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georgemcBRONZE Member
Sitting down facing forward . . .
2,387 posts
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

We just had an instance of a person setting themselves as a member, for the sole reason it would seem of gathering people's home addresses/personal details. This person made no forum posts but sent the same message to 81 members with a "sob story" asking for the member to teach the requestor at the members home. Luckily the few that replied to the PM were cautious and did not give out their details. I hate to think what could have happened...

Thanks to the member who reported this as suspicious to us. The person has now been banned, but of course they could always re-appear under a different name.

Remember - do not give out your personal details to strangers. We did not set this site up for our members to be put in danger:


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PeleBRONZE Member
the henna lady
6,193 posts
Location: WNY, USA

Thank you George. I completely agree.

And along these lines (because I dealt with this yesterday) please also don't post your personal information on the bb either.
I know many of you are friends but we do have alot of lurkers and can not honestly vouche for anyone.

Besides, I'm not sure any of you would really want my psycho self calling ya up! wink

Be safe and take care all.

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polaritySILVER Member
1,228 posts
Location: on the wrong planet, United Kingdom

I hope you looked up the IP they were posting from, and sent a message to abuse@their.isp.

You aren't thinking or really existing unless you're willing to risk even your own sanity in the judgment of your existence.

Green peppers, lime pickle and whole-grain mustard = best sandwich filling.

alien_oddityCarpal \'Tunnel
7,193 posts
Location: in the trees

ubblol i had a really random email today that such a hoax..........i'm debating on replying just to wind them up and lead them on. it's nice to know the HoP mods are looking out for us biggrin

*and not banning me ubblol

IgirisujinSILVER Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
2,666 posts
Location: Preston, United Kingdom

lol, who wants my pin number?! Apparently according to this e-mail ive just gotten there is a starving minority group child who would grately benifit from it, oh lets give Maddonna a call


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LazyAngelGOLD Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
2,895 posts
Location: Cambridge UK

Today: a chinese teacher asked me to look at an e-mail saying he would recieve 10 million dollars, if he sent his details to freelotto or somesuch

teacher 'is this a scam then'
me 'well lets see: did you buy a ticket?'
teacher 'no'
me 'well then, let me introduce a new english saying to you, 'if it looks to good to be true, then it usually is'.'

shrug wink

Because ActiveAngel sounds like a feminine deodorant

Like sex, I'm much more interesting in real life than online.

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ConstantinaSILVER Member
17 posts
Location: New York, USA

OMG thank you

70 posts
Location: On top of a Nipple

Thanks bro, u shouldnt give u details to anyone on the net, even if u consider him your friend (and never met him)
the internet is full o' psychos.... and thats a shame, because the is becoming the real world 8-]

Love is Life

NutzboutpoiBRONZE Member
4 posts
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Yeah, totally - thank you. I've been lucky enough to be excluded and haven't had one of this nasty b*****'s E-mails, but I'll be sure to keep an eye out in case he manages to slip thru again. Not that I'd give out my details to a stranger in the first place of course. weavesmiley weavesmiley weavesmiley

You're just jealous 'cause the li'l voices're talkin' to me!

ImbalanceGOLD Member
not different, just not the same
263 posts
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA

Hah... i love how the Fraudy McArseholes get themselves into just about every website it seems.

I work for a large bank here in the U.S.A. and I run the Online Fraud Prevention Team. Basically i deal with all aspects of people getting into your account through any means that touches the internet in any way. The BIGGEST thing we see is customers getting phishing e-mails and giving up their User ID and Password or their personal info such as SSN#s or account numbers etc etc etc.

It never fails to amaze me at how many supposedly smart people are caught by these scams every single day. Those of you not directly involved with the business would be astounded at the shear numbers that just my bank deals with each day, i can only begin to imagine the overall number of people scammed in this manner across the world.

I tell everyone i talk to constantly: No reputable person nor company will EVER ask you for anything NOR ever give you anything NOR ever owe you anything through an internet medium, ESPECIALLY without a significant prior history of association with you. You did not win the lottery (especially not in another country for goodness sake) you do not have dead relatives who left you money, you do not need to verify your information with your bank or creditors (trust me they ALL already HAVE that info, it's their job), a company does not need you to act as their financial manager and receive checks from individuals only to turn and wire the money to another country (how he heck do people fall for that? seriously... all day long i hear this...) and you DEFINITELY did not just meet an extremely attractive foreigner who needs help (read money) to get out of whatever country or situation they are in. You are not at all special in any kind of way to them, its JUST a scam.

Oh and one more thing, if someone sends you any form of corespondance and you don't know them personally AND they have HORRIBLE grammer... guess what, ITS A SCAM. Fact #1 Nigerian scammers CAN'T SPELL! (no offense to any legitimate Nigerian citizens who aren't scamming others intended)

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Every style, Every technique.
Then I woke up, and forgot it all,
So now I struggle to dream.

polaritySILVER Member
1,228 posts
Location: on the wrong planet, United Kingdom

step #1 install email program (not going to use anything by MS)

step #2 put the name of your bank into your email filters.

You aren't thinking or really existing unless you're willing to risk even your own sanity in the judgment of your existence.

Green peppers, lime pickle and whole-grain mustard = best sandwich filling.

59 posts
Location: Connecticut

about the nigerian scammers

if you ever get bored, this is fun to look in to
they have some great stories =D scamming the scammers. win!

if you've forgotten how to scream, then scream here and live here

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