Off topic: Be careful of frauds via Proz.com profile mail
Thread poster: Saleh Chowdhury, Ph.D.

Saleh Chowdhury, Ph.D.  Identity Verified
Bangladesh
Local time: 20:57
Member (2004)
English to Bengali
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Mar 26, 2005

Hi,
I have received the following mail, that came via my Proz.com's profile page and was sent by a member (!!) of Proz.com. Please be careful of these frauds and hope the Proz.com staffs would take care of these frauds. I have received this type of mail from various sources, but this is the first time I have received this type of mail via Proz.com. The mail is copied below:

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You have been sent a message via your ProZ.com page.
Author: umuaibe
Author's Profile: http://www.proz.com/pro/103166
Author's IP address: 82.128.2.154
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Dr. Umua Ibe.

Principal Accountant

Federal Ministry of Aviation

my priveta email;umuaibe@india.com

Dear Saleh Chowdhury,

I hope this mail will reach you in the best of health and
business conditions and receive the most desired attention
from you even as we have not had any previous
correspondence before.

I am constrained by insufficient information about you to
express in full the main objectives of this proposal.
However, kindly get back to me immediately for details
should be given you if you agree to its content.

My colleagues and I would like to solicit your kindness in
assisting us to execute the transfer of some fund from our
country to your country forn safe keeping. The total amount
of fund is $23.8 Million.

The source of this fund will be disclosed to you as soon as
your positive response is received to this effect.

I am a principal accountant to the Nigerian Ministry of
Aviation, and the Chairman to the Federal Tenders' Board in
charge of contract award and monitoring in Nigeria.
Basically, you would be required to nominate a suitable
bank account that will conveniently accommodate the total
fund. Account could be a fresh or an already existing one,
and could be individual or corporate account.

On completion of the transaction, you shall have a benefit
of 30% of the fund for your envisaged efforts and
assistance rendered. 10% shall be used to settle any
expenses both you and I shall make at the course of this
transaction. Details of this proposal will be sent to you
as soon as your response is received.

This proposal is strictly confidential, free from any form
of risk and does not depend on any particular field of
trade to prosecute. It however requires your adequate
participation and support to enable its accomplishment on
schedule.

Thanks in anticipation.

Best regards.

Dr.Umua Ibe


[Subject edited by staff or moderator 2005-03-26 19:52]


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Claudia Iglesias  Identity Verified
Chile
Local time: 10:57
Member (2002)
Spanish to French
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Thank you Saleh Mar 26, 2005

This "member" can't send messages via profile any more.

I wonder whether anybody still reading such kind of messages widely known as "Nigerian scam".
I don't.
The best you could do anyway was to report it, in order to block him from writing to other people.

Thanks

Claudia

P.S. Don't forget that anyone can contact you via your profile, even not Proz members if you don't restrict the access options in your profile.


[Edited at 2005-03-26 13:51]


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Gayle Wallimann  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:57
Member (2001)
French to English
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Received the same Mar 26, 2005

I received the same mail from the same member an hour ago.
Gayle


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swisstell
Italy
Local time: 16:57
German to English
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just received the same email and posted it as a separate item Mar 26, 2005

not realizing that you have already done so. Sorry about that but perhaps the follow-up will hammer home the point.

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RHELLER
United States
Local time: 08:57
French to English
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Thanks for the alert :-) Mar 26, 2005

Thanks, Saleh for warning us.

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Alicia Casal  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 11:57
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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Often Mar 26, 2005

i often receive these kind of e-mails, directly into my outlook account.(not from proz, yeT)

They are common.

Just delete them. That s all.

DO NOT REPLY!

They are hackers and crackers trying to get bank accounts in most cases.

Alicia Casal


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xxxIreneN
United States
Local time: 09:57
English to Russian
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More to the subject Mar 28, 2005

I keep receiving emails allegedly from the respected financial institutions, such as Washington Mutual, SmithBarney etc. with the extention @proz, claiming that I have to go through some mandatory e-updates with my accounts. Since I don't have any accounts with these banks, I didn't bother to open the messages. I opened only one accidentally 2 days ago and received a High Alert on Trojan right there.

I guess I need to explain why I didn't alert everyone before - I really didn't pay any attention to the extentions, and the reason I opened one was that I saw "proz" before I looked at everything else. Frankly, now it is only my suspicion that all the rest were from @proz as well. After all, just 1 Trojan is one too many:-( Beware!

[Edited at 2005-03-28 17:04]


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Joanne Parker  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:57
German to English
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Still going strong... Mar 31, 2005

I got one from him this morning:
Mr Bello Ibrahim (belloibrahim@myway.com)


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Helene Diu  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 16:57
Member (2004)
English to French
Shame on the scammers who use the death of innocent people Mar 31, 2005

I received the following message via my profile page this very instant. The scammers have gone down one more degree on the ladder of decency, they are using tragic accidents to try and lure people into their scams. I feel very, very angered.


FROM THE DESK OF:

EMEKA ANAKE. (ESQ)

(NEKESCHAMBERS)

NO 33 ADENEYI JONES STREET,

IKEJA, LAGOS-NIGERIA

EMAIL: NEKESCHAMBERS00@MAIL.COM



Dear Helene Diu,



Compliments of the season. It is indeed my pleasure to
write to you this letter, which I believe will be a
suprise, as we are both complete strangers. I am Emeka
Aneke (Esq) a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney
to Late Ms. S. Marufu Diu, a national of your country, who
who perished in Egyptair Flight 990 with the whole
passengers aboard on 31st Oct 1999.



(http://www.greatdreams.com/plane990.htm)



Before her death On the 31st oct 1999 my client {Late Ms.
S. Marufu} as she likes to be addressed deposited the sum
of USD$9.7m [Nine Million Seven Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars] in a Bank in Europe for herself, with the
hope of transferring it to his country as soon as she is on
leave.



Since her death I have made several enquiries to your
embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives this
has also proved unsuccessful. After these several
unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace her last name
over the internet, to locate any member of her family hence
I contacted you.

etc, etc


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Oliver Walter  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:57
Member (2005)
German to English
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I also received one, tailored to match my name Apr 14, 2005

As soon as I saw this (sent to me on 14 April) I considered replying with an email that says I believe it's an example of the "Nigeria 419" scam, but then decided to have no communication with the sender.
Whoever sends this one evidently changes the surname of the "deceased" to that of the recipient. The email was sent to me on 14 April. Here's part of it:

FROM THE DESK OF:
EMEKA ANAKE. (ESQ)
(NEKESCHAMBERS)
NO 33 ADENEYI JONES STREET,
IKEJA, LAGOS-NIGERIA
TELL:234-56515622.
EMAIL: nekeschambers@lawyer.com

Dear Oliver Walter,

Compliments of the season. It is indeed my pleasure to write to you this letter, which I believe will be a suprise, as we are both complete strangers. I am Emeka Aneke (Esq) a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney to Late Ms. S. Marufu Walter, a national of your country, who who perished in Egyptair Flight 990 with the whole passengers aboard on 31st Oct 1999.

(http://www.greatdreams.com/plane990.htm )

Before her death On the 31st oct 1999 my client {Late Ms.
S. Marufu} as she likes to be addressed deposited the sum of USD$9.7m [Nine Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars] in a Bank in Europe for herself, with the hope of
transferring it to his country as soon as she is on leave.

Since her death I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients [... etc ...]


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cendrine marrouat
English to French
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I receive that type of messages at least 3 times a week Apr 14, 2005

Hi!
I think this practice is pretty common. I have received the same kind of message since as long as I can remember. It's always the same message, except, as someone said, they change your name et the sender's.
They even went lower in the decency scale by taking advantage of the Tsunami event in Dec. 2004 to send some very shameful messages to be sent money.
I don't know where it comes from, but sometimes I wish those people could be punished. So many people suffer as a result of that kind of practices...


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Stefan Balchev
Bulgaria
Local time: 17:57
English to Bulgarian
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They are known as the "Group 213" Apr 16, 2005

I have at least 3 of these every day. They started in early 90' by sending letters by ordinary mail.

They try to get access to your bank account.. somehow. If it too difficult for them, they make the victims send them a prepaid ticket to fly to victim's destination. Then they have a way to collect the ticket value, while staying at home..

An UK TV company had a research on this "group", was very helpful.

Ignore the messages, but you can still read them to see what wonderful stories they describe. One can publish a 1000 page book))


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Michael McCain  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 16:57
Arabic to English
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Send them huge attachments Apr 21, 2005

I usually send them an email or several emails with 50 MB attachments in hopes of flooding their inbox. If more of their victims did this, perhaps the spammers would give up.

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