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The Lamest Scam Attempt to Date?

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I’ve received quite a few lame scam attempts, from the McDonald’s French Fry Trust to Cashmail’s get paid $100 for every email you read. This one may just be the dumbest.

Reader Nikki sent this one in…

Hello,

I hope you do not find this too awkward as I have waited months to be sure of this. It is not a normal, neither is it abnormal what I am about to propose to you. It is only that I am an opportunist and when I can create one, I take it. Please do not think ill of me.

I would get to the proposal at hand without wasting much of your time my friend. It is for you to make up your mind if you would go along with me in accomplishing this or not. If you do wish, then please act as I have instructed. If not, please keep these details to your self and I promise to compensate you all the same as soon as the transaction is concluded, as far as you stay in touch. But please you must keep this very private.

I am in charge of ballot draws at the Uk national Lottery. Around December 2010,a lottery ticket was bought by an unidentified person, the lucky player The lucky player matched all six numbers for the 18 December draw winning a jackpot of £1 Million Pounds. The winning numbers were 9, 21, 35, 38, 46 and 49 the bonus ball was 40.

According to the law of United Kingdom, the ticket holder has a limited time to come forward or the money will go to good causes ( so they say). I want you to come forward as the winner of the lottery, because with my position in the office, I can reproduce that exact lottery ticket with the same serial number and security code. I would have contacted somebody around me to lay claims to it, but lottery policies prohibits family members and friends of workers from participating. I have everything worked out, hence you need not worry about anything.

I am willing to trust you completely with this as all details I would be sending you are subject to your verification. I am hoping you would extend that same trust and commitment as we both stand to gain from this venture if we act discreetly and move swiftly. We would share at the completion of the process 60% for me and 40% for you

Send me your full names now so we can proceed. I would send you a copy of my ID

I hope to receive your response. If not, I would have to move on. But please delete accordingly whatever your decision is so we keep this very quiet.

I beg you.
I am Marsh Patrick

It saddens me to think that people fall for these types of scams, but unfortunately they do. A scam like this could cost you thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars.

I see the appeal though. To an unsuspecting victim, it looks like they just won the lottery. But set your emotions aside for two minutes and read this in a rational, calm voice and you’ll quickly see how unbelievable this whole situation is.

Let’s take a common sense approach here and start with the biggest questions: why is some random guy from the UK emailing me, a US based citizen, to come collect the UK National Lottery? Why me?

I spent less than a minute on the UK Lottery website and found out you have to be a UK resident and living in the UK at all times to collect a prize. You also have 180 days to collect your winnings. It’s amazing what can be uncovered with about 30 seconds of research.

Never trust some random stranger promising you money, always do your research, and if you have any doubts, send me an email and I’ll personally check it out for you.

So, what’s the worst scam attempt you’ve ever received?

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  1. Received several You Won UK Lottery e-mails and the latest was for ‘Ghana Gold mind’ looking for low rate buyer to purchase Gold way under market value and you know how much Gold has gone up ‘you could make a fortune’. Plus a few others for the old inheritance SCAM, which would be funny showing up providing your information for an english or scottish guy but you’re asian.

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  2. Actually, I have a story to tell you. I fell for a scam when my husband and I were having financial difficulties. I found an ad on craigslist for selling laptop computers. It sounded so legit, and I even had a contact to phone and email, who was, supposedly, guiding me through the process and sending me pictures to use on ebay. I was told I would receive $250 to $300 per computer I sold. We were so excited when I had three winners within 30 minutes. After all, I thought I had earned $900! This turned out to be the furthest from the truth.

    I posted three laptops and had three winners. Where it went crazy was when I found out one of them was someone who had infiltrated another ebay member’s account. That one got cancelled and fees refunded to my PayPal account.

    Two out of the three paid right away. I was to receive all fees paid, which did happen, but that was out of the two buyers money. I called my contact (I never did talk to the so called owner, just his manager.)

    She got pushy and wanted to know why I hadn’t sent the cashier’s check over night. I told her I didn’t know I was supposed to. This was a red flag, but it was too late.

    I waited for the response, from my buyer, that he had received his laptop. It was to be a Christmas gift for his son, who was going to college. I felt awful that nothing was being done. I kept trying to call and email the manager. I got cut off-plain and simple. She would not answer my calls nor my emails. Neither would the owner.

    This went on for a couple of weeks when I got a call from my buyer saying he found this guy on ripoffreport.com. I tried finding the company beforehand and did find a web site that seemed to be his. This was before I sent the money. As it turned out, there were complaints against him for not sending laptops to buyers or sending old ones to them.

    I finally told the other buyer to ask for his money back from PayPal. In the meantime, I came to the realization this was all a scam when I looked up the address and called that number, only to discover it was a UPS store. That was when I knew we had been had.

    PayPal froze my account, the buyer sued me, and I lost my good standing on ebay.

    I learned my lesson to never fall for any scams after that. But I made sure, after a guy called me asking me if I had sold for the same business and person. He told me had to pay back all the people he sold laptops to, and one young lady, who had two young children, had a nervous breakdown trying to pay all of her buyers. Also, at that time, he directed me to the manager’s MySpace page. This is when I finally saw the owner for what he really is. Fancy cars, his kids dressed really nice and he was wearing bling that would have knocked your eyes out. Right after that, I put a complaint on ripoffreport.com so no one else would get ripped off.

    Members there were saying he had kept changing his business name. Sure enough, I found out his address and called the person there. She told me he had left without paying his rent and she had no idea where he was.

    I followed the reports, for awhile. Finally, the manager wrote there saying she didn’t know what he was up to, but that his mother and fiancee were in on it too. She ended up getting the raw deal. A lot of people didn’t believe her. I don’t know what I believed. I only know she was instrumental to my being responsible for someone being ripped off. This is what upset me the most.

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  3. I just wrote about the worst scam attempt I received–the scammer in question was really persistent, and even threatening:
    http://vegas-girl.blogspot.com/2011/06/truth-about-mystery-shopping-in-las.html
    I think times are tough and people are ready to believe almost anything–no matter how outlandish, and the scammers know this.

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  4. Sometimes I take my frustrations out on the stupid email I get regarding lottery, life and death situations, and other ignorant things..but sometimes I send a message like “I am forwarding your letter to an organization that investigates letters like yours”…and hope it makes them nervous on the other end of the scam..there is always the Internet Crime Complaint Center where you can legitimately list your complaint!

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