Commentary

One scam per day is overkill even for crooks

Albert (Dave) Davidson got two scams arriving one day apart. On May 18, Monalisa Ige offered Dave $500,000.00 Then the next day Richard Johnson notified Dave his confirmable bank draft amounted to $1.5 million.

Now that's unusual. To get two scams from two different individuals, just one day apart should make you suspicious, to say the least.

The scam from Mrs. Ige gave a very generic salutation. It simply reads "Good Day Customer" while letter two starts with "good day."

It is important to note that neither seemed to know the name of the people receiving the notice. Keep this in your mind. Always check these scams to see if you were mentioned by name. If you are not, it is safe to assume that you are unknown to them.

These scams are completely different in the body of the letter. The first explains that her information came from Shell Petroleum before she left on vacation and the second scam said he had to leave the country for a three-month course.

The same par t appears to be that in both cases they are unreachable. In both cases you need to contact Mr. Silva Duchi, at an e-mail address.

Don't respond to this, but, use it to compare it with a scam you may have received.

The contact person in the second scam is from the Barclay's Bank in the United Kingdom. Richard Johnson, Office Department, Auditing and Accounting Section, Foreign Remmittance Department.

(Did you notice that remittance was spelled with double m? Another flag waving is the misspelling of words.)

Mr. Johnson warns you not to send more than the $95 to release the package. He said that he wanted to pay the $95.00 fee, but Fed Ex Courier would not accept it.

The company did not know when contact would be made. Does that sound like a logical reason for not accepting payment?

Most companies will take the money and worry about the minor issues later.

The Ige scam wanted personal data. To verify your claim to the package, you must give your full name, sex, postal address, your occupation, and your direct telephone number.

Mrs. Ige wants you to believe that the information will be used to affirm your eligibility to receive the package.

Someone living outside Milam County may get excited over $1.5 million dollars, but the excitement may fade quickly if another offer comes the next day from another person.

The danger is human greed. Wanting something for nothing seems to block common sense from entering into our ability to reason.

Don't overreact. Think about the details and assume nothing. Your responsibility is to protect yourself.

There is a not her c onc er n regarding a Fed Ex worm (virus) that is appropriate to mention with these scams. Snopes.com tells about the Fed Ex virus. It is real.

This circulated in 2008. It is coming back in 2009.

You will get an e-mail, supposedly from, Fed Ex telling you that your package could not be delivered.

Then it will instruct you to print out the invoice copy attached. Don't try to print it. If you do, you will launch the virus.

This virus has caused misery to PC operators at work and at home. Estimated damage runs into the millions of dollars.

tedh@alpha1.net


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