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Beware - Scammers have hit Active Rain !!!!

Sadly enough scammers have discovered Active Rain and I just received an email overnight through Active Rain.  It is a Nigerian money scam.  The email was quite lengthy and convincing.  This is the heading and the first paragraph of the letter:

From Eric Obieche
Abidjan -Cote d`Ivoire
West Africa.

CONFIDENTIAL AND URGENT ATTANTION
Dear One,
I know that this letter may or may not come to you as Surprise. But after much considerations I decide to write to you. I am ERIC OBIECHE, a Sierra Leonean.I am the Son of Dr federick Obieche and a former student of the federal university of Freetown sierraLeone. my Father Dr Federick Obieche was the former finance minister of sierra Leone.

This type of email has been going on for years. I first started receiving them in 2001.  The writer asks the recipient to contact them and pay a certain amount of money to them for the right to handle millions of dollars for their country.  They make it sound attractive and of course it is nothing but a scam.  It would be wonderful if there was a way to block them from Active Rain.

I have copied the email and sent it to authorities.  There is a website that describes these kind of scams

The Spam Report

'Nigerian' money scam: What happens when you reply?

http://www.silicon.com/research/specialreports/thespamreport/0,39025001,10002928,00.htm 

Good luck and please be careful.  DO NOT RESPOND TO THESE EMAILS AT ALL, JUST REPORT THEM TO AUTHORITIES.

 

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Comment balloon 17 commentsGeorge Tallabas • March 28 2007 09:50AM

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I received the same email several days ago.  I hope this isn't the start of something ugly.  AR has done a terrific job of keeping their/our network free from spam.
Posted by Keith Jeppson - Salt Lake City Real Estate (Everest Realty Group) about 12 years ago
Thanks Keith...I just want everyone to be safe.  It's so sad they have to start attacking somethign as wonderful as Active Rain.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
I received a strange coment on my blog the other day.  I erased it but now I wish I would have saved it.  It was nonsense.  It said something about ipods and kept repeating the same sentence over and over again.  Wonder if it was the same Scam.
Posted by Chewbacca The Wookie (Angle The Deflector Shields) about 12 years ago
Thanks Ben...I hope Active Rain can create some kind of filter system.  It seems like evil always infiltrates what is good out there.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
I have received that email many times.   Thanks for the tip about it coming through AR.
Posted by Debbie Creech (ERA Team IV Homes) about 12 years ago
Thanks Debbie...hopefully somthing can be done about this.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
I get these freaking emails all the time.  Yeah, they are a crock of B.S. and hopefully the public and professionals as a whole have the insight that these kind of things are bogus.  I'd love to see the perpetrators be brought down in a giant ball of fire!
Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) about 12 years ago
Benjamin...thanks and be carefull
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Thanks Jason,  it is horrible.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

George, I've also received several emails of this type.  Now that I think of it they have all come since joining but that could also be due to the fact that I'm more aggressively marketing my website and my email address is now far more visible.  Hope you don't mind a link to a video about the subject of Nigerian email scams.  It's an interesting look at the perpetrators.

EFCC bust Nigerian 419 scammers in a cybercafe

Posted by Inland Empire Real Estate Short Sale Pro, InlandHomeFinder.com (InlandHomeFinder.com) about 12 years ago
Thanks Nick...I am so sick of these scams and wish authorities could do something.  Have a great one.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Thanks for the heads up George!  I get so tired of receiving stuff like this. *sigh*
Posted by Michele Webb, ABR, QSC (RE/MAX Properties, Inc.) about 12 years ago
Unfortunately, that's what happens when we post our email online.  The scammers are getting sneakier everyday too.  I've gotten emails from paypal stating I bought a dell computer in hopes that I'll login into paypal using the link provided in the email.
Posted by Michael Hutchins - Consumer Advocate, Chicago (Michael Hutchins Ent.) about 12 years ago
Michele...we are all sick of this stuff.  I hope Active Rain can get it filtered out
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Michael...I agree my friend.  Wish we had a magical wand to get rid of it!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
I did not follow you advise.  I decided to have some fun with them and have been posting their responses daily on mny blog.  In hind site it was probably a dumb idea.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Go for it Randy and get some of their money! LOL
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

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