Scam emails provide a glimpse of what’s out there

07/30/2014 1:13 PM

07/30/2014 1:14 PM

Today I’m going to provide you with actual emails that have been sent by readers notifying me of scams they have received in the last month or so. I’m doing this so everyone can see the actual emails, some have misspelled words as well as grammar and when you get them you can use the “DELETE” key … I can’t tell you how many people have fallen for these scams, so I figured it would be fun to print them and maybe the scammers reading this column will know we’re on to them.

Below are the emails you the readers have sent to me. Do they sound familiar?

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Dear George,

You are granted the UK NATIONAL SUPERENA LOTTO.

A total sum of 1,750,000,00 GBP

Claims Officer: Mr. Murphy Taylor

Hi George, Its Dylan. I know its been awhile. How have you been? I’ve been wanting to let you in on some great news. It’s about money that is available for college in your State. The amount is Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. if you qualify and doesn’t need to be paid back.

This money is from Gov’t Grant Programs and it can be used for online classes as well.

You can choose to have it direct deposited into your account or get a check.

It takes like 2 minutes to see if you qualify.

Error! Hyperlink reference not valid.

Thank you, Dylan

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Z-Tolls

Dear customer,

You have not paid for driving on a toll road. This invoice is sent repeatedly, please service your debt in the shortest possible time. The invoice can be downloaded here.

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My Dearest,

Greetings to you my Dear Beloved, I am Mrs Alice Walton, a citizen of United State. I bring to you a proposal worth $1,000,000,000.00 which i intend to use for CHARITY. I am happy to know you, but God knows you better and he knows why he has directed me to youat this point in time so do not be afraid. i saw your e-mail contact at ministries of commerce and foreign trade departments. i am writing this mail to you with heavy sorrow in my heart, It is painful now to let you know that I have been suffering from a Heart disease for the past 22 years and just few weeks ago my Doctor told me that I won't survive the illness.

my name is Mrs. Alice Walton citizen of United States of America, and am contacting you because i don’t have any other option than to tell you as i was touched to open up to you about my project. Please reply me back if you are interested, so i can provide you with further details.

God Bless You. Please reply me back if you are interested, so i can provide you with further details. Mrs. Alice Walton.

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USPS.COM Notification

Your parcel has arrived at 29th of June, 2014. Courier service could not make the delivery of your parcel.

You should print the label and show it in the nearest post office to get a parcel.

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I hope you found these interesting and if you haven’t received one of these, there are plenty more going around, like from the IRS, FPL, Attorney General and the list goes on.

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