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Last night I had got the letter from Nigeria. Janel has said, that

this spam. Anybody faced with this? What distinguish spam from real

client's letter? Any commentary please?


This letter:


From: Roseann Muller <contactroseannmuller01@yahoo.com>

Data created: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 13:11:20 -0800 (PST)

Subject: hello



Hello Artist,

   my name is Mrs Roseann Muller, i will like to have your works  as gifts from

your gallery for my parent who are celebrating thier 30th wedding

annivasarys , the shipping through DHL

OR FEDEX,TO NIGERIA so i will be gald to have your reply

asap :i will be glad if you can send me your website address to choose

or send me

four of your work that is availble for me to choose and the price range

from you.the price range is $800 to $1000.payment will be make by my

credit card for you to charge. Visa Or Master Card.






Roseann Muller.







My Webpage

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Well it sounds like she wants you to send four works for her to choose from. Hmmm... I think the ultimate rule should be: payment first for all work to send, with no work sent until the money is in your bank. The usual motto is,"buyer beware", but in this case I think it should be, "seller beware".


I think the trust has to come from her side as we are all dependant on our reputations for ongoing business and are exposed because of our web sites.


It sounds potentially OK, but please don't take a chance. Credit card seems like a good method without giving your bank information.

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This is spam- a very similar letter was posted on a forum I'm on for book artists. Nigeria is the center of most spam-money making scams.

Excerpts from that discussion:


"A few weeks ago I received an email requesting pricing for clamshell

boxes and shipping...to Nigeria. It gave me pause because I could not

see an obvious scam in the request. I decided to ignore it because the

email did not seem to be addressed directly to me and because Nigeria

has a bad reputation for financial scams.



Yesterday, the individual wrote back in a more focused message and I

started trying to work out the details of the order. Still my suspicion

was high because they seemed more interested in arranging to pay me by

credit card than in specifying their order. Language seemed to be a bit

of an obstacle though and I still couldn't see how a scam would work.

An order for 50 handmade leather boxes though?! Couldn't they find a

less expensive source?



My request for advice from the US Consulate in Nigeria brought the

swift response, SCAM. They weren't specific about how it would operate,

only that the city of origin was a famed center of credit card scams.

This confirmed what my instinct was saying."

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I had received the identical message that was sent to Sergey, likely at the same point in time, but it was addressed to a different email address.


Several sorts and versions of scam spam has come to my in box. I did some research on one that was for a retirement gift for a woman in their office. I put her name into Google and it came up within a file someone is keeping on the web for just this sort of spam. I do not even consider responding to things from Nigeria at this point and delete it.


It is very frustrating that we all have to deal with this. The learning process is something we all experience, while hardening our gentle souls to the world of deceit.

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Maybe they get you to go along, building your confidence, then at some point the shoe drops when your guard is down, and you make a step based on trust. :)


I had a similar message from China and decided not to respond, plus the usual claims to reward me if I help transfer millions of $ out of Africa.


I like our safe little haven here. B)

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