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Internet Scams: The Email Charlatans

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Features, Wise Guy

Everyday I receive a number of offers to collect a large amount of money and I am sure you have as well. Can you relate to this?

Received today – a personal email from a reputable gentleman from Nigeria offering me millions of dollars because he needs my bank account details to get his money out of the country. A special message from Madam Lia Tacang of Philippines who is the second wife of the late Mr Arthur Konate, a one time minister of finance of his country, Angola, West Africa, again a person who needs my bank details to get money out of his country, and finally, the US Lottery Commission – it appears I have won millions of dollars.

To collect, all I have to do is send my bank account details. Easy!

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I am a little remiss in not writing back to these generous people, but know they are a total sham.

These charlatans don’t stop. Clearly their role is to do absolutely everything they can to deceive people who are gullible. To some, the offer would be exceptionally generous – and if you didn’t know, you would think just that. Unfortunately many people around the world have been caught out.

While meeting with a client this week Michael and I heard the most amazing story. The property we were listing had been on the market some time ago. The agent at that time rang the vendor to advise he had the perfect buyer – he was just waiting to get “his money through”. As it evolved, the money was coming from Nigeria. This person had responded to the Nigerian email, given his bank details and foolishly believed he was about to become a wealthy man by handing over his bank account details.

We were blown away. We had no idea that people actually believe this garbage, all of which sits in my Junk Email Box. I am sincerely sorry that people have been duped by these rogues.

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simonturner August 5, 2009 at 2:47 am

My junk mail has hundreds of emails offering masses of money (for little effort – always suspicious in itself, you'd think) and I guess they only need one or two people to take them seriously to get away with it.

It's unbelievable that an agent of ANY ability would seriously entertain such rubbish!

simonturner August 5, 2009 at 9:47 am

My junk mail has hundreds of emails offering masses of money (for little effort – always suspicious in itself, you'd think) and I guess they only need one or two people to take them seriously to get away with it.

It's unbelievable that an agent of ANY ability would seriously entertain such rubbish!

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