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Gold Scams and Get Rich Quick Email Scamsby James DiGeorgia 2011-12-01 11:29:39
My email box has been pounded recently with unbelievable gold offers from Nigeria, Ghana, South America and Eastern Europe. These email read much like the ones I've seen for years congratulating me on winning a government lottery or being named as a beneficiary of a multi- million dollar inheritance from some long lost relative.
Every year thousands of hard working people fall for these emails and send money up front for processing and or handling to claim the inheritance or money to buy the gold coins, bars or dust. In every instance, those who believe the promises are defrauded; they lose every penny they send and find out that the FBI and for that matter Interpol can't do a thing to help recover the money lost.
I'm sorry; you can't buy gold dust, bars or coins below the world market price. It's a fairytale.
Here are a few emails I've received in just the last few days starting with the revelation that this thief wants me to believe he's going to send me US $5 Million. Keep in mind most of these emails have atrocious spelling mistakes, an indication that these criminals don't even bother to polish their Spam scam offers....
I am very happy to inform you about my success in transferred that fund $185. Million Dollars now; I want you to contact my secretary on the information below:
NAME; Wahab Henry EMAIL:email@example.com
Ask him to send you the total sum of ($5.5 Million United State Dollars)
Five million Five hundred thousand United State Dollars in a bank draft,for your share which I kept for your compensation. So feel free to contact him with your information below avoid wrong delivery,
Please contact him with this information above for the registration of the bank draft. Thanks for your help and I will stop here again. You let me know immediately you receive it. I am waiting for the good news from you.
Here's another example offering Diamonds and Gold...
Subject GOLD AND DIAMONDS, E.T.C. FOR SALE.
Here's one from supposedly the Netherlands telling me how I can grab US$12 million ...
Subject Urgent Transaction:
I am George Robert an employee of ING BANK branch here in Netherlands. I have urgent and very confidential business proportion for you. I go your contact from the World Trade Centre Online Web directory here in Nederland. In January 2006 a German Oil Consultant/Contractor (Lukas Ralf) Made a numbered time (fixed deposited) for twelve calendar months valued at (US$12,500 million United States Dollars) in a domiciliary account in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification of account statues to his forwarding address but got no reply, after two months, we sent a reminder of same letter and finally we discovered from his contact employers, Sofimation Oy, a Finland Company based in here in Netherlands that Lukas Ralf died in an auto crash.
After further investigation, I found out that he did not leave a WILL and all attempts to trace next of kin were fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that he did not declare any Next of Kin in all his official documents, including his bank deposit papers.
This sum of US$12,500,000 is still floating in our bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year.
No one would come forward to claim it, according to Dutch Law, at the expiration of 6 (six) years; the money will revert to the ownership of the Dutch government if nobody applies to claim these funds.
Consequent upon the above, my proposal is that I would like you as a foreigner to stand in as the Next of Kin since you have the same last name with Lukas.
I will quickly work out the full documentation and transfer of the funds into your nominated account anywhere.
We shall discuss the percentage as soon as I here from you Tel +32492178318.
Here's a gold dust offer from Ghana....
Subject: Gold Dust Offer
It is my pleasure to firstly introduce myself to you: I am Mr. Mike Williams Kojo, Local Company here in Ghana. We have a capability of producing between 100-150 kilos of alluvial gold dust monthly and have available now in stock about 150 kilos AU gold dust for sale to any prospective buyer.
The product available below:
Commodity Au gold dust (unrefined)
Hence, buyer will assist seller with not more than 10% of the total value of the stock to enable seller procure the necessary shipping documents and other government taxes.
I shall be grateful to furnish you with any further information that you might require after hearing from you and shall consider it a privilege doing business with you to foster a cordial and long-lasting relationship between both parties. We are waiting your purchase interest and quick responses.
Here's another bulk gold email offer...
Subject Dear Sir/Madam
I have been collecting these emails for about a year and I can tell you tens of millions of these Spam Scam emails are being mailed every month. EVERY ONE is a scam designed to separate you from your money. I believe there have been special reports by 20/20 and 60 minutes on all sorts of variations of these Spam scams, some can be very convincing. Regardless of how convincing the email reads, I urge you to mark any one you receive as Spam and delete them from your mail box as they come in.
If you want to buy gold coins or bars you can buy them from me personally at 1% over my cost plus postage and insurance. For more information on how to buy gold, silver and platinum bullion go to: http://coins.finestknown.com/aboutus/how-we-buy-sell-coins.php
Our 1% offer is much better than companies than like Merit Financial, in that I guarantee the price to be 1% over our cost and they refer to the "wholesale price" whatever that means. In addition, you can arrange the order directly with me, not some broker that has a fraction of my experience in the precious metals and rare coin market.
Bottom line: There's no FREE lunch! Don't be taken by Spam emails. When you're buying or selling precious metals, deal with someone who has been a national dealer for four decades and is a member of the major dealer organizations.