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: 09/03/2009
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    		from <adayemarie@gmail.com>;
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  • Last update: 04/03/2014

    Celui-la c'est interessant. Il nous envoie un PDF qui contient des images de gens qui ont gagné. En fait, en y regardant de près, c'est assez croyable. Encore que... mais bon. En comparison à un simple email.


    Mr. Martin Lessart
    Friday, September 19, 2008 6:08 AM
    From Mr._Martin_Lessart Fri Sep 19 06:08:05 2008
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    Authentication-Results: 	mta176.mail.re3.yahoo.com from=; domainkeys=neutral (no sig)
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  • Last update: 12/27/2018

    A few days ago, I got this letter from TMWorldwide and I think I did not even read it. Anyway, it is in regard to getting my trademark registered worldwide, I guess. Ah! Now I wrote the transcript. So I know. It is all about a catalogue. Good. Good. A catalogue of USD 1,300.0... Hmmm...

    There is the letter... One day, you may get the same, if you also get your own trademark. See also USTMS.

    TMWorld Wide letter, page 1 (see transcript below)

    [Page 1 transcript:]
    [top-left logo:]
    TMWorldwide
    [top-right box:]
    Reference No.: 08/ 138843
    Date: 14 July 2008.
    [top title (large):]
    INTERNATIONAL CATALOGUE OF TRADEMARKS 2008
    [1st ...

     
  • Last update: 04/03/2014

    Not too long ago, I got this letter from USTMS saying that they would actually make sure that my trademark is properly protected. I read the thing a bit to see how much they would charge and such.

    Well... Point one, they are not attorneys. That's funny because so far those I heard of monitoring trademarks are attorneys. Funny, hey?! Bar start, I will say.

    And so, what's the price? A little cheaper than the IDM company since this one is only US $395.00. Plus the stamp because the envelope is not pre-stamped...

    Whether they really do something that's useful, hey! Maybe it works ...

     
  • Last update: 10/31/2009

    If I put this one on it's because of the subject. I find it sad that crooks use sentences which pertain to people in peril of death.

     
  • Last update: 10/31/2009

    I suppose I'd have to pay him loads of money for -450Kg of gold... (yes, see the minus sign?!, I know, it's part of the :- and not really the number, but, sorry, it just looks too silly here.)

     
  • Last update: 07/06/2017

    A little while ago, I started to promote my company's new product: Turn Watcher (an Initiative Tracker for Game Masters). With it, I got a huge increase of spam. It was increasing anyway, but that got to the level of close to 100 totally useless emails a day filling over 1Mb of my mailbox in no time!

    So I decided to create a spam filter. It works great and I have about 100 emails block per day. One very important point of my filter: it doesn't check the origins (i.e. the From: parameter) of the emails. This is not only not reliable, it's actually common people with valid emails ...

     
  • Last update: 10/31/2009

    You've got to love them! Read the 1st paragraph. Way cool! He's not a bad guy at all...

     
  • Last update: 09/04/2009
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    				from <kutangploy@adinet.com.uy>; Tue, 11 Jul 2006 11:54:40 -0700
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  • Last update: 11/24/2014

    The following is a sample of what you can receive (first time for me!) from who knows who asking you to go change your password or something like that...

     

    This is a scam, it will actually reproduce the screens from the bank and of course it will expect you to type in your account information. After that, the person can transfer whatever money to wherever...

    This is most certainly why CitiBank blocks access to their login screens from outside of the US. Now that's not a solution since hackers have access to thousands of computers in the U.S. and hackers have much better to go via ...