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Jan 12, 2023 - 8:13:14 AM
60165 posts since 12/14/2005

Decided to keep a spreadsheet for the scam e-mails & phone calls I get this year.

If they specify an amount, it goes in as specified.
If they hint at an unspecified amount, it goes in as $10,000 USD, since I'm not going to contact them and ASK.

So far, just one. Steve Schuurman, for $1,800,000

But we're not even halfway through January.

Jan 12, 2023 - 1:24:04 PM
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I have one for you. Dec. 28th, I got an e-mail from Wal-Mart fraud division of activity on my wife's account. We live in central Illinois near Peoria. Wal-Mart stopped a curbside pickup using my wife's credit card. The total for clothing and mainly groceries came to over $400. The order for this went to Murphysboro, Tennessee store. I'm glad they caught it and removed the order. We do not use curbside pickup and are hundreds of miles from Murphysboro. We called our bank the next day and the turned off my wife's card. Got call that night from the bank and they cancelled her credit card for safety reasons. The Wal-Mart app that my wife uses was hacked.

A couple of days ago the same thing happened again. Of course, my wife's credit card is now void.
The person doing this had 73 items in the cart for $325.00 this time.

It is unbelievable what crooks will try to do. I have no idea how they got into my wife's account.
Our bank suggested also to not save any credit card information online. Reenter the info each time, it's safer in the long run. The crooks could only use Wal-Mart app since they don't have her actual credit card number.

Be careful out there.


Jan 12, 2023 - 6:45:31 PM
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60165 posts since 12/14/2005

I do believe that I shall purchase a prepaid card, not connected to my savings NOR my checking, for buying stuff online.
Although I prefer to support the local brick-and-mortar stores, with human beings I can talk to, face to handsome mustachioed face.

Jan 13, 2023 - 6:03:27 AM
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I've had my CC hacked several times. Most of the time the bank, or Visa Fraud caught it, but once or twice I did. I always use the same CC in any online transactions, so I suspect it got grabbed by some supposedly secure website.

Watch your statements for very small transactions. A series of Amazon transactions, all under $10 was my tip off. I hadn't placed an Amazon purchase in months, and these were very small purchases. Turns out they do that to test the card before making a major purchase. No one is serious about catching these people, which is sad. All of these purchases had a ship to location - or in the event of curbside, a pick up time and location. Pretty easy to set a trap, but the cost is higher than the loss so it isn't done.

Jan 18, 2023 - 8:10:32 AM

60165 posts since 12/14/2005

" The sum of $3.5millon has been donated to you by Mr. Bernard for the purpose of charity. Kindly get back for more info via Email"

WOW! Three and a half MILLION, in gold, in a little wooden barrel.

GOOD  boy, Mr. Bernard. GOOD boy!!

OK, so January is only slightly past half over, and already I have $5,300,000 toward buying as much bubble gum as I ever wanted.

Edited by - mike gregory on 01/18/2023 08:21:05

Jan 18, 2023 - 8:28:44 AM

552 posts since 11/10/2022

Ive used twice. Both led to stolen cards, cancelled cards and reissued cards.

Recently, everytime I use my credit card at walmart I get an email from walmart even though I cancelled my account. I stopped shopping there.

Jan 19, 2023 - 6:37:16 AM

60165 posts since 12/14/2005

Unspecified amount, since I'm not going to risk opening a link and posting details. has prevented the delivery of 6 new emails to your inbox with subjects Re:Balance Payment as of 1/19/2023 1:03:54 p.m. Message was identified as Spam. You can review these here and choose what happens to Your EMAILS. You can also get more information about quarantined messages by clicking on the botton VIEW EMAILS and Compliance Center. You'll need to Login with your details to be able to access this Emails.

Also, I seriously doubt that CORE.COM would spell BUTTON as BOTTON!

And no reason anyone would use so many  CAPTIAL letters when typing Spam and Your and EMAILS.

Running total $5,310,000

Edited by - mike gregory on 01/19/2023 06:41:17

Jan 19, 2023 - 8:13:12 AM
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12648 posts since 6/5/2011

... admittedly nit-picking  [it's another slow day in Russell], but Mr. Bernard would have to be a pretty strong pooch..... allowing for errors/incompetence, I figure he'd have about 126 lbs. of gold in the barrel.   Cash on the barrelhead??


Jan 19, 2023 - 9:13:58 AM

60165 posts since 12/14/2005

I used to get long-ish emails about someone showing up and claiming to be my authorized representative for claiming enormous sums of money.

Today, I got a very SHORT version, to which I am not responding.


Are you the one whom Authorized her to claim it??


So, this gets the unspecified amount's  default value  of $10,000

Although it would probably be for more than a million, as most of the others were.

Running total $5,320,000

Jan 19, 2023 - 9:17:42 AM

60165 posts since 12/14/2005

Nice song, by the Louvin Bros!

Jan 27, 2023 - 9:07:34 PM

60165 posts since 12/14/2005

Ho hum...
Another day, another 30 million.
Now up to $35,320,000

Thank you, Mr Salem Mohamed Obaidalla
Group Chief Financial Officer
Emirates NBD
Dubai U.A.E

Jan 31, 2023 - 2:56:15 PM

60165 posts since 12/14/2005

Got one 4:45 PM local, in GERMAN, asking me if I speak English, and asking me to reply, so that we can discuss our mutual interests.

My reply:
Der beste Weg, um herauszufinden, ob jemand Englisch liest oder spricht, ist, ihn auf Englisch zu fragen.

My Engiish is not to bad.

Worauf beziehen Sie sich auf "unsere Interessen"?

Which I did with an online translation program, so to a REAL German speaker, I might sound like a moron.
But what I was trying to say was

"The best way to find out if a person reads or speaks English, is to ask them IN ENGLISH!!"

(Deliberate misspelling in my English phrase)

Feb 1, 2023 - 2:59:01 PM

60165 posts since 12/14/2005

Ms. Jennifer Akanga is dying, doesn't trust her in-laws with her late husband's $55 million estate.
If I promise to give MOST of it to charities, I get $22,000,000

Scam total as of Feb 1 is $57,320,000

Feb 1, 2023 - 3:08:39 PM



12648 posts since 6/5/2011

So ..... I gather you made that ^^ promise?!?!?!? 

Have you selected the charities? .... or are you still accepting applications?   wink

Feb 1, 2023 - 5:53:34 PM
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60165 posts since 12/14/2005

Ummm... Is there one called the Owen Russell Charitable TRUST for Widows, Orphans, and Banjo Players??

Feb 2, 2023 - 3:05:47 PM

60165 posts since 12/14/2005

She says her decision to contact me was based on my profile.
So I asked her WHICH profile, as I am on 3 different sites.

She replied it's THIS one.

Nice photo, but NOTHING about me as a "God-fearing person" who would honestly distribute $55,000,000, keeping only $22,000,000 for myself.

My guess is that when I asked WHICH profile, she probably searched desperately online.

Feb 2, 2023 - 11:51:03 PM
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Paul R


16407 posts since 1/28/2010

Originally posted by mike gregory

Ho hum...
Another day, another 30 million.
Now up to $35,320,000

Thank you, Mr Salem Mohamed Obaidalla
Group Chief Financial Officer
Emirates NBD
Dubai U.A.E

Well, of course you can't trust him, he's in Dubai. Why?

As the man said, "People in Dubai don't like the Flintstones. ...



But the people in Abu Dhabi do!"

Feb 28, 2023 - 12:33:09 PM

60165 posts since 12/14/2005

Ken Obiorah took time out of his busy day, to ask my help in relocating some money.
MY share would be no less than $7,912,500

Oh happy day!
It had been so long since the last scam e-mail, I thought they had figured it was a waste of electrons to contact me any more.

Anyway, that bumps my total for just this year to $65,232,500

Oh! By sheer coincidence!!
I looked at a spreadsheet from a previous year, looking for Mr. Obiorah's name, and ran across an $800,000 offer from Kim Ho. (Hong Kong National Lottery)
THAT name rang a bell, since Kim Ho is the name used by the person who was trying to send me an "oops! Too big" check for my Railroad Lady banjo body, with instructions about where to send the extra.
Wonder if it's actually the same scammer.

Mar 7, 2023 - 5:37:07 AM

60165 posts since 12/14/2005

A gallant soldier, Captain Frank Dickson, on duty with the peacekeeping force in Syria, has asked me to contact him about an unspecified amount of money.
I rate the unspecified as worth ten thousand, minimum.
So my running total is now

Mar 7, 2023 - 9:12:48 AM

60165 posts since 12/14/2005

Not three hours later, another one hits the inbox.
Mr. DEREK NELDNER, and another $10,000 minimum.

Now up to $65,252,500

For THAT kind of money, I could hire one of you to play banjo FOR me, and never worry about my arthritis getting worse.

Mar 21, 2023 - 8:37:10 PM

60165 posts since 12/14/2005

Giovanni Ferrero will be sending me three million Euros, or, at today's exchange rate, $3,230,000

Raises the running total to

Is he famous or anything??

Mar 21, 2023 - 10:57:44 PM
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Brian T


19604 posts since 6/5/2008

I have the reverse issue:
The bank is DEMANDING that I make at least the minimum payment on the balance of a bank card which is not mine.
I'm whooping and hollering for them to go ahead, get it done, make it happen.
They say that they will shut the card down if I don't give away some money.

I feel cruel today. I want to watch, somewhere and at some time, somebody explode over this.

Three days and the card will implode.

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