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    Refugee email scam information

    One type of romance scam is the refugee scam.

    Sexy, beautiful female 20-something year old orphan with millions in the bank trapped in a refugee camp with constant internet access that sends dozens of gorgeous pictures of herself scantly clad and you must financially assist her and her barrister/banker/minister fast before the lecherous camp men or murderous relatives get their hands on her and her bank account.

    The emails are not addressed to any specific name.

    Dearest Confidant,
    With respect and humility I decided to send this proposal to you, this however is not mandatory nor will me in any manner compel you to honor against your will. Your profile pushed me to send you this mail, I am Farida Rahman, 21years old and the only daughter of my late parents Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Rahman, My father was a highly reputable business man,a military contactor who had friends in high places.

    My father died in one of the military operations by US forces to liberate Iraq of Sadamm Hussein.My Father was a civilian and we wonder till date how he would have died the way they said. But God knows the truth! My mother died when I was just 4 years old, and since then my father took me so special. Before his death on February 12, 2003, he told me that he had secured my future by depositing $18,700,000 (Eighteen million seven hundred thousand Dollars)I have in my possession the deposit document which the company gave to my late father when he deposited the funds with the finance company. I really don't know what to do. This is because I have suffered a lot of hard time here, hiding for my life.

    There is still so much insecurity here,coupled with the fact that my dad was a well known person in this country.

    The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. I am in a sincere desire of your assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Now permit me to ask these few questions:-
    1. Can you honestly and willingly help me as a sister?
    2. Can I completely trust you?
    3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is into your hand

    Please, Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.
    Thank you so much,

    my sincere regards.
    Farida Rahman

    The next email will demand your name, address, phone number and scanned copy of your ID.

    The scammer figures if you are going to send your name and address, you are a potential sucker. The phone number is so he can 'flash' you. He doesn't want to call you as that will cost him minutes on his pre-paid cell phone. He will call you for just long enough for his phone number to show up on your caller ID then hang up before you answer, that way you will call him back. Incoming calls are free for him, so he almost always will say, call me. Some scammers simply refuse to talk on the phone as they are unable to fake a female voice and besides the thick accent would give them away.

    The scanned ID is for him to use on another potential sucker. He will take your ID and use it himself to impersonate you to all his new potential suckers. What better way to pretend to be someone else than to use a real ID? He will also sell that scanned copy of your ID to all his scamming buddies. For decades to come, your ID will be floating around scammer-land being used to scam others.

    Then comes some crappy photoshopped MS word created documents, usually with some pretty border, scribbled signatures that don't resemble the names listed, horrible spelling, terrible grammar and a big red spot called the 'red seal of truth'.

    And what scam would be complete without the demand for payment by Western Union or maybe moneygram. Western Union and moneygram will not ask for ID from the receiver, so anyone anywhere can pick up your cash. Western Union and moneygram also will not tell the sender who, when, where, or how the money was picked up. Which is why scamners love both services, completely anonymous for the receiver to take your cash and disappear.

    The banker or barrister always has tons of fees ready for you to pay. Each subsequent fee is more expensive and urgent than the next and each one promises to be the last but never is. There is always the hope that the victim becomes suspicious and googles at some point before taking out a huge loan they can't repay in anticipation of getting that windfall.

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    Re: Refugee email scam information

    Ah, the true classics never go out of style. Long before the internet this was known as the "Spanish Prisoner Con," it seems that King Philip II did nothing but imprison wealthy persons, forcing their friends and relatives to write impassioned pleas for donations on the promise that once the wealthy person buys their freedom the donors charity would be most handsomely rewarded.

    In the old days this con actually took some skill, postage wasn't cheap so there were a limit to how many letters you could send. These days you can launch a thousand e-mails from a cramped cyber-cafe with the click of a button so the average skill level of the scammers seem to have dropped. But many times there are small organizations at work. You have several people sending out the spam and any replies they receive get a copy and pasted response. If someone replies to that they get turned over to someone with enough literacy and larceny to establish a relationship with a victim and they craft individualized responses. That's where the song and dance begins, anyone willing to send the scammers any money at all is more likely to send more money than the next thousand spam e-mails they send are combined, so once they have a hook in you they'll fight like hell to keep you on the line. They will tell you anything they can think of, play on every feeling you have and abusing any sympathy they can evoke to get your money. But the end is always the same, there are no wealthy merchants or Spanish princes, just a bunch of greedy con men who will disappear when you stop sending them money.
    So your prophets of finance have fallen on their collective proverbial face, and you hear muffled voices calling: Welcome to the human race.
    You made a killing dealing real estate at NASA selling cemetery plots in outer space til some falling coffins crashed upon your doorstep: Welcome to the human race.

    Open up your heart...

    Welcome to RealScam.com.

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    Re: Refugee email scam information

    so once they have a hook in you they'll fight like hell to keep you on the line. They will tell you anything they can think of, play on every feeling you have and abusing any sympathy they can evoke to get your money
    Which is why reading about scambaiting is so fun, once the scammer thinks he has a victim firmly hooked, he will do all sorts of silly things to keep the potentially paying person from leaving.

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