E-mail forwards Promising Gifts or Money

January 31, 2008

I was reading through the blogs this week and Seths blog called Don’t get fooled again caught my attention. I know myself I have gotten many annoying e-mails asking me to forward this email to so many people and I will win a lot of money or a computer. Most likely there is always a catchy phrase in the title to catch your eye. “Forward this to 20 people and you will share part of someones rich estate.” The scary part is these e-mails can contain viruses if you download attachments, etc.. Most people know not to bother with these e-mails but there is always some people who will follow through with the instructions. Most likely these e-mails are scams.I was just reading the news on Google – regarding e-mail scams that are on going in the world. A couple caught me eye: Million dollar email scammers plead guilty , and Beware of tax rebate scams. In the tax rebate article, “One reported phone scam asks people for their bank account information so the rebate could supposedly be supplied direct deposit. An email scam sends a message, supposedly from the IRS, and asks the recipient to click over to a site and enter personal information in order to claim their rebate.” It is scary how high tech some of these scams are getting.More than likely this will be a continuing trend into the future. There will always be people out there who want to obtain personal information (pin numbers, bank account information etc) for their own benefit. There are a lot of ways that you can protect your personal information. I think awareness of this is a big area that needs to be addressed, as a lot of people are not aware of this problem. I imagine that scam e-mails will continue much into the future – as computer technology continues to grow.Mitchell Watts


9 Responses to “E-mail forwards Promising Gifts or Money”

  1. Sofonyas Says:

    Man this really scares me a lot. I mean our generation is pretty much catching up but when I look at my grand mom or any older people for that matter, I see how easy it is too fool them with this sort of scam. I’m 100% sure that if my grandma got a pretend email from her bank asking her to verify her account and her pin number she’d do it easily. Which is why this kind of scams are mostly directed at the older generation. ….which reminds me, I better let her know quick about this.

  2. Tasia Says:

    I hate these scams, just reading about them makes me mad! Everytime I get a forward I delete it without reading it, which is probably the best way to go. I think all forwards are just annoying and a waste of inbox space. A friend of mine reads all the ones she recieves but recently started using a site called Hoaxe Slayer (http://www.hoax-slayer.com/ ) which apparently is pretty good for finding out with the forwards are legitimate or not.

  3. wattsy Says:

    I agree with the above posts. It is scary how this is on going on the internet. Hopefully more people throughout the world will become more aware of this problem on the internet. A lot of people could lose their hard earned money because of e-mail scams.

  4. romizuddin Says:

    I agree with everyone. The following are some example (subject) of an email scam:
    Bogus business opportunities
    Chain letters
    Work-at-home schemes
    Health and diet scams
    Effortless income
    “Free” goods
    Investment opportunities
    Bulk email schemes
    Cable descrambler kits
    “Guaranteed” loans or credit
    Make a Regular Income with Online

  5. davecanvin Says:

    Junk Mail drives me insane….

    I was bored and got messing around with the filters in Hotmail and that gets rid of most it effectively, but its such a pain.

    The ones I used to get most often are:
    Cheap Meds
    Viagra/Cialis/etc etc.
    Mortgage “offers”

  6. David McKenna Says:

    I get scams from eBay imposter’s all the time. I have an account there so they send me letters from an e-mail called “customer.service@ebay.com” or something like that. When I open the e-mail it has pictures of eBay and actually looks really legitimate. When I clicked on the link once it took me to an eBay looking page and asked for my Visa information. I reported it to the actual eBay and they got back to me the next day saying it wasn’t from them and it was a scam artist. They said anything they ever send me will be on my eBay account and that they would never ask for personal information through my e-mail account.

  7. wattsy Says:

    I use to get a lot junk mail with my mail account through UPEI. Its usually pretty easy to tell which mail is junk when scanning through your inbox.

  8. davecanvin Says:

    The thing with the UPEI mail system is you can easily send out mass emails to every user in the database, I guess its just a feature of Novell mail.

    My friend got in a bit of trouble at Holland College a few years back because of this. Anyone remember those free iPod deals? (sign up 10 people, get a free iPod) well he sent out his link to every person at Holland College and had his free iPod requirements fulfilled in about an hour. I think their IT people were just jealous they didn’t think of it first.

  9. Stan Owens Says:

    This is the type email I’ve been receiving for a while now. I never respond. I do put a block on the sender but still get basically the same thing from other parts of the world. Does anyone have the same problem and how to remedy it? I get one or more of these a day.

    From:Mr.Calvin Huckle.
    FAX NUMBER:+668-900-39557.

    This is an official notification for your immediate compliance.
    The content of this message may come to you as a surprise which may lead to
    doubt and scepticism but I want to use this medium to assure you that
    it is completely legal and has absolutely nothing to do with solicitation.

    I am Mr.Calvin Huckle, a Diplomatic Envoy from the Carribean Islands
    presently resident in Bangkok-Thailand.
    We use our privileges granted to us as Diplomatic Envoys to keep important
    packages and documentations for clients that are reliable and trustworthy.

    This is to officially inform you that a benefactor whose
    identity can not be disclosed because of the Non Circumvention and Non
    Disclosure Agreement that was signed with the said benefactor when the
    funds were being deposited, made you the beneficiary of a package
    containing some amount of money.

    The Non Circumvention and Non Disclosure Agreement
    signed with the benefactor mandates us to fully
    divulge and disclose the benefactor’s identity 18 months after you, the
    beneficiary, has received the funds.

    The funds totals US$7.5M (Seven Million,Five
    Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) and we confirm
    that these funds are fully free of any liens, or encumbrances and are
    clean, clear and non-criminal origin and are available in the form of

    You are hereby advised to reconfirm your Full Contact
    Information for confirmation and verification with information contained in our

    After verifying the details with the information we have
    in our database,you will be contacted to personally claim the funds in
    the Finance and Security Firm in Bangkok-Thailand,Asia Office, and Madrid Spain,
    Europe Office where its being kept with the
    Consignment Deposit Information (C.D.I) that will empower you to do

    This Consignment Deposit Information (C.D.I) is what is needed
    to claim the funds and will only be sent to you after all your
    information has been verified and confirmed to be true.

    The information should therefore be sent in the manner stated below so as
    to ensure that no mistake is made.

    Your Full Name:

    Your Complete Address :


    Date of Birth (Day/Month/Year):

    Direct Telephone/Mobile Number:

    Fax Number:

    Complete the above and send back to me as soon as possible and ensure you call me to acknowledge
    the receipt of the phone.

    Congratulations in advance.

    Thank you and I sincerely remain

    Mr.Calvin Huckle.

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