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Got this e-mail today... #47511
01/18/05 08:48 AM
01/18/05 08:48 AM
DougW  Offline OP
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,143
North Chicago, IL
Maybe it's just me, but I think there are more problems with this than the typical crown>colonies translation!

Good Day!!
I am Mr.Xxx Xxx Managing Director, (Xxx Xxx Engineering
here in U.K (Xxx & CO.) we are a company who deal on mechanical
electrical products, Medical & Chemicals, industrial products and

We export into Canada/America and Europe.We are searching for
who can help us establish a medium of getting to our costumers in the
Europe as well as Asia, so that our customers can make payments
to us.

Please if you are interested in transacting business with us we will
Please contact us for more information,Subject to your satisfaction you
will be given the opportunity to negotiate your mode of which we will
for your services as our representative in Canada/America, Europe and

If you are interested, we will be glad to hear from you and we will
you with information as regard your representative duties. Note this
is open for interested individual within the ages of 30 and above.
Thanks, Your's Regards
Mr.Xxx Xxx
Managing Director.
(Xxx & CO.)

For correspondance reply to:
Engr. Xxx Xxx
(Xxx Xxx Engineering service)

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Re: Got this e-mail today... #47512
01/18/05 12:45 PM
01/18/05 12:45 PM
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
Well, I would certainly hope that the Managing Director of a U.K. company could use better English than that!

Sounds to me as though it's another con-artist trying to set people up. Have you had a look at the headers to see where the e-mail actually came from? (Forward to my e-mail if you like Doug.)

who can help us establish a medium of getting to our costumers in the Canada/America

Oh, now I get it! He's inviting you to a fancy-dress party! [Linked Image]

Re: Got this e-mail today... #47513
01/18/05 05:20 PM
01/18/05 05:20 PM
wa2ise  Offline
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 785
Oradell NJ USA
I get spam like this every so often. It's some sort of scam. Best ignore it.

Re: Got this e-mail today... #47514
01/18/05 09:25 PM
01/18/05 09:25 PM
scameron81  Offline
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 75
Healdsburg, ca, USA
Sounds like a pyramid scheme to me.

Re: Got this e-mail today... #47515
01/18/05 10:15 PM
01/18/05 10:15 PM
PCBelarge  Offline
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 681
Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA
Not only a scam, but this email may contain a virus. Do not pass this along to others and delete it immediately. My advice.111


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Re: Got this e-mail today... #47516
01/18/05 11:21 PM
01/18/05 11:21 PM
trollog  Offline
Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 276
San Diego California USA
Hmm nigerian email headers perhaps?

Check out the classic nigerian email scam at:

and a spoof of the same at:

[Linked Image]

Re: Got this e-mail today... #47517
01/19/05 12:26 AM
01/19/05 12:26 AM
DougW  Offline OP
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,143
North Chicago, IL
It didn't have any attachments.

At first, I truly expected to see "I a crown Prince Underbottomfellow from Nigeria. My poor widowed mother died, but before she did, my father took her money....."

I was just more amazed at the lack of grammar and spelling in a (supposed) international missive for business contacts.

I suppose I owe Mom & Dad an apology for my anti-homework outburst about 28 years ago... [Linked Image]

Re: Got this e-mail today... #47518
01/19/05 10:06 AM
01/19/05 10:06 AM
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
Doug forwarded the message to me and I've had a look through the source and headers. There's no nasty code attached or anything like that, but you can bet it's an attempt to initiate some sort of scam.

First, the sender has his mailer program set to a time zone which is one hour ahead of the U.K. The supplied originating e-mail address has a .no domain, which is Norway. It's possible that a U.K. company could use a Norwegian e-mail address, but not likely.

A check of the routing shows the message went via a server in Denmark before hitting the Pan Am Sat server on its way to North America.

The tell-tale line is buried down in the source as the original "to:" line:

That's Niger (not to be confused with Nigeria, but still in Africa). My guess is that this con-artist was using a Scandinavian server as a proxy and that the .ne address was a copy sent to himself.

Of course, a search for the supposed company on the internet reveals nothing.

So scammers, you'll have to do better than this to fool us. And take some English lessons! [Linked Image]

[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 01-19-2005).]


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