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Stop the Phishermen!

As the owner of a high profile site like http://globalpsychics.com, our email addresses are readily accessible – as planned – to be available to our visitors… so we have been alerted to these fraudulent operators, almost from the beginning, having been subjected to (and tempted by) thousands of scams.Sadly, we have witnessed first hand just how serious this problem has become, having been  asked to advise too many clients who were caught in the phishermen’s nets. As you can tell from the number of articles I’ve posted recently about scams, I have had enough. I’ve decided that I must do something more than forwarding these notes to the police, and protecting as many as we can by broadcasting information about scams to our community … now we want to activate a grass roots movement to shift the energy around these parasites

Are you as tired as I am of the dozens of phishing emails that appear in your inbox every week? I’m fighting back and encourage you to do the same. For those who are unfamiliar to the term, here is what I am on about. (extracted from Wikipedia.)

What is Phishing

In computing , phishing is a criminal activity using social engineering techniques. [1] Phishers attempt to fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. eBay and PayPal are two of the most targeted companies, and online banks are also common targets. Phishing is typically carried out using email or an instant message , [2] and often directs users to give details at a website, although phone contact has been used as well. [3] Attempts to deal with the growing number of reported phishing incidents include legislation , user training, and technical measures. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing

A good number of the phishing expeditions are sourced from “the 419 men” in Nigeria where the average income is $1/day, but because this source is becoming so well-known and the Nigerian government has begun clamping down, you’ll also see these expeditions sourced now from Asian countries like China and Korea..

The phishing comes by fax, by email and mail, and occasionally even by phone… “you’ve won a lottery” is one great opening. Or their sweet daughter needs medical help and they need help getting money out of the country. Or the letter may come from what appears to be a bank, asking you to update your records, or from EBay saying that you need to confirm a purchase, or PayPal saying there has been some security infraction so you need to access your account and update your password.

One of their favourite tricks, one they have you on the hook, is to send you a cheque for more money than you were promised, then telling you that they made a mistake, and asking you to send the difference back – by tomorrow. (There’s always a sense of urgency associated with these letters – the boilerroom strategy… So you don’t have time to research and validate – or think twice). But if you are paying attention, and listening to your instincts, you can detect the “Scammer grammar” and identify the flaws in the deal.

One of the most recent scams is being perpetrated against folks who have been scammed already! (see the sample letter that came to my email at the bottom of this article) The scammers track who bites. and now some who did are getting what looks like an offiicial letter from the Nigerian governement’s “victim assistance fund” – offering them a million dollars, basically to fork over whatever money they have left after being scammed the first time…. of course they are asked to send more money to get their million.

Another hurtful scam preys on folks who want to work at home with offers pay them to manage shipping or to act as an agent to process checks… Some of these offers actually put you in the position of being arrested for check fraud – you are held liable for the phoney checks you cash.

So, in addition to posting information about scams (see also our articles on International Relationship Scams and Curse Scams), I’ve begun fighting back in more direct ways. I am writing back to each of the phishers who email me with a note that goes like this:

Are you nuts or just plain greedy? How dare you use these ridiculous sob stories to try and extract money from unsuspecting folks – people who’ve worked hard and gotten sick themselves taking care of their lives… stop this ugly phishing NOW, get a real job, like the rest of us,. and get me off your D….D list. NOW~~!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not the best letter I’ve written, but I am not into giving these phishermen much energy and it gets the point across… which leads me to the most important point of this article. To encourage you to start fighting back with me, I am offering a free reading for the best “Stop the Phishermen” letter. I promise to publish all that I receive with this article. I want to share the ideas for stopping this blight on the Internet. So email me the letter you create at danielle@globalpsychics.com. (Contest ends May 15)

Here are several excellent web sites where you can learn more about the phishermen and their scams: http://www.cyveillance.com/, http://romancescam.com, http://onguardonline.gov/phishing.html. And as serendipity would have it, I happened on the Oprah show today when she was informing her audience about a whole range of Internet scams, so you should find some useful links on her web site also.

The law is struggling to shut these folks down… my thought is that it is up to you and me to end this proliferation of scams. A good way to start would be to flood them with the same emails they are sending us, now all telling them to get lost… a grass roots movement like this can be far more effective than the legal route… if we stop buying into their scams, eventually they will slink away… let us pray!

Until Next time, Lotsa LLLove, Danielle

I’ll be interested in your comments and ideas around what we can do to shut these predators off.

Update: this letter arrived today – now they are phishing the folks they already phished… don’t fall for it, if you recieve a letter like this – note the grammatical errors…  typical of the phishermen…

Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
                 EFCC HeadQuaters,Abuja,Nigeria.
                       Tel:+234-18539319.

GOOD DAY,
 
FIRST WE INTRODUCES THIS COMMISSION, Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) WE FIGHT CYBER CRIME FRAUD SCAM MONEY LAUNDERING IN AFRICA.OUR COMMISSION HAS BEEN IN EXSITANCES SINCE 2004.
 
OUR DUTIES IS TO STOP INTERNET FRAUD SCAM. AS FOR TODAY WE HAVE PUT ALOT OF PEOPLE FRAUDSTERS BEHIND BARS ALOT OF THEM ARE IN JAIL WE GO ALL OVER AFRICA TO PICK THIS THIEFS.
 
WE HAVE OVER 687 OF THEM IN OUR JAILS ROUND AFRICA AND WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR MORE, WE ARE AWARE THAT A LOT OF FOREIGNERS OUT THERE HAVE BEEN DECEIVED TRICKED AND LOST A LOT OF MONEY. TO THIS FRAUD STERS AFTER PROMISEING YOU PERCENTAGES IN THEIR LETTERS FOR YOU TO HELP THEM MOVE FUNDS AT THE END OF THE DAY THEY WILL COLLECT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM YOU MAKEING YOU A POOR PERSON.
 
ALL THE AFRICAN CRIME FIGHTERS LEDERS HAS COME TOGETHER TO INFORM THE WORLD WHAT IS GOING ON NOW AND WE HAVE RECOVED OVER $322 MILLION DOLLARS(THREE HUNDREN AND TWENTY TWO MILLION DOLLARS) FROM THE PEOPLE WE HAVE BEHIND BARS. THE ONLY REASON WE ARE WRITTING YOU THIS LETTER, IS BECAUSE YOUR NAME WAS GIVEN TO US BY ONE OF THE FRAUDSTARS IN OUR JAIL HOUSE, THAT HE COLLECTED MONEY FROM BY TRICKS.
 
OUR ACTION NOW IS TO REFUND BACK MONEY TO FOREIGNERS WHO LOST MONEY TO THESE THIEFS. WE ARE PAYING BACK FROM THE MONEY WE RECOVERED.
WE CAN ONLY REFUND YOU IF YOUR NAME IS MENTIONED AND YOU SHOW US PROVE OF HOW MUCH YOU LOST.IF THIS LETTER GETS TO YOU THEN YOU ARE MENTIONED. BUT IF IT’S GETS TO YOU BY MISTAKE AND YOU HAVE NOT LOST ANY MONEY THEN PLEASE DISREGARD IT.
 
IF YOU KNOW ANY PERSON FAMILY OR FRIEND THAT HAS LOST MONEY TO FRAUDSTARS PLEASE TELL HIM/HER TO WRITE TO THIS COMMISSION WITH PROVES AND WE WILL HANDLE HIS/HER CASE THEN PAY BACK AFTER VERIFICATION.
 
WE ARE AWARE THIS FRAUDSTARS HAS BROKEN ALOT OF HOME, MADE ALOT OF PEOPLE TO LOSE THEIR JOB, SELL THEIR PROPERTIES, CLOSED THEIR BUSINESS, PUT MANY ON THE STREET, AND MADE ALOT TO EVEN LOSE THEIR LIFE. PLEASE YOU ARE TO REACH US IN OUR EMAIL ADDRESS ABOVE FOR FUTHER CLERIFICATIONS ON HOW YOU ARE TO RECEIVE YOUR LOST FUNDS YOU ARE TO FORWARD YOUR FULL PARTICULARS AND RECENT TELPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS TO OUR EMAIL ADDRESS ABOVE ON IF YOU ARE A VICTIM.
 
REGARDS
ALHAJI KOFFI WILLIAMS
DR. VICTOR PAM AND OTHERS
(CHAIRMAN EFCC).

2 Comments
  1. We’ve been getting some really creative ideas in response to this article…Our visitors have emailed me with the following advice and letters:

    I get so many that I simply send the phisher a copy of another phishing letter. For instance, when I receive a lottery winning letter from England, I forward a lottery winning letter from another country. The Nigerian scams I send a copy of another scam. Another thing I do is to ask how “Uncle …. died,” ( in the scams where a banker sends me a letter inviting me to committ fraud by claiming to be another in order to collect a large percentage of funds from a dead depositor), and that I hadn’t seen them for an awful long time. I had been wondering what had happened to him and the family. If they could just send my check in care of our state attorney general in Santa Fe, I could collect from her. Some I ignore. Others I use fictional information to fill in their forms. Others I simply ask them to donate my winnings to Save the Children, or some other worthy charity. I must have donated several billion American dollars in this manner.

    StGrizzVi@aol.com

    I have filters in my e-mails to filter out all the junk mail.In my Yahoo and Hotmail accounts Ihave the opportunity to decide what to do with the filtered mail. I would suggest that when you get a phish e-mail that you save the address in ylour address book in a file named Phishing. When you get a good amount of “junk” e-mail forward it to all the addresses in your Phishing file. I believe this will flood their servers with e-mail junk and possibly shut them down do to the huge volume of mail if we all do it regularly. This is kind of the electronic version of stuffing credit card offers”junk mail” with all your junk mail and torn up application and returning it in the post paid envelope they send you….while I am not 100% sure this will do it as far as stopping them(they are ruthless and may find a way to get around this), it certainly is worth a shot!
    Good luck Nicholas

    This is a PS to the previous e-mail. While the idea of sending some sort of letter that you percieve will somehow shame these guys into stopping this evil way of stealing, truth is they have no shame or they would not be preying upon the weak and poor. I believe that in their country we are all seen as being “rich Americans”, which is in their minds, justification to rip us off. So while a shaming letter will allow the writer to vent his anger it most likely will do little towards stopping the phisher.

    I’ve told some of the Nigerian money scammers that sure I’ll help them but I want my cut in gold bullion… that usually shuts them up pretty quick. or if I get one that tells me I need to update my account, and it’s with a financial institution I’ve never even heard of let alone done business with I’ll say something like “wow, I need to update an account that doesn’t even exist!” usually, tho, I’m pretty damn rude. a friend of mine tells them “I may have been born at night, but it wasn’t LAST night”. Marilea Butler

    A man in late middle age gets off the plane, checks through customs and goes out the terminal to get into a taxi to go to his hotel.

    This man is nondescript in looks, just an ordinary anglo-saxon male to anyone who gives him a passing glance but look closely enough and study him. His face and the way he walks seems to tell us he has gone through some heartbreak. emotional pain like the years of his life has culminated in this but he also looks like he is on some sought of fatalistic mission; that he has gone passed all emotion now and is just fatalistic in a way.

    Th next day he walks resignedly into a gun shop and purchases a hand gun without a problem. Once he is at his next destination we see him checking his gun, looking at his notes on his laptop beside him in the rental car and then at the photos of two men. He studies them intently and in a way passively.

    He gets out of his car, walks to a building, rides the elevator and knocks on a door. A man comes to the door and queries why he is there, what does he want. His visitor takes out his gun and calmly shoots the man he has been trying to find for the last three months dead. He then shoots himself.

    Whoosh, our passive, fatalistic man finds himself immediately in a realm he at once realizes is heaven. “Where’s the tunnel, the gate, the man with the beard, St Peter” but at once as this goes through his mind, a form, a being is by his side. Without talking our man hears a conversation between himself and this being. He realises that his life on earth is being played back to him and that any incidences that have to be judged by him are paused for him to reflect on and judge himself.

    This same scenario is being played out with the man that was shot dead when he opened the door. His spiritual being, partner, angel, whoever is asking him why this should have happened, why did this man come and shoot him. The man who has been murdered also wants to know why but at the back of his mind there is a niggling suspicion he has of why.

    The murdered man is being a shown scenes of the murderer’s life before he murdered him. He and his wife and family were happy and solidering along until his retirement. Finally he and his wife had managed to pay their two children’s college tuition, pay off their mortgage and were going to embark on a cruise before moving and settling into the countryside in retirement. Unfortunately this could not happen now, as one day the man who committed the murder saw an email to him requesting money to be paid into an overseas account because a long, lost relative had left him quite a large sum of money and once finally being tracked down, he now had to pay the legal and finding fees for this. Eventhough there was a little tiny voice inside his head saying this could be a trick, a con, he had always conducted his life the right way and could not believe that anyone could be so cruel as to come up with this kind of story, so against his better judgement he paid the money. Once more a week later he was told once he had paid the final amount he would have the promised inheritance into his account. He paid the money and waited, becoming more worried, confused and angry when this did not happen.

    After taking things into his own hands, he decided to track down the instigators of this obvious scam and found out who they were and where they were. This undertaking also cost him a lot of money. In the end he had lost over $150,000 of his and his wife’s retirement money. After he eventually told his wife, she became very quiet, wouldn’t eat and a month later had a stroke and died. They had been married for over 40 years.

    Now the murdered man realises why he is here and what brought him to this place in time. He felt the emotions of his murderer and his wife, how they felt physically, emotionally and spiritually. He cried in agonising pain when he realised that his actions had brought about three people’s deaths and how he would forever be in this agonising state until the debt was somehow paid.

    All actions lead to reactions, all things spiral around in a circle to come to a right or wrong conclusion. If you decide to go ahead with these negative actions there is no use screaming in pain forever at the end. Heather Dolheguy.

  2. Sorry, but colleague, you are sure?
    prof.Preobrajensky.
    Good luck!

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