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MrBadLuck
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:51 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I got this message on my Skype account. The account name was ""
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Degree in any field.

GET YOUR DIPLOMA TODAY!If you are looking for a fast and effective way to get a diploma,(non accredited) this is the best way out for you. Provide us with degree you are interested in. Call us right now on: For US: 16465371732 Outside US: +16465371732 "Just leave your NAME & PHONE NO. (with CountryCode)" in the voicemail.

Our staff will get back to you in next few days!<<<


I know this kind of thing usually goes in the "Surplus 419 Letters" forum but I think this needs some special attention. Whoever is running this scam has been a busy bee as you can see here.

I'm not quite sure what can be done but this is rather interesting and might be worth investigating.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:41 am Reply with quoteBack to top

To me this might look more like spam than 419.

Also this caught my eye:

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way to get a diploma,(non accredited)


Sorry, but last time I saw such fake diploma offers, usually they say accredited. At least I would think in order to even GET a diploma a college has to be accredited. So, maybe this is a lad then.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:10 am Reply with quoteBack to top

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way to get a diploma,(non accredited)


"We'll give you a diploma, but it won't be valid for anything!"

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:45 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I thought this was just simple spam too but some of the stuff on the link I provided seems to tell a different tale.

I don't really think this qualifies as 419 but this seems to be some kind of scam that has been going on for a while.

Thought I would share. Would be nice to see something done (especially if s/he is in the US)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:40 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

This must have been quite large-scale, I got it on Skype as well - can a lad manage that?

Annoyingly enough, it went through all my privacy settings, so if anybody finds a way to get this guy, let me know Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:48 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

One of my favorite movie quotes:

"I can't give you brains, but I can give you a diploma." -- The Wizard of Oz, to the Scarecrow

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:29 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi there,

Well it seems that this thing is turning into something nasty, because i receiveed it too and even though i haven't clicked anywhere it keeps on crashing Skype on my computer.

Actually i didn't even see the message itself. Everytime i relaunch Skype it keeps on going back to the chat window with 'diplomas_here' and crashes before i can even do anything.

If anybody knows what do do, help would be much appreciated because i actually can't use Skype anymore (and i'd like to avoid getting a new account).

Have a nice day!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:50 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I also experienced the repeated crashes after receiving the diplomas_here spam (on a Mac).

I fixed the problem by opening:

Code:
~/Library/Application\ Support/Skype/<your Skype username>/ChatWindows.plist


and removing the
Code:
<dict> ... </dict>
block that includes "diplomas_here". You may also need to reset the <string> after the
Code:
<key>frontChat</key>
to a legit chat.

A full Skype reset would probably do the trick too, but I didn't want to lose my chat history.
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