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Sunday, March 05, 2006

CRIME ON THE INTERNET; EVEN YOU AND I CAN BE TARGETED

BLOG:THE RISE OF CRIME WARE / and OTHER THIEVES AND SCAMMERS

http://blog.sciam.com/index.php?title=the_rise_of_crimeware&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

This article deals primarily with high end targets. However, even the ordinary citizens are targets to thieves and scam artists. I maintain a number of email accounts with different servers. I am by no means a high end target, being elderly and low income, but scam artists frequently target the elderly; and I have been targeted several times.

My elderly aunt does not have a computer but she has a telephone and a mail box. Somehow her name has gotten on a scam list and she is constantly harassed by scammers, some of whom attempt forceful intimidation. Wrong target for that; very elderly she may be but she is still one fiesty, independent, forceful lady and such a telescammer gets his ears roasted. She is a once burned-twice shy victim. Several years ago a telescammer purporting to be from her bank bilked her out of almost the entire balance. The bank fraud division traced the electronic transfer to another country, so was helpless to recover her funds.

Remember, friends, Romans, and countrymen: your bank checks with which you pay your bills or purchases has your bank account number and bank routing number printed on it. We depend on the honesty of the businesses to whom we give checks as well as bank employees; unfortunately ,employees of businesses and of our banks have been caught selling customer/depositor information to bad people. Same with credit card information.

I pay most of my bills either on-line by electronic transfer or by automatic deduction from my account. Again we must trust in the honesty and integrity of the employees who handle these payments. Several years ago there was a scandal about mail-order or internet-order sales of products being contracted to a penitentary with prisoners handling the computerized accounts, which ofcourse held much personal and financial information that could be and was abused. Now we find that many accounts of various types are out-sourced to foreign countries, which means considerable personal and financial information is available to god knows who. News abounds with identity theft and other types of theft per internet and it becomes increasingly difficult to protect our privacy and personal information.

Scams appealing to people's greed or quick riches are often very successful. I have recently been targeted per 3 of my email accounts with a barrage of scams. I have no idea how I earned the honor. (1)# Trust International. Lottery drawn from email addresses. And joy!joy!joy! I am a winner of $2,500,000.00. to collect....yeah, right!.
(1) # John Mark Cugal Jam. mysterious business opportunity to earn up to $9,000.00 per week. Send 1st, last names, country and alternate email address to get in on this hot deal.
(2) Amazingly, two different people suffered the exact same tragedy and need my help. #Mr. Makolly Konate and# Mr. Usaman Bello, both from Senegal Dakar, got my name from the Senegal Chamber of Commerce. Each father killed by rebels but had previously secreted $1,500,000.00 and $1,600,000.00 respectively in a metal trunk box (both used same description) to an unamed Security Company in Europe. Both offered a share with me if I help..
(3) No less than 5 bank managers have the same problem at their banks and need my help by claiming I am a relative in order to secure the funds which they will share with me. Each case involves a depositor with millions in the bank who was killed with all his family in a plane crash
so the funds are abandoned.# Dr. Adama Caboro, mgr. of Bill and Exchange at Foreign Remittance Dept. of Bank of Africa, Burkina Faso, $10.8 million;# Dr. Zongo, mgr. of Bill and Exchange Bank of Africa, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.(even gives deceased depositors name and CNN news url re: the crash to verify his identity and death). will give me 40% of the millions; #Mr. Musa Sam, mgr. of Audit and Accounting dept. of African Developement bank, Ouagadougou, BurkinaFaso, $23,000,000.00 (different bank, upped the ante)35%my share, 55% his share and 10% to charity (noble of him);# Dr. Pascal Robinson, Auditing and Accounting Unit of Foreign Exchange dept. African Developement Bank Annex, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.$35,000,000.00 (upped the ante even more), 30% for me 70% for him.;# Dr. Hassan Dantont, Auditing and Accounting Section of African Developement Bank, Ouagodougou, Burkina Faso, $7,000,000.00 (only a paltry $ 7 mil., when his buddy offered $35mil?) 30% for me 60% for him and 10% for expenses.
(4)# Matter Nowge, Sierra Leone, refugee camp in Senegal Dakar, daughter of late Chief Dr. S. Nowye, assassinated former Assistant Director of Sierra Gold and Diamond Mining Company. has $10,600,000.00 in CBS bank in Senegal Dakar. If I act as beneficiary to acct. and bring her and siblings to US, she will give me 20%. To collect, all I have to do is send Name, age, state & country, telephone&fax# and BANK ACCOUNT #. She doesn't even bother going through the buildup of contact, negotiations etc. She comes right to the point.

I reported these to yahoo and recieved in reply a form letter warning me about phishing, etc. and advising me not to reveal my password. No duh! They did give me a government url to report to, which was returned as undeliverable by Daemon.

Anyone interested in taking advantage of any of these get rich schemes? As much as I'd delight in being rich, I am unable at this time to participate. Therefore I will forward any or all of these emails to any interested party. Just let all of your friends here on the blog know when you become a multi-millionaire so we can help you celebrate your good fortune.

7 Comments:

  • At Sunday, March 05, 2006 10:37:00 AM , Blogger Granny said...

    I think by now most of us know better. I feel for the ones who don't. Sometimes compassion can override judgment.

     
  • At Sunday, March 05, 2006 12:04:00 PM , Blogger Worried said...

    And sometimes greed. It amazes me how many people really do fall for scams like these.

     
  • At Sunday, March 05, 2006 1:17:00 PM , Blogger Progressive Traditionalist said...

    A couple of years ago, I decide to go through and unsubscribe to all these mailing lists. So every morning I would open about 10 or 12 of the items in my bulk folder and go to the site to unsubscribe. And I kept getting more and more stuff.
    Finally someone told me that when you do that they mark your e-mail address as active and subscribe you to other mailing lists as they're removing your name from the first.
    Nowadays, I don't even bother looking at them.

     
  • At Sunday, March 05, 2006 1:51:00 PM , Blogger Gadfly said...

    Thanks, PT. I'll just start deleting them.

     
  • At Sunday, March 05, 2006 1:56:00 PM , Blogger Worried said...

    I thought you were going to reply and get rich! Did you save yours to a yahoo folder? I'm going to empty mine; no one wants to take action against these scammers. Maybe they can't. I got another one awhile ago. Same old bank scam.

    Looks like you, Granny, PT and I are all blogging at the same time. Almost like IMs.

     
  • At Sunday, March 05, 2006 5:17:00 PM , Blogger Granny said...

    My then 10 year old started receiving porno spam as soon as I set up a box for her. I finally got it stopped but it took a while.

    Invitations to red hot dating services, etc. She had never even sent an email before they began pouring in. At least fifty a day.

    PT is right about deleting not helping but in her case it did. It took a while but they all went away along with the ads for "Christian" loan services. People, she's 10.

    Oddest part - I have 3 great-grandchildren, signed them all up at the same time. Rochelle was the only one to be bothered with spam.

    Wonder what we would have received if I had signed my cat up for email?

     
  • At Sunday, September 23, 2007 12:52:00 PM , Blogger soondays said...

    hmmm... why's that my brother's name is here? it is not a scam. Its just that you don't know how to market your products online. A scam is something like the company don't pay you. So please, delete this blog.

     

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