Internet Scam

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  1. hawg_427

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    I just received a email from a Frank & Joy Williams from sierra leone. They want you to put their checks into your acct and then take 15% for doing it. This is a scam and if anyone gets one of these please discard it. There has already been one local woman arrested for following the email instructions.
     
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    Wow, I received one from their first cousin in a Country that doesn't exist yesterday...

    It is hard to believe that people actually fall for these things.
     
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    People fall for junk all the time. I saw on 20/20(or soem show like it, who knows) once when this man fell for it. He ended up in some African country to pick up the 'money' to personaly deposit in his account there and transfer it here. But he had to bring a fee with him. Several thousands of dollars. He was nearly killed, and barely escaped. It did of course cost him a lot of money,a nd some legal problems there.
     
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    Sometimes the internet can be a detriment instead of a blessing, huh? I just posted about our church website name being associated with phishing - although it's www.nbc.org.kh rather than www.nbc.org We've gotten people e-mailing and calling us about it now and I had to put together a post on our website explaining it and that it's NOT us who are doing this (someone said that it's coming from our organization and 'how can a church do this??" UGH!!

    I've gotten that e-mail a number of times before. It's just ridiculous!!
     
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    I periodically get such emails and immediately delete them. No one ever said I was smart, but I'm smart enough to know a scam when I see one. I'd like to know why it's so easy for crooks to get people's email addresses.
     
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    Because different web sites sell them lists, just like when you receive junk mail in your real life mail box.
     
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    You know what's so hard? My ILs got a computer last year and we tried to explain to them viruses and how you can get an e-mail from someone you know and trust with an attachment and the attachment is really a virus and the e-mail is not from them. It took them frying their computer (honestly, it took my husband 10 hours to fix it and he had to lose a lot of their stuff in the process) to finally understand that you DON'T open attachements!! I won't even open an attachment from my husband - I'll call him and check if it's really from him first - and we've NEVER had a virus -EVER!!! And we've been on the internet from it's inception.

    So, the older people online tend to be the victims in this, which is sad.
     
  8. I Am Blessed 24

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    When I receive an email like that, I right click on the name and get the 'properties'. Then I click on 'details' and copy the whole thing (it gives you the trail).

    I then forward the email I received (after I have pasted the 'details' in it) to my ISP and also the ISP it came from. The handle it from there.
     
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    We get a lot of e-mails from supposed well-known banks "phishing" for our account information. They say there is a problem with our acct or something like that and they need to verify info. If they send so many thousands of these e-mails, they are bound to hit quite a few who have an account at that bank, and out of those, several who will take the bait. If you get an e-mail like that from a financial institution you do business with, call them immediately. 99 times out of 100 - I'd say 100% of the time - it will be a scam and they will have an e-mail address where you can forward the e-mail so they can investigate it.
    These scams trap a lot of people because if you do online banking, the page that shows up in the e-mail looks exactly the same as the main page on your online bank. Pretty scary stuff.
     
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    Yep - I made sure I put all that info on the website - and the links to the reporting e-mails for both Bank of America and Paypal. What bothers me is that a few people contacted us saying that it's someone from OUR church who's doing this because the website address starts out with ours (but continues on with the .kh for Cambodia). UGH!! It makes me sad that people think a church would possibly do this (or anyone associated with one). :(
     

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