diane706 Posted 3 Aug 2012 , 9:11pm
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smh over all these scam emails I constantly receive! I feel like I have a big "kick me" sign on my back or a huge red "target" on me! The first one I got several years ago was a real eye-opener for me. I actually followed through and received the "check", but that's as far as it went, thank goodness to my intuition that finally kicked in (admittedly, I felt like an absolute idiot afterwards!) I reported it but was basically told it was a scam and the "authorities" just said there was nothing they could do about it and simply dropped it...

Well, seems they are changing up (or adding to) their MO according to a recent post here on CC http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-747342.html, but this is the most recent one I received (no "Happy Married Life" that they typically request to be "written" on the cake)

My name is Jim, i will like to if you do bake wedding cake, kindly get back to me as soon as possible also let me know if you have 17th of August 2012 available, kindly let me know the type of credit card you accept. I await your reply soon

I don't know why the heck I want to have some "fun" with this person, but I'm SO fed up with it!! So, the more sarcastic, the better, if anyone wants to "play along" with me icon_biggrin.gif hehe Yes, I'm in a "mood" tonight!

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kakeladi Posted 3 Aug 2012 , 10:28pm
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You are much better off totally deleating this and NOT answering at all. Once you answer you let them know they have a 'live address' and you will get more and more spam that will never end!
IGNORE IT!

diane706 Posted 4 Aug 2012 , 12:46am
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If they somehow have my email, don't they know it's a "live address"?? I'm not sure I understand but I really appreciate your imput!!! Thank you!
(hugs)
D.

jason_kraft Posted 4 Aug 2012 , 12:51am
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Spammers buy email address by the millions, since it is so cheap to send email they don't care if the addresses are valid or not. If someone actually replies to a spam email that address becomes more valuable (since it is confirmed to be a live person) so the amount of spam you get will probably increase quite a bit.

diane706 Posted 4 Aug 2012 , 1:09am
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Wow! You guys are amazing!
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Thanks! You learn something new every day!!!

AZCouture Posted 4 Aug 2012 , 1:14am
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And they don't know which ones they sent it to either. So go start a google account with a fake name and forward it to "yourself", and reply from there. Lots of fun!

AZCouture Posted 4 Aug 2012 , 1:18am
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Where's Costumeczar? She has a whole blog dedicated to messing with scammers. I do it myself when I get one. And look how much fun these guys have:

http://www.thescambaiter.com/

http://www.419eater.com/

BlueSkyGirl Posted 5 Aug 2012 , 5:38am
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How would the senders Jim email eventually scam you?

Would they try to get personal/financial info from you later or something?

AZCouture Posted 5 Aug 2012 , 6:10am
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Basically yes. It's always some way to get money.

BlueSkyGirl Posted 5 Aug 2012 , 8:04pm

So at some point then they would come to me for MY info, e.g., bank acct., IDs etc.?

diane706 you said that you actually received a check?? was it real?? How did you eventually figure out it was a scam?

AZCouture Posted 5 Aug 2012 , 8:11pm
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So at some point then they would come to me for MY info, e.g., bank acct., IDs etc.?


Exactly. Or ask to send you a check for payment more than what you need so you can "pay someone to pick it up". It's all a scam.

kelleym Posted 5 Aug 2012 , 8:33pm
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How would the senders Jim email eventually scam you?

Would they try to get personal/financial info from you later or something?



Here is an article I wrote on how The Cake Scam works.

costumeczar Posted 5 Aug 2012 , 10:22pm
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Originally Posted by AZCouture

Where's Costumeczar? She has a whole blog dedicated to messing with scammers. I do it myself when I get one. And look how much fun these guys have:

http://www.thescambaiter.com/

http://www.419eater.com/





Here I am!!! I love the scammers, they're a bunch of dolts. I think it's a good idea to use a fake email to bait them with, though, so do that if you're going to write back to them. Here's the pge on my blog...http://www.acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/p/fun-with-email-scammers.html

MJbakes Posted 5 Aug 2012 , 10:51pm

completely non cake related, but one of these scam type things happened to my boyfriend when he had his own company. Some guy asked him to do a $5000 project for him but was asking my boyfriend for all of his financial information before he could be accepted for the job. We messed with him for quite awhile, then he started harassing us so my boyfriend reported him. lol These scammers always make me laugh.

jason_kraft Posted 5 Aug 2012 , 10:57pm

Sometimes these scams can be connected to organized crime, so I would use caution on how far you push them. It's not difficult to trace back who you are even if you use a fake email (unless you use an email provider that specializes in hiding your identity).

diane706 Posted 7 Aug 2012 , 1:34pm
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Originally Posted by AZCouture

Where's Costumeczar? She has a whole blog dedicated to messing with scammers. I do it myself when I get one. And look how much fun these guys have:

http://www.thescambaiter.com/

http://www.419eater.com/




Here I am!!! I love the scammers, they're a bunch of dolts. I think it's a good idea to use a fake email to bait them with, though, so do that if you're going to write back to them. Here's the pge on my blog...http://www.acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/p/fun-with-email-scammers.html




OH MY GOSH, costumeczar!!! I just read your blog and laughed SO hard I almost peed myself!! You're a trip girl! That was exactly the "sarcasm" I was looking for! Too funny. Thanks for the laughs icon_smile.gif

costumeczar Posted 8 Aug 2012 , 1:09pm

I'm seeling one guy some waterproof diapers now...that one will go up when he stops writing to me.

diane706 Posted 8 Aug 2012 , 2:30pm

icon_lol.gif I'll be watching for it!

costumeczar Posted 9 Aug 2012 , 12:22pm

this guy was really stupid--It's the last one one the page http://www.acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/p/fun-with-email-scammers.html

vpenkuhn Posted 9 Aug 2012 , 1:36pm

Here I am!!! I love the scammers, they're a bunch of dolts. I think it's a good idea to use a fake email to bait them with, though, so do that if you're going to write back to them. Here's the pge on my blog...http://www.acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/p/fun-with-email-scammers.html


OMG costumeczar...I about pissed my pants reading this...and my coworker is looking at me strange bc I keep laughing

MimiFix Posted 9 Aug 2012 , 2:29pm

costumeczar, you are priceless. Thank you!

AZCouture Posted 9 Aug 2012 , 2:30pm

Dang, I haven't been keeping up with them, but this is book worthy material!

costumeczar Posted 9 Aug 2012 , 5:59pm

If anyone else wants to do this I'd advise to use a fake email address and a proxy...I noticed that the last guy didn't just hit "reply" at one point, he actually typed the response in and started a new email thread. He must have been checking to see if it was a real account somehow, I don't know.

AZCouture Posted 9 Aug 2012 , 6:01pm
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If anyone else wants to do this I'd advise to use a fake email address and a proxy...I noticed that the last guy didn't just hit "reply" at one point, he actually typed the response in and started a new email thread. He must have been checking to see if it was a real account somehow, I don't know.




Oh absolutely.

diane706 Posted 10 Aug 2012 , 1:39pm
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... this is book worthy material!




I agree!!! I love the one with the cat on the keyboarkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk icon_lol.gif
but they're all pee-my-pants worthy!

Jennifer353 Posted 10 Aug 2012 , 2:57pm

Cant believe anyone no one has mentioned the imitation tuna sandwiches and dumpster diving one as the funniest.
I'm so glad my collegues have just left the office or they would have thought there was something wrong with me shaking and tears running down my face trying to laugh quietly!

costumeczar Posted 10 Aug 2012 , 11:30pm

awwww...thanks! Everyone needs a hobby, I guess I've found mine.

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