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Michael Baker
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I have not seen this one before. It came from Brazil and of course had an attachment. My email address begins with themagiccompany, so naturally this began with an appropriately abbreviated version...

Dear Thema,

This is to inform you to appear in the Court on the April 15 for
your case hearing.
You are kindly asked to prepare and bring the documents
relating to the case to Court on the specified date.
Note: The case will be
heard by the judge in your absence if you do not come.

You can review
complete details of the Court Notice in the attachment.

Tyrone Wells,
Court Secretary.
~michael baker
The Magic Company
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It's a virus that apparently steals files and takes over the users computer.

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My wife got an interesting one that had more thought than most.

Talked about since she is an American business woman and asked what a good rate of return would be for an investor? Said that the business already worked the first time and she bought a pet crematorium. Said she can return $2,000 on a $5,000 investment in just 5 months. Is that a fair amount!

Neat the way they try to get someone with the compliments, then dangle the hook like that. It actually runs like half a start of a good con.
Danny Doyle
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<BR>In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act....George Orwell
Tom Jorgenson
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Similar in LA, where we get phone notices of impending summonses to be served (nice they warn us) at our "residence or place of business!" I've never called back out of curiosity so I don't know how that scam plays out. I suppose they want you to pay up to prevent whatever. They've been sucessful on claiming they're the Police Department on their way to arrest someone. Older folks pay up.
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Just finished reading "How to Think Like a Freak" (No, it's not about sex...it's from authors of "Freakanomics")

They talk about the infamous Nigerian Prince email Scam. You've all probably have gotten them...an email from a Nigerian Prince that needs help getting his money out of the country. Please send your bank information so millions can be deposited and you'll get some as a reward. Except if you do, they clean out your account.

The book looks at why the scam has remained virtually the same for years. Why haven't they made a more believable story? Or made it more "professional"? Surely if they did, they'd get more interest...more people responding to the email.

But the ludicrous story, and the typos and all of that have created a "self-selecting" mechanism. If they made it more professional, more people would reply, many of who, after additional emails, would realize the scam and drop out. So all that time would be a waste for the scammer.

By having it the way it is, those that would drop out later, never reply in the first place...so no time wastes by the scammer. Instead, only those not on the ball, would reply, which, in turn is a higher percentage of higher quality leads for the scammer.
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We have a scam running here in the U.K. right now. It originates from Belize.

A notice is put through the letterbox from a well known parcel delivery company. It advises that they attempted to deliver a parcel, but could get no reply - so please ring this number.

The whole thing looks seriously genuine, BUT, if you ring the number you will hear a recorded message.
As soon as the message starts, you are automatically billed for £375 as it's a high priced premium number !


Bobby Thomson.
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Just a footnote to my last posting.

I've just received this same scam message, just slightly different wording, on my phone !

Bobby Thomson.
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