Fraudulent emails

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014


TV 5 reporter King Perez is dismayed. Why is almost everyone so concerned about what happened to Vhong Navarro, he wonders in a post in his Facebook page.

And yet, he continues, very few care for the activist or journalist who is threatened, the farmer who is forever in bondage to the soil and the laborer who continues to be exploited. We have bigger problems than an actor being hurt but they’re not getting the attention that Navarro’s case now receives.

I couldn’t agree more. An assault against anyone is always a cause for concern but holy cow, do we really have to go overboard when the victim is somebody popular or influential? No wonder, we have a Congress inhabited by actors and actresses.

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Hey, people. There are issues far more important than the supposed video of Navarro’s manhood.

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Because I continue to receive an overdose of fraudulent emails and text messages, I can only surmise that this business of preying on the get-rich-quick mindset of many people must be flourishing.

I usually delete e-mails of this nature immediately and without bothering to read them but last weekend I decided to keep them for amusement.

Would you believe that during that two-day period, I received a total of five “sucker mails” ? The authors were not even imaginative with the aliases that they used.

The first was from Gary Einstein of “Euromillions,” informing me that I have been selected to receive $480,000 “in the last Euro-Million Draw which took place in Switzerland.” I was advised that I had only three days remaining to claim my prize otherwise it would be forfeited. To process my claim, I was instructed to submit my full name, address and mobile number.

Later, from “Attorney Jeffrey”: “I really do not mean to waste your time. Considering the fact that this is 6,000,000 dollars deal, I hope you understand why I have been very careful and also because we have not met face to face. You and I do hear of many internet fraud nowadays. Now I put my faith in you and if at the end you run away with the money, I will leave everything to God.”

I was instructed to visit http:/www.thehindu.com/news/national list-of-passengers-on the air-india-express-flight/article435569.ece in order to claim my gift from God.

From “Melanie Huard”: “Your email has won 1,373,420 pounds in our British promotion. Contact us for details via lottery_b1@yahoo.com.”

From “Mrs Sta”: “Compliment of the day to you. I am Mrs. Chantalt, I am sending this brief letter to solicit your partnership to transfer the sum of $4.5 million US dollars. I shall send you more information and the procedures when I receive a positive response from you. Hope to read back from you. My private email ID mrschantalt01@gmail.com.

From “Lizy Abdul”: “My name is Lizy Abdul. I am writing this mail to for your collaboration in a partnership business in your country. I have some money which I will like to invest in your country in profitable business under your control as my business partner. I will advise you to reply me through this my private email at lizy_abdulmohammed@yahoo.com.

If, out of the blue, someone makes you an offer that is too good to be true, then it is not true. Unfortunately, there are still many people who forget this rule-of-thumb, unable to resist the lure of easy money. The result is usually disastrous.

I know at least one businessman who lost quite a fortune in the merry chase that took him to as far as Malaysia for a supposed meeting with “investors.” He already had money but he wanted more.

Greed. That is why swindlers like “Atty. Jeffrey,” “Gary Enstein,” “Melanie Huard,” “Mrs. Chantalt” and “Lizy Abdul Mohammed” continue to thrive.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 28, 2014.

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