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It's emergency, help LIPPO CIKARANG - Every once in a time you probably receive an email that is clearly a form of scam. Often orginating from an known person that is trying to persuade you into sending 'a small amount of' money so he/she can claim a huge sum of money from a deceased family member or something similar.

In the early days this kind of cries for help were send with the regular mail. In the 1990's this became email, but the type of scam didn't change since it was still effective. Send a little bit of money first in trade for a part of the 'profits'. Who does not want to receive a part of something as certain as that? People are generally greedy so many bought it. And many other still buy it every day.

And then these scammers discovered Indonesia, with it's hundreds of millions of Indonesians that are all poor and would like to have a bag full of money in their hands. The scam emails were translated into Indonesian and in combination with the wide availability of Western Union points in the country, a 'decent' living can be earned from simply scamming stupid, greedy, stubborn and unknowing Indonesians.

Then there is spam and other undesired email which are often sent from Hotmail accounts, as they are most widespread. Existing accounts are 'hacked', this means, their easy to guess passwords are retrieved by a machine or some low-cost worker that is trying different passwords and secret questions for days on an end.

These two have now be combined in an almost perfect blend of scam. Using existing email addresses to send a cry for help in the name of the person in the email. This cry for help is sent to persons that have received email from this email account earlier, and in this manner establishing a 'relation' between the sender and the receiver.


An email with a cry for help, originating from someone that has had contact with you before, even including names. That must be a serious one.

The result is an email that resembles the one above here, in which I have blocked out the name of the sending party as she most likely does not know that her email-address is being abused. In the name of one Dewi, a person that I should know, I get the request for sending some money. She would like to receive the amount of 3.000 dollars, but less is also fine as long as I am able to help.

But why I receive an email from this Dewi now? Well, she has once sent me an email via a feedback form on the website. I answerred that one and she replied again. So I am in her contacts list with my name as well, because that can be found in my email of course. Everything can be explained quite easily, but when you receive such a personalised email, you will soon think it's serious.

Of course it's nothing serieus. I mean, what are the chances that a Dewi from Indonesia ends up in Nigeria, encounters serious problems there and than emails me to ask for help? Almost zero indeed. Especially sending money in the form of an untraceable Western Union transfer to Nigeria should ring bells with all of us nowadays.

Also the fact that she will take any amount of help. It might seem nice, but it is purely aimed to get at least some money from you. Even if I would help this poor Dewi, that is not Dewi, but a scammer from Nigeria, with just 500.000 rupiah (55 USD) that scammer would claim the money, because it's better than receiving nothing and still worth while.

For those that think something is wrong.. yes indeed, the name of the claiming party is indeed that Dewi. It seems that she has indeed stranded somewhere in that far-away Nigeria without money. Several answers are possible here: because of corruption, everyone could claim the money; they have fakes a travel document and use that or she is really stranded there. In that case: sorry lady!


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Posted in Crime @ 04 August 2011 05:33 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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