Possible scam
Thread poster: Marcella Marino

Marcella Marino  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 16:54
Member (2016)
English to Italian
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Dec 24, 2017

Hi everyone,

a couple of days ago I received a message from a sender called Mary Galang.
I looked for this sender in the Blue Board but could not find any match. Moreover, the message this sender sent me sounds a bit weird to me. Therefore, I did not replied. I also thought it could be a scam and it could be useful to share this information.

The message I received says:

Hello
Nice to meet you, how is everything, hope all is well with
you.my name is Mrs. Maryplease i want tell you something
which is very
important kindly write me back on my private mail : (
marygalang01@hotmail.com) so that I'll give you details.
Waiting anxiously for your
anticipated corporation. please get back to me it is very
important my mail is is
Email (marygalang01@hotmail.com)
Yours,Mary

Any similar experiences?

I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Marcella


 

Mirko Mainardi  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 16:54
Member
English to Italian
Definitely scam Dec 24, 2017

Yes, same here. I didn't even report it as it was clearly a scam/phishing attempt. A (new and empty) profile did exist, but it appears it's been removed. The sender's IP was from the Ivory Coast.

Happy holidays.


 

Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:54
English to Spanish
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It is a scam Dec 24, 2017

It's a type of scam called phishing: an anonymous email pretending to sound friendly and asking for personal information: your name, your email address (when you reply, you're actually giving your email address away). Plus, it doesn't start with Cara Marcella,

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Camille Thompson
France
Local time: 16:54
English to French
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Ignored and done with Dec 24, 2017

I got the same one, just ignored it. The message itself doesn't even make sense.

 

Marcella Marino  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 16:54
Member (2016)
English to Italian
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Thank you! Dec 28, 2017

Thank you guys for sharing!

 

Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 16:54
Member
Spanish to English
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Seriously? Dec 28, 2017

Seriously. Why do you even consider it's NOT a scam?

[Edited at 2017-12-28 20:13 GMT]


 

Marcella Marino  Identity Verified
Italy
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Doubt Dec 29, 2017

Hi Mervyn,

as the e-mail I received is written in a way that makes me doubt about its "good faith" (due to some previous experiences with a couple of scams), I just wanted to know the opinions of other colleagues and, if it is a real scam, to warn them.


 

Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 16:54
Member
Spanish to English
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No reason to warn them Dec 29, 2017

Hi Marcella,

What I mean is, there should be no reason to warn anyone about a message from "Mrs. Maryplease". You'd have to have the intelligence of a subnormal prawn to fall for that one.


 

Paweł Hamerski
Poland
Local time: 16:54
English to Polish
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My sentiments exactly. Dec 29, 2017

I started then to write a reply to that tenor but subsisted believing such a message was too stupid to consider it any threat.

[Edited at 2017-12-29 21:39 GMT]


 

Katarzyna Slowikova  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 16:54
English to Czech
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"Subnormal prawns" are reality among humans Dec 30, 2017

Mervyn Henderson wrote:

You'd have to have the intelligence of a subnormal prawn to fall for that one.


Apparently many still have, translators most likely included, otherwise these scams wouldn't go on.
I don't know, Mervyn, how familiar you're with this group but most of the scams published here are equally stupid.
It's never bad to publish them, though the "prawns" that fall for them are most likely of the kind that can't be bothered with googling or checking anything... but you never know, publishing and publicizing as much details as possible is all we can do. Even if the only effect would be pissing off the scammer, it'd be worth it!


 

Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
Member (2003)
French to Italian
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Received and Dec 30, 2017

Immediately marked as spam and sent as ST to the staff

 

Rachel Steer  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:54
French to English
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It's phishing Dec 31, 2017

As others have said, this is clearly a phishing scam. They'll always say there's some sort of urgent or pressing issue that only you (why do they think we're so special in the first place?) can deal with, and ask you to contact them privately.

Always ignore and delete such emails, and report and/or blacklist the email address.

Thanks for letting us know about this, Marcella. Others in this thread have said you'd have to be stupid to fall for it, but that doesn't change the fact that people can, and do, as evidenced by the "Wannacry" ransomware affecting huge swathes of the NHS earlier this year.


 

Marcella Marino  Identity Verified
Italy
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Sharing the information Jan 1

Thank you all for sharing your ideas and opinions. Yes, sharing such information is the least we can do to avoid such "traps" and I also agree that it is always worth doing it.

Happy New Year to all of you!


 


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