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Be Aware of scammers

Scammers will do anything to take money from you . An easy way is to :

- Hack your email account (Yahoo , MSN , GMAIL , AOL , etc..) Then Send an Email to your friend list

Example of a real message :

I am in a hurry writing you this message, i don’t have much time on the pc here, so i have to brief you my present situation which requires your urgent response. Actually, I had a trip to Malaysia for a program with focus on creating opportunities locally and globally that support, educate, and empower our current and next generations, the program is taking place in three major countries in Asia which are Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. But unfortunately for me, my little bag where my money, document’s and other valuable things got stolen at the hotel where i lodged due to a robbery incident that happened in the hotel. I have been so restless since last night, the present condition that i found myself is very hard for me to explain, I am really stranded here because i have been without any money, i am even owing the hotel here as well, moreover the Hotel’s telephone lines here got disconnected by the robbers and they are trying to get them fixed back. I have access to only emails at the library because they also took my cell phone which i have all my contacts. I am now owing a hotel bill of $1,100 and they wanted me to pay the bill soon. I need this help from you urgently to help me back home, I need you to help me with the hotel bill and i will also need $1,500 to feed and help myself back home. So please can you help me with a sum of $2,600 USD to sort out my problems here. I am sending you this email from the city Library, I will appreciate what so ever you can afford to send me for now and I promise to pay back your money as soon as i return home. So please use the details below to send the money to me through Western Union money transfer because that is the only way i could be able to get it fast and leave. These are the details below…

Name: Hamada
Address: 25B Taman Paya Mengkung, Bandar Melaka, Malaysia

After you have send the money, email to me the western union money transfer control number or you can attach and forward to me the western union money transfer receipt so that i can pick up the money fast and leave.

Thanks and get back to me soon.

Best regards

Then they expect you to give the western union transfer number … so be aware of scammers !

- Never give any info to anyone online
- Never share your personal info

In case you got hacked … it’s a good idea to let your friends know about that .

A good way is to keep on your local machine a list of all ur email friends (MSN , and other web services allow such thing)

Let me know if you have any question related to that topic .

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1 Comment

  1. I received similar email from a friend overseas with a yahoo account. She is a very good friend of mine so if she really needs help, I would have helped her. But I was suspicious about it. So I replied the email asking for her hotel name, multiple questions about how we grew up, just to make sure no one else is using her account. Of course, the hacker did not have a glue how to answer my questions. Later, the hacker revealed his true identity. Hacker should be prosecuted!

    Everyone, be aware of the scam…

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