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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:51 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi everyone!

I'm new as a contributor here so forgive me if I'm a little unsure of how this works... I'd just like to post some info on a possible (if rather amateurish scam) originating on Skype.

I use Skype a lot and set it to 'Skype Me!' mode to meet new people from around the world, the majority of whom are just keen to improve their English. However, recently I have been contacted by a 'Don' from Ghana, who skipped any pretence of trying to get to know me and went straight for asking for money.

His Skype name is aboagye54 - and he has 82 contacts so I doubt I'm the only person he's trying it on...

Following is an excerpt from the conversation, to give an idea of the tone...

[23/02/2008 20:00:04] don says: hello
[23/02/2008 20:03:16] Edward says: hello
[23/02/2008 20:03:37] Edward says: who are you?
[23/02/2008 20:13:44] don says: i am aboagye from ghana
[23/02/2008 20:13:47] don says: and u
[23/02/2008 20:14:07] Edward says: edward from the UK - London
[23/02/2008 20:14:41] don says: ok that is good of u
[23/02/2008 20:15:00] don says: what is ur occupation
[23/02/2008 20:15:10] Edward says: i work for the University of XXXX
[23/02/2008 20:15:14] Edward says: what do you do?
[23/02/2008 20:16:40] don says: i am a student
[23/02/2008 20:16:55] Edward says: ok, great!
[23/02/2008 20:16:58] Edward says: of what?
[23/02/2008 20:18:04] don says: but pls i hve a problem
[23/02/2008 20:18:16] Edward says: yes?
[23/02/2008 20:19:32] don says: pls i have been scaked from school due to my school fees
[23/02/2008 20:19:50] Edward says: oh dear - that is bad
[23/02/2008 20:20:23] don says: ok
[23/02/2008 20:20:50] don says: pls can help me to send me some amount of money to paid it
[23/02/2008 20:26:41] Edward says: sorry
[23/02/2008 20:27:06] don says: pls why
[23/02/2008 20:27:39] Edward says: i don't know you Wink
[23/02/2008 20:29:15] don says: pls i can u my headmaster phone number so that u can call him
[23/02/2008 20:31:56] Edward says: sorry
[23/02/2008 21:20:21] don says: pls should i give u the number
[23/02/2008 21:20:24] don says: hello

He has since popped up a couple of times with the same request (he's asking for $200), and I have since blocked him.

I'm pretty certain this is an amateurish form of scam...?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:29 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

really stupid one. Why didnt you agree to send him the money ? Wink There could be a lot of fun with such an amateur scammer ! Twisted Evil

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 4:48 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I used to get loads of these. Of course it's a scam. Often they pretend to be females offering sex or nude photos in exchange.

Here's how I wound them up, more or less as below :

Me : Ghana is part of the British Empire isn't it? A colony?
Scammer : No, it's independent
Me : So that means you threw the British out?
Sc : Yes, we are not a colony any more
Me : Why?
Sc : We are independent now ...
Me : But when you were a colony you were rich and everything worked, and now it doesn't and you have to beg for money ....
Sc : Sorry I don't understand .....

etc .............

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you are a fool, your four father first scammed our four fathers. came to africa and stole our rich heritage. suffered us as slaves and killed us like ants. it is time to get back all what your four fathers stole from our four fathers.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:39 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Very good reply, falnsb.
I get those on Skype also nowadays, and I am not in skypeMe mode. They must be randomly looking for online people.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:26 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Here is another example of the Ghana school scam:

CHARITY.ADWUBI (fresh_fresh2) 22 contacts
pls i want ur help to get back to school
i am in the senior high school here
i study general acts here and bcos of puverty and poorness i am now drop out from school due to my school fees
and the school fees is 200 euros a month so pls try and help me with that ok
to get back to school
pls try ur best for me
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:46 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Scamming via instant messaging is becoming more prevalent, although it can often just be a foot in the door for getting you onto the older tried and trusted scams. I heard of one lady in the USA recently who was approached on YIM and she started chatting to a guy who said he was in the UK. When she mentioned in one conversation that she tended to struggle for money, he put her in touch with a "friend" via email that did cheque payment processing scams.

I don't entertain people via IM if I don't already know them. I advise going even more carefully with new IM contacts than you would by email as it can be very fast moving and you have to think on your feet.

These people are baitable, but in my opinion it's not for the beginner.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:01 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Skype is being increasingly used by Romance Scammers too. My wife gets loads... when she is not looking I say "I am using a friends computer... you sound hot too... please email me on [email protected] and we'll chat more"... then block them...


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