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Portrait of an Indian as a Scammer

I got a call the other day that I didn’t expect. It was from a guy with a heavy Indian accent. After introducing himself, he told me that his company is working in partnership with Microsoft to monitor and prevent the spread of computer malwares over the Internet. He gave me the bad news: my home computer has been infected.

I pride myself of being technical savvy. People come to me for help with their computer problems. Could it be true that this time around I needed assistance myself? I found it quite amusing refreshing that the table had turned on me for a change. It helped keep my feet on the ground and my ego in check.

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March 26, 2013 at 7:45 am 7 comments

Portrait of a Chinese as a Scammer

My uncle received another e-mail solicitation offering to sell products from Apple, Nokia, and Samsung for way below market prices. Again, it came from a company based in China.

When he asked me for my opinion, I thought it was a scam right away. But I decided to give the company the benefit of the doubt. I went to investigate and tried to find out what I could on the internet.

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October 17, 2012 at 11:00 pm 15 comments

Say It Ain`t Too Good To Be True

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Sometimes you feel lucky. For one shining moment, you see the stars converged and the planets aligned. You hit the jackpot without even really trying.

Recently, I received an e-mail that promises my ticket to financial independence. It came from a bank executive in Africa. He said and I quote verbatim:


I am Mr.oliver madu,the manager Audit & Accounts Dept. in the BANK OF AFRICA (BOA). I am writing to request your assistance to transfer the sum of ($25.5million) (thwenty five million, five hundred thousand United States dollars) into your account.

The above sum belonged to our deceased customer late Mr. Shadi Aribi Monther from Lebanon who died along with his entire family in the Benin plane crash 2003 and since then the fund has been in a suspense account.

After my further investigation, I discovered that Mr Shadi Aribi Monther died with his supposed next of kin and according to the laws and constitution guiding this banking institution,it stated that after the expiration of (5) five years and no body comes for the claim as the next of kin/family member, the fund will be channelled into national treasury as unclaimed fund. Because of the state of this transaction I want you to stand as the next of kin so that our bank will accord you the recognition and have the fund transferred to your account.

The total sum will be shared as follows: 60% for me, 30% for you and 10% is mapped for any expense we may incure during the course of securing the said fund into your bank account. The transfer is risk free on both sides hence you are going to follow my instructions till the fund is transferred to your account.

More details with the text of application form which you have to fill in our banking information will be forwarded to you as soon as i receive your positive reply to this proposal.

I will need the following information from you

(a) Full name……………,
(c)address and photo ……………
(d) private telephone numbers —for confidential and easy communication.

Please reply urgently
Mr. Oliver Madu.
00226 7814 6208.


It sounds too good to be true. It offers a better chance to prosperity than the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. It’s something that’s very hard to refuse. But like Don Corleone addressing the character Sollozo in the Godfather saga, I have to ask myself, “Why come to me? What have I done to deserve such generosity?”

It’s evident that his letter needs some editing, too. It contains incredulous punctuation, spelling, and grammatical missteps that would delight a second grade English teacher. On the other hand, could the errors be planted there intentionally on purpose to give his message the human touch?

Friends think it’s a scam and those who fall for it have the word “stupid” written all over their forehead. I’d like to give Mr. Madu the benefit of the doubt, but I’m going to junk his letter this time. It’s not that I’m playing hard to get. It’s just that he has to prove himself more. If he’s truly sincere, he can write me again and again like an earnest suitor wooing his beloved. After all, it’s the Internet that has given him that right.

August 21, 2011 at 1:08 am 13 comments

Portrait of a Filipino as a Scammer

His gentle manner and unassuming smile can easily disarm anyone. He’s said to be a cancer survivor. Indeed, his countenance projects one who has gone through a lot and borne his sufferings with patience. But looks can be deceiving. He proves to be a fox in sheep’s clothing preying on unsuspecting customers.

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September 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm 25 comments

Look @ Her Picture! Then Ignore

A friend from Hawaii forwarded a message to me requesting that I send it to everybody in my address list. It’s about soliciting help for finding a missing girl. Here’s what the e-mail says:

Amber Alert ~ LOOK @ her PICTURE!! THEN Please Forward

Staff Sergeant Rick Williams
Rolla Police Department
1007 N. Elm St.
Rolla , MO 65401
(573) 364-1213
Fax (573) 364-6346

Please look at the picture, read what her mother says, then forward this message on..
My 13 year old girl, Ashley Flores, is missing…
She has been missing for two weeks now.
Maybe if everyone passes this on, someone will see this child.
That is how the girl from Stevens Point was found, by circulation of her picture on TV…. The Internet circulates even overseas, South America , and Canada etc.
Please pass this to everyone in your address book.
With GOD on her side, she will be found.
I am asking you all, begging you to please forward this email on to anyone and everyone you know, PLEASE.
It is still not too late. Please help us. If anyone knows anything, please contact me at:
I am including a picture of her.
All prayers are appreciated!!
It only takes 2 seconds to forward this…
If it was your child, you would want all the help you could get!!

Who doesn’t have a soft heart for a missing child like Ashley Flores?

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July 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm 9 comments

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