January 5, 2011, - 12:43 pm
*** UPDATE: I’ve discovered that someone hacked into my old Yahoo account, which I haven’t used in nearly 5 years, changed my password, added a new account, and used the addresses in that old account to send out this scam. I’ve fixed the problem. Also, Please Note: my G-Mail account, which I’ve used for more than 5 years, is safe and secure. No worries. ****
It seems like every day, it’s another hassle from some online force trying to waste my time and cause headaches and trouble.
Since Friday, I’ve been on the phone non-stop with Paypal, which was harassing me over my account for no legitimate reason and put restrictions on my account. Dealing with them was like being on the set of the movie, “Brazil.” Now that that’s been cleared up (late yesterday), there is a Nigerian scam using my name and seeking money. If you receive any e-mails from firstname.lastname@example.org and/or using my name asking for money, it’s a scam. Ignore them. That is not my e-mail address and it’s not from me. I called a terrific agent I know at the FBI, and he told me there’s nothing that can be done about this, but agreed with my plan to post this and warn people not to fall for this.
This morning, a few people e-mailed, telling me they received an urgent message from me asking for money. The scam claims that I am in Great Britain. I have NEVER in my life been to Great Britain. The scam claims that I went to Great Britain for the “summit on Global Warming.” Most readers know that I think “global warming” is a bunch of BS, a total hoax. A global warming summit or any such confab is the last place I’d waste valuable hours of my life I’ll never get back. The e-mail claims that I am staying with my cousin in Great Britain, that my cousin has Cirrhosis of the Liver, and that I need money for his transplant operation. I have NO relatives anywhere in Great Britain. And, um, didn’t Obama, Michael Moore, and their friends tell us that the British NHS pays for all healthcare?
Regardless, it’s a scam. Ignore it. And I apologize if any of you who received this thought this was legitimately from me. It isn’t. Again, IT’S A SCAM.
Here is the e-mail that has been going around, followed by the response when one person, out of the goodness of his heart, responded thinking this was legitimate. Fortunately, he e-mailed me at at my real e-mail address (writedebbie-at-gmail-dot-com) to check.
From: “email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Please Be Of Help!!
Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 4:34 AM
I am writing this message, due to an unforeseen circumstance that I encountered in the United Kingdom. I traveled for an immediate summit on Global Warming of which I had to stay with my Cousin in London. My Cousin had a health problem and the state of his health has deteriorated due to this ailment.
My Cousin was admitted at the hospital and after he was diagnosed, it was discovered that he is suffering from Cirrhosis of the Liver, a condition that stops the liver from controlling infections, removing bacteria and toxins from the blood, process nutrients and hormones, and also produce bile to help absorb fats including cholesterol and soluble vitamins.
I have been responsible for carrying out the financial aspect. I have been able to cope with the early stage of the disease, but managing it is not an easy task as the cost of treating this ailment is too exorbitant for me. My Cousin has also been placed on a special diet, as digestion is a major problem.
I have spent all I have on me right now and the hospital/surgery team that wants to carry out the transplant and then correct his pancreas disorder have set a deadline to operate on him. Please I need your help financially to help save my Cousin’s life as he is at the point of death. Respond as soon as you get this message to enable me know if you can be of help to us.
I anticipate your response.
On Jan 5, 2011 8:51 AM, Debbie Schlussel email@example.com wrote:
Thank God you responded. My email has not been compromised or hacked into. This had to come in a hurry, as I took a trip to London recently, for a summit on Global warming of which my cousin got struck by an ailment which is the cirrhosis of the liver. Please we need your help here, as managing the illness is very exorbitant for me. I have spent all i have on this illness, and it seems my cousin will pass on, If i don’t do something to save his life. Please we need you to send some money to us to help carry out the necessary activities that will save my cosuin’s life. Please find below the information to get the money wired to us.you can have the money sent via western union all you need is my name and present location
Name: Debbie Schlussel
Address: 30 Leicester square
Text Question: What for
Answer: Surgical Operation.
Amount: $1,500 dollars
Immediately you send the money, scan the western union receipt then send it to me via email including the MTCN number to enable us get the money. I will refund the money back to you as soon as i get back home.
Note: I have attached a copy of the health report that was issued to us by the surgical team at the medical center.
I anticipate your response.
Again, this is NOT me. Do NOT fall for this scam. I do not, thank G-d, need $1,500 for an operation for any of my relatives.
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