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art
Moderator



USA
375 Posts

Posted - Sep 03 2006 :  00:57:04  Show Profile
All,

I received one yesterday and an identical one today (Sept. 2, 2006).
Just a variation on the old, "Let me deposit my millions into your account and I'll pay you 15% for your trouble". Yada...yada....

Somehow they got my email account through this site, most likely by either selecting individual emails or by means of an email harvester program (doubious).

On the other hand, if it was real, I doubt we'd be having this posting to read as I'd no doubt be quite busy counting my newfound wealth in order of larger bills to smaller ones.

The copy of the email is below:


Hello art

You received the following message from: sarafine22 (sarafineboma4u2@yahoo.com)

At: http://www.vrconsulting.it/vhf/

FROM: SARAFINE BOMA
ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST
DEAR LOVELY ONE,
PLEASE PERMIT ME TO INTRODUCE MY SELF TO YOU, MY NAME IS SARAFINE I AM 22 YEARS OLD, THE ONLY DAUGHTER OF LATE CHIEF EMMANUL BOMA WHO WAS A FAMOUS COCOA MERCHANT BASED IN ABIDJAN HERE,THE ECONOMIC CAPITAL OF IVORY COAST (COTE D'IVOIRE). I AM SEEKING FOR YOUR URGENT ATTENTION TO HELP ME TRANSFER THE SUM OF (US$12,500,000.00 )TWELVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE OF AMERICAN DOLLARS INTO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT. PLEASE, I AM WILLING TO OFFER YOU 15% OF THIS MY TOTAL FUND AS YOUR COMMISSION FOR YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE TO ME. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I HAVE ALL THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS IN RELATION TO THIS FUND DEPOSITED BY MY LATE FATHER IN THE BANK. PLEASE QUICKLY
AND KINDLY REPLY ME ON THIS MY PRIVATE
EMAIL ADDRESS,FOR CONFIDENTIAL AND SECURITY REASONS .( sarafineboma4u2@yahoo.com) PLEASE KINDLY MAIL ME IMMEDIATELY YOU RECEIVE THIS MY LETTER FOR ME TO GIVE YOU MORE IMPORTANT DETAILS CONCERNING THIS FUND AND EQUALLY SEND YOU MY PHOTOS SO THAT YOU WUILL SEE AND KNOW WHOM I AM. THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE FOR ME.

YOURS FAITHFULLY,
SARAFINE

- Art -
In the world of AI it's the thought that counts!

GamerThom
Dedicated Member



USA
2550 Posts

Posted - Sep 03 2006 :  03:06:40  Show Profile  Visit GamerThom's Homepage  Click to see GamerThom's MSN Messenger address
All I can say is - "This is not only getting ridiculous, but
monotonous as well." I think they've hit every forum now.
If they really wanted someone to fall for that scam, they should
limit their efforts to sites where fools and dullards frequent.
Someplace like "MySpace.com".

Too bad it's not real though, I could really use the money.

http://www.gamerthom.com/ IAlAI
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hologenicman
Moderator



USA
3324 Posts

Posted - Sep 03 2006 :  04:16:20  Show Profile  Visit hologenicman's Homepage
The sender of the email is registered as a new member...

I forwarded it to Vittorio so that he may remove the member when he gets back from Sardinia.

Tom, I've wondered the same thing... I can't figure out how they actually make any money with this scam. Perhaps if I could figure it out, I would be doing the same thing myself.

John L>
IA|AI

HologenicMan
John A. Latimer
http://www.UniversalHologenics.com

"If the Human brain were so simple that we could understand it,
we would be so simple that we couldn't..."
-Emerson M Pugh-

Current project:http://www.vrconsulting.it/vhf/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=816&whichpage=1

DISCOVERY: The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know.
GOAL: There's strength in simplicity.
NOTE: Goal not always achieved.
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GT40
Curious Member



France
30 Posts

Posted - Sep 03 2006 :  17:53:17  Show Profile  Visit GT40's Homepage
Hi everyone! Me too...

The first mail was a beta version. There was a bug in the email address:

sarafineboma4u2: what a delight!
sarafineboma4u3: who is the third one?

Poor Vittorio. He will find his mailbox spammed by (alerts sent by) members of his own forum.

And my wife. She's becoming jealous. I'm trying to explain to her that I don't know any Sarafine.

I saw some months ago, on my TV, two "poor" victims of this classic joke. Now they are really poor. And just a little ridiculous.

Hello Sarafine! It sounds like a Jerry Lee Lewis song. I'm sure you are reading these posts.

Before being banished from this very good forum (Vittorio said: "I'll be back!"), tell me more about you. I want to know all about this delicious young african girl. But please, don't send me pictures of you.

I fear to find a mustach or a beard on your so lovely face.

Edited by - GT40 on Sep 03 2006 20:37:29
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GT40
Curious Member



France
30 Posts

Posted - Sep 06 2006 :  22:39:12  Show Profile  Visit GT40's Homepage
Bonsoir Aminata.

Bienvenue parmi nous. Et bises à Séraphine.




(It was just a little welcome message)
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art
Moderator



USA
375 Posts

Posted - Sep 06 2006 :  23:05:34  Show Profile
North winds indeed!! I wish they'd all blow away with their lame spam attempts!!

In an effort to put a lid on the now persistent problem of getting spamed, I no longer allow email to be sent to me from here. Members with whom I've had dealings in the past, know who you are and my address is unchanged just not reachable from this site.

Good day!

- Art -
In the world of AI it's the thought that counts!
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GrantNZ
Dedicated Member



New Zealand
2677 Posts

Posted - Sep 07 2006 :  10:56:59  Show Profile
It was a funny welcome message

Even though the forum doesn't provide the email address to anyone who asks, it was only a matter of time before someone devised a system to send private messages - there must be a lot of forums around who use the same underlying code. Either that or the desperate spammers are sending each one by hand - but I doubt it!
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art
Moderator



USA
375 Posts

Posted - Sep 07 2006 :  22:19:01  Show Profile
Grant,

If that's true then the forum isn't as secure as we'd like to believe. We can't upload files yet some hacker's program can access all of our emails? I have to wonder if it might be done on an individual basis since not all of us seem to be getting them at the same time or on the same day. If it were a data mining program, one would think that the spam would be sent to all of those that were gathered during a "visit."

Merely some conjecture, but the fact that I'm getting spam emails from here is certainly proof that something's afoot! And I'm not referring to my size 15's either!!

- Art -
In the world of AI it's the thought that counts!
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GamerThom
Dedicated Member



USA
2550 Posts

Posted - Sep 08 2006 :  03:58:11  Show Profile  Visit GamerThom's Homepage  Click to see GamerThom's MSN Messenger address
Take a look at the newest member to join, "ami55". Judging
by the limited info listed in the profile, it looks like we
can expect another round of spam/scam mail in our inboxes or
maybe they will do here what happened at DG Forum. Flood the
forum topics with links to porn sites.

The profile was just activated 2 days ago.

I wonder which scam or spam this one will try to perpetrate?

I'm sure glad that I took the precaution last week of shutting
off my receive e-mail option on all the forums. Kind of helps
cut down on the amount of junk I was getting.

http://www.gamerthom.com/ IAlAI
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laackejim
Committed Member



USA
3274 Posts

Posted - Sep 08 2006 :  06:53:27  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by art

Grant,

If that's true then the forum isn't as secure as we'd like to believe. We can't upload files yet some hacker's program can access all of our emails? I have to wonder if it might be done on an individual basis since not all of us seem to be getting them at the same time or on the same day. If it were a data mining program, one would think that the spam would be sent to all of those that were gathered during a "visit."

Merely some conjecture, but the fact that I'm getting spam emails from here is certainly proof that something's afoot! And I'm not referring to my size 15's either!!


Art, I received two of the "offers" a day apart but nothing recently. I feel a little miffed that I am not worth pursuing with a better offer. Earlier I received some similar but different specifics that originated from the other Vhuman group on Yahoo. Both of the ones that came to me recently came from Yahoo. There may be a connection there.

Uncle Jim (e=mc2)
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GrantNZ
Dedicated Member



New Zealand
2677 Posts

Posted - Sep 08 2006 :  08:40:37  Show Profile
Art: As far as I can tell, they are not obtaining our actual email address from the forum. However sending a member a message is as simple as clicking a name then clicking "Click to send an E-Mail" - they still don't discover your email address, but their message is passed on to you by email by the forum. All a spammer needs is an automated system that (essentially) peforms those two clicks, "types" the message, and hits "send."

Tom: Please don't be too quick to judge. I've actually been spammed by ami55 already - but it would be a shame to drive away a legitimate member simply based on the "colour" of their profile.

For what it's worth, I've only received two spams from this forum (probably the same two Jim's described). I've been using the same email address for ten years now - deleting spam is a daily routine, which through practise, takes very little time.

I've been very tempted to reply to these offers with a request for a small sum to fund a verification of their claims, just to see how much time they'd waste debating the issue
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GrantNZ
Dedicated Member



New Zealand
2677 Posts

Posted - Sep 08 2006 :  08:42:16  Show Profile
Oh by the way, yahoo offers emails for free, doesn't it? Just helps makes the spammer harder to trace.
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GT40
Curious Member



France
30 Posts

Posted - Sep 08 2006 :  11:34:54  Show Profile  Visit GT40's Homepage
Sarafine and Aminata are using stupid robots.

I'm located in France (it's written in my profile).

In Ivory Coast, the official language is French.

Why am I receiving emails in English?
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laackejim
Committed Member



USA
3274 Posts

Posted - Sep 08 2006 :  22:59:23  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by GT40

Sarafine and Aminata are using stupid robots.

I'm located in France (it's written in my profile).

In Ivory Coast, the official language is French.

Why am I receiving emails in English?


Because both you and Kermit speak beautiful (at least by my standards) english. But i suspect Kermit's vocabulary is more limited.

Uncle Jim (e=mc2)
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GT40
Curious Member



France
30 Posts

Posted - Sep 09 2006 :  00:46:55  Show Profile  Visit GT40's Homepage
Right.
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laackejim
Committed Member



USA
3274 Posts

Posted - Sep 09 2006 :  06:27:21  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by GT40

Right.


AT least maybe.

Uncle Jim (e=mc2)
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