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Thread poster: Charlotte Blank
Charlotte Blank  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:50
Czech to German
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Mar 8, 2004

Hi all,

I just found the following letter in my mail-box:

You have been sent a message via your page.
Author: Aristides Gonzalez
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Message type: Collaboration

Hi Charlotte,
You don´t know me and I don´t know you but seeing your profile I think you would fit in a great business opportunity that I build here and I am expanding in your country where it is growing faster.
Please, if you are an ambitious people or you know anybody in your area who would like to earn a lot of money let me know.
Thank you very much

Is this a new way to spread spam via proz-profiles? Did anyone get the like and what is going to do against this (if anything possible)? I've put the sender's address here explicitly to make sure that there is no confusion with honest people offering jobs.


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Jason Grimes
Local time: 08:50
You can control your profile mail preferences - see similar thread Mar 8, 2004

Dear Charlotte,

Please see my post on this subject in a similar forum thread:



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Maria Belarra  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:50
French to Spanish
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Same thing Mar 9, 2004

I received something similar yesterday. One has to be careful with this things..

You have been sent a message via your page.
Author: Mr.Frank KONE.
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sending this message.]
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Message type: Miscellaneous

From Mr.Frank KONE.
Abidjan Cote d'ivoire.
West Africa.

Tel : +225 0739 4914

My Dear,

I am Mr.Frank KONE. an accounts clerk with ECOBANK of West
Africa-International Remittance Department which has it's
corporate office here in Abidjan, Côte d´Ivoire. The bank
involves in disbursement of funds to finance United Nation
projects and common wealth development projects in Africa.

In the course of my duty, I discovered the total sum of USD
$8,500,000 (Eight million Five hundred thousand dollars) in
cash for disbursement for a contract that has been
concluded. Unfortunately, the beneficiary to that fund is
dead. The fund was deposited in a name of a family with a
secret coded number, which I happened to have in my
possession. I have all the necessary information within my
disposal to move this fund out of the bank for private use
without the knowledge of anybody.

The area of assistance required of you is to front you as
the Beneficiary, so that the fund can be retrieved for
onward transfer to your designated bank account overseas. I
shall provide you with detailed Information on how to
execute this transaction upon receipt of your reply.

I have mapped out 20% for you, 75% for me and 5% for
reimbursement of both parties for expenses incurred during
the transaction. Be rest assured that there is no risk
involved. Contact me through the above Email and phone
number because of the confidentiality required. I hope to
hear from you soon.

Thanks and God bless you.

[Edited at 2004-03-09 09:58]

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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:50
English to German
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Don't give them exposure here... Mar 9, 2004

Hi Maria,
Maria Belarra wrote:

I received something similar yesterday. One has to be careful with this things...

This kind of message is one of the oldest scams around; in fact, it pre-dates the age of e-mail.

What I would suggest, however, is not to give the senders of these messages more exposure by reposting their messages here. "Exposing" their names makes not much sense either, since (i) they're bound to be false and (ii) they keep changing them.

Best regards, Ralf

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