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ed rhodes
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I got an e-mail telling me I was one of 20 people who'd won $900,000.00 in a Coca Cola based lottery.

The woman posting the message was using a hotmail account.

The person I was supposed to respond to (with all sorts of personal information) was <also> using a hotmail account.(And was supposedly based in South Africa!)

Now how <stupid> am I supposed to be if I expected to believe that Coca Cola, a company based in Atlanta, GA would have their promotional campaign coming out of South Africa?

Not only that, but this multi-million dollar company, giving away money by the truckloads is so cheap it makes its employees use HOTMAIL to send the congratulatory letter?
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
Justin Style
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Hey, you never know?

I say, Go for it...

What have you got to lose?
Dannydoyle
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Hate to tell you but I am friends with a guy who was an inch from falling for the "You won a car in a lottery you never entered, just send us $1500 bucks and it is yours", email scam.

The more despirate the reciever is the easier it is to nail them relly. Often this condition overrides your critical factor and boom before you know it your doing something idiotic.

Sad really.
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<BR>In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act....George Orwell
Doughlas
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Apparently it must be working at some level, otherwise they would have quit trying these sort of scams.
MagicSanta
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I like the ones from Nigeria where the Generals widow needs help in geting his millions out. I, having been to Nigeria and having some knowledge of the place, usually respond that their husband owed me money and I expected it immediately since they have millions. I've yet to get my money. Somewhere on line is correspondance from a comedian and the Nigerians with them thinking he was going to help with the transfer and how he wants to romance the mother in Nigeria etc.. Very funny

Speaking of scams I remember when Howard Sterns office got a call from an angry older woman. She had been scammed and the guy, as a parting joke, gave the Stern office phone number as where she could call to get the money promised to her. Stern got her on live and she never would accept that it was a scam and he actually was nice to her trying to explain what happened.
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Never underestimate the stupidity of your fellow man. Work a hospital emergency room for a couple of months if you want to discover how really stupid people can be. They send out millions of those spam letters and they do it because they find more than enough stupid people in the world with computers who take them up on the scam. Anyone seeing the pidgeon drop demonstrated would wonder how anybody could fall for it, but it has been a standard of cons for a very long time, why, because there are plenty of stupid people out there.
"Now here's the man with the 25 cent hands, that two bit magician..."
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A lawyer friend of mine has a case where a woman was "taken" for a ton of money and is trying to get it back... Smile
STAY TOONED... @ www.pete-biro.com
Justin Style
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There is a place in NYC where you can buy shares of the Brooklyn Bridge. It will go to support the future repair bills. They don't have an actual "office" but if you are downtown, there is a guy who "works" around Chambers street. He has all the legit paperwork but he only takes cash...

Get in on it NOW, while shares last.
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A sucker born every minute
and two more to take him.

Like shooting fish in a barrel

Like taking candy from a baby

(and my personal favorite)
The pigeons have come home to roost
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
Bill Nuvo
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With over 6 billion people you only need a minute few to fall for it.
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http://www.419eater.com/ <~~ You might want to join up with these guys...
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I recently received a really sophisticated hoax email.

It was supposed to be from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. It linked to their site and everything.

It said I had a tax re-bate of £147 or something and needed my bank details to deposit the cash.

One thing gave them away. They asked for my zip code. But this is the UK where we asked for postcodes.

I was almost taken, but called to check up with my employer, and then HMRC who confirmed it was a hoax.
"We judge a book by its cover and read what we want between selected lines" - W. Axl Rose, circa 1992.
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"no one has ever gone broke underestimating the intelegence of the American people" HL Menchen
"there's a sucker born every minute" PT Barnum
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Dannydoyle
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Actually I don't believe it was Barnum.

http://www.historybuff.com/library/refbarnum.html
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<BR>In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act....George Orwell
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I like the ones that say a long lost relative has left me money.
These are supposed to have been sent by a lawyer handling the case.

First... both my mom and dad are alive.
So no matter which side of the family it's on, they would be the next of kin.
Second... my sister is the oldest, then my brother, then me.
I am the youngest.

There is no way I could be the next of kin to anyone dead.

I always right back telling them that they are the worst lawyer I have ever heard of.
I explain what I said above, and a real lawyer should get a better email address than one from yahoo.

Some times I actually get an email back trying to defend themselves.
But it's just because they can't stand that I busted them, and I am very rude when I do it.
I also always tell them that I have reported them and there will be an investigation.
That always gets their goat.

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Josh Riel
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I'm still waiting for my free car, $100,00, house in Spain, and my mail order bride.

I still can't figure out how all my money is disappearing out of all my accounts...
Magic is doing improbable things with odd items that, under normal circumstances, would be unnessecary and quite often undesirable.
Doug Higley
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"That always gets their goat."

It could also get you on a more agressive list for spam...only because now they can add you to the list they know is active addresses. Better to ignore. Smile
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randirain
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True Doug... but it is my junk account any way.

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Hansen
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Mmmm, Coca Cola.
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Quote:
On 2007-09-12 15:59, Hansen wrote:
Mmmm, Coca Cola.


The weird part is; I was gonna say the same thing. What are you wearing? maybe I'm wearing it too.
Magic is doing improbable things with odd items that, under normal circumstances, would be unnessecary and quite often undesirable.
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