January 5, 2011, - 12:43 pm

Don’t Fall for Nigerian Scam Using MY NAME

By Debbie Schlussel

*** 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 debbieschlussel@yahoo.com 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: “debbieschlussel@yahoo.com” debbieschlussel@yahoo.com
Subject: Please Be Of Help!!
To:
Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 4:34 AM

Hello,

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.

Debbie Schlussel

I anticipate your response.

***

On Jan 5, 2011 8:51 AM, Debbie Schlussel debbieschlussel@yahoo.com wrote:

Hi ,

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
London
United Kingdom
WC2H 7LA.
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.

Debbie Schlussel

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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29 Responses

Silly nigerians. If they really knew anything about you they wouldn’t have used a global warming conference in the UK as a reason for you to have travelled there.lol It speaks of the morons that have perpetrated this b.s. Another case of why people who know of the nigerian scam culture, have no respect for them. This is just the millionth time I’ve heard of this practice by them.

samurai on January 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you for the warning, but…

    Anyone not able to figure out this would never come from you DESERVES to become separated from his wallet.

    “Subject: Please Be Of Help!!” No way does this author speak English.

    Rotten muzzies!

    As goes Israel, so goes the World... on January 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      PS You can’t be seen in a Hospital for less than $2,000.

      $1500 gets you nothing!

      As goes Israel, so goes the World... on January 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      Silly nigerians. If they really knew anything about you they wouldn’t have used a global warming conference in the UK as a reason for you to have travelled there.lol It speaks of the morons that have perpetrated this b.s. Another case of why people who know of the nigerian scam culture, have no respect for them. This is just the millionth time I’ve heard of this practice by them.

      samurai on January 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Reply

      Thank you for the warning, but…

      Anyone not able to figure out this would never come from you DESERVES to become separated from his wallet.

      “Subject: Please Be Of Help!!” No way does this author speak English.

      Rotten muzzies!

      As goes Israel, so goes the World… on January 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      Reply

      I myself noticed that the person who wrote the scam letter doesn’t know Debbie and is not a native English speaker.

      Miranda Rose Smith on January 6, 2011 at 2:05 am

      Agreed 1,000 % on that statement. Any intelligent human being could read that email and know it was not sent by Debbie.

      Debbie, perhaps you could do some scambaiting and have some fun messing with these vermin. There are several websites dedicated to the art of screwing with these guys. Personally, I think a low yield nuke ought to be dropped upon their heads but scambaiting is the next best thing to do.

      right on! on January 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Deb, Isn’t at least half of Nigeria’s population Muslim, which means that there is a better than 50% chance one of the people of the “religion of peace” is perpetrating this scam?

Jonathan Grant on January 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Could be…much of the Nigerian scam industry is located in Lagos, Nigeria’s financial capital and in the Christian South.

    Just stay from the Internet pitches that appeal to your greed and you’ll be safe.

    NormanF on January 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      Norm,

      When I refer to the “religion of peace,” I am of course sarcastically referring to the Muslims. Both Bush and Obama used that phrase to describe Islam.

      Jonathan Grant on January 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm

      Could be…much of the Nigerian scam industry is located in Lagos, Nigeria’s financial capital and in the Christian South.

      I got an Internet con letter, some months ago, supposedly sent from England. Can anyone clarify for me why so many Internet scam letters are supposedly sent from Nigeria? A co-worker got one, years ago, and I think I may have gotten one myself.

      Of course mail fraud didn’t start with the Internet. There’s been mail fraud as long as there’s been a postal service.

      Miranda Rose Smith on January 6, 2011 at 2:10 am

Any one with half a brain knows total strangers don’t ask other people to send them money.

These frauds not only milk the gullible, they impersonate real people who would never dream of harming others. Known under the Nigerian Criminal Code as Section 419, its an advance fee fraud scam. Also know historically as the Spanish Prisoner’s Con.

Its a crime of persuasion. Sad to say, not much can be done about the crooks behind it. JUST DON’T FALL FOR IT!

NormanF on January 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Also know historically as the Spanish Prisoner’s Con.

    I was thinking the same thing myself.

    Miranda Rose Smith on January 6, 2011 at 2:22 am

Debbie,

The old “Nigerian scam” is still in business. They never give up. I used to get many of their various scam letters – most with lots of misspelled words. (They must have attended a union dominated public school.)

I read the “appeal letter” that was sent to you in it’s entirety. Sounded just like a democrat fund raising appeal!

Herbster on January 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Please read this to see how someone got back at a scammer

http://www.zug.com/pranks/powerbook/

I die laughing everytime.

Ken Blazek on January 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    @ Ken,

    Glad I scrolled down because I was about to post a link to the PPPowerBook incident also. It was a classic.

    Ebola Monkey Forever!!!

    Richard on January 5, 2011 at 7:34 pm

How odd. I was hit with the same scam on my Yahoo account. I still use that account but just have a much stronger password now.

Oscar on January 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Debbie- I think that blasted cousin just needs to quit drinking….simple

#1 Vato on January 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Actually Deb, you left out an important part of the story. Many of these scams are used to raise money for Hamas, Hezbullah, etc. Yes, Nigeria is corrupt, but often there is a method to the madness.

Jonathan Grant on January 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I wonder what is at the physical address listed by the scammer? Sometimes these people are not all that bright.

Worry01 on January 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm

If you have some time to kill, hie on over to 419eater.com, where great sport is made of baiting these email scammers. They call the perps “lads” and strive to send them on “safaris” in quest of booty. It’s a laff riot!

Graty Slapchop on January 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Very interesting. Is this the first time you got hit with a scam, Deb?

I get spam/scam emails from Muslims all the time in my Yahoo account, writing “by the grace of All-h” or “may All-h bless you” or some other such nonsense.

I agree that Nigeria is a Muslim country (remember the underwear bomber?), and I wouldn’t be surprised if this money were going to fund illegal activities (since the scam itself is illegal). This includes terrorist organizations like HAMAS and Hezbollah, which Muslims are very fond of and which the “moderate” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, like most of his coreligionists, refused to denounce/ condemn.

Anyway, I can’t believe that someone would be stupid enough to respond to what is obviously a Nigerian scam – unless they were testing the scammer.

Also, mind if I ask – why have you never been to Great Britain??? I would venture to say (though I could be wrong) that the Brits are, in fact, quite friendly to Americans. (Again, I could be wrong.)

And, regarding your update, problem fixed. Baruch Hashem.
I’ll bet that you had to stop using Yahoo because it allows these scammers to reach you so easily. My Gmail account receives a lot less spam than my Yahoo one – though it started to increase lately, as well, due to the holiday season.

Mike on January 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm

KEN BLAZEK:

Thanks for posting that URL.

I’ve now added it to the list of favorite links on my own web site, OUR ETERNAL STRUGGLE.

I think it’ll be a great resource in the future.

John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Gulfport, Mississippi 39507

John Robert Mallernee on January 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm

GRATY SLAPCHOP:

Thank you for posting that URL.

I don’t know if I’ll ever use it, but it appears to be an interesting Internet resource.

I’ve added it to my list of favorite links at my own web site, OUR ETERNAL STRUGGLE.

John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 39507

John Robert Mallernee on January 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm

This scam has been going around for several months now. These geeks really do need to get a life.

Road Warrior on January 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm

#1 Vato, LMAO. Hopefully no one fell for this scam.

CaliforniaScreaming on January 6, 2011 at 12:16 am

A good way to avoid Internet fraud is never to send money in response to an email. The old warning against post office mail fraud still applies: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

I understand there’s a scam around, emails saying “We need your social security number and your visa card number to correct a problem in your account.” Under no circumstances fall for it!!!!

Miranda Rose Smith on January 6, 2011 at 2:28 am

Dammmit Debbie, now you tell me it was a scam. I just FedExed you a lobe from my liver for your cousin. Everyone knows that there are few functioning livers in the UK to transplant. Those lads can drink!

migrajerr on January 6, 2011 at 6:29 am

IMPORTANT!!! DS the exact same thing happened to me on Christmas day to the gmail and yahoo accounts. I believe it had something to do with Linking to facebook acct. Site i was on asked if i wanted to Subscribe with FB acct. i did ,I remember now, it asking for Pw of the linked accts.
ANYWAYS, after I did get back in to them I checked all the settings and preferences, .All of my contacts were deleted, But In settings all mail was Forwarded to a Look a Like named account. So, Check your fwd settings and filters in both accts.

Sal on January 6, 2011 at 10:38 am

Anyone know where that Nigerian Prince is located these days?

He still owes me money!

Jeff_W on January 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm

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