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SometimesLonely Mon 03-Mar-14 10:56:54

I don't know where else to put this but there's a lot of traffic here. Spread the word. I've just received a scam e-mail asking for money. I quote below:

(I agreed to do a favour because I knew the e-mail address)

"Thanks for your email ^^, I'm in Kharkov, Ukraine right now for a short business trip and I'm short on cash right here, I tried to access my account from the cash machines here and it's not working, I went to the bank to withdraw and I was informed that I cannot withdraw money from my account in some countries, that it's network errors, I'm thinking if I could get a quick loan of £1,450 from you or anything you can afford to loan me so that I can clear some little things here and also take a cab to the airport. I promise to refund it as soon as I get back home on Thursday, let me know so I can send you my details."

Even the way it was worded told me it was a scam. Please watch out everyone. There will probably be others.

EatShitDerek Mon 03-Mar-14 10:57:56

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These emails are ten a penny and I can't imagine anyone is stupid enough to believe them.

princessalbert Mon 03-Mar-14 10:59:12



Mine too

Cleartheclutter Mon 03-Mar-14 10:59:24

I get tons of these everyday grin

Oldraver Mon 03-Mar-14 11:00:50

I was slightly confused as to why you would feel the need to warn people this was a scam. Virtually any email asking for money is scam material isnt it ?

kim147 Mon 03-Mar-14 11:01:37

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CoffeeTea103 Mon 03-Mar-14 11:03:15

Where were you hiding over the last decade op? These email scams have been around forevergrin

TitsalinaBumSquash Mon 03-Mar-14 11:03:20

You mean the Nigerian Billionaire won't be transferring obscene amounts to my account when I've sent him all me details?! .... Shocker.

Seriously though, people do fall for these types of things sadly.

SometimesLonely Mon 03-Mar-14 11:04:41

Oh, well, sorry. It was just the reference to Ukraine that made me think about spreading it and it was a friend's e-mail address that was used - the sort of friend who does travel in business.......

SometimesLonely Mon 03-Mar-14 11:05:21

Oh, and I have had Nigerian scam e-mails.

IneedAwittierNickname Mon 03-Mar-14 11:05:23

Apparently I'm the sole beneficary of the late Mr R Nicknames estate. His estate is worth a 6 figure sum (in US dollars)

My paternal grandad was Mr R Nickname.
However, he lived in a council house in SE England, so its highly unlikely he had assests in the US.
Plus I'm so far down the traditional line of inheritance, that its impossible this lawyer hasn't managed to trace someone else. Especially as he found via facebook.

Shame its a scam tbh. I could do with the money grin

shakinstevenslovechild Mon 03-Mar-14 11:06:40

Not all of them are scams.

I sent £400 and my account details to someone this morning so they can transfer my american lottery winnings over later today. Quite the bargain I thought.

SometimesLonely Mon 03-Mar-14 11:07:16

<retires gracefully> blush

EatShitDerek Mon 03-Mar-14 11:07:58

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Burren Mon 03-Mar-14 11:09:51

Good to know email scamsters keep up with the news, and occasionally vary their shtik from friends' teenagers mugged and penniless in Barcelona and Nigerian businessmen who need sudden access to a foreign account.

TheMaw Mon 03-Mar-14 11:10:00

Aw Sometimes thank you! That was nice of you to try and warn people, you did a good thing.

(Genuinely, not being sarky)

gordyslovesheep Mon 03-Mar-14 11:10:17

it's okay - I have invested in an 'exsiting oprtunaty' in Singapore - I am about to come into some serious money

IneedAwittierNickname Mon 03-Mar-14 11:10:31

Ahhh Sometimes you were just trying to be helpful, and sadly (and it seems almost impossible to me) people DO fall for these scams!

I know someone through mutual friends who recently got caught up in a scam. He was threatened with.violence and a criminal record shock

NotMushroom Mon 03-Mar-14 11:10:41

It could all be truewink

ISeeYouShiverWithAntici Mon 03-Mar-14 11:12:14

good to know actually. I am very familiar with the trickydicky@scammy.scamcon I'm an old woman with no family who can see into your soul and I want to leave you my fortune... type

but it's good to know that people are hacking into emails and so are able to send stuff as though it is from someone you know.

not that I'd give cash to them either, but that's cos I'm a miser. grin

SouthernComforts Mon 03-Mar-14 11:12:26

No good deed goes unpunished OP wink

EduCated Mon 03-Mar-14 11:12:35

I saw this one earlier and on some level was impressed by the scammers ability to keep up with current affairs grin

judyandthedreamofdonkeys Mon 03-Mar-14 11:12:35

well you will all be jealous of me a un spy in Syria is talking to me....i cant believe out of all the email addresses in the world he chose me. anyway he needs me to loan him some money, then he will name be beneficiary to his millions..

looks like i get james bond and a fortune...

not sure how to tell my dh im so Irresistible to syrian Un spies...

although i think my husband has a south African Princess on the side I've seen the emails...i think its an ea grin grin grin

Beavie Mon 03-Mar-14 11:14:16

My little brother did actually fall for this! My dad saw his bank statement. He's never been too bright, mind.

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