[Dixielandjazz] Did anyone get an email from Mike Henebry asking for emer...
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W1AB at aol.com
Sat May 15 18:01:06 PDT 2010
That is a common e-mail scam story at the moment. It's interesting
that, although I receive dozens of scam messages a day, I had NOT received
any with that tale of woe.
I often reply to the scam messages. Sometimes I play along and get
them occupied with me for weeks at a time. One time I told them I owned a
crayfish farm in East Texas and I needed the money they were offering me to
expand the farm. That went on for weeks, and the scammer got very annoyed
with me before he gave up.
Only this week, I send my other kind of reply to one scammer -- a
cartoon of a rabbit that says "It's cute how stupid you are." I received an
irate reply to that one. He said I had "insulted his personality."
The scammers have software that generates random e-mail addresses, so
they will eventually hit virtually everyone with their silly messages.
One of my friends, a former US Secret Service Agent, has told me that
scamming is a major industry in Nigeria, with many, many schools teaching
people how to scam the gullible via e-mail, mail, and telephone. It's
difficult to see how anyone would fall for their outrageous stories and send
them money, but some people do....
About 12 years ago a bunch of Nigerians worked at the gas station at
the north end of the Garden State Parkway. If a customer paid with cash,
they would profess to have no coin change, scamming a few cents here and
there --penny-ante, by definition!
Welcome to the club, Elazar!
Shalom, Al B.
In a message dated 5/15/2010 3:40:18 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
jazzmin at actcom.net.il writes:
Shalom jazz fans,
Today I received 2 emails ostensibly from Mike Henebry, saying he was
in London and urgently needs money to return home. Since I have received
similar emails in the past alleging to be from other friends, I suspect
one is as fraudulent as the others I know about. It is a case of identity
Has anyone else received an email like this? I am not in contact with Mike
and do not know him except by reputation. I don't know how my email
addresses got into the hands of the perpetrators. I thnk it is safe to
assume that Mike is not in London, has not been robbed, and even if he had
been, he would have more secure means of getting help.
Based on my similar experiences in the past, I urge listmates not to reply
to these emails, and certainly not to send money. If you have reason to be
concerned about Mike, contact him directly to verify facts before
Blessings from Israel,
Doctor Jazz Dixieland Band
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