Possible 'Mandela' scam?

Discussion in 'Basic' started by Airframes, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. Airframes

    Airframes Benevolens Magister

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2008
    Messages:
    47,705
    Likes Received:
    1,420
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Cheshire, UK
    Does anyone happen to know if there is an internet scam of some kind, involving a 'trust', or some other similar organisation, centred around celebrations for Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday?
    The reason I ask is, I just happened to check my 'old' e-mail address, and found a message from yesterday (Saturday), from this organisation in Johannesburg, informing me I am a winner in their prize 'lottery' or something similar, picked at random from e-mail addresses worldwide.
    It looks very suspicious, or a wind-up, to me!
    Obviously, I don't want to reply if it is not genuine!!
    However, if it IS on the level, then, apparently, I have won $1.8 million, US.
    Any info, hints, tips etc would be welcome!
    Terry.
     
  2. Matt308

    Matt308 Glock Perfection
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2005
    Messages:
    20,140
    Likes Received:
    54
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Occupation:
    Engineer
    Location:
    Washington State
    I'll assume you are being facetious.

    If not, you're off my Christmas list Airframes. :toothy3:
     
  3. Wayne Little

    Wayne Little Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2006
    Messages:
    51,182
    Likes Received:
    848
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Adelaide Sth. Aust.
    :lol: ..HIT the DELETE button NOW!!
     
  4. RabidAlien

    RabidAlien Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    6,592
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    IT
    Location:
    Hurst, Texas
    SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM!!! If you hit "reply", the very next thing they'll do is ask for your bank account information (usually in very bad Engrish), whereupon, about 20 seconds after giving said information, you'll find you have nothing in the aforementioned bank account. Its the same thing as the "you had a rich Nigerian relative you knew nothing about but who loved you regardless and loved you enough to leave his $45 Bajillion inheritance to you blah blah blah" or the "you just won the European Continent Lottery, which is being run by a teeny bank in Southern Uganda, and they need to know your account info so they can deposit this well-earned winnings into blah blah blah." Its all just the same scam, with different wording.
     
  5. Njaco

    Njaco The Pop-Tart Whisperer
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2007
    Messages:
    23,053
    Likes Received:
    994
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Animal Control Officer
    Location:
    Southern New Jersey
    I think Airframes just bought ocean-front property in Kansas. :(
     
  6. evangilder

    evangilder "Shooter"
    Staff Member Administrator

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2004
    Messages:
    19,419
    Likes Received:
    137
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    Network Engineer/Photographer
    Location:
    Moorpark, CA
    Home Page:
    If there really was that much money and there were that many millionaires in Africa, how come so many are starving...The scary part is that a big percentage of the GNP of Nigeria is scam money!

    Besides, how can you win a lottery when you never bought a ticket?
     
  7. Airframes

    Airframes Benevolens Magister

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2008
    Messages:
    47,705
    Likes Received:
    1,420
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Cheshire, UK
    Thanks guys, you've confirmed my thoughts!
    Delete button has been well and truly hit!
     
Loading...

Share This Page