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Shame on me!!!!

Posted Monday, December 17, 2007, at 11:21 PM

Wow! All this money and I'm so greedy I plan to keep all of it since all of it amounts to a grand total of nothing.

I was notified Nov. 20 I had won a sweepstakes I'd never entered and that total would have been about a million bucks.

That was a Nigerian scam.

Today I was notified $600,000 had been placed in a Swiss bank account by someone I've never even heard of and would be transferred to a bank of my choice just as soon as I contacted a Rev. Marvis Jones and instructed the good reverand where to send my money.

There was a nice final paragraph reminding me to to give some of the money to my church.

Money? There are far greater things in life than money.

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Oh My Goodness! Did you ever respond to the "Sweepstakes" to claim your prize, or are "they" just doing all this without your request?

I have heard of this scam, but never locally! Is there any way you can "turn them in?" Maybe to someone in Nigeria?

Something needs to be done. This is rediculous!

PS-Sorry for my constant use of "".

-- Posted by Mary on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 7:10 AM

Bo, it could be worse. Really. I got an email a few months back saying that someone I know very well wanted me dead so in order for this person NOT to kill me I would need to give him $10k. However, b/c he appreciated the value of my life I could do so in 2 payments, but I would need to do it quickly as his "boss" was very serious in his request on my life and he was running out of time. He instructed me not to mention this to my family or friends b/c his "boss" was infact one of them. So, first thing I do is laugh so hard I can't see and call my step dad and ask what to do. He gave me the number to a detective here in town who agreed it was a scam and encouraged me to erase the email. I had to mess with the guy though. My response was "who wants me dead and where do I send your money?" I never got an answer to the first part however apparently there is a nice lady in London that does his banking for him. Sylvia something or another. lol

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 7:34 AM

I sent both of these notifications to the very best person available to keep track on such scams.

These scams go beyond e-mail.

We have also been notified by telephone of winning a trip and one person who could hardly speak English called to offer us a tremendous savings on health insurance if we would just give her the number of our bank account.

-- Posted by bomelson on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 8:09 AM


You people are so cynical.

I'm considering on taking that nice Nigerian man's money,converting it to bearer bonds and sending it directly to him.

Of course,I'll have to charge him a half million dollars in shipping fees-or more if he wants it before Christmas.

(Shipping to be put in my Paypal in advance)

No,the charges don't come out of my 'reward' for helping out third world royalty.

I have to have some money to buy luggage for my cruise,handling fees for my free magazines and the miracle drugs that will restore my vitality.

I expect I'd be set for life-even after tithes and taxes.

Who needs money-attracting room spray so long as we've got spam?

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 2:45 PM

Of course the first thing Rev. Marvis Jones will need to know in order to deposit that $600,000 in your bank is your account number.

-- Posted by bomelson on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 3:48 PM

Maybe I better stick to PayPal-or he could just put it on a gift card.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 5:01 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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