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post #1 of 27
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I received this in the inbox of my Epic Ski PM's this morning.

 


Today at 7:41 am

FROM MISS FLORAL BRIGHT
ABIDJAN, COTE D'IVOIRE
 
DEAREST ONE,
 
IT IS MY PLEASURE TO CONTACT YOU FOR A BUSINESS VENTURE WHICH I INTEND TO ESTABLISH IN YOUR COUNTRY, THOUGH I HAVE NOT MET WITH YOU BEFORE BUT I BELIEVE ONE HAS TO RISK, CONFIDING IN SOMEONE TO SUCCEED SOMETIMES IN LIFE.
 
THERE IS THIS HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY, TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND U.S DOLLARS (10,500,000,00 DOLLARS) WHICH MY LATE FATHER MR JOHNSON BRIGHT DEPOSITED IN THE FINANCE & SECURITY COMPANY HERE IN COTE D'IVOIRE BEFORE HE WAS ASSASSINATED BY UNKNOWN PERSONS. BEING HIS ONLY DAUGHTER, HE USED MY NAME AS THE NEXT OF KIN IN DEPOSITING THE FUND.
 
NOW DUE TO INTENSE POLITICAL CRISIS IN MY COUNTRY, I HAVE DECIDED TO MOVE THIS MONEY OUT OF THIS COUNTRY AND TO INVEST IT IN YOUR COUNTRY OR ANYWHERE SAFE ENOUGH FOR SECURITY PURPOSES.  I WANT YOU TO HELP ME TO TRANSFER THIS  FUND TO YOUR COUNTRY FOR INVESTMENT PURPOSES ON THE FOLLOWING:
 
1) TELECOMMUNICATIONS
2) INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
3) FIVE STAR HOTEL OR ANY OTHER PROFITABLE INVESTMENT.
 
IF YOU CAN BE OF AN ASSISTANCE TO ME, I WILL BE PLEASED TO OFFER YOU 20% OF THE TOTAL FUND.
 
I AWAIT YOUR SOONEST RESPONSE. REPLY ME THROUGH:
 
EXTEND MY WARMEST REGARD TO YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY.
 
THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.
 
YOURS SINCERELY,
MISS FLORAL BRIGHT
 
I suggest anyone receiving anything similar report it right away. What else can they hack here? It also scares me about registration information stored here.
post #2 of 27

 I received the same pm.

We used to have a requirement of having 5 posts in order to use the pm feature, which kept spammers from registering and using PM's to target users.  

 

Lars there shouldn't be a fear of Hacking anything.

 

 

post #3 of 27

Bonni and I both got the same PM.

 

 

post #4 of 27

Sounds like a great deal to me! 

post #5 of 27

Yeah, I got that one.  I told her to contact Huddler.

post #6 of 27

I got it as well.  Can't we BLOCK other members?  I know I can do that on other boards, but I never needed to block anyone on Epic that I recall.  There is also no way to "report" a PM.

post #7 of 27

Hey--I did not get that PM. What's up with that? I want in on that $2 million. i'm just a poor ski instructor--I could use that money. You guys get all the breaks! What kind of discrimination is this? Let me get my cannon....

 

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I would think that the 5 post requirement for PM's is sitll a good idea. Is it possible?

 

Best regards,

Bob

post #8 of 27

Huddler crew has been contacted to implement better security as a top priority.

 

Lars, the user infomation and system is secure. Obviously this is something we dealt with in the past on vB and will do again on this platform.

post #9 of 27

That's what we get for letting French morons with hotmail accounts on the site.

 

No PM's for the French unless they have 10,000 posts.

post #10 of 27

I got it!

 

Thought it was a new "Stimulus"worked out between Obama & Sarkozy!

 

Deleted it!

post #11 of 27

I received it too, can't wait to make all that money!!

post #12 of 27

Yep, got one too. Sounds sincere to me; I sent her all my personal banking info. Gonna be rich rich rich! 

post #13 of 27

Miss Floral Bright?  Sounds like a nice trustworthy individual to me

post #14 of 27

Damn, you mean that was a scam?  I sent her $l00,000. guess I can't go to Big Sky now.  Gonna sue-somebody.

post #15 of 27

I sent her one of my kids as a love slave.

 

I also sent her Harb's website.

post #16 of 27

I sent her a pair of Metrons.

post #17 of 27

I sent her details on how to contact Jesse Jones from TGR.

 

 

I also sent her a link to online banking with Lehmann Brothers and how to invest in AIG, cause I got a tip from a guy and Andersens who says they are a good bet for the future.

post #18 of 27

I got it too.  I'm going to ask for a bailout.

post #19 of 27

419 Eaters Anyone?

 

I still laugh at the python video

 

A_0

post #20 of 27

I received one this morning from Expertises. I sent a PM to Cirquerider (Moderator). I'm new here so I really don't know who to notify.

post #21 of 27

We banned the scumbag.  This phishing expedition is being operated from Africa (surprise ) from a dynamic server.  We just need to figure out how big an IP range to ban.

post #22 of 27

Back off!  That's my money!!

 

CJ

post #23 of 27

About 6 months ago ABC News (or one of the others) did a segment on people that fell for this scam and a few similar ones.  They also had one of the spammers that used to be involved.  The folks that fell for it  didn't seem like the greedy types you'd expect to be trying to make a quick easy buck.  Most were the kid of people that really do just give away their money to charities and less fortunate folks. It was really kind of sad.

 

One of the scams went something like this:

The needed to smuggle millions of dollars out of a country with corrupt leadership that was trying to steal it/seize it.  They dyed the money black and smuggled it out as plain black paper and ask that the mark take possession of it and help them remove the dye with special solvent that they need to buy in exchange for several thousand dollars in the black dyed money.  Of course they end up broke with a bunch of black paper.

post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

 

One of the scams went something like this:

The needed to smuggle millions of dollars out of a country with corrupt leadership that was trying to steal it/seize it.  They dyed the money black and smuggled it out as plain black paper and ask that the mark take possession of it and help them remove the dye with special solvent that they need to buy in exchange for several thousand dollars in the black dyed money.  Of course they end up broke with a bunch of black paper.


 

Unfortunately, one of my family members is going through this right now.  He won't listen to anyone who is telling him that it is a scam. :(

 

CJ

post #25 of 27

Am I missing something... how can the scammer make money off this?

post #26 of 27

A couple of different ways.

 

Google "Nigerian scam" or "419 scam."

 

I first got the Nigerian-oil-money version, which I still think is the most popular, in about 1985. In those days, they sent faxes. The basic scam is, of course, much older, though free communications methods make it a lot more widespread.

 

I'm kind of surprised that there is anyone over 18 who could possibly fall for it, but credulity knows no bounds.

 

The world is full, of course, of less obvious scams. "Gold certificates" were popular about ten years ago.

post #27 of 27


 

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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

 

Miss Floral Bright?  Sounds like a nice trustworthy individual to me


 

Sounds like a dishwashing liquid, or maybe an air freshener...

 

Unfortunately, I seem to remember reading that a few people have disappeared after flying overseas to work out "transactions" like this. Others were lucky enough to just get robbed and maybe beat up.

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