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    Scam Text

    Received this text on my phone. The stupid scammer couldn't even spell Verizon correctly.

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    Dr. Phil says that the scammers intentionally misspell things (he looked into this). The scammers are looking for people who know that something is wrong, but are willing to overlook it out of desperation.

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    hpham, good that you are not dumb enough to fall into the scam. Letting other members know about such activity is the right thing to do. I agree that the scammer misspelled Verizon on purpose as a way to get people to respond.
    Last edited by Serial Port; 07-27-2021 at 03:07 PM.
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    Was that sent by a Nigerian Prince? He still owes me $1 Million.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arny56 View Post
    Was that sent by a Nigerian Prince? He still owes me $1 Million.
    It wasn't sent by a Nigerian Prince, but a few days ago I got a similar email from a John White at email address /*-/*-/*-/*- which reeks of the smell of a scam:
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    I am John White of the U.S Army force and one of the Commanding officers of the U.S Central Command here in Syria.
    Please I urgently need you to help me safeguard the amount of money I have here in my possession which is worth the sum of eleven million five hundred thousand US Dollars
    I came across this mega cash while on operation, as we were on massive attack against the ISIS terrorists group, but minding how horrible and risky it is here in this military camp, I deemed it necessary to look out for a trusted fellow whom would assist me in safeguarding the cash until I get out of this horrible zone. It was on this effect that I started search here online for an honest person whom I can trust to help me safeguard the cash and I came across your mail address and i want to know if you are willing to do this deal.
    i want you to know that i am willing to offer you 40 Percent of the total amount which is $11.5 million dollars, if you do help me safeguard this money and out of here.
    I will email you the details on how i plan of moving the cash out of this place as soon as i receive your response
    Please get back to me ASAP
    Thanks,
    John White

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    A US Army Commanding Officer needing MY help to safeguard his loot of $11.5 Million dollars? Uh huh, sure.
    Last edited by Serial Port; 07-27-2021 at 06:16 PM.

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    I suppose the Verizion guy wants your checking account info so he can direct deposit the $1000 directly to your account.

    I just tell those Nigerian Princes "You have the money, just take what you need and send me the rest". Never hear back. This dates back to the "Pigeon Drop" scam.

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    It amazes me how people ever fall for this stuff. Maybe my childhood just taught me to be overly pessimistic and negative about things which made me rock solid resilient against scammers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisme View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by zapjb View Post
    dr phil is not nearly as smart as he pretends to be.
    Kind of like the joke from Jeff Foxworthy when he said "Whenever people hear my accent, they automatically deduct IQ points in how they think of me..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by zapjb View Post
    dr phil is not nearly as smart as he pretends to be.
    He actually asked the scammers. They said that they know perfectly good English, but they deliberately use bad grammar and spelling. When people are desperate/greedy, they will overlook it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisme View Post
    He actually asked the scammers. They said that they know perfectly good English, but they deliberately use bad grammar and spelling. When people are desperate/greedy, they will overlook it.
    Well, that "reverse psychology" won't work on me. I'd rather believe someone who wrote a "polished" script (not that I'm easily fooled).

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    "Phil, is an American television personality, author and the host of the television show Dr. Phil. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, though he ceased renewing his license to practice psychology in 2006."

    He's out of touch at best. Someone with up to date knowledge & experience on psychological theories spots this usually within their 1st viewing of his show.

    I'll go farther. The scammers scammed him. The reason scammers misspell words is that they genuinely don't know the correct spellings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zapjb View Post
    I'll go farther. The scammers scammed him. The reason scammers misspell words is that they genuinely don't know the correct spellings.
    Not only scammers often misspell words, I usually can spot scammers by the "stilted English" that they used. Being someone whose native language is not English and took years to become fluent in English, I can tell when the writer/speaker is not a native English-speaker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpham View Post
    It wasn't sent by a Nigerian Prince, but a few days ago I got a similar email from a John White at email address *-/*/-*/-*/-/-*/-* which reeks of the smell of a scam:
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    It was on this effect that I started search here online for an honest person whom I can trust to help me safeguard the cash and I came across your mail address and i want to know if you are willing to do this deal.
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    A US Army Commanding Officer needing MY help to safeguard his loot of $11.5 Million dollars? Uh huh, sure.
    It's nice that he thinks your so honest and trustworthy though.

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    "Verizion Network Company" ; "US Army force"? Are you kidding me? It's not only laughable that scammers misspell and use incorrect proper names and expressions, but that there are people with that bad a command of their native language (for those it is native to) leaving them susceptible to any number of BS situations.

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