I run several listing sites.  One of them – It’s Been Nicked – allows people to list their stolen items in the hope of aiding in their recovery.  Listing is free, and it seems a lot of people suffer from:

a) a complete inability to read

b) the delusion that I will allow them to list their scam services  (I don’t)

c) the idea that telling people that their property/service has been stolen is a good way to get customers.  (Seems unlikely to me)

So – here are some of the scam services that get listed.  Ask yourself this – if the company is thick enough and stupid enough to list their scam services on totally unrelated websites, would you want to use their services?

(you couldn’t make this one up) – an SEO Company

Yes, folks.  A company that will offer to build links to your website to boost your rank in the search engine you can’t even tell if the links they are building to THEIR OWN SITE are relevant.  Not a good start.  Go elsewhere for SEO services

en.shsem.com
Their team consists of experienced China seo / Internet Marketing Experts who can offer expertise in the areas like Web Promotion, Internet Marketing, PPC Campaign and Top Search Engine Positioning. With focused nature to place our client’s website prominently in the search engines and further retain the search engine rank positions, their professional and expert SEO team has developed successful and ethical web marketing and Natural SEO techniques over the years and have a proven track record of excellent results and a plethora of satisfied clients.

Perhaps these days many business and website owners are taking help of professional SEO service companies as these firms are offering comprehensive SEO package that majorly includes comprehensive link building, directory submission, article submission, Content Writing and PPC Management Packages, etc. particularly catering to geo-targeting needs qiul0ru. The SEO strategies that are employed majorly involve in getting a top-level domain for website in order to indicate the geographical location of website to search engines.

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Ok – this is a website about scammers, fraudsters and phishers.

So – if you sign up to my mailing list, I imagine you expect to be sent information about, well, scammers, fraudsters and phishers.  And you probably ought to realise that if you try to scam me you are (I hope) unlikely to succeed.

But – two people seem to think that they can write and ask me for money!!!!

I know  – I should have written back in the spirit of most of the entries on this blog and asked them for an advance fee.  Come to think of it, maybe I’ll try that next time!

Here are the emails I’ve received:

hi my name`s Monkhbaatar. i`m writing it from Mongolia. i need financial assistance. please borrow me us$20000! i`ll give it back to you! the purpose of my loan are contributing to buy flour mill and expanding my business. i`ve been dreaming it since my childhood. i hope you!  b.monkhbaatar88@yahoo.com

I regret to say, Mr Monkbaatar got the sharp edge of my tongue, expressed in an email.  Whilst, as requested, I assured Mr Sankar (below) that I wouldn’t forget him!

HELLO,  I  NEED LOAN  OF AMT  ,  10000$  DOLLER  BUT  IREPAY  TO YOU  IF  YOU  ANY  INSHIYAL  PAY  MENT   ASK  ME  I  POOR  MY MY FUND  WAIT  IN  AFRICA  BANK  TO   RELESE  MY  TO  I  NEED  LOAN  PLEASE    DONT  ANY  FEES TO  GIVE  THE  LOAN  IF  YOU  AGREE  I GIVE  FOR  MY  DETALIES  TO  IT WAS  TRUE  YOUR  REPLY  TO  I  WAIT  PLEASE DON FORGET  ME

S.SANKAR ssankar@myself.com

Looks like direct appeals are the “new” fake wins.  As with fake wins, the appeals are also for ridiculously large amounts of money.  Hey, why ask for $200 when you can ask for $200k.  This is one that was sent to a fellow member of a forum.  As with the ones sent to me, this scammer joined the member’s mailing list first:

DEAR MR. JOSEPH . I`M VERY POOR GUY. MY NAME IS SERDAR MUSICMAN TAPDIGLI. I`M 22, I`M AN AZERBAIJANIAN AND ALSO LIVE IN AZERBAIJAN. MY FATHER HAS MUCH DEBTS HE MUST RETURN NOW. ONCE MY FATHER WAS A LITTLE RICH BUT IT WAS VERY LONG AGO. NOW MY FATHER`S FINANCIAL POSITION IS VERY BAD. HE GOT JUST SALARY 600$ BUT IT IS NOT ENOUGH. DEAR RICH PEOPLE I CAN`T LOOK AT MY FAMILY LIKE THAT I WISH TO FINISH THESE UNHAPPY THINGS HAPPENING TO MY FAMILY. I`M VERY SORRY MY FAMILY. I WISH TO HELP MY FAMILY AND I HOPE YOU WILL HELP ME. I NEED CASH MONEY FOR MY FATHER. CASH MONEY FOR BUSINESS. HE NEED 200.000$. HERE IS MY FATHER`S BUSINESS PLAN: HE WANTS TO PUT $200.000 FOR CONSTRUCTION OF LIVING BUILDINGS IN AZERBAIJAN AND IN 2 YEARS BY THE TIME HE WILL FINISH THE CONSTRUCTION HE WILL EARN MUCH MONEY SENDING APARTMENTS AND WILL RETURN TO YOU 400.000$. HE JUST NEED CASH MONEY NOW THAT`S ALL. DEAR RICH PEOPLE PLEASE TRY TO UNDERSTAND ME AND HELP ME. I KNOW NOW YOU THINK THAT IT`S A LITTLE SUM FOR CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDING BUT MY FATHER WILL WORK WITH ANOTHER MEN WHO HAS ALREADY BUILD THE BUILDINGS. MY FATHER WILL PUT HIS CASH AND WILL TAKE HIS OWN INCOME. DEAR RICH PEOPLE YOU`RE MY LAST CHANCE FOR MONEY. CERTAINLY THE MONEY IS NOT MAIN THING IN LIFE BUT HOW YOU CAN SEE I WANT THIS MONEY FOR BUSINESS NOT JUST FOR ENTERTAINMENT. PEOPLE PLEASE JUST HELP ME, SAY THAT YOU`RE AGREE TO HELP ME, PLEASE TRANSFER ME THIS MONEY AND PLEASE REMEMBER I WISH TO RETURN THIS MONEY AND I`M ALREADY PRAY FOR YOU AND HOPE THAT YOU WILL HELP ME AND WILL PRAY ALWAYS. THIS ALL TRUTH WHAT I WANTED TO SAY. PLEASE WRITE ME TOMORROW SAY THAT YOU`RE AGREE TO HELP ME, I NEED MONEY VERY MUCH FOR BUSINESS. I `M WAITING FOR YOUR ANSWER THAT YOU WILL SAY ” YES WE`RE AGREE TO HELP” W?TH BIG HOPE. I WILL RETURN YOUR MONEY. I KNOW YOU DON`T WANT THEM BACK BUT I WILL RETURN $400.000 THESE ARE MY PHONE NUMBERS, YOU CAN ALSO CALL ME IF YOU WISH. *****************. PLEASE LET MY BUSINESS IMPROVE. PLEASE DON`T KEEP SILENCE SAY THAT YOU ARE AGREE TO HELP ME, PLEASE