Beware of e-mail scam offering to res...

Beware of e-mail scam offering to rescue friends

There are 122 comments on the The Peninsula story from Sep 7, 2007, titled Beware of e-mail scam offering to rescue friends. In it, The Peninsula reports that:

“Empowering Youth to Fight Racism, HIV/Aids, Poverty and Lack of Education". Then the person - whose e-mail account has been hacked - is portrayed as being stranded in Africa after forgetting in a taxi a "little bag”

His wife Yolanda fielded off telephone calls to their Goa home, explaining that nothing of this sort had happened. via The Peninsula

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NSENI

Kent, OH

#1 Oct 28, 2007
yes, i had someone to do this to my friend. they started talking to me on yahoo messenger claiming to be my friend beth and they had her screen name that she uses for everything. then they said what is written up there and i was like what are you talking about. so i called beth on the phone and we reported this person to yahoo and she went to the police station and made an identity theft report.
dont get screwed

Quantico, VA

#2 Jul 4, 2008
i ran into a posting on craigslist claiming a home for rent...and the owner claimed that he was participating in the program mentioned above. and it all seemed fishy on how we wanted the money by western union! so trust no one!!
SCAMMED

Gurgaon, India

#3 Aug 6, 2008
Had a similar mail for money to be sent to MALAYSIA:
Foll is excerpt from the mail:
I am in hurry writing you this message and am really sorry I didn't inform you about my traveling to Malaysia for a program called "Empowering Youth to Fight Racism, HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Lack of Education. The program is taking place in three major countries in Asia, which are Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. It has been a very sad and bad moment for me, the present condition that i found myself is very hard for me to explain.
I am really stranded in Malaysia because I forgot my little bag in the Taxi where my money, passport, documents, cell phone which i have all my contacts and other valuable things were kept on my way to the Hotel am staying, I am facing a hard time here because i have no money on me. I now owe a hotel bill of $1,400 and they wanted me to pay the bill soon or else they will have to seize my bag and hand me over to the Hotel Management. I need this help from you urgently to help me back home, I need you to help me with the hotel bill and i will also need $2,000 to feed and help myself back home. So please can you help me with a sum of $3,400 USD to sort out my problems here? I need this help so much and on time because i am in a terrible and tight situation here, I don't even have money to feed myself for a day which means i had been starving, so please understand how urgent i need your help.
I am sending you this e-mail from the city Library, I will appreciate what so ever you can afford to send me for now and I promise to pay back your money as soon as i return home. So please use the details of one of the hotel managers below to transfer the money to me through Western Union money transfer or money gram because that is the only way i could be able to get it fast and leave since he has a valid ID to pick up the money for me from the western union. This is the detail below....
Name: HENRY MARKTE
Address: 26B Jalan Loke Yew, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Text Question: To whom
After you have send the money, email to me the western union money transfer control number or you can attach and forward to me the western union money transfer receipt so that i can pick up the money fast and leave. Right now, i dont have any acess to phone communications because the phone in my hotel room had been disconnected due to too much bills imposed on me, i only have acess to the computer at the library where am sending you this email right now.
Hope to hear from you soon. The embassy here has already promised to give me a covering traveling papers that i will need to have my way back home, all i need right now is the money to settle up the bills and leave.
Thanks and get back to me soon.
Kind regards,
This person HENRY MARKTE also has a web site & friends in malaysia searchable on GOOGLE
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violated

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Aug 6, 2008
I feel totally violated. My email address has been hacked. I cannot access it and cannot change the password. My password no longer works and everyone in my address book received the very email noted in the post by 'scammed'. I have notified MSN but as of yet have heard nothing. I need to access my account as my entire address book is in there and I am afraid of what my relatives and friends who I have been unable to contact are thinking right now. Oh man. This is such a mess.
violated

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Aug 6, 2008
.....oh and he used my stationery and signature from my email and in the email it says to reference my name. I am so scared
rajbag

UK

#6 Aug 9, 2008
nearlly duped by the scammer with hacked e-mail of my friend.be vigilant.asking for money to be paid in malysia to henry markte
ruth

London, UK

#7 Aug 18, 2008
this one is still doing the rounds.

Hello,
How are you doing?hope all is well with you and family,i am sorry that i didn't inform you about my traveling to Malasia for a program called Empowering youth to fight racism,Hiv/Aids,and lack of education.

I need a favour from you as soon as you recieve this e-mail because i misplaced my wallet on my way to the hotel where my money,and other valuable things were kept i will like you to assist me with a soft loan urgently with the sum of $2,500 US Dollars to sort-out my hotel bills and get myself back home.

I will appreciate whatever you can afford and i'll pay you back as soon as i return,Kindly let me know if you can be of help? so that i can send you the Details to use when sending the money through western union.
Lynne

Oxford, CT

#8 Aug 21, 2008
Just got this same message "from" a friend today, 8/21. I'm concerned that she won't be able to get into her account to change her password.
deb

Rhinelander, WI

#9 Aug 21, 2008
Just received urgent...I need your helppppppp message from a friend to wire money to Malaysia. "I forgot my little bag in the Taxi..." ...$1400 hotel bill; cannot use phone; need $1500 USD to return home. Mentions the "embassy" but the guy misspelled my friend's name in signing off. Sounded fishy from the start. Bad people out there folks! God bless us and keep us safe.
ADEFEMI JACKSON

Satellite Provider

#12 Sep 18, 2008
Good day,

Apply for a loan financial help that you seek now at: adefemijackson_organisation@li ve.com and get that help you are been seeking for now.If interested for my offer and ready to apply for the loan,contact me now and apply for the loan if interested.

Apply now.

Regards.

ADEFEMI JACKSON.
Scott B Edwards

Honolulu, HI

#13 Sep 29, 2008
I am sorry I didn't inform you about my traveling to Europe for a program called Empowering Youth to Fight Racism,HIV/AIDS,and Lack of Education,the program is taking place in three major countries in Europe which are Dublin,Scotland and England,I am presently in England.

I misplaced my wallet on my way to the hotel where my money,and other valuable things were kept.I will like you to assist me with a soft loan urgently with the sum of $950 US Dollars to sort-out my hotel bills and get myself back home.

I will appreciate whatever you can afford,i'll pay you back as soon as i return,Let me know if you can assist?so that i can send you the details to use when sending the money through WESTERN UNION or MONEY GRAM.Please do send the payment informations as for me to get the money in minutes.

Regards,

Name: Irene Edwards
COUNTRY -UNITED KINGDOM
CITY -- LONDON
ADDRESS--Poppyland Norman Rd, St Margarets Bay, Dover, CT15 6DA.UK

This is the latest one. My wifes email was hacked and they sent this to all of our friends,Family and my coworkers.
james verrier

Jamaica, NY

#14 Oct 6, 2008
Scott- I got the same damn thing this morning for the tune of $2400 US- same exact note form my email - any recourse? I'm f-ing pissed....
Scott B Edwards wrote:
I am sorry I didn't inform you about my traveling to Europe for a program called Empowering Youth to Fight Racism,HIV/AIDS,and Lack of Education,the program is taking place in three major countries in Europe which are Dublin,Scotland and England,I am presently in England.
I misplaced my wallet on my way to the hotel where my money,and other valuable things were kept.I will like you to assist me with a soft loan urgently with the sum of $950 US Dollars to sort-out my hotel bills and get myself back home.
I will appreciate whatever you can afford,i'll pay you back as soon as i return,Let me know if you can assist?so that i can send you the details to use when sending the money through WESTERN UNION or MONEY GRAM.Please do send the payment informations as for me to get the money in minutes.
Regards,
Name: Irene Edwards
COUNTRY -UNITED KINGDOM
CITY -- LONDON
ADDRESS--Poppyland Norman Rd, St Margarets Bay, Dover, CT15 6DA.UK
This is the latest one. My wifes email was hacked and they sent this to all of our friends,Family and my coworkers.
Chauncey Marshall

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

#15 Oct 8, 2008
My friend was just hacked by the United Kingdom one. These Jack-Asses really think people don't know their friends well enough to figure out if they left the country or not? What a dumb ass scam!
Tom

United States

#16 Oct 21, 2008
Same here, 10 days later, supposedly from an old friend. Who actually did disappear rather quickly. Almost bit, but it seemed a bit more like a formleter then a person you hadn't heard from in a year. BE cautious.
Chauncey Marshall wrote:
My friend was just hacked by the United Kingdom one. These Jack-Asses really think people don't know their friends well enough to figure out if they left the country or not? What a dumb ass scam!
MITCH BURNS

Brisbane, Australia

#18 Oct 27, 2008
HELLO EVERYONE

I would like to take a moment of my life out and let every1 know my account did get hacked and i just got it back JUST AS IT WAS.

TO ACHEIVE THIS contact hotmail/microsoft Live support tell them ur account has been hacked, in 2 days they'll send u an email from someone saying theyv passed it on to another person that handles hacking 2 days later youll get an email asking for lots of info only u would really know. Send it back and in a few days you ll get another with a link to a webpage that deosnt require anthing but your email and new PW

GOOD LUCK ALL IM SO HAPPY TO GET MY ACCOUNT BACK BUT really i just exported all my contacts made a new account inported then applied for my old account to be deleted.

HAVE A GOOD LIFE ALL
Angela

Mcminnville, OR

#19 Oct 30, 2008
My husband and I received an e-mail ALMOST EXACTLY like this 2 days ago. We almost got screwed out of $3000. We have a childhood friend in Romania whose e-mail obviously was hacked and we almost sent the money. We asked him to call so we could verify it was him and someone actually did call me. He had a very thick accent. But when I asked for specifics they had to get off the phone and asked me to e-mail the questions. So, I did some looking on the internet and discovered it was a hoax!! I hope our friend can get his e-mail back!
Davi Soletski

Chicago, IL

#20 Oct 31, 2008
Scott B Edwards wrote:
I am sorry I didn't inform you about my traveling to Europe for a program called Empowering Youth to Fight Racism,HIV/AIDS,and Lack of Education,the program is taking place in three major countries in Europe which are Dublin,Scotland and England,I am presently in England.
I misplaced my wallet on my way to the hotel where my money,and other valuable things were kept.I will like you to assist me with a soft loan urgently with the sum of $950 US Dollars to sort-out my hotel bills and get myself back home.
I will appreciate whatever you can afford,i'll pay you back as soon as i return,Let me know if you can assist?so that i can send you the details to use when sending the money through WESTERN UNION or MONEY GRAM.Please do send the payment informations as for me to get the money in minutes.
Regards,
Name: Irene Edwards
COUNTRY -UNITED KINGDOM
CITY -- LONDON
ADDRESS--Poppyland Norman Rd, St Margarets Bay, Dover, CT15 6DA.UK
This is the latest one. My wifes email was hacked and they sent this to all of our friends,Family and my coworkers.
lookout for this
Remi

Rayleigh, UK

#21 Nov 2, 2008
ALL THIS IS VERY SIMPLE IF U NO BE TEETH YOUR SELF THEN WHAT HAS THE PRICE OF FISH GOT TO DO WITH THE PRICE OF NEPA. DELETE DELETE DELETE
MUGU DON'T LET IT BE YOUR FIRST NAME
sindy

Carrollton, TX

#22 Nov 2, 2008
I love this page because besides people who are targeted by scammers...have a lot of people with psychologic degree to be advising or judging people, right REMI?????
Remi

Rayleigh, UK

#23 Nov 3, 2008
i DONT HAVE A PYSCHOLOGIC DEGREE LOOK WHO IS JUDGING NOW..........

BESIDES IT DOESN'T TAKE BOOKS TO KNOW WHEN YOU KNOW THAT SOMETHING IS WRONG UNLESS LIKE I SAID UR 419 YOURSELF

THAT'S JUST PLAIN COMMON SENSE LOL

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