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Another Match.com – Scam What Am?

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Suddenly Single, 60,  Melanie of Brisbane shares the following:                            

One Woman’s Tale of an Internet Dating Scam

Dear Page Larkin.

First, Jim winked at me.  He was a 52 yr old man who said he lived in San Francisco and, yet referred to his home in the ‘Land of Enchantment.’ All of us Jeopardy watchers know New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment. Something was fishy…

Bored, curious and dubious, I ‘winked’ back and the following note- {actual grammar and spelling errors included} appeared:

Hello Dearie,

I’m so very glad to get a Mail back from a beautiful Lady like you , I’m really interested in you and you really look so handsome and i would really love to learn so much more about you , but though i don’t come on here much but if you can be able to E-mail me on my Private E-mail that would really made my day and i would really love that and i would be able to get back to you so quick and would reply you with some more about me and if you also have a Yahoo Id we can chat on it , My Yahoo Private E-mail Address is jim2kenn@yahoo.com and My Yahoo Instant Messaging Id is jim2kenn and i will be really looking forward to your email and i will be so Glad……………Jim

What do you do in a situation like this? I know it is a scam, Help!  

Melanie in Brisbane

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Dear Melanie,

First, you forward the email to the Powers That Be at Match.com and wait to see if the less than articulate scammer gets caught and kicked off and out. Then you GOOGLE:  internet dating scams and be prepared to be quickly, well-informed. There is a lot of press about the Nigerian Scams. Everywhere. Buyer Beware.

NIGERIAN SCAMS An advance-fee fraud is a confidence trick in which the target is persuaded to advance sums of money in the hope of realizing a significantly larger gain.[1] Among the variations on this type of scam, are the Nigerian Letter (also called the 419 fraud, Nigerian scam, Nigerian bank scam, or Nigerian money offer[2]),[3] the Spanish Prisoner, the black money scam as well as Russian/Ukrainian scam (also extremely widespread, though far less popular than the former). The so-called Russian and Nigerian scams stand for wholly dissimilar organised-crime traditions; they therefore tend to use altogether different breeds of approaches.

Distrust and caution are the parents of security.” Ben Franklin

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