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Tammy L. Odell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/7/2004
 

Weird messages from Betterphoto visitors


Just wondering what is the deal? I received two weird messages from women in other countries asking for my help with retrieving some money left to them by their late husbands. Both very sad stories of how their husbands died and such. My email said it was from visitors from Betterphoto.com. Ofcourse I didn't reply, as I am sure it's some kind of scam. Was wondering is anyone else has gotten any of these messages?


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8/10/2005 7:08:20 AM

 
Mellanie    Yes, I got one today. Some lady whose hubby had a bunch of gold in Sierra Leone! I've heard of several other BP members getting these emails too. Scam artists at work...I just don't see how people fall for these things! Just hit delete and go one. I'm sure if you reply and they get your email addy then you will be flooded with spam!

Mel


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8/10/2005 7:38:51 AM

 
Laura E. OConnor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/12/2005
  Yep. Don't reply to it. If you don't have to open it, DON'T they track "live" e-mail addresses. They've found a way to get around spam blockers by going through web sites like BP, because you won't have BP marked as SPAM, it gets through.

The same thing with any e-mail that is claiming you signed up for and it is something you've never heard of or subscribed to telling you that if you click "unsubscribe" they'll remove you from their list. All they're doing is collecting "live" e-mail addresses for spam lists from each person who clicks "Unsubscribe" You're actually confirming your e-mail.

They're pretty smart, but it's still spam and it's illegal.


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8/10/2005 7:54:19 AM

 
Tammy L. Odell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/7/2004
  I figured that I wasn't the only one. Just got aggravated that it came thru the Betterphoto site. That's so wrong!!


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8/10/2005 8:13:07 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  I RECIEVED ONE ALSO , BY A MEMBER NAMED: ESTHER WULFF
I LET HEATHER KNOW.
I KEPT IT IN CASE SOMEONE WANTS TO REPORT IT,I KNOW THERE IS A WEB SITE BUT I DON'T HAVE THE SDDRESS ANY LONGER.


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8/10/2005 8:16:05 AM

 
Ric Henry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/29/2004
  Don't reply to the emails. They just want to see if the email is a live one or not. Its a scam.

Ric


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8/10/2005 8:36:33 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  I got the message from "Ester Wulff" also.

The African "send money to help claim riches" scam has been around for a long time. I think it originated in Nigeria.

I've received many emails along these lines over the years, but this is the first time I got one delivered through a website like this.


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8/10/2005 9:12:11 AM

 
Margot Petrowski
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/14/2004
  I've been getting them too.....I hate these scams!!!! I hope nobody at BP has fallen for these.


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8/10/2005 9:15:47 AM

 
Matthew Slyfield
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/5/2005
  This scam is usually refered to as a Nigerian 411 scam. The scam did not originate in Nigeria, but the originator of the scam claimed to be a Nigierian government minister trying to get a large sum of money out of the country. The 411 part of the name of the scam suposedly comes from the section number of the Nigierian leagal code dealing with fraud.

If anyone who has recived this is feeling ambitious, they could report it to the authorities. If you are not feeling that ambitious, just "file" it with the rest of the spam you get.


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8/10/2005 9:29:22 AM

 
Nancy Grace Chen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/18/2004
  I've gotten a bunch, slightly different... apparently there is some news anchor/commentator named Nancy Grace, and when you google her name, my BP gallery is used to be like the 4th result that came up (now it's on the 3rd page). So people would fill out the message page, thinking that I was her. (how they missed the CHEN part, I have no idea) I'd get really long, impassioned emails about the Peterson case, Michael Jackson, and more. It was weird.

The spammers must be really determined if they are sending messages through your galleries... that's a lot more work than just copying and pasting a bunch of email addresses into an email!

Nancy Grace CHEN!


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8/10/2005 1:03:43 PM

 
Kay Beausoleil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2004
KayBeausoleilPhotography.com
  I've been spammed in the past by a succession of Nigerian colonels and princes, but it's odd that my husband showed me this website this very morning -- BP members are not alone!
http://www.britisharts.co.uk/artistsbeware.htm


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8/10/2005 1:23:00 PM

 
Tonya R. Boles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/7/2004
  I had one this morning. I just deleted it since others had already mentioned it. People will do anything these days...Unreal.


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8/10/2005 3:02:01 PM

 
Cynthia A. Jones
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/29/2004
  I received a very odd e-mail from Esther Wulff today. She states she had 3 million dollars in some bank in Africa. I deleted it, as I figured it was a scam. Anyone know why they target betterphoto?
Thanks, Cynthia


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8/26/2005 11:16:06 AM

 
Jennifer S
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/9/2004
  I got one of those a while back. I posted a warning here on the forums. I saw a Dateline special on this. I agree- DO NOT reply! It is a fast-growing scam. I guess they targeted here because there are so many people, and you can contact anyone here just by clicking "contact". Luckily they wont get your email address unless you reply.


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8/26/2005 11:44:40 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  That's a very important thing to remember, Jennifer. If you reply to the message, then they will have your email address, and who knows what spam you'll be getting next.


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8/26/2005 12:56:10 PM

 
Lisa James
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/21/2005
  I received my first one from Esther Wulff today... the very same deal about 3 million dollars in a bank in Africa. I was really surprised this came through BetterPhoto but I am so glad I searched for this forum and found that others have received this also. I did save her email just incase Heather or whomever may need it.


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8/26/2005 6:16:41 PM

 
Elisabeth A. Gay
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  Thanks for the heads up! We even get the Nigerian 411 scam in our regular snail mail several times a year! I wonder how many people fall for it - must be a lot, since it is apparently still worth these shiftless people's while to send it out! A good friend of mine fell for the Euromilliones lottery scam recently. He was very ill, thought his ship had come in and he would be able to pay for kidney transplant. We tried to break it to him gently that this was a scam. A couple of weeks later, he gave up and died. I'm sure the disappointment and embarrassment added to his already growing fears and despair. Makes me so angry how these scammers prey on people who are so vulnerable.


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8/27/2005 8:19:51 AM

 
Jennifer S
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/9/2004
  Oh Elizabeth, thats TERRIBLE!!!! Some people are so heartless and downright disgusting. I believe most people who give in to the 411 scam are the elderly. They are so caring and alot of them don't seem to realize how much times have changed and how nasty and decieving people can be these days. People think of everything to make money, and alot of them prey on the elderly.


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8/27/2005 8:31:03 AM

 
Elisabeth A. Gay
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  Jennifer, I don't know if it is because of where I live, but I have never seen so many creative scams in my life! I'm from the UK, but have been in the Bahamas for over 20 years -my husband is Bahamian, as was my friend, and these island folks are very trusting, and easy to swing with a get rich quick scheme!


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8/27/2005 10:36:54 AM

 
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