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The top e-mail menaces: SPAM
- hoaxes - viruses
Don't fall prey to or particiapate in
Internet scams and hoaxes:
- When you receive what looks like a petition or a call to action,
do some research into the issue to be certain it is real. (If
it is, I would strongly suggest sending an
individual email to your congressperson over "signing"
an email petition as that will carry infinitely more weight.)
- One very harmful email scam offers
you hefty payment for questionable services for some 3rd world
dignitary, as in this example received
by firstname.lastname@example.org. When you receive this, don't panic,
but DELETE this without responding!!! The scam
here is to coax you into sending money to help the scheme along,
then disappear. People have lost thousands of dollars to this
info on this one)
- Indescriminately forwarding materials you receive in email,
even if they are harmless jokes, can overload server and irritate
your friends. SPAMmers can use these chain letters to mine for
valid email addresses.
- Do not open attachments that you are not expecting, most viruses
are disguised as harmless attachments from folks you know.
- Do not heed emails that instruct you to change things in your
system to avoid viruses. Many people are led to detroy files
that are vital to their computers' operation.
Here is a real-time
display of hoaxes currently in circulation, courtesy of:
<< Click on the names to learn more about them.
Q. How do these scammers get my email?
A. The same way the SPAMmers do! - Visit
CedarNet's page about SPAM for details.
From :Dr Aret Danga
RE: MONEY TRANSFER / INVESTMENT PROPOSAL
INTRODUCTION: l am Dr Aret Danga a Civil Servant in the Ministry
of Health. l know this proposal will come to you as a surprise
because we have not met before either physically or through
I got your contact here in Nigeria and have no doubt in your
ability to handle this proposal involving huge sum of money.
THE SUBJECT: My father Chief Danga(Now Late) was the Royal
Head of my community, ELEME (an oil rich town) in Nigeria.
My community produces 5.8% of the total crude oil production
in Nigeria and 0.5% of the Dollar value of each barrel is
paid to my father as royalty by the Federal Government. My
father was also the Chairman of ELEME Special Oil Trust Fund.
In his position as the Royal head and Chairman of the Oil
Trust Fund, he made money which is as a result of backlog
of royalties Which accrued over the years of which I am now
liable to as the only heir .The money is Ten Million Five
Hundred ThousandUS Dollars($10.5m). This Money originated
from the accumulated royalties between 1976-1999 . Due to
poor banking system in Nigeria and political instability as
a result of past Military rules (1985-1999) , it was our wish
that the funds lodged at the security arm of the Apex Bank
of Nigeria will have to be moved abroad for investment. And
in the interim this funds will be made payable to the beneficiary
as we will tender.
THE PROPOSAL: Just before my father died he called my attention
to the money and charged me to look for a foreigner who would
assist me in the transfer/investment of the funds abroad as
I am in the services of government and well known and therefore
forbidden by law to handle any business transaction or hold
an account abroad. So l would be very grateful if you could
accept to help me achieve this great objective,as the one
whose custody the funds will arrive on trust. I promise to
give you 20% of the total funds transferred to your vital
account as compensation for your assistance. Ten percent(10%)would
be set aside to take care of all expenses We may incure during
the transaction. To indicate your interest, contact me urgently
and confidentially as I have toldyou that I am in government
and will not be seen to violate any of the rules they have
laid down regarding people who are in their employment list
and again as a result of the bulk of money involvedand once
you are satisfied with this term you inform me immediately
for more information and the roles you will play in this business.
I want to assure you that once you agreed that the transaction
is100% risk free and we will move ahead immediately to conclude
it together and do also the necessary investment together.
May the almighty God bless you.
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