Monday, June 23, 2008

What ~ no salesmen amongst billions of Chinese?


From: Edith Vega (
Sent:June 21, 2008 11:49:54 AM

Date: 21st June, 2008

Dear Sir/Madam,


Anping Wire Mesh Company is engaged in manufacture and sales of metal wiremesh and wire mesh products. The company enjoys latest wire mesh machines,strong technical development and research capability and complete qualitycontrol system. With choice materials, we mainly produce stainless steelwire mesh, chain link fence, stainless steel wire, galvanized wire, barbedwire, woven wire mesh and woven wire cloth, welded wire mesh, galvanizedwire mesh, wire products, wire mesh machines and other wire products.

We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium ofgetting to our customers in America Canada Europe as well as making paymentsthrough you to us. Please if you are interested in transacting business withus we will be very glad, Please contact us for more information.

Subject toyour satisfaction, you will be given the opportunity to negotiate your modeof which we will pay for your services as our representative inAmerica/Canada/Europe. Your reward for helping us to collect such an outstanding debt will be 10%of whatever money that is being paid to our Company through your Account.

You are also entitled to a monthly salary of $3,000 after three months oftransacting with us. There are other benefits as you grow with us.

Please forward to us your phone number and your full contact address to thiscompany:

Company Name:--
Full Name:------
Zip Code:-------

For more details, response should be sent to Thanks for your anticipated action and we hope to hearing from you soon.


Anping Wu

Development Zone,
South of Anping County,
Hengshui , Hebei ,
China Post: 053600
Tel: +86 0318 7518568
Fax: +86 0318 7518568

E-mail: http://www.wire-product/.

(There is an Anping Wire Mesh Co. and the address and phone numbers are right. That much is true ~ as well as the blurb about their products ~ however, their email contact is something else entirely. But, unlike the email, their website is correctly written and they seem to be proud of the markets they have already developed ~ I'm quite sure that picking complete strangers at random on the internet isn't how they've accomplished that.

And, folks, do you always give out so much personal information to complete strangers who apparently pick you at random from the internet and promise you oodles and boodles of money? Didn't yer mom ever tell you not to talk to strangers?

Does anyone else wonder why her first email address is based in Argentina and not China?)

Header Analysis

The following IP addresses were extracted from your headers:

IP Address Probable Country Argentina (Buenos Aires)* Argentina (Buenos Aires)*
* The last IP listed is usually the originating IP address

Taking a Header

I'm trying to remember to run email headers through when I think of it.

Please keep in mind that I am no techno-geek and I'm learning all this as I go along so, just to share, this is their description:

This utility will analyse a block of text (usually e-mail headers) and provide information about any IP addresses it may contain. The report identifies the probable country for each IP, and gives you easy access to an ARIN Whois record and any Google Groups hits for the IP.


  • Paste the entire header block from your e-mail. The utility will extract the IP addresses for you

  • Enter individual IP addresses or multiple ones (separated by spaces, commas, or carriage returns) to get a quick report

  • Some webmail clients don't record the sender's originating IP, so sometimes the report won't show you the true country of origin

  • Local network IPs (e.g., or are ignored as they are not meaningful for the report.

I'm still in the process of learning how to extract headers from the multitude of email sources so, at this exact moment in time, I'll offer up the information from (and hope like heck that it's all up-to-date).

MAIL HEADERS. You will not normally see full headers when you read your mail but these can be important in investigating Internet fraud.

Microsoft Outlook Express for Windows: Right click on the message and select Properties. Choose the Details tab and select the Message Source Button. Copy the headers and send them along with the body of the email.

Microsoft Outlook: Click the View menu and select Options. You should see a pop up window "Message options" or similar. Notice the box called Internet headers near the bottom of the window. This box contains the full headers. To extract the contents, put your mouse pointer in the box and right-click then choose Select All. All the text in the box will then be highlighted.Right-click in the box again and this time choose Copy to copy the selected contents to the clipboard. You can then paste the full headers to an email you may be forwarding.

Windows Live mail: 1. Select the message that you want to view the header information. 2. Click the right button of your mouse and select "Properties". 3. Click on the "Details" tab. 4. Click "Message Source..." . 5. A new windows will open with the header information of the e-mail.

Gmail: (Thanks T.W.) "It took me a little while to work it out, one needs to click the "down arrow" next to the "Reply" indicator at the top-right of the message pane and select "Show Original", a new window page opens with all the header details. You then need to cut/copy all the text and paste it into your forwarding email."

Netscape Messenger 4.7 - 6: Open the email; go to the view menu; pull the 'Headers' menu over and click on 'all'. Highlight the message and headers displayed in the email and copy them into the email you send to us.

Netscape Messenger 6.2 and higher: Go to Netscape Messenger Inbox. Select View - Headers - All. Highlight the message and headers displayed in the email and copy them into the email you send to us.

Pegasus: Users of the excellent Pegasus for Windows will probably not need me to remind them of the Raw View tab and the option to include headers in the Reply and Forward dialogues.
Incredimail: In your mail program double click the email you would like to view, when it is open click on the FILE menu and choose PROPERTIES. When in the properties menu click on the DETAILS tab to view the Full Headers .


Yahoo web mail: First you must turn on "Full Headers". From your Yahoo! mail account, click on "Mail Preference". Scroll down the page to "Message Headers" and click on the "all" radio button. Save your preferences at the bottom of the page.

Hotmail: First, configure your options: On the upper right "Options Help" links, click on "Options." Click on the "Mail Display Settings" link, find the item "Message Headers." Choose "Advanced" and click the "OK" button.

(If this is as clear as mud to you, my apologies ~ in lieu of me confusing you with further information, pop 'header analysis' into your favourite search engine and go for broke! I'll be along at some time meself.)

But wait! It *can* get worse!

Dear sir/ma,

Please Permit me to inform you about my desire to seek for assistant from you and I have the believe that you are going to help me out successfully, but firstly let me introduce myself.

My name is Sherina Joseph Opong, the daugther of late chief & chief Mrs Joseph Opong, My father was a very wealthy Gold and Diamond merchant who based in Accra Ghana and I happened to be the only surviving child of my dad . Well when i was a kid i went to private schools and things were going on well for me and my parents, till when i was in high school, after my mother died, My father took me so special because I am motherless, and he showered all his love on me and married a second wife who was supposed to to be my step mum and to take care of me and also because he wanted a male child who will in-turn take over his business and also because, he did not want me to suffer, but unfortunate for him my step mum poisoned him.

But before the death of my father,in a private hospital here in Ghana,he called me secretly to his bed side and told me that he kept a sum of usd$6.500.000 (Six million five hundred thousand united states dollars) in a bank here in Ghana.

Meanwhile that he used my name as the next of kin on the day of deposit of the fund, He also explained to me that it was because of this money that made my step mother to poisoned him, that i should seek for foreign partner in a country of my choice where i would transfer this money and use it for investment purpose, such as real estate investment or stock market investment.

Please, I am honourably soliciting your kind assistance as follows,
1) To provide a bank account where this money will be transfer into.
2) To serve as the guardian of these fund ,since i am 18years old.

I am inclined to offer you 15% of the total sum as a mode of compensation for your effort after the successful transferring of this fund to your nominated bank account overseas.
Please i will be very happy if this transaction will be concluded within seven (7) working days from now.I am expecting to hear from you as soon as possible.

May Almighty God bless you as you do care for me Amen.

Best regard

Sherina Joseph

(I think my one and only progeny might take umbrage if I were to unexpectedly show up with a new sibling no matter how much cash is attached. There seems to be a plethora of African orphans with HUGE trust funds attached wandering around the internet pleading with strangers for help ~ I'm sure Madonna has room for more... Meanwhile, Sherina has a different story to tell here:

Header Analysis:

The following IP addresses were extracted from your headers:

IP Address Probable Country Additional Info United States (Mountain View)*

* The last IP listed is usually the originating IP address

(Ahhhh ~ they are hiding through Google.)

*Sob* *Sob* *Sob* Awwwwwwwww....


My name is MISS LINDA KABBA and I am writting you from LONDON . I am an African by birth, but I am in a REFUGEE CAMP here in London because of the war that took place in my country( Sierra Leone , West Africa ) some years back. The life here at the camp is very horrible,and I have been struggling to cope with the situation.

The main reason I have decided to contact you today is to seek your assistance to help me transfer my inherited funds deposited in a Security and Finance Company in Dubai ( United Arab Emirates ) to your country for investment. I intend to furnish you with more details upon your willingness to assist me and I will be willing to give you a share of the amount if we succeed in getting the funds to your country. The amount is in a security and finance company in Dubai , where my late father deposited the funds before his untimely death in the cause of the war and I managed to get to London , where I have been as a Refugee. My late father used to deal on Gold and Diamond and Dubai was his trade centre.

If you are ready to help me transfer the funds to your country, I will introduce you to management of the company in Dubai as my trustee and they will guide you on how to transfer the funds legally. I will provide you with the necessary documents to enable you get the funds transferred to your country and I will join you in your country as soon as you have succeeded in securing the funds for me..

I am counting on your cooperation and hope you will show interest in helping me out of my sitution..Thank you for your time and do have a nice day...



(I'm struggling with the thought of refugee camps in London ~ perhaps it's time for me to get out and travel a bit cuz I sure seem to be overlooking a lot. In the meantime, I'm sure I have a hankie around here somewhere to sop up the copious leakage from my eyes at such a sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, pathetic, banal heap of bathos.)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

George, I hardly knew ye!


Reply to:

My name is Dr. Robert Fore, We are solicitors to the great Atlanta Physician and Philanthropists Mr.George Brumley.

I wish to notify you that he made you one of the beneficiaries of his estate. He left the sum of Five Million One Hundred Thousand Dollars to you.

See Link:

He must have been in contact with you in the past or you were nominated to him in his vision to expand his Charity work, and he instructed that you are to use part of the funds to promote his legacy through activities that aim to help the old, poor, needy and disabled in the society.

Please reply with:

1.Your Full names.
2.Valid Contact address.
3.Contact Telephone and fax numbers.

Regards,Robert Fore(ESQ).
14 York Road,
Ilford Essex,
IG1 3AD London,

NB:Please get back to me via my direct email:

(Okay ~ make yourself a nice cuppa tea, settle yourself in a comfy chair and get your reading glasses on. Then go to and Beats the heck outta tv, eh?)

Meet Charlie

Greetings from Mr. Charles Benson (

I write to seek your services in a private and confidential matter regarding some funds unaccounted for in our bank here in Ghana during the last 2007 business year. As the regional manager of the bank it is my duty to send in financial report to my head office in the capital city Accra at the end of each business year. On the course of the last year 2007business report, I discovered that my branch made five million eight hundred and fifty thousand united state dollars ($5,850,000.00) which my head office is not aware of and will never be aware of.

I deposited this fund in an ESCROW CALL ACCOUNT at our headquarters pending when I shall get a reliable person. This requires a private arrangement. Could you perhaps be able to receive these funds under legal claims, then I will fill you in. your participation will be 30% of the total money.

There are practically no risk involved, the transaction shall be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law, it will be simply bank-to-bank transfer. I have all the details and will fill you in if you are really willing to participate in the transaction. Your major role will be to provide an existing account or open a new bank account where the funds will be transferred and stand as the original depositor of this fund in our bank, as long as you will remain honest to me till the end for this important business trusting in you and believing that you will never let me down either now or in future.

I shall be grateful if you would help me invest my own part of the money in a very profitable business. I have worked for this bank for the past 15 years yet I have nothing to show for it. I will expect a straight answer from you. If yes, please get back to me so that we can work out the modalities without further delay. Please you can contact me with this private email address

With best regards,

Mr. Charles Benson

(So, aside from the fact that grammar and composition were not part of Charlie's education, just how likely are you to trust someone who seems to have few scruples about defrauding the bank he purportedly works for so industriously?)

Heinlein Called It...

TANSTAAFL... Ardent science fiction fans will recognize that from Robert Heinlein's repetoire of interesting statements to remember.

And it's pretty much true - there ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

I'm not refering to those serendipitous days when someone we know or who is dear to us treats us to a meal because we are in their affections and our company is particularly delightful to them ~ but those luscious goodies that promise us monies beyond our wildest dreams (sorry, but I have particularly wild dreams!), etc...., etc...

And then there's just the bitchin' malware compilations of shite designed only to screw us to the wall, rip us off any way possible and skank our reputations into the bottom of whatever cesspool the perpetrators are festering in. (I guess you can tell I have an axe to grind, eh?)

I’m putting this aside from my usual blog, Here Be Dragons, because the material has little or nothing to do with the Craigslist rental scams I address there.

This is where I’m going to stick the e-trash I get from scammers ~ you know, the same crapola so many of us are sick of finding in our mailboxes. I have no scruples about listing whatever information I find about them either ~ unscrupulous, lazy, moronic, selfish, scrofulous, sociopathic, selfish trashy gits, the lot of ‘em! (And that’s my polite version…)

I don’t plan on piddlefarting around with them ~ I leave that to the 419-baiters (unless I have a really slow day). If you’re reading this, it’s likely you’re wise enough to at least confirm information on what you find in your email but if you’re even thinking that a complete stranger is gonna pick your name outta the Great Cosmic Blue and shower you with the coin of whatever realm you inhabit, then how about we just cut out the middle man and you send the contents of your bank account straight to me….


I didn't think so. Don't do it with 'them' either...

And then *sigh* there's all the other little bits and pieces regarding safety one has to keep in mind while tromping around the 'net. But more on that later....

So How Come?

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I have two blogs at the moment - Here Be Dragons which is devoted to rental scams primarily sourced through Craigslist although the proliferation of free ad sites has widened the hunting grounds. Many additions come from other sources (ie: blogs/anti-scam sites/online community ad sites) or are provided by people who want to share their experiences. There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch is for copies of scammail that I find in my mailboxes ~ sometimes I can't resist the odd acerbic comment but for the most part I post 'em because the more that people do, the fewer fools they get to gull. Dunno what to say about me that would be very interesting ~ I'm a granny who reads, gardens and crafts as the mood strikes me. :) I don't particularly care for the social predators on this planet and this blog is part of my way of saying so.