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: 10/31/2009
    X-Apparently-To:		alexis_wilke@yahoo.com via 206.190.38.201; Wed, 08 Sep 2004 07:22:59 -0700
    X-Originating-IP:		[66.35.250.206]
    Return-Path:			<diamondlottria@pnetmail.co.za>
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  • Last update: 10/31/2009

    Ein email aus Deutsch! Okay, I'll stop there with my German... Now the interesting thing here is that the Umlaut start only later in the email. Well... maybe all the words before don't need any. Notice also that this is in German, sent from voila.fr and in regard to a Spanish lottery. I think I won, again!

     
  • Last update: 07/06/2017

    A funny one, not so much because of the email itself, but the guy just doesn't know how to write proper expressions. The grammar is otherwise mostly fine (well... it's a short one anyway).

    Note that most (99%) of the sites sending you this kind of spam will claim that they are secure. A site is secure if (1) it has a currently valid certificate and (2) the pages where you pass your order [i.e. put your personal info such as your address, phone, credit card info] are secure. A secure page starts with https://... and when you enter these pages your browser doesn't warn you about the ...

     
  • Last update: 11/20/2014
    X-Apparently-To:	alexis_wilke@yahoo.com via 206.190.39.161; Sat, 11 Mar 2006 00:27:53 -0800
    X-Originating-IP:	[65.54.233.114]
    Return-Path:		<salifd13@hotmail.com>
    Authentication-Results:	mta121.mail.re4.yahoo.com from=hotmail.com; domainkeys=neutral (no sig)
    Received:		from 65.54.233.114 (EHLO hotmail.com) (65.54.233.114)
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  • Last update: 10/31/2009
    X-Apparently-To:		alexis_wilke@yahoo.com via 206.190.38.196; Wed, 07 Jun 2006 04:40:48 -0700
    X-Originating-IP:		[66.35.250.206]
    Return-Path:			<somla11@virgilio.it>
    Authentication-Results:		mta347.mail.mud.yahoo.com from=virgilio.it; domainkeys=neutral (no sig)
    Received:			from 66.35.250.206 (EHLO mail.sourceforge.net) (66.35.250.206)
    				by mta347.mail.mud.yahoo.com with SMTP; Wed, 07 Jun 2006 04:40:47 -0700
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  • Last update: 02/19/2014

    Got a picture from that one. Whether it's him, dunno... trying to get another picture now... See my 2nd reply below. 8-)


    Date:		Mon, 18 Feb 2008 22:20:34 -0800 (PST)
    From:		Alexis Wilke <alexis@m2osw.com>
    To:		cahill_mike3@yahoo.co.uk
    Subject: Re:	Urgent Response
    In-Reply-To:	<trPJBjmnwt$41.208.139.44$.47b8c181.af9db.56b0.50586@oxygen.onspeed.com>
    Message-ID:	<Pine.LNX.4.64.0802182220030.11638@halk.m2osw.com>
    References:	<trPJBjmnwt$41.208.139.44$.47b8c181.af9db.56b0.50586@oxygen.onspeed.com>
    MIME-Version:	1.0
    Content-Type:	TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII; ...
     
  • Last update: 02/18/2012

    No wonder that this is top secret stuff! It includes DOLLERS, no really, 'E', not 'A'. It's a top secret currency anyway. That's why you did not hear about it. The main problem is, because it is top secret, you cannot use that money for anything... And please, don't tell anybody! 8-)


    Return-Path:		<usmanamadu2@hotmail.fr>
    X-Original-To:		alexis@halk.m2osw.com
    Delivered-To:		alexis@halk.m2osw.com
    Received:		from bay0-omc3-s26.bay0.hotmail.com (bay0-omc3-s26.bay0.hotmail.com [65.54.246.226])
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  • Last update: 02/18/2012

    At last one guy says it upfront: you'll have to pay a fee. That's all that will happen, but hey... he's telling you that you will have to spend some money to get what he's telling you that you will get. And he repeats it three times. Just in case it wasn't clear the first time.

    But of course, the best is: AND YOU MOVE TO YOUR BANK. Welcome to your new safe, hope it's large enough for you...


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  • Last update: 02/18/2012
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    			id <SF9C1> for <@mail.m2osw.com:alexis@halk.m2osw.com>
    			from <promotiongames@voila.fr>; Mon, 20 Nov 2006 15:17:31 -0800
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  • 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.


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