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

Join the discussion below, or Read more at The Peninsula.

A Roc

Spokane, WA

#76 Sep 7, 2009
I got one in the form of someone who is supposedly trying to rent their place out in Seattle:
Hello Dear,
Thank you very much for the reply and interest in my house. I am the owner of the house you are making inquiry of. Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and 12yrs old daughter (Jamie) and presently we had packed out of the house. We just traveled to United Kingdom for a programme called Empowering Youth to Fight Racism, HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Lack of Education, the programme is taking place in three major countries in Europe and to Africa countries.
We will be away for 2 to 3 years or more that is why I have made up my mind to put up my house for rent to whom ever that will take good care of it.. And presently we want to give out the house for rent to a clean and tidy person. Our house is available now for rent at $1300 with a security deposit of $1300.There is no problems about the date you would like to move in but I want to let you know that money is not our problem but what we are looking for is absolute care of the house when you move into the house. We are looking out for someone that can always keep our house clean and tidy.So please I want you to stand on the agreement you made with us when you move in.

The keys and all documents of the house are here with us and we shall get it shipped to you via FEDEX or DHL Courier Service as soon as you are ready to move in.I want you to note that, I am a kind and honest man,i don't like disapointing people and i don't want anyone to disapoint me.We spent alot on that property that we want to give to you for rent.Our house is not furnished. It is very close to Parks and Shopping. You can go and look at the house from the outside and also the neighborhood, the physical
Address: 1501 S Snoqualmie St
City: Seattle
State: WA
Zip Code: 98108
Hailu Adugna


#77 Sep 8, 2009
Be aware this a bit with a new tone!
Donna Harrison

Harris Park, Australia

#80 Dec 24, 2009
ruth wrote:
this one is still doing the rounds.
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.
I have just had my hotmail account taken over by someone else and almost this exact letter sent to everyone on my hotmail list and i still cant get into my hotmail account.
Tom Brutch

Satellite Provider

#81 Jan 11, 2010
Are you a business man or woman ? Are you in any financial
mess or do you need funds to start up your own business? Do
you need loan to settle your debt or pay off your bills or
start a nice business?
Do you have a low credit score and you are finding it hard
to obtain capital loan from local banks/other financial
institutes? Do you need a loan or funding for any reason
such as :
a) Personal Loan,Business Expansion ,
b) Business Start-up ,Education,
c) Debt Consolidation ,
d) Hard Money Loans
We offer loan at low interest rate of 5% and with no credit
check ,we offer Personal loans, debt consolidation loans,
venture capital,business loans, education loans, home loans
or "loans for any reason!".
However, Our method, offers you the chance to state the
amount of loan needed and also the duration you can afford ,
This gives you a real chance to get the funds you need! Any
interested Applicants should get back to me on my email at
[email protected]

Destelbergen, Belgium

#83 Jan 24, 2010
can someone tell me what to do?
my e-mail account has been hacked, i cannot sign in
when I try the i forgot my pasword, they say it is blocked.
I really want to get my account back because there are a lot of important emails and adresses :(

Durham, NC

#84 Jan 24, 2010
Hey folks,

I run a web site. We've been seeing variations of the note below circulating on the web site and on email. We're all pretty smart here, so please stay skeptical. The scammers are trying to hack Facebook accounts to make these message appear like they're coming from "friends", but you have to ask yourself, if you haven't heard from this person in years, why would they come to you rather than a family member?

Stay safe.



Am in a hurry writing you this note, I hope this message didn't came to you as a surprise? And is very urgent. I could barely think straight at this point.You are the only person i could reach at this point, and i hope you will come to my aid, because something very terrible is happening to me now, i need a favor from you now, I had a trip here in UNITED KINGDOM on a mission.I am presently in Sheffield and I'm having some difficulties. I misplaced my bag on my way to the hotel where other valuable things were kept along with my INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT, unfortunately for me all my money got stolen.I feel so ashamed because i am so stranded and idle. Deeply in pains.I will like you to help me with a loan of £2,000 pounds to pay my hotel bills and also return back home. I will refund the money to you as soon as I get back home.I have spoken to the Embassy here but they are not responding to the matter effectively, I'm currently having limited access to emails for now, I am so confused.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Best Regard,

Almost duped in Vancouver

New Westminster, Canada

#86 Feb 5, 2010
dont get screwed wrote:
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!!
A similar posting appeared recently on craigslist for a new condo for rent in North Vancouver, BC, Canada:
Thanks for your interest and inquiries about my house.Yes the Apartment is still available for rent and we are looking for a responsible person/family to occupy and maintain the Apartment now that we are not around.Myself and wife just traveled to London United Kingdom for a programme called Empowering Youth to Fight Racism, HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Lack of Education, the programme is taking place in major countries in Europe and Africa which are UK, Spain,Germany,South Africa,Ghana.We will be away for 3 t0 5 years or more that is why I have made up my mind to put up my Apartment for rent to whom ever that will take good care of it.Also how long do you intend to stay? How soon do you intend to move in?
Here are details of the Apartment:
Electric Range
Electric Heat
Air Conditioning
Patio/Party Deck
Cable TV
Ceiling Fans
24 hours Internet service
Garbage Disposal
security alarm
Pets Allowed
Washer / Dryer
Rent:$850 including utilities
Security deposit:$850
Please feel free to ask any questions you do not understand and i will be looking forward to recieve your email as soon as possible.
I am not around to show the inside, you can go check out the Apartment and the neighborhood from the outside and get back to me if you really like it for more information.
========== RENT APPLICATION FORM ==========
Please answer these questions below if you are Interested
1)Your Full Name__________
2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone __________
3)How old are you__________
4)Are you married __________
5)How many people will be living in the apartment __________
6)Do you have a pet __________
7)Do you have a car __________
8)Occupation __________
9)How long are you willing to stay __________
10)When do you intend to move in ___
Hope to read from you as soon as possible. Thanks and GOD bless you.
Kevin Wayne
I have changed my password and reported this as a scam to craigslist based on these posts. THANKS!!

United States

#87 Feb 17, 2010
just to update this recieved same email as of 2-17-2010

Hamilton, Canada

#88 Mar 1, 2010
I totally just got this exact email. Except he went under the name Kelvin Wayne. Except about a property in Burlington, Ontario.

Lagos, Nigeria

#89 Mar 11, 2010
I am Mr Harrison Famous a private lender i give at loan at 3% interest

rate. This is a financial opportunity at your door step, apply today

and get your fast loan.There are many out there looking for financial

opportunity or assistance all over the places and still yet they are

unable to get one. But this is a financial opportunity at your door

step and as such you can't afford to miss this opportunity. This

service is render to both individauls,companies,business men and

women.The loan amount availablerange from $5,000.00 to $500,000,000.00 or

your choice For more information contact us via email

[email protected]


Full Name..........

Personal Phone Number..........





Have you applly before..........

Marital Status..........

Loan amount needed as loan..........

Loan Duration..........

Occupation ..........

Monthly Income..........

Await your response so that we can proceed with the loan transaction as soon as possible..


Mr. Harrison Famous..CEO

San Leandro, CA

#90 Mar 15, 2010
This scam is still happening. March, 2005. Why can't they apprehend the criminals? Hacking to Yahoo now.

San Leandro, CA

#91 Mar 15, 2010
Still scamming last week. Why don't they make arrests. Hacking Yahoo now.
Ms Zuniga

Desamparados, Costa Rica

#93 Mar 23, 2010
I have received two mails from someone at your address signed by a friend of mine who claims to have gone there with a program and now needs financial assistance, for she has misplaced her wallet, and it says exactly the same thing as the mails you've provided above. I became curious about it and answered suggesting to ask for help at the nearest US Embassy, but got another mail back urging me to deposit US$1,500 or any amount I could wire through Western Union.
The way the message is written doesn't sound like my friend at all, and she hasn't left home. In fact, I've talked to her this morning to corroborate this matter.
Could you please check into this and let me know? I'd deeply appreciate your informing me on what to do next?
Change both our addresses? Can you trace the hacker if I continue writing?
Thank you for you attention to this matter.
Mrs Mercy Lucas

Miami, FL

#94 Mar 30, 2010
Getting a legitimate loan have always been a big problem for customers
is the financial needs.

The issue of credit and the security is something that customers are increasingly concerned about the search for
a loan from a legitimate lender. The intrest rate for my loan is 3% and If intrested in getting finacial assiatance,
contact us today on: [email protected]

Debt Consolidation
* Second Mortgage
* Business Loans
* Persons? Nliche Loans
* International Loans
* Company loans

Fill out the loan application form and return it to me.

Borrowers' information form
Full name:
Country and State:
Loan Finance:
Monthly rent:
Contact Phone :
Postal Code:
Duration of loan:
Once in touch with the loan application form, I will send you my
loan terms and conditions for lending loans.
Best regards,
Mrs Mercy Lucas


#95 Mar 31, 2010
Hope you get this on time,sorry I didn't inform you about my trip in UK for a Program, I'm presently in UK and am having some difficulties here because i lost my wallet to some robbers on my way to the hotel where my money and other valuable things were kept. presently i have limited access to internet,I will like you to assist me with a loan of 900 Pounds to sort-out my hotel bill,feeding and transportation.

I have spoken to the embassy here but they are not responding to the issue effectively,I will appreciate whatever you can afford to assist me,I'll Refund the money back to you as soon as i return,let me know if you can be of any help.I don't have a phone where i can be reached.

Monrovia, CA

#96 Apr 6, 2010
Right now I'm dealing with a girl named Celina Jones from Utah by way of Rhode Island. Who is on a business trip guessed it, Lagos, S.Africa. She contacted me on a dating site: Smokers DateLink. Anyway, she has asked for $400 to fly 'to me'. Claims her travel papers were taken away, but has a voucher for $4000 she can't seem to use. We are chatting on yahoo. This girl is a mix of UK Mother, Austrian Father, both deceased.She has a "My Yahoo" page. I'm conflicted. I've had the Russian dating scammers, but this one is different; we're 'chatting'. We have been emailing for a little over a week. She seems nice. I like her. Personally cannot afford to help her. If I had $400 tio throw away, I'd probably send it...and learn my lesson. Can't decide if it's a scam or not.

Miami, FL

#98 May 4, 2010
Good morning:

I Mr.Morgan Dave, I give out loans to serious minded individuals. I give out my loan at 5% rate, minimum of $5,000.00 and a maximum of $120,000,000.00 and £5,000.00 to £120,000,000.00GB Pounds.. Contact now with this info below:
We Offer The Following Kinds Of Loan To Individuals
* Domestic Loan(Secure and Unsecured)
* Personal Loans (Secure and Unsecured)
* Business Loans (Secure and Unsecured)
* Consolidation Loan.
* Student Loans.
Contact Email: [email protected] .com

Miamisburg, OH

#99 May 4, 2010
This is still around. I got one from someone I had breakfast with 2 days ago. She managed to get herself to Edinburgh and run up a $2500 hotel bill in just a couple of days. Must be the room service haggis. And she always seemed like such a frugal person...


#100 May 7, 2010
Any e-mail you don't know. Please don't open it or give anyone you don't know any information. Any people you may know will contact you by phone like banks, police, Fund type things etc. They never send e-mails out.


#101 May 7, 2010
J lo
Posted in the Logan Forum

Type this in and you'll find him or her on topix. Nothing more then a topix troll trying to scam and make up stuff on people and harassment on them. He's had many posts pulled due to threats and sending out things about people that was false. I sat the person in there place today. Hopefully they got the message if not. Then they are right on an authorities list for their actions they have pulled on the web.

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