Back in May, I wrote a tongue-in-cheek summary of another scam e-mail, I had just received. That e-mail was signed by Miss Rita Linus. Well now, in an amazing coincidence, that exact same tragedy has befallen another young university student. This time her name is Miss Jessica. For those of you who missed the first letter, here is her sad story.
Really, the perpetrators of this garbage should at least keep a database of which scams they send to which targetsrecipients, so as not to duplicate their appeals. Up until now, I have been congratulated on the release of funds which were programmed into my Bank of America (yes, they used one of the largest American bank names) ATM card. I have been asked to expedite the transfer of funds from another country. I have been requested to act as an agent for valuable imports. These are just a sampling of the "beyond belief" nonsense, I've received.
Most of these messages come to my own e-mail. However, the two identical "tragic" e-mails, both came through my AR contact. The IP address of this latest one, shows it originating in Ebene, on the island of Mauritius. The first one originated in Amsterdam, Netherlands. No matter which country is mentioned, they are usually all part of the Nigerian Scams. And yes, people do fall for them, to the tune of millions of dollars. With all the information shared on this network, however, we seem like unlikely dupes, to fall for these scams. I don't know if the AR powers that be, can filter these e-mails or take some other action to stop them. I guess all we can do is shake our heads, ignore them and hope some other "tragic" soul doesn't get taken in by them.
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