"Scam, Scam, Scam, Scam-de-Scam, Wonderful Scam!"  

Wakko37 42M
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2/2/2006 10:18 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

"Scam, Scam, Scam, Scam-de-Scam, Wonderful Scam!"

All apologies to the Flying Circus for the title, but Scam=Spam, and the latest ad I replied to was a scam in the making.

I replied to a "local" ad for a girl. Seemed nice in the profile, and she seemed to match what I was looking for. So after a day, I got a reply and things seemed well. It was a little bit of a sob story, but I'm a softie. So, our e-mails moved to a private level. At this point it turns bizarre.

I was told, "no - I'm not in Oklahoma, I'm in Nigeria..." (huh?) So began the sob story - hotel wanted to be paid for her stay, they confiscated her passport, she was roughed up by some guards and put into the hospital and - in short - wanted me to help her with her bills so she could get her passport back and return home.

I put the nix on the money bit, but offered to assist in any other way. To which I was told that by telling other people, I risked blowing her cover. (What th...?!?!!? if you want out so bad, why don't you offer up some more information so I can help you?)

I was about to reply again when I swam away from the bait and reported the ad. It has since been deleted, but I thought I'd put this one out there as a heads up to everyone here.

It's bad enough when you reply to an ad and get an message back essentially asking you to go to "her website" where you have to pay $xx.xx to get inside and get her e-mail address. But this one took the cake. It's hard enough to find a match here sometimes, but this just makes it harder.

"Let's be careful out there" - Capt. Furillo - Hill Street Blues.



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