Spams and Scams What are All of these About?
One day I received an email a person whom didn’t know. Her name is Esther Konle as stated on he email letter. I don’t have any idea about this woman. her email made almost to believe and made a reply to her email. But when I think it back, how could a highly educated person should do this?. Her father has a high position his country. Why should she do this sending email, I main a spam to person who she didn’t really know? upon all of that questions came out into my mind, First thing did was to check out if what she told is true. I open the website that she written on her spam email. I almost convinced after reading CNN news telling the story as what she told in her letter. The News contents is like this:
Plane crashes carrying Kenya minister
- Story Highlights
- Roads minister, assistant home affairs minister die in plane crash
- Six-seater Cessna crashed in western Kenya; minister’s aide and pilot also died
- NEW: President Mwai Kibaki: Our country has lost leaders of immense potential
- Plane was flying from Nairobi to Kericho, in the Rift Valley
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The two senior government figures were members of Raila Odinga‘s party.”The wreckage has been found and there are no survivors,” Kibaki said, according to the government Web site.Kenyan Roads Minister Kipkalya Kones and Assistant Minister of Home Affairs Lorna Laboso had been on board the Cessna 210, which was headed to Kericho, in the RiftValley.The plane crashed in a remote area called Kajong’a, in western Kenya, Kibaki said.The president identified the two others killed as Kenneth Kiprono Bett, who worked for Kones, and the pilot.”Our country has lost leaders of immense potential at their prime age and with a promising future,” Kibaki said. “Let us all remain united at this moment of sorrow as a nation.”Salim Lone, a government spokesman, told CNN earlier that the plane crashed about an hour after it took off from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport around 2:18 p.m. local time (7:18 a.m. ET).
“This is terrible, and utterly unimaginable news for us in Kenya, where there has been so much suffering recently,” Lone said.He did not know what caused the crash, but said, “There is absolutely no hint of foul play. It looks like a terrible tragedy.”Both Kones and Laboso belonged to the Orange Democratic Movement party (ODM), which joined Kibaki’s Party of National Unity (PNU) in a coalition government earlier this year under an United Nations-brokered agreement that brought an end to the violence that ripped the nation after Kibaki’s disputed re-election in late December.
More than 1,000 people were killed and 350,000 were displaced in the violence, according to the Kenyan Red Cross.Under the agreement, Kibaki retained the presidency while ODM leader Raila Odinga became prime minister. A new cabinet took office in April, with equal representation from both ODM and PNU.The officials’ deaths came a day before parliamentary by-elections in five districts in Kenya.
But before I send my reply I was curious enough to check out the name “Esther Kipkalya Kones” on the internet. I type her name on search box and what I found is this:
The so-called “419” scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
The other one is this:
The internet has been hailed as the “death of distance”. This has not only brought benefits, as the internet has also removed the distance between you and criminals. It has brought crime to your desktop. Phishing scams, advance fee fraud (Nigeria scams), fraudulent online transactions and many other dangers are lurking when you use email or visit websites. The police is not able to protect you from all those dangers.
We track online scams on our website and publish to warn others. We also provide a data feed for blocking spam, which includes emails that are used for criminal purposes.
And below is her Spam Email to me.
Saturday, 4 December 2010 1:10:28 PM
To really convince myself about this email, I made a report of this spams. And I received the reply to my report from Linda DePeeel.
Re: Spam Report
Linda DePeel email@example.com)
Sent:Sun 12/5/2010/ 11:13AM
To: Deksi Sakilan
Scam and spam are used interchangeably, but spams are more of a nuisance than anything else–scams usually make promises that aren’t worth anything, and they want money. It looks like what you have sent is what is known as a Nigerian 419 Advance-Fee Fraud. Although it doesn’t stem from Nigeria, the 419’s originated there. What this little lady wants is for you to send her money, even though she hasn’t asked for it. But if you reply to her, you can bet that she will be asking! And the “Kipkalaya Klan” as I have dubbed them all have the same story. So I hope you didn’t reply, and I thank you for sending this to me. I will try to get it posted as soon as I can, so that others will be warned.
Thank you again, and I wish you a happy holiday season!
So from now on, I will be very careful to this type of email before sending a reply. This experience really made me learn something important knowledge about Emails.
Actually Spammers or scammers didn’t really used their real identity, instead they uses other people’s identity. So be Careful.
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