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jlevey
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Please note, I have started a "fresh" Post on this subject of scammming entertainers, under the category of Tricky Business. To view this posting, please click on the following link:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=44

Best regards.

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I recently got a phishing email that actually said that the sender was Ebay. The letter looked authentic enough that I clicked on the item number to see if it was still listed. Luckily, my Netscape browser stopped the download and said it looked like a phishing site. That's when I took a closer look at the mail.

The giveaways were many, if you knew what to look for. First, it said that the item the person had purchased was a car. The item listed as having been sold was a copy of Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End, an excellent science fiction novel. Going over the links showed a different website in the bottom left corner of Netscape.

Also, when I went to My Ebay, there was no duplicate message in my inbox.

The other big clue was that many of the official links for ebay security sites at the bottom of the page were listed and in blue, just like a real hyperlink, but they really didn't go anywhere or change my cursor to a hand to indicate a link.

What scared me is that it looked official and actually had me checking something on it (the aforementioned item number). Can't help but wonder how many others have been fooled by it and NOT had a good (or up-to-date) web browser to warn them.

Needless to say, I sent this off to spoof@ebay.com so they could chase these bad guys
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One of the first things I noticed was the odd spelling of the name "Sharron". I have seen this in several examples of this scam letter here on The Magic Café, as well as several "Spanish Prisoner" type 419 scam letters I have received from Nigeria, and more recently Eastern Europe.
I wonder how organized and inter-linked these gangs are, or if, somewhere in Nigeria, there's a publisher selling a "How to Scam" book, complete with example letters for the enterprising bunko artist to cut and paste as needed?
Woke up.
Fell out of bed.
Dragged a comb across m' head.
jlevey
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Café member "Lyndel" was kind enough to post the following link, which shares some of his experience with this type of situation, and shows an example of correspondence between scammer and entertainer:

http://magic.about.com/od/themagicbusiness/a/lyndel1.htm

Thanks Lyndel!

Jonathan
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JamesTong
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These people will just keep on coming out with so-call new ideas to scam others.
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Just read(I beliebe in magic mag) the same scam. Person trying to "hire" magician for big event, overpaid etc. A good story but all of these are always a scam regardless of the industry the person receiving these letters and emails are in. They all revolve around the same theme.
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