SEARCH FINESCALE.COM

Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

WARNING TO ALL BB MEMBERS

3400 views
22 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Lacombe, LA.
WARNING TO ALL BB MEMBERS
Posted by Big Jake on Friday, September 19, 2003 9:50 AM
ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS OF THE BB You may want to make your email private as I recieved a plea from a window in Sierra-Leone, who wants you to repaond to a plea for help $$$$$. The telephone number is a scam and the email is a scam, once you email them back they can claim you bought something from thier company and will try ti bill you for it.
DO NOT EMAIL THEM. I had seen this before and would like FSM or the moderator to block my email direct . Here is the message, what a load of Bull S**t.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Hello Big Jake

You received the following message from: mary01 (m_kone10@yahoo.ca)
At: http://www.finescale.com/fsm/community/forum/

PLEASE KINDLY REPLY ME THROUGH MY PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS FOR SECURITY REASON AND
IMMEDIATE RESPONSE: m_kone12@yahoo.ca


My Dear,

With due respect and humility I write you this letter which I believe you would be of great assistance to me and my children. I am Mrs Mary Kone, the wife of the late Dr David E. Kone Jr of blessed memory. Prior to my husband assassination by the rebel forces loyal of the revolutionary United Front (RUF), he was the Director General National Gold and Diamond Mining Corporation of Sierra-Leone.
Few days before my husband was asassinated, he instructed me and my children (Musa and Henry) to move out of Sierra-Leone and also to go in his underground
strong room where the documents of money he has deposited in a finance company in Abidjan Cote d´Ivoire in one trunk box as family valuables and treasures
with the name of my first son Mr Musa as the beneficiary. The amount is US $15.500.000 (Fifteen Million five hundred thousand united states dollars). We
managed to escape to Abidjan the Republic of Cote d´Ivoire through the help of my husband´s friend who is a trawler. As our travelling document was seized. I am now looking for a trustworthy and God fearing person who will handle this money for rapid profit for the future of my two fatherless children. For your information, the finance company did not know the real content of the box and we do not wish them to know until the money is transferred to your
account. As it was deposited as family valuables and treasures.
Meanwhile, I want to leave Cote d´Ivoire entirely for investment of this money in your country and mostly for the future of my children. I want you to please assist us to claim the box from the finance company and to deposit the money in
your account as to order the bank to transfer the money to your account in your country. As our foreign
partner. We have it in mind to reward you with a certain percentage for your assistance. As soon as we hear from you. Do not hesitate to call me on this line Tel: 00225
07 67 37 94 or write me via m_kone12@yahoo.ca immediately you receive this letter to enable us proceed in earnest towards retrieving the box and transferring of the money into your account. Finally please ensure that no one else knows about this money as it is only myself my son, yourself and the Rev. pastor of the church where we worship knows about this money. May God bless you as you assist me.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs Mary Kone.
PLS REPLY ME THROUGH THIS MAIL m_kone12@yahoo.ca


DO NOT REPLY,Angry [:(!] DO NOY REPLY, DO NOT REPLY



 

 

  • Member since
    January 2003
Posted by Jeff Herne on Friday, September 19, 2003 10:05 AM
I've been amazed at how many members of the Nigerian Congress, the Congo Parliament, and the Zimbabwe Export Commission have amassed FORTUNES overseas only to be brutally murdered by rabid Zimbutu warriors. I'm also amazed that they need my financial expertise to assist them. LOL....

Jeff Herne
Modelwarships.com
  • Member since
    September 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by glweeks on Friday, September 19, 2003 4:53 PM
This seems to be going around, I got one too. I guess if you shoot enough e-mail out somebody will respond and be ripped off. Back to my identity page and turn off the e-mail forewarding.
Seimper Fi "65"
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, September 19, 2003 6:18 PM
I get faxes like that all the time. Straight to the garbage with them!
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, September 19, 2003 10:08 PM
Do a search for "Dr David E. Kone Jr" and the only hit will ba a referance to this email! The man apparently never existed.
  • Member since
    January 2003
Posted by Jeff Herne on Saturday, September 20, 2003 9:15 AM
It would be alot more believable if they wrote it like this...

Dear Sir,

I am the widow of the late plastic model collector Professor I.C. Resin, from Peoria, Illinois, who was tragically killed in a horrific airbrushing accident that I'm sad to say involved small rodents and bootleg recordings of WHAM! concerts in the 1980s
.
He has amassed a fortune of 250,000 resin kits of all varieties, and I need your assistance in locating a modeler prolific enough to build them all. In exchange for your services, I am prepared to offer a turn-key hobby shop in the Bronx, a hot dog stand anywhere on Route 66 that you choose, and a 24' tow-behind trailer complete with (ironically enough) an airbrush spray booth.

Please send me $2,674.48 to place your name at the head of the list, so that you may chosen by a committee of Nigerian, Congo, and Botswanian resin kit manufacturers.

Sincerely,

Mrs. I.C. Resin, esq.


****This is what happens when I don't drink decaf!!***

Yours in humor,

Jeff
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, September 20, 2003 10:27 PM
Seeing as I live on Rt66, that's not such a bad deal, Jeff. Where do I sign up?!?
  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Illinois
Posted by wjbwjb29 on Sunday, September 21, 2003 10:52 AM
I recieved a similar Email about 5 weeks ago, but finescale modler was not mentioned. It had something to do with money like yours but the odd thing it wasn`t sent to my email adress. My email must have retrieved it some how because it was sent to a different email address. How I got it I dodn`t Know. I did not respond and deleted it. I delete any suspicios Email.

Bill

On the Bench:   Trumperter Tsesarevich on deck Glencoe USS Oregon

  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Tochigi, Japan
Posted by J-Hulk on Sunday, September 21, 2003 11:55 AM
Hi, folks.
Believe it or not, people do fall for this kind of foolishness.
When I was working for a translation company a few years back, a customer had us translate all the letters into Japanese and his responses into English. At that time it was from a "James Ebere" from Nigeria. Anyway, to make a long story short, the guy here didn't heed our warnings that it was a scam, and ended up sending $10,000 US to that "Mr. Ebere." We must have translated a hundred letters for that guy, trying to track down his money. The last we heard, he was heading to Nigeria, to hunt down the elusive Mr. Ebere.

So you see, it only takes one "sucker" to make 10 grand...
~Brian
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 21, 2003 1:16 PM
Not only do people fall for that one but months later they will get a letter from another Nigerian government official saying that they are investigating the person from the first letter. If they will only send some money to offset the expenses from such an in depth investigation they will get their original loos back. They take that money and run as well. It's so pathetic but you can't help cracking up laughing at people who fall for this.
  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Rain USA, Vancouver WA
Posted by tigerman on Sunday, September 21, 2003 11:35 PM
Jeff that was hilarious. What a shame about Professor Resin and I missed his funeral. Sad [:(] If I get an emails that look suspicious, I trash them. It's really sad that people scam others.

"It is well that war is so terrible, lest we grow too fond of it."-R.E.Lee

   http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y269/wing_nut_5o/PANZERJAGERGB.jpg

 Eric 

  • Member since
    May 2003
  • From: The flat lands of the Southeast
Posted by styrene on Monday, September 22, 2003 11:37 AM
This has been circulating since before 2000 and has many different iterations. For some good information on this scam go to:

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/scams/nigeria.htm

BTW, Jeff--I want those resin kits...Where do I send my $2K? ( I really need the trailer and spray booth.)

Gip Winecoff

1882: "God is dead"--F. Nietzsche

1900: "Nietzsche is dead"--God

  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 3:17 PM
pt barnum once said theres a sucker born every minute
  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Waukesha, WI
Posted by David Voss on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 5:33 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Big Jake

ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS OF THE BB You may want to make your email private as I recieved a plea from a window in Sierra-Leone, who wants you to repaond to a plea for help $$$$$. The telephone number is a scam and the email is a scam, once you email them back they can claim you bought something from thier company and will try ti bill you for it.
DO NOT EMAIL THEM. I had seen this before and would like FSM or the moderator to block my email direct . Here is the message, what a load of Bull S**t.


I apologize you received this message. We dealt with it as soon as we were aware of it.

Anybody receive a message from "mary01"?

In regards to your email. If you selected to Yes to the option of "Allow Forum Members to Send you E-Mail?" in your profile, it allows people to contact you via the forum. We don't give your email address out to anyone attempting to contact you. They fill out a form and we send the message for them. The only way they'll get your email address is if you decide to reply to their message.

Unfortunately some people attempt to take advantage of this feature for the purposes of spamming. When that happens, we ask that you please contact us immediately and we'll take care of it as soon as possible. Whatever you do, do not reply to the message.

I understand it's not a perfect system, but at least it's a way for members to contact each other without having to post their email address publicly on the board. I'm sure it's been used more for good than it has been for bad. So for now we'll continue to keep this option enabled.
David Voss Senior Web Developer Kalmbach Publishing Co. Join me on the FSM Map
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 8:44 PM
I have and forwarded it to a scam/fraud reporting thing that the US Government has set up.
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 10:40 PM
I got one something like this a couple of days ago.
I trashed it.
Its not like I have any money for that kind of stuff after models.
Well at least the after market stuff.
  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: Sunny Florida
Posted by renarts on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 11:55 PM
We get all sorts of e-mails. The newest one is the statement that a certain amount of money has been charged to your credit card account in a money laundering scheme. To "clear up this crime" they ask for your credit card # and the expiration date.
I have to laugh but you know, sadly, there is some grandmother that has a computer for the sole purpose of e-mailing her grand kids and she'll fall for this and several other scams out there.

When I have "unsubscribed" from these e-mail dumps, its like blood in the water and it only serves to confirm your existance. It comes back twofold. These e-mail telemarketers have gotten pretty clever in trying to disguise there intentions but I have pretty much adopted a policy of "If I don't recognize it, it gets deleted",

I abhor the the idea of Big Brother acting as a monitor and regulatory body in regards to the internet, but my attitude is softening to this. It is rather annoying to spend a monthly fee for internet service only to have to be bothered and harassed by these bottom feeders. I am all for a ban against these blanket e-mailings and the swift and extreme punishment for scam artists, hackers, and those that set virus and worms loose upon the net.

I'll keep my e-mail info on the profile, becuase I enjoy the convenience and the beneficial nature of this service. I suppose with a sunshine, a little rain must fall.

Thanks for the warnings guys and thanks for the vigilence David.

Mike
Mike "Imagination is the dye that colors our lives" Marcus Aurellius A good friend will come and bail you out of jail...but, a true friend will be sitting next to you saying, "Damn...that was fun!"
  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Netherlands
Posted by robvandodewaard on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 1:17 AM
Hi all,
it is a shame that thee characters try this . But as it is they also operate worldwide because here in the Netherlands I also receive these e-mails. Last night was the newset variation.It was from a so calle lawyer who was acting on behalf of a foreign customer in wich he promised that if I would help that there would be a guarantied some of money waiting. Of course I removed this e-mail as all others before. But I think that these characters must be stopped since they are nothing more than criminals in my eyes and should be in jail. anyway they put a black spot on these forums .But since I enjoy being a member of this forum I will remain here especialy although I never met any of the fellows I feel a certain friendship among members.
and nobody with these criminal minds must be able to destroy this

greetings

rob
  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Waukesha, WI
Posted by David Voss on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 10:40 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by robvandodewaard

But since I enjoy being a member of this forum I will remain here especialy although I never met any of the fellows I feel a certain friendship among members.
and nobody with these criminal minds must be able to destroy this


Well said! That's what it's all about. It's why many of us work hard to keep things running as smooth as possible.

- - - - - - -

It's good to hear that some of you are reporting this. The only thing I'm concerned about is when these are forwarded to spam lists, that they don't look at our domain and blacklist it without realizing that we don't give out member emails or generate these messages. Granted they were able to register and take advantage of the system to get these messages to other members. But at what point do we stop trusting everyone and turn this feature off because of a few bad people? I really hate for it to come to that.
David Voss Senior Web Developer Kalmbach Publishing Co. Join me on the FSM Map
  • Member since
    January 2003
  • From: Foothills of Colorado
Posted by Hoser on Thursday, September 25, 2003 2:08 PM
There's a couple others out there to watch for -

One supposedly comes from eBay saying your account will be deleted unless you re-submit your personal information and (suprise!) your credit card #. eBay never does this.

If you have a car (1:1) listed for sale on the 'Net, you might get an email that someone wants to send you a check for twice as much as you are asking. They send the check, you cash it and give the remainder to their 'agent' as payment for his services. The check is bogus and you are responsible for it.
I've gotten half a dozen of these, some from overseas (Africa - suprise #2), Canada and the U.S. Being a true motorhead, I am immediately suspicious - people really interested will want heaps of details, none of this "Your car is great, I want to buy it." crap just from seeing the ad. More info -

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ScamSupportGroup/

Lots of links to scam sites here -

http://groups.yahoo.com/search?query=scam
"Trust no one; even those people you know and trust." - Jack S. Margolis
  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Panama City, Florida, Hurricane Alley
Posted by berny13 on Thursday, September 25, 2003 6:46 PM
Why are so many people convinced that they can get something for nothing. I live by the old rule, "If it looks too good to be true, It isn't".

There are also some sick people in this world. In a city very close to where I live, a woman reported her daughter had cancer and had asked the newspaper and local TV stations for help. A bank set up an account for her and donations started coming in. She set up collection jars in several business areas. Just last week it was discovered her daughter was healthy and fine. What type of sick person does things like that.

Berny

 Phormer Phantom Phixer

On the bench

TF-102A Delta Dagger, 32nd FIS, 54-1370, 1/48 scale. Monogram Pro Modeler with C&H conversion.  

Revell F-4E Phantom II 33rd TFW, 58th TFS, 69-260, 1/32 scale. 

Tamiya F-4D Phantom II, 13th TFS, 66-8711, 1/32 scale.  F-4 Phantom Group Build. 

 

  • Member since
    January 2003
  • From: NE Georgia
Posted by Keyworth on Thursday, September 25, 2003 8:55 PM
The eBay scam seems to cycle around every month or so. I got the lates Nigerian scam email, notified Dave, and also forwarded copies to the local FBI office and the Postal Service. I also notified the local law enforcement folks. They can only slow it down, but not make it completely go away, unfortunately. We do what we can. - Ed
"There's no problem that can't be solved with a suitable application of high explosives"
  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Zanesville, OH USA
Posted by coldwar68 on Friday, September 26, 2003 12:22 PM
That just happened here in Ohio too! It was a father/mother saying that their daughter has cancer...they went so far as to shave her head so that she looked like she was having treatment for it. There are some sick individuals out there...it is a shame that they are able to screw up these childrens minds. They are to be sentenced soon, I believe.

Jerry

QUOTE: Originally posted by berny13

Why are so many people convinced that they can get something for nothing. I live by the old rule, "If it looks too good to be true, It isn't".

There are also some sick people in this world. In a city very close to where I live, a woman reported her daughter had cancer and had asked the newspaper and local TV stations for help. A bank set up an account for her and donations started coming in. She set up collection jars in several business areas. Just last week it was discovered her daughter was healthy and fine. What type of sick person does things like that.

I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it. -Jack Handy

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

SEARCH FORUMS
FREE NEWSLETTER
By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our Privacy Policy.