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1. Posted by Wanderlst6 (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

Hi :) I just wanted to give everyone a heads up of a scam e-mail that i received through private message from this forum....

from: Helen Edward

Introduction.
Dearest,

PLEASE REPLY ME WITH THIS PRIVATE EMAIL

I know that this mail may come to you as surprise ,I am Mrs Helen Edward the wife to Dr Joe Edward the former director general of Sierra-leone Gold and diamond corporation who was assasinated by the rebels loyal to Foday Sankoh the (R U F)leader.

I managed to escape my country with my son Mack. It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I and my Son (Mack)intend to establish in your country. Though I have not met with you before but I believe, one has to risk confiding in succeed sometimes in life.

There is this huge amount of Fifteen million U.S dollars($15,000,000.00) which my late Husband kept for us with a Fiduciary Fund Holder in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire before he was assasinated by the Rebels in a one Metallic Trunk Box.

Now I and my Son have decided to invest these money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside my country for security and political reasons.

We want you to help us claim and retrieve this box from the Fiduciary Fund Holders and transfer it into your personal account in your country for investment purposes on these areas:

1). Telecommunication

2). The Transport Industry

3). Five Star Hotel

4). Real Estate

Now i want to ask you something;

1)Can i trust you?

2)Can you take me as your sister?

If you can be of an assistance to us we will be pleased to offer to you 10% Of the total fund.

I await your soonest response.

Respectfully yours,

Mrs Helen Edward

PLEASE REPLY ME WITH THIS PRIVATE EMAIL

Please my dear call my son Mack with this number for more details

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DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL
To reply, follow the link provided at the top.

Regards,
The Travellerspoint Team

as well all can tell it's a scam but i just wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of it....

Cheers, Wanderlst6

[ Edit: Removed contact details. ]

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

The best thing to do in cases like this is to hit the 'Report as spam' link on the left hand side of the PM. That will block the user from sending more messages and also forward a copy of the PM to one of the administrators. Boy, spammers sure are annoying though!

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 7y

I think this being marked for attention (probably because of the phone number and email address in it?) was a bit overdone. For anyone wondering what the message said, Wanderlst6 is warning us about a Private Message starting with "I am Mrs Helen Edward the wife to Dr Joe Edward the former director general of Sierra-leone Gold and diamond corporation who was assasinated by the rebels loyal to Foday Sankoh the (R U F)leader.", making certain we'd recognize it for the scam it is.

Wanderlst6: Did you mark the private message as spam in your private message center? (There should be a "report as SPAM" link to the left of the message.) This will warn everyone else getting private messages from the same person about those private messages being potentially spam, and will get one of the overlords to look at it.
Also, we have restrictions in place which will have meant that a maximum of probably ten people will have received a private message from this person. It's bad luck that you were one of the first ten before that restriction prevented this spammer from sending any more, but basically almost no one else will have seen the message.

4. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

There's nowt new about these things. I win a lottery somewhere in the world - every week. I Just ask them for their pin number and a copy of their birth certificate - and I never hear from them again.