Welcome and happy reading!

Since, like anyone else, I receive tons of scam emails and snail mail letters, I decided to present here some of these. All of these (and many more which I just delete) are scams. This means, what the senders have in mind is to racket one of us. And according to what I've seen, they do succeed quite often.

If you have similar letters in your mailbox, either disregard or play with the person knowing that you can't give him (or her) any information about:

  1. Your bank account,
  2. Your address — or any valid address if that matter,
  3. Your family, and
  4. any other information that you judge private or even intimate.

Ha! I say "Your"... even if you don't like your neighbor at all, don't give his information either. The Internet leaves tracks (hackers in the US are being caught one after another!) and you would certainly be in even bigger trouble.

In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy reading these letters as I do myself once in a while. 8-)I do not always add comments with the letters since I usually don't have time to do so, but there would often be a lot of joke to tell!

Soap Bubbles


Latest Scams
  • Last update: 07/06/2017

    I have see a lot of toll free numbers, but one that starts with 334 does not really sound free to me. What seems surprising is that this looks like an American phone number; Albama to be precise. (see Wikipedia for more info) I'm not too sure what the intend is here. Go to jail? Or would the number redirect to another number? Or that's the number of a stolen cell phone maybe.

    Return-Path:		<online@colonialbank.com>
    X-Original-To:		alexis@halk.m2osw.com
    Delivered-To:		alexis@halk.m2osw.com
    Received:		from mail.m2osw.com (jcolo [])
    			by halk.m2osw.com ...
  • Last update: 10/31/2009

    Here the real link was: <a href="http://www.creval-bci.com/login2007/index.html"> The correct URL is simply http://www.creval.it.

    Another interesting tag was the BASE that was broken in half:
    ta%20eliminata/Attenzione!%20Comunicazione%20Urgente.EML/" />

  • Last update: 10/31/2009
    Return-Path:		<davidrichd@yahoo.de>
    X-Original-To:		info@halk.m2osw.com
    Delivered-To:		alexis@halk.m2osw.com
    Received:		from yahoo.de (unknown [])
    			by halk.m2osw.com (Postfix) with SMTP id 60A921BDE2
    			for <info@halk.m2osw.com>; Fri, 10 Aug 2007 21:09:48 -0700 (PDT)
    Message-ID:		<A33D9E7D.097A602@yahoo.de>
    Date:			Sat, 11 Aug 2007 07:47:49 -0400
    Reply-To:		"David Richard" <davidrichd@yahoo.de>
    From:			"David Richard" <davidrichd@yahoo.de>
    X-Accept-Language:	en-us
    MIME-Version:		1.0
    To:			<info@halk.m2osw.com>
    Subject:		SOS CALL
  • Last update: 11/24/2014

    This email, I received a few times (293 - 276 = 17). The image on the right shows my mailbox. I use Pine which is good because Thunderbird has a hardtime when the To: field is composed of several thousand email addresses (2809 to be precise!). In that regard, I am mentioned twice in that list (which I do not show since I do not want people's email to be published on my site!) What is surprising is that I received the email 17 times which is not a multiple of 2. Well... maybe each instance had a different count and email address! (the first email address looked alike in all instances ...

  • Last update: 10/31/2009

    It looks like this is improving. Thought this is still a scam, contrary to the usual, this one is pretty well written. That's too bad because I just cannot write jokes about it... 8-)

  • Last update: 10/31/2009
    Received:	from diouf-help378.com
    		by substitute with [XMail 1.22 ESMTP Server]
    		id <SAD1A> for <alexis@m2osw.com> from <yaya@diouf-help.la>;
    		Wed, 6 Sep 2006 19:03:13 -0700
    From:		Yaya Diouf <yaya@diouf-help.la>
    To:		alexis@m2osw.com
    Reply-To:	yaya1diouf@yahoo.fr
    Subject:	Respect Fully From Mr Yaya Diouf & Sister
    Date:		Thu, 07 Sep 2006 02:04:30 +0000
    MIME-Version:	1.0
    Content-Type:	multipart/mixed; boundary="51ff5c9f-4fd4-4520-93cd-878ac729168d"

    Dear ,
    I got your contact from the Ecowas Infomation Center in Côte d'Ivoire. My sources

  • Last update: 10/31/2009

    Okay! There is currently a wave of Diplomi, Degrees, etcetera that you can purchase. This is a mostly legal piece of paper which says that you are capable of doing these things that you say you can do in your Curriculum Vitae.

    Now, of course, you would think that if you are to get a diploma from any institution, they will be academic. When I read that word, academic, it sounds to me that if I talk to them, I will be talking to people who know how to read and write, and this at a higher level than average.

  • Last update: 02/18/2012

    I though the subject of this email was good. That is, I just planned to go to a green conference in two weeks and thus seeing THE GREEN  PROJECT

    And as usual, you have that "Attn/Dear ..." that is left blank. They probably don't even know they are supposed to put your name in there. Or they send those to a massively large number of people and do not have the time/courage to enter the info anyway.

    Return-Path:		<mallickdiop011@yahoo.com>
    X-Original-To:		alexis@halk.m2osw.com
    Delivered-To:		alexis@halk.m2osw.com
    Received:		from mail.m2osw.com (jcolo
  • Last update: 10/31/2009
    X-Apparently-To:		alexis_wilke@yahoo.com via; Fri, 05 Nov 2004 15:37:34 -0800
    X-Originating-IP:		[]
    Return-Path:			<donaldabeki@tiscali.no>
    Received:			from (EHLO sc8-sf-mx2.sourceforge.net) (
    				by mta419.mail.scd.yahoo.com with SMTP; Fri, 05 Nov 2004 15:37:34 -0800
    Received:			from smtp130.tiscali.dk ([]) by sc8-sf-mx2.sourceforge.net
    				with esmtp (TLSv1:AES256-SHA:256) (Exim 4.41) id 1CQDdu-0002RK-8s; Fri, 05 Nov 2004 15:37:24 -0800
    Received:			from cpmail.dk.tiscali.com (mail.tiscali.dk [])
  • Last update: 10/31/2009
    Return-Path:		<mrsdora_okereke1@myway.com>
    X-Original-To:		alexis@halk.m2osw.com
    Delivered-To:		alexis@halk.m2osw.com
    Received:		from snap.turnwatcher.com (colo [])
    			by halk.m2osw.com (Postfix) with ESMTP id 12B181BDE2
    			for <alexis@halk.m2osw.com>; Sat, 16 Jun 2007 00:44:39 -0700 (PDT)
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    			for <alexis@m2osw.com>; Sat, 16 Jun 2007 00:44:26 -0700 (PDT)
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