tim Murray as the new President of QRVI. The
announcement follows several months of financial and operational reorganization.
The board has also given Murray, along with Peter Brown, President of
Obee's Franchise Systems, Inc., a seat on QRVI's Board of Directors.

Quality Restaurant Ventures Inc. announced today that a new co-branded
Sobik?s – Wing Way restaurant recently opened in Central Florida. This
is the first location that will serve both the Sobik?s and Wing Way
menus starting from opening day.

Quality Restaurant Ventures Inc. announced today it has now opened a
new Wing Way location in Central Florida . As with the company?s first
Wing Way restaurant, the new store is also co-branded with an existing
Sobik?s Subs location.

Quality Restaurant Ventures Inc. announced today that it is now
preparing to open four new locations of it?s recently announced
WING WAY fast-casual restaurant concept. The new Wing Ways will be
co-branded with existing Sobik?s Sub?s locations in Central Florida.

[End Email]


I know those question marks are just glitches, but they really give the second half of the email a feel of doubt, of question.

Gotta love that opening paragraph:
"…not seen anything of intrest…new company Leadership and up and comming contracts. We feel comforatble…"

With such a relaxed attitude toward spelling, I feel comforatble too!

"We have not said much in the last few weeks." Could that be true? Could the stock market spammers have taken a break in light of the craziness of our economy? Hmm…

I wonder who 2santafe@microdsi.net is? Maybe if you send an email there, it gets forwarded to tons of other accounts… If that were the case, then anyone could send out thousands of spam messages just by clicking "Send" once… And then off to jail with them!

"Please take the time to do your research on this Company." Totally cliché. "Wow, gee, if it requires research, forget that, I'll just take their word for it. Hyuh hyah, I'm brilliant!"

Not bad at all, but this topic is rather little of interest. Please do not disappoint your readership. (Comment Spam)

Friday, April 11th, 2008

I recently noticed that a comment was posted that urged me to shy away from posting "lesser" tidbits of interest, and focus on pleasing my readership.

I must not disappoint my millions of readers…

"But wait," I thought. "Could the person posting this comment consider my site worthy of such a remark?"

I had to be sure.

So I searched google for the exact contents of the comment.

203 results came up.

Unlucky me, I was sucked into thinking that my little old blog was interesting enough to be taken seriously.

The real clincher for how I know the comment was bogus is the fact that both the comment posted here and the first one I found on google point to [blah].nx.cn and seem to advertise risqué content.

Ho hum, another day of spam-motivated deceit…

Korean special investigative team are investigating samsung corporation (comment spam?)

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

About half an hour ago this comment was posted as a response to my post on Theoretical Dollars And Internet Wealth.


[Begin Comment]

Name: oh minseok

Dear,

I'm a korean living in seoul.(name: Oh Minseok)
Korean special investigative team are investigating samsung
corporation.
But they do not work right.
I am suspicious to be bought off.
samsung corporation has many crimes.
And the team investigates samsung corporation.
It contains korean companies samsung,huyndai,sk CEOs' illegal issuing
stocks or bonds.
The quantity are plenty.
(Three company CEOs did(and are doing) many crimes to me.
Many koreans are knowing it.
But many koreans are bought off by illegal issuing stocks or bonds.)
The team are knowing it.
Korean special investigative team must investigate this.
But they are trying to conceal it.
I ask for asking for this criminal investigation to prosecutors in any
country.
And help the shareholders and me.

P.S)
Three companies are hacking me and trying to kill me.
And are suspicious to use my name and email illegally.
If you receive another message that I dictated above are not true,
it is not from me, but from three companies.
The things I dictated above are true.

[End Comment]


Seems a tad creepy to me… First impression: It's just like those YouTube chain letters. Second impression: Could it be real? Third impression: Why bother to comment on a post that has nothing to do with what you're talking about? It's not like you're being robbed in your own home and dial a random number in the hopes that someone will come help you because 911 doesn't work in your area and you've got nowhere else to turn…

Fourth impression: Maybe it's designed to keep people interested…

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."

PAYMENT NOTIFICATION OF YOUR FUNDS (Email Spam)

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Nigeria yet again…


[Begin Email]

From: adamuisa@switched.com
Subject: PAYMENT NOTIFICATION OF YOUR FUNDS
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2008 02:27:11 +0100

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR.
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
Tinubu square, Lagos- Nigeria.
Our ref: Cbn/Ohg/Oxd1/2008
Your ref: ………………………….
Telex: Cenbank.
Payment file: Cbn/Ben/08.

PAYMENT NOTIFICATION OF YOUR FUNDS.

Attn: Beneficiary,

Hello. We have decided to bring to your attention, the fact that we
have done everything necessary to make sure payments from the debt
remittance account are made to the Bonafide Beneficiaries. I am informing you
of an attempt by some men to collectyour payment on your behalf. I had
to ask them why they came to see me in person and they said that they
came to collect your inheritance/contract funds payment sum of $20M
which rightfully belongs to you as shown in your file with us, on your
behalf and by your authorization.

However, I am writing you this email to find out from you if you
actually sent them. Note that they actually tendered some vital documents
which proved that you actually sent them to collect these funds. Below is
the list of documents which they presented.

1) Letter of administration
2) Order to release
3) High court injunction

Due to the nature of my job, I cannot afford to make any mistake
inreleasing the funds to anyone except you who is the recognized and true
beneficiary to these funds.I want to hear from you before I order the
release of the funds to these men who claim to be your representatives
because they will be back to my office next week. I decided to carry out
this decision based on my work experience and this is a risk I cannot
take because I have not heard anything from you.

Kindly direct your response to the private email address of my
boss,Prof. Charles Soludo, the executive governor of the central bank of
Nigeria Cbn, below for quicker deliberation and response from him on the
release of your funds to you. Please remember to indicate your personal
phonenumber he can reach you on in your response.

Email: prof_c_charlessoludo@myway.com

Note that for security reasons you have been assigned a code/password
which is {TT7270CBN}, please note that this code is the reference number
for your transfer and it’s being disclosed to you alone, guard this
jealously and all your email response should carry this code as the
subject.

Yours faithfully,

Dr. Adamu Isa

Secretary.
To the Governor.
Central bank of Nigeria
Tinubu square, Lagos- Nigeria.

CC: SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

[End Email]


This message is a bit similar to ATM FROM CBN, and both invoke the name Soludo. That CBN one only offered $10 million, though. I guess they upped the ante to compensate for our Cadbury-killing weak dollar.

Can you imagine if any of these messages were real? If you suddenly became $10 or $20 million richer? You could kick back! A whole new set of shiny worries…

I'll bet that whoever falls for these scams does indeed imagine the possibilities. Too bad experiencing that pleasant dream is just another step in the scheme.

RE: FINAL AWARD NOTIFICATION. (Email Spam)

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I missed it! I missed the deadline… missed it… missed it bad… just 48 hours… so close yet so far! Darn it all to Heck!


[Begin Email]

From: "Bonanza Lottery International" <prize@bonanzalotteryinternational.com>
Subject: RE: FINAL AWARD NOTIFICATION.
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2008 06:11:46 +0100

FROM: THE DESK OF THE MANAGER,
BONANAZA LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
REF NO: 15/0018/IPD
BATCH NO: EGS/ 22504002/06.

ATTN: WINNER,

RE: FINAL AWARD NOTIFICATION.

We are pleased to inform you, that as a result of our RECENT LOTTERY
DRAWS HELD on the 9th of February 2008.Your e-mail address attached to
ticket number:085-12876077-09 with serial number:51390-0 drew lucky
numbers:03-05-12-14-38 which consequently won in the 5th category you have
therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of (ONE MILLION U.S DOLLARS)
in cash credited to file with. REF: s.EGS/3662367114/13.Note that all
participants in this lottery program have been selected randomly through
a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 Officials and
30,000,000 individual email addresses from all search engines and web
sites,from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and South America, Middle
East and Africa, as part of our International Promotions Program. This
promotional program takes place every year,and is promoted and
sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei,Bill Gates of
microsoft inc and other corporate organizations.This is to encourage !
the use of the internet and comput

Your fund is now deposited with BANK and insured For security purpose
and clarity,we advise that you keep your winning information
confidential until your claims have been processed and your money remitted to your
account.This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims
and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.

We look forward to your active participation in our next 4 million
dollars slot. To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact your
claims processing officer through via e-mail as stated below:

NAME:MR.CHARLES LLOYD
Tel: 44(0)7024013010
Email: admin@bonanzalotteryinternational.com

When you contact him, please provide him with your secret BATCH
NO,SERIAL NO.
You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information
as soon as possible:
1. Names in full
2. Address
3. Nationality
4. Age
5. Occupation
6. Phone/Fax

All winnings must be claimed not later than one month After the date of
this notice.Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications,remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in
all correspondence. Furthermore,should there be any change of address
do inform our agent as soon as possible. Congratulations!!! once more
and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Sincerely,

Ashley Cole
Manager, lotto draw team
Bonanza International lottery.

[End Email]


Hilarious:

"This
promotional program takes place every year,and is promoted and
sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei,Bill Gates of
microsoft inc and other corporate organizations.This is to encourage !
the use of the internet and comput"

It just cuts off. It reminds me of that clip where Bill Gates is on stage with a product developer and the guy's showing the latest computer and operating system to Bill and everyone. Then the Blue Screen of Death pops up and the guy quickly closes the laptop. All Bill can do is smile…

"For security purpose
and clarity,we advise that you keep your winning information
confidential until…"

Sure, sure. Tell no one. "You got that, punk?! You tell someone about this email message and so help me, I'll rip your– winning lottery ticket up… And you won't…get… the money. Ok?"

No! Tell the authorities! Run home! Run as fast as you can!!

{Six Million Dollar Man Sound Effects}

Buy Replica Watches Online! (Email Spam)

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Hmm… Instead of telling me I'm going to be rich, this email is telling me to buy watches online… Hmm…


[Begin Email]

From: "LanaGoodspeed588514" <LanaGoodspeed588514@hotmail.com>
Subject: FWD: March Specials
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 15:26:08 -0400

Buy Replica Watches Online!

At our watch shop, we have been supplying top-quality, high-grade
replica watches to satisfied customers for close to 8 years now. We provide
our customers with an extremely reliable, affordable and accessible
source to these quality items, which provide the same attention-grabbing
benefits of the genuine articles that cost many times more. We are
constantly seeking to better understand the needs of our customers, and to
update our product selection so as to better serve our customers.

http://www.pirrafe.com

[End Email]


I cautiously visited the site, and what do you know, it looks like any ordinary business. But what kind of name is pirrafe? Like giraffe?

A Google search for pirrafe.com brings up one result, for parafe.com. Looks like some kind of vacation site.

A Google search for piraffe.com brings up one result, for praffe.com. "24kt Genuine Italian Snakeskin Bracelets and Leather Cuffs."

Weird. I guess some computer somewhere went crazy!

Here's a completely unrelated thought. Today it occurred to me that each time I post one of these spam messages, I am also posting the email of the supposed sender. Email addresses in plain sight on the web are often harvested by bots for spam purposes. So, am I facilitating an influx of spam for the spammers?

They probably have better spam protection than the rest, seeing as how they're the perpetrators!

Dear Friend, Greetings! (Email Spam)

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Oh no! I missed the deadline! Mr. Encami's going to kill me…!


[Begin Email]

From: "Mr. James Encami" <info@winecampus.org>
Subject: Dear Friend, Greetings!
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 14:09:39 -0800

Dear Friend, Greetings!

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your of
$1,200.000.00 United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since that time.

Then I went and deposited funds with a Security and Courier Company,
Lagos, Nigeria before I traveled out of the country for a 3 Months
Course and I will not come back till end of August. What you have to do
now is to contact the Security and Courier Company as soon as possible
to know when they will deliver your package to you. For your
information, I have paid for the delivering Charge, Insurance premium and
Clearance Certificate Fee. The only money you will send to the Courier &
Security Company to deliver your package direct to your postal Address in
your country is ($120.00 US) only being Security Keeping Fee of the
Courier Company so far.

Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except
$120.00 US Dollars. I would have paid that but they said no because they
don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage. You have
to contact the Courier & Security Company now for the delivery of your
package with this information bellow;
Contact Person: Mr Tony Ije
Telephone:+234-805-653-5221
Email Address:tonyije01@yahoo.fr

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct
telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery
and ask them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your
package over there and know when it will get to your address.

Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this
mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their
Security Keeping fee of $120.00 US Dollars for their immediate action.
Yours Faithfully,
Mr. James Encami

[End Email]


This reminds me of one I got before. The old, "All I need is a small fee and you're on your way to riches!" Hmm…

Check it out, mang: <info@winecampus.org>

Isn't every campus a wine campus? Well… maybe not AAU. "There are 12 steps to getting your degree. Step 1: Admit you are powerless…" I have no power! He-man: I haaavve THE POOWWWEEEERRRRRR!!!! "You just don't get it, do you?"

Back to the email: "I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your of $1,200.000.00…"

Let's just adjust that a little: I have been waiting for you to contact me for your [BLANK] of $1.2 million.

What is the BLANK? Is it a gift? Reward? Compensation for past efforts (but alas, no results)? Punishment?

"You were bad. As penance, we sentence you to life as a wealthy person. Have fun saying "No," to all the woodwork gremlins. Watch their faces afterwards. Sneer away, you little devils!"

"Oh, can I have $140,000 to buy a new car? Please? I'm a vet! I was in Vietnam!"

"You're only 19."

"Hey, I don't need to take this from some…civilian!!" Sneer, sneer, sneer…

Why, Encami, why?? How dare you curse me to a life of undeserved luxury! You'll rue the day…

Wells Fargo Online Banking Information Verification (Email Spam)

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

I got another verification email today. Too bad I don't bank with Wells Fargo! Ha ha!


[Begin Email]

From: "Wells Fargo Online" <online@online.com>
Subject: Your Account Suspension Notice…
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 11:03:48 -0800

Wells Fargo Online Banking Information verification

Dear Valued customer,

At Wells Fargo, our utmost concern is the security of our online banking users. In this effect,
we do proper verification on all transactions done on our secured online banking servers.

Several attempts to log on to your account were detected this morning and as a matter of our improved online banking
security measures, We have decided to temporarily suspend your online banking access.

You will not be able to access your online account unless you re-activate your online access but in order to do so,
you will have to confirm your details by Logging on to your account to complete the
verification process set out for you before we can retrieve your online access.

Please, Log on through our secure link below;

MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "www.dialogue-initiative.com" claiming to be https://online.wellsfargo.com/login?=ZXJyb3IudXNlcm5hbWVJbnZhbGlkRm9ybWF0 ….

We are indeed sorry for the inconveniencies we have caused you, but also remember that as a
Wells Fargo customer, your security remains our greatest priority.

Sincerely,

Account Security Dept.
Wells Fargo

Privacy & Security | Help
Secure Area
©2000 – 2007 Wells Fargo, Inc. All rights reserved.

[End Email]


From: "Wells Fargo Online" <online@online.com> Ooh, neat email…

"Several attempts to log on to your account were detected this morning"

Oh crap! That was me! And now they've shut my account down, all because I tried to use it within the scope of reason. Darn my intolerable expectation of normalcy! (I didn't really try to log on…I don't even have an account. I just wanted to make something clear. They didn't say several fraudulent attempts or several suspicious attempts or even several failed attempts. For all we know, those attempts were successful, and done by the account holder.)

How's this for a run-on sentence?:

"You will not be able to access your online account
unless you re-activate your online access
but in order to do so, you will have to confirm your details
by Logging on to your account
to complete the verification process set out for you
before we can retrieve your online access."

Sick!

"You will not be able to access your online account unless you re-activate your online access"

"If you do not learn to master your rage, your rage will become your master."

CHIEF ACCOUNTANT GENERAL OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA (Email Spam)

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Yes! Mo' money mo' money mo' money! Boo-yah!!!!


[Begin Email]

From: "CHIEF ACCOUNTANT GENERAL."
Subject: YOUR COMPENSATION PAYMENT HAS BEEN APPROVED.
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 10:01:33 -0700

CHIEF ACCOUNTANT GENERAL OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
FROM DR. JAMES OBI
Federal Secretariat Towers (5th & 10th floors)
Shehu Shagari Way, Central Area, Garki,Abuja.

CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA COMPENSATION UNIT,IN AFFILIATION WITH THE
UNITED NATIONS.

Attn: Sir/Madam,

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? You may
not understand why this mail came to you. I am Dr. James Obi, the Chief
Accountant General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Due to series of petition received from International Bodies on the way
fraudsters around the world especially Nigerians defrauded them, the
Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and my good self unbehalf of
the
Federal Government of Nigeria have been having a meeting with the
newly elected Secretary-General to the UNITED NATIONS,
Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon for the past 10 days which ended 3 days ago.

Been the outcome of our meeting,we are sending this email to all the
people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED
NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$ 500, 000. 00
(Five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only). This includes every
foreign contractor that may have not received their contract sum and
people
that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses
that failed due to Government problems etc.

We found your name and email address on the List supplied to us by the
UNITED NATIONS and that is why we are contacting you.It has however
been agreed upon that you should be paid with immediate effect
following
the approval of your payment by the Central Bank of Nigeria in
aggreement with the UNITED NATION'S Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

You are advised to get back to us as soon as possible, to enable us
instruct the Central Bank of Nigeria which is the United Nation’s
Paying
Bank here in West Africa to pay you.

You may respond on the both email addresses given below:

accntantgen.j@gmail.com

accntantgen_j@mail.md

Congratulations!

Yours Faithfully

DR. JAMES OBI
Chief Accountant General (Federal Republic of Nigeria)
Central Area, Garki, Abuja.

[End Email]


Finally! Nigeria owns up to their problems and decides to provide a solution. I can't wait to spend my $500,000. I'll probably use it for my mortgage. But since the value of the dollar is going down, maybe I'll just buy a candy bar instead. Hmm… But then I won't have any money left!

"Due to series of petition received from International Bodies on the way fraudsters around the world especially Nigerians … to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US $500,000.00."

I wonder just how many people have been scammed by other emails, and are now getting this one and thinking, "Finally! Satisfaction!"

It's like a television show. And we've just now moved on to Part II, where some of the fraudsters admit to previous wrongdoing as a means to promote their current wrongdoings.

O brave new world that has such people in it!