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#1 Bowmoreman

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 04:27 AM

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 10:39 PM

It's hard to believe that people still fall for this.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 06:17 PM

I hope the police track down these scammers & put them in jail.

#4 Theodore41

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 11:55 AM

They are located usually in Nigeria.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 01:20 PM

I actually did fall for someone selling me a UO eyepiece from the UK. I sent him the money via Western Union, but a day or so later this person told me it was stuck in customs at the Ireland border, and that I should send money to get it out. Without sending money it was then supposedly shipped to Lagos, Nigeria, waiting for me to send more money to get it released to me. At this point I knew it was a scam.

Burned once. Never again.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:18 PM

This one isn't from Nigeria. The grammar is too good, and there are no spelling mistakes.

#7 kroum

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:58 AM

The good ones don't have obvious mistakes... that's what makes them good: )
Still.... free shopping for THAT telescope?

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:30 PM

They are located usually in Nigeria.


Are they? Can you kindly post evidence In support of your statement?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 02:35 PM

Nigeria must be having a scope epidemic.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:58 AM

Is there anyone online who has NOT had an email from the boss of the Bank of Nigeria telling them they have inherited loads of cash and all they have to do to get it is tell Bank of Nigeria ALL their banking details including all their PINs etc.
Surely it is not a scam???

#11 Eric38

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:14 PM

From what I have seen in my email I have won every lottery on the face of the Earth. Nigeria, Latvia, Sweden, all of them plus the unclaimed funds and that Prince who wants to give me millions for a small check cashing fee. I must be the wealthiest person alive. Too bad though, I don't have the funds to collect my riches.

#12 Aquarist

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:03 PM

I have received all sorts of scams similar to this over the years. The "Nigeria scams" are legendary and almost amusing. Still, people fall for them.

#13 Larry F

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:04 PM

I have always thought about writing a book that collects the emails (and in the old days, onion-skin air mail letters) with sob stories describing inheritance monies held in escrow, frozen stock disbursements, unattended bank accounts and other incredible situations, and that only I can help the poor person out, and I will make a lot of money if...I send them a lot of money. Sadly, I never saved these documents.

At least before email these things were hand-written and mailed with international postage, which wasn't cheap, so there was some real effort and investment on the part of the perpetrator. Now, there's nothing to lose, and a single email can go to a million recipients.

Nowadays, it's impossible to know where these scams really originate, but in the old days most of the air mail letters really did come from Nigeria, bank deposits were to be made via check to Nigeria and there were even folks who traveled there as a condition of the scam (the NY Times did a piece on one of these individuals a few years ago). Maybe it's kind of a testament to some inherent creativity and perseverance among the citizens of that country. We all know there are crooks everywhere.

Yet, with the obvious scamminess of these efforts, a few people must respond, otherwise they would have ceased long ago. As PT Barnum said, "There's a sucker born every minute."

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:45 AM

They are located usually in Nigeria.


Actually, the Ukraine and Belo-Russia are the major sources of internet fraud these days. The Nigerians are too busy killing each other.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:11 AM

MONEY SAVING OPPORTUNITY: Ok, here's the deal...send me HALF of what you were going to send them...that way you're only out half of what you would have been. YOU SAVED 50%!

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:40 AM

Now that's funny right there,

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 01:29 PM

The Nigerians are too busy killing each other.

Not appropriate here.

#18 Geo.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 08:36 PM

Not appropriate in Nigeria, either, have friends living through it there.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 01:27 PM

Cygnus, 2 aspects of that would have hit me as odd - agreed not necessarily something you may be aware of.

UO eyepieces are rare as rocking horse dung here, in the last 15 years of owning scopes and buying eyepieces I don't know of anyone selling them.

The next is Western Union is not something that is common here, I can honestly say that in all the years I have been here I have only seen one place advertising Western Union. That was a small dubious looking place in or out of a route around Bradford. I recall the sign as it was unusual to see.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 01:48 PM

Anybody that ask for money up front for just about anything its a scam. I have received over the years so many offers that want up front money to secure something its unreal. The internet is has this going on all the time. If it seems to good to be true its usually a scam. I never open any E-Mails that I do not know who sent it.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 01:58 PM

The President of the Bank of Nigeria in his latest Email to me has the FBI after me along with the CIA Secret Service OSI and hey I go why not the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and the Coast Gaurd and for good measure and this really hurts the Salvation Army to boot. Not to mention Santa Claus took me off his list.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 04:34 AM

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 08:05 AM

:funny:

#24 wavecloud

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 12:24 PM

Thise do look pretty convincinga if you are uninformed.

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 08:57 PM

The police usually call it a civil matter. If no one is bleeding they have little interest.






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