airmale
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Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Mon Aug 13, 2001 9:52 pm

On Sunday the 5th August I recieved two identical e-mails from a Nigerian national now in exile in Burkina Faso claiming to be a close friend of the late Nigerian president Abacha, the first e-mail was sent at 17:31 the next was sent five minutes later both were titled "Urgent" in the e-mails the gentlemen has requested me to go to Burkina Faso and help him transfer US $34 million to a private account abroad, in exchange the gentleman would give me any percent of that amount I wanted or invest the same in my country according to my advice, details on how the transfer would take place and other info would be given after i agreed to help, Im wondering if anyone else has recieved such an e-mail at their yahoo accounts, I replied two days later aas im not too regular using my Yahoo mail, and am wondering did I miss out on a unusual opportunity to become a millionaire just by helping some one Confused
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Jan Mogren
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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Mon Aug 13, 2001 10:02 pm

They have been doing this for a long time. It's a fake. You didn't miss anything.
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jwenting
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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Mon Aug 13, 2001 10:27 pm

If it sounds too good to be true...

Nigerians have been involved in a lot of financial scams for a long time. In the past this was limited to sending letters to companies promising large amounts of cash for just sending some signed letterhead. Companies that did got their bankaccounts plundered of course.
Later they did the same using faxes and apparently now using email as well.
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JetService
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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Mon Aug 13, 2001 11:32 pm

Airmale, when you get 2 indentical emails within minutes of each other its a good indication that it is a batch solicitation email. This means thousands and thousands got it. The 'details to come later' would've no doubt required a small investment on your part. HOSE JOB!!!! Ignore it.
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airsicknessbag
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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Mon Aug 13, 2001 11:36 pm

My father gets about 2 of those "offers" per month; by letter, not eMail, though. Those letters go directly to our law enforcement agencies, because it´s fraud, simple as that.
Remember no one will give you money for nothing, never, never, ever.

Daniel Smile
 
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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Tue Aug 14, 2001 12:11 am

Thanks for the warning...
 
Joona
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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Tue Aug 14, 2001 12:26 am

exchange the gentleman would give me any percent of that amount I wanted

Why not help him and ask for 100%  Big thumbs up

Thanks for the warning. Hey, nice you could tell us more.

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tbar220
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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Tue Aug 14, 2001 12:49 am

Is there any way to manually terminate your yahoo account?
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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Tue Aug 14, 2001 1:08 am

Don't send anything! This could endanger your life! I heard something about this, and it's a scam. I also heard that people got killed in this too. Send it to the FBI immediately!
 
flight152
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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Tue Aug 14, 2001 1:15 am

Thanks for the warning. Why can't you say more?
 
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Tbar220

Tue Aug 14, 2001 1:18 am

Either e-mail Yahoo! or abandon your account for a few months and never log into it. It should be gone by then.
 
tbar220
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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Tue Aug 14, 2001 2:39 am

Tupolev, I cant find any way to email Yahoo! Do you know where i can link to them or email them somehow? Thanks!

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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Tue Aug 14, 2001 3:23 am

Airmale,

Consider my post before this a valuable warning. You really need to let the FBI and Yahoo! know about that e-mail. Good luck.

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airmale
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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Tue Aug 14, 2001 3:43 am

EGAD!!! how do I tell the FBI and Yahoo about it? by the way I did offer help, will I now be tracked Confused
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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Tue Aug 14, 2001 4:00 am

More than that, I'd like to remind you that you should NEVER open a E-mail from an address that you are not familiar with. This is now the most common method to spread computer viruses. Be particularly wary of very generic addresses, such as fhgd154123@msn.com. Even if it is from a familiar address, if the subject line shows something out of character for that person, like "I love you" from your boss, do not open it because infected computers will send an E-mail carrying the virus to everyone in the address book.
Info on similar e-mail hoaxes and frauds can be found at:
http://www.snopes2.com/
jim
 
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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Tue Aug 14, 2001 4:05 am

Airmale,

Please heed my warning. This is no joke.

B757-223
 
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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Tue Aug 14, 2001 4:13 am

Oldest scam in the book!
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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Tue Aug 14, 2001 5:08 am

The FBI can't do anything until a crime is committed against you. Technically the letter itself is not illegal, so therefore they can't get involved. Plus the address is most likely untraceable.

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redngold
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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Tue Aug 14, 2001 6:39 am

NO NO NO NO NO DON'T LISTEN TO THAT E-MAIL!!!!

People have been killed going to do these things. It's a dangerous scam and those people will kill you whether you give them the money or not. If you give them the money and then go there to get your investment you will turn up shot in the head floating in a river.

This is a very dangerous scam.

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redngold
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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Tue Aug 14, 2001 6:41 am

Send this e-mail to:

abuse@yahoo.com

redngold
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tbar220
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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Tue Aug 14, 2001 9:39 am

Does anybody know how to terminate my Yahoo account? I know that you can just leave it inactive for a long time and it goes away, but I want to terminate it now. Anybody know how? Thanks

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RE: Strange E-mail At My Yahoo Account

Tue Aug 14, 2001 1:45 pm

This is known as the "419" scam and has been around for years. Basically, they will ask you for your bank account and then clean it out

http://www.motherlandnigeria.com/scam_page.html

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