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post #1 of 27
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smh over all these scam emails I constantly receive! I feel like I have a big "kick me" sign on my back or a huge red "target" on me! The first one I got several years ago was a real eye-opener for me. I actually followed through and received the "check", but that's as far as it went, thank goodness to my intuition that finally kicked in (admittedly, I felt like an absolute idiot afterwards!) I reported it but was basically told it was a scam and the "authorities" just said there was nothing they could do about it and simply dropped it...

Well, seems they are changing up (or adding to) their MO according to a recent post here on CC http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-747342.html, but this is the most recent one I received (no "Happy Married Life" that they typically request to be "written" on the cake)

My name is Jim, i will like to if you do bake wedding cake, kindly get back to me as soon as possible also let me know if you have 17th of August 2012 available, kindly let me know the type of credit card you accept. I await your reply soon

I don't know why the heck I want to have some "fun" with this person, but I'm SO fed up with it!! So, the more sarcastic, the better, if anyone wants to "play along" with me icon_biggrin.gif hehe Yes, I'm in a "mood" tonight!
post #2 of 27
You are much better off totally deleating this and NOT answering at all. Once you answer you let them know they have a 'live address' and you will get more and more spam that will never end!
IGNORE IT!
post #3 of 27
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If they somehow have my email, don't they know it's a "live address"?? I'm not sure I understand but I really appreciate your imput!!! Thank you!
(hugs)
D.
post #4 of 27
Spammers buy email address by the millions, since it is so cheap to send email they don't care if the addresses are valid or not. If someone actually replies to a spam email that address becomes more valuable (since it is confirmed to be a live person) so the amount of spam you get will probably increase quite a bit.
post #5 of 27
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Wow! You guys are amazing!
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Thanks! You learn something new every day!!!
post #6 of 27
And they don't know which ones they sent it to either. So go start a google account with a fake name and forward it to "yourself", and reply from there. Lots of fun!
"I can do that, because this is my sandbox and I've got the bullsh*% shovel." ~Dianne Sylvan, Author and Lunatic
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post #7 of 27
Where's Costumeczar? She has a whole blog dedicated to messing with scammers. I do it myself when I get one. And look how much fun these guys have:

http://www.thescambaiter.com/

http://www.419eater.com/
"I can do that, because this is my sandbox and I've got the bullsh*% shovel." ~Dianne Sylvan, Author and Lunatic
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"I can do that, because this is my sandbox and I've got the bullsh*% shovel." ~Dianne Sylvan, Author and Lunatic
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post #8 of 27
How would the senders Jim email eventually scam you?

Would they try to get personal/financial info from you later or something?
post #9 of 27
Basically yes. It's always some way to get money.
"I can do that, because this is my sandbox and I've got the bullsh*% shovel." ~Dianne Sylvan, Author and Lunatic
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"I can do that, because this is my sandbox and I've got the bullsh*% shovel." ~Dianne Sylvan, Author and Lunatic
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post #10 of 27
So at some point then they would come to me for MY info, e.g., bank acct., IDs etc.?

diane706 you said that you actually received a check?? was it real?? How did you eventually figure out it was a scam?
post #11 of 27
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So at some point then they would come to me for MY info, e.g., bank acct., IDs etc.?

Exactly. Or ask to send you a check for payment more than what you need so you can "pay someone to pick it up". It's all a scam.
"I can do that, because this is my sandbox and I've got the bullsh*% shovel." ~Dianne Sylvan, Author and Lunatic
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post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by BlueSkyGirl

How would the senders Jim email eventually scam you?

Would they try to get personal/financial info from you later or something?


Here is an article I wrote on how The Cake Scam works.
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by AZCouture

Where's Costumeczar? She has a whole blog dedicated to messing with scammers. I do it myself when I get one. And look how much fun these guys have:

http://www.thescambaiter.com/

http://www.419eater.com/




Here I am!!! I love the scammers, they're a bunch of dolts. I think it's a good idea to use a fake email to bait them with, though, so do that if you're going to write back to them. Here's the pge on my blog...http://www.acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/p/fun-with-email-scammers.html
post #14 of 27
completely non cake related, but one of these scam type things happened to my boyfriend when he had his own company. Some guy asked him to do a $5000 project for him but was asking my boyfriend for all of his financial information before he could be accepted for the job. We messed with him for quite awhile, then he started harassing us so my boyfriend reported him. lol These scammers always make me laugh.
post #15 of 27
Sometimes these scams can be connected to organized crime, so I would use caution on how far you push them. It's not difficult to trace back who you are even if you use a fake email (unless you use an email provider that specializes in hiding your identity).
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