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#632219 - 3rd Dec 2011 2:58pm Emergency Scam
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Got an email yesterday from a good mate, got mugged in a car park in Spain, everything stolen including cards and money. Embassy unable to help etc. Hotel demanding payment before letting them go, threatening with police and flight due. Replied saying I was not in a position to help but got a probable electronic response asking for the money I'd kindly offered via Western Union - blah, blah. Got in touch with others who my mate knows and it's a scam, someone has got hold of address book. Just be aware of this one if it has started up again. I was alerted by the mention of Western Union because it's been used in other scams. Be aware folks.
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#632220 - 3rd Dec 2011 3:02pm Re: Emergency Scam [Re: BandyCoot]
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Western unioun should be shut down.
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#632224 - 3rd Dec 2011 3:07pm Re: Emergency Scam [Re: BandyCoot]
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Eh don't say that, WU is awesome. Virtual accounts/cc's, anon payments.. invaulable when you need to send/receive payments online.

Paypal accounts are way too much trouble to set up and have way too many restrictions attached.
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#632229 - 3rd Dec 2011 3:16pm Re: Emergency Scam [Re: ex0__]
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Originally Posted By: ex0__
Eh don't say that, WU is awesome. Virtual accounts/cc's, anon payments.. invaulable when you need to send/receive payments online.

Paypal accounts are way too much trouble to set up and have way too many restrictions attached.


Each to their own myfriend smile
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#632232 - 3rd Dec 2011 3:21pm Re: Emergency Scam [Re: BandyCoot]
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FFS, it's a scam alert not a post to start a nark.
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#632240 - 3rd Dec 2011 3:36pm Re: Emergency Scam [Re: BandyCoot]
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Didn't start any nark, I was merely expressing my reasons for liking WU. I'll let you get back to advising stupid people not to part with their money because some random person on the internet asks them to do so. What would we do without these scam alerts?!
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#632252 - 3rd Dec 2011 3:56pm Re: Emergency Scam [Re: ex0__]
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Didn't start any nark, I was merely expressing my reasons for liking WU. I'll let you get back to advising stupid people not to part with their money because some random person on the internet asks them to do so. What would we do without these scam alerts?!


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#632257 - 3rd Dec 2011 4:02pm Re: Emergency Scam [Re: BandyCoot]
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Doh! When I got the first email it looked like a genuine plea from a buddy of long standing. Unfortunately I was not in a position to help him and replied to that effect, it was only then that the electronic reply came back with info about Western Union and I was able to find out what the score was. There are gullible people out there who are compassionate enough to fall for things like this so a warning is a reasonable reaction. Being compassionate and wanting to help is not being stupid, far from. Anyway, that's my last on this one.
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#632260 - 3rd Dec 2011 4:05pm Re: Emergency Scam [Re: BandyCoot]
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Originally Posted By: BandyCoot
Doh! When I got the first email it looked like a genuine plea from a buddy of long standing. Unfortunately I was not in a position to help him and replied to that effect, it was only then that the electronic reply came back with info about Western Union and I was able to find out what the score was. There are gullible people out there who are compassionate enough to fall for things like this so a warning is a reasonable reaction. Being compassionate and wanting to help is not being stupid, far from. Anyway, that's my last on this one.


Do you mind if we discuss it then?

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#632265 - 3rd Dec 2011 4:13pm Re: Emergency Scam [Re: BandyCoot]
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Fill yer boots Ste.
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#632284 - 3rd Dec 2011 4:37pm Re: Emergency Scam [Re: BandyCoot]
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I'd rather be alerted to a potential scam, be it genuine or "not that old one again".

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#632302 - 3rd Dec 2011 5:08pm Re: Emergency Scam [Re: ]
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Originally Posted By: Pinzgauer
I'd rather be alerted to a potential scam, be it genuine or "not that old one again".



It`s "not that old chestnut".

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#632354 - 3rd Dec 2011 6:47pm Re: Emergency Scam [Re: BandyCoot]
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Wasn't there a similar case where the parents of a young lad backpacking supposedly emailed them asking to be sent money via a friend he'd "met" over there?

Glad you didn't get fleeced by it Bandy smile
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#632365 - 3rd Dec 2011 7:24pm Re: Emergency Scam [Re: BandyCoot]
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Sorry Ste. It IS that old chestnut again. The same sketch, dressed up in various forms, has appeared a few times in the past. It pops up time after time on other forums too.

A highly reliable Nigerian Prince that has befriended me has told me this is a Grade A scam! Whilst exchanging bank details, he told me to be very careful.

Gee, it's great to have real friends eh ????????

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