Warning Of A New E-Mail Scam..... This One Is Clever

Decorating By JenniferMI Updated 22 Feb 2010 , 2:53pm by JenniferMI

JenniferMI Posted 17 Feb 2010 , 11:51pm
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Hi friends!

Just a word of warning...if you get an e-mail from someone you know and they tell you they are in a certain place and have been mugged and need your help, it's a scam. I got one of these.... at first it took me back a bit, then as I thought about it, it didn't make sense. I call her and she said they took her e-mail account, changed her password and now she can't even get into her own acct.

The e-mail makes her sound frantic....I can see where someone might be fooled by this. I sent this to Denise and she said Earlene got one from someone asking her help as well. In the subject column mine just said HELP!!! But I get those types of e-mails, so I didn't think anything of opening it. Don't send $$$ to anyone asking thru e-mail, ever.

Just wanted to warn all of you. Jen

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foxymomma521 Posted 18 Feb 2010 , 12:07am
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They've been doing this on Facebook too icon_sad.gif

kjt Posted 18 Feb 2010 , 12:15am
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Honestly, if these people would spend half as much effort getting a job as they do in working these stupid scams...morons tapedshut.gif .

Thanks for the heads up. I bet you DO get lots of those messages, HELP! - then, "How do I make this gumpaste orchid?!?" icon_smile.gif

superstar Posted 18 Feb 2010 , 12:34am
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Thanks for that Jen! I wish these people would put their obviously good brains to better use. Think how much good they could do......

TexasSugar Posted 18 Feb 2010 , 1:04am
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I've heard of this before.

To me if I had been mugged, chances were I would be picking up a phone and calling 911 not sending out an email.

JenniferMI Posted 18 Feb 2010 , 1:43am
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Texassugar...that is exactly what got me thinking about the whole thing.

People really need to get a life....but the sad thing is, someone WILL send $$$. That is why they keep doing it.

Jen icon_sad.gif

giggysmack Posted 18 Feb 2010 , 3:03pm
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I got it on Facebook too I actually saved all the transcrips

JenniferMI Posted 18 Feb 2010 , 3:20pm
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I heard they are doing it on Facebook as well..... sigh....

It's so sad, because it takes away some trust in humanity.....

Jen icon_sad.gif

cheeseball Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 5:18am
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Yeah, got one from my sister's e-mail, "Help, I'm in London and lost everything; send money!" a friend of ours got it too and forwarded it to me with, "Oh, dear Lord, is she alright?!?" I was like, "Yep...preeeetty sure she would have mentioned having been mugged in England when I talked to her last nite" icon_lol.gif

Rebealuvsweets Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 5:25am
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Thank u for the heads up on that. Man, some people sure do have alot of time on their hands. I agree, if they would put as much time working, as they do in all of the scams they would probably be worth millions...

JenniferMI Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 2:35pm
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Amen Rebea!

Jen icon_smile.gif

_Jamie_ Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 2:39pm
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And of course the telephone one where the caller says Gramma? Help..I need money!

aundron Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 3:03pm
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Someone tried to get me with that scam on Facebook!! It was from a friend who was supposedly in London and had been mugged and needed me to send $750!!

I was like, "ummmmm, NO!!"

superstar Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 9:12pm
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It happened to a friend of ours here on Kauai, the joke was that our friend had played golf that afternoon with the person who wanted $1,500 in England as he had been mugged & everything he had was stolen, we were al ROTFL, this is a small Island, population 60,000 just about everyone knows everyone. It is actually sad.

indydebi Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 9:27pm
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I'd know right away it was a scam. All of my friends know I don't have any money, so why would they even ask? icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

JenniferMI Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 9:34pm
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Debi - LOL!

June - I'm shak'in my head at what people try to pull. The sad part is the person is locked out of their own e-mail...not good.


mkolmar Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 11:23pm
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I got one of these months ago about another chef. It said he was in London for a culinary event and lost his wallet. Could I please send money so he can get home. A few of us in our network received this email. I thought funny he must travel pretty quick considering I just saw him this morning. icon_lol.gif I called Patric and told him what happened and an email was sent out to all of our network saying it was a scam.
One of the chefs emailed them back though just to screw with them. He emailed back. I just pulled out $10,000 since I won that small pot in the lottery. Tell me where you are located? They responded back and then the chef told them he was buying air fair to make sure he hand delivered it. This went back and forth several times. It got so funny because the scammers where getting so mad at him. He told them: "I've known this has been a scam since the beginning, how's it feel to be jerked around like a puppet?"

MACakes Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 11:30pm
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[People really need to get a life....but the sad thing is, someone WILL send $$$. That is why they keep doing it.

Can't fix stupid![/quote]

JenniferMI Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 2:08am
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Mkolmar -

That is TO funny!

Jen icon_smile.gif

CakeMommyTX Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 4:48am
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Is there anything to do to keep people from hacking your email?
That's scary.
I don't have any friends so I'm not worried about getting fake emails from them..lol
But I would be lost if I was locked out of my email for even 5 mins!

JenniferMI Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 1:02pm
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I don't have a clue cakemommy, but yes, it's VERY scary!!!


sadsmile Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 1:56pm
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Thank you for the warning Jennifer! Shame what people do these days.

TheDomesticDiva Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 2:13am
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It is sad, but unfortunately it works on some people. Someone called my husbands grandmother using the "grandma, I need help" line, to which she thought it was my brother in law and replied, "is this Michael? What's wrong." And they went with it. She sent a money order for $1000 to some random person and called everyone frantic because she thought he was in trouble stranded somewhere. Even when he himself called and told her that he was fine she didn't believe him. It shook her up so badly. Thing is, she lives 8 hours away and hasn't seen him in years so why does she think he'd call her instead of his mom or any of his brothers who live ten minutes down the road. People just fall for things sometimes and sick people take advantage of it.

JenniferMI Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 3:25am
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That is REALLY sad Diva icon_sad.gif


quilting2011 Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 2:41pm
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I received an email scammed. I answered back I am reporting you to law enforcement. Never received email scams. I changed my email address too.

JenniferMI Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 2:53pm
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That's a good idea onebox.


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