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You Know You're Being Scammed When...

Updated on March 9, 2012

Joseph Kony / Krony - Evil Personified

Do 'ya think I'm sexy?  No?  Mustaffa, kill the infidel!
Do 'ya think I'm sexy? No? Mustaffa, kill the infidel! | Source

The Joseph Krony Email Scam

How do you know when your dealing with a scammer?

You know you are looking at a poorly constructed email scam attempt when the email was sent to you by a doctor, yet the note is full of spelling errors, grammatical and sentence structure errors. When a doctor with an advanced position within a government agency can't differentiate between "their" and "they're" you know you're dealing with an idjut!

* When the email you receive starts off with "Dear benefissearee" you know you may just be dealing with a scammer.

* When the email you receive originated from Johnson Magabush but is signed off by Dr. John Raymond, Esq. (it must be that "esquire" that makes people fall for these, because, surely, it can't be due to the horrendous grammar and spelling), you know you may just be dealing with a scammer.

* When the email you receive states that you must send the money for each Western Union money transfer to the sender of the email, at a Western Union office in a lawless country with no extradition with Canada or the USA, you know you may be dealing with a scammer.

* When the email you receive tells you that you are to get $1.6 Million USD, in increments of 10 payments of $70,000 you know you may be dealing with a scammer, or at least a doctor with really, really bad math skills.

* When the email you receive says "So am here now because of the scammers information all over in Africa mostly in Nigeria and Cotonou Benin Republic to make sure that all the belongings funds get to their foreign beneficiaries, which i sent you an e-mail since two days ago and i have not had back from you, what is going on my dear, are you still alive or not." you really should know that you're dealing with a scammer. (a direct cut and paste from the "Dr. John Raymond / Johnson Megabush Scam email)

* When the email you receive is from someone you've never known or even heard about in your life, you just have to know you're dealing with a scammer. If not, please leave your personal banking information in a comment, and I will ensure that you receive the $231 Million Farsi International Monetary Fund Lottery winnings within 24 hours of receiving the $750 USD transfer fee that you must first send to the secretary... oh, never mind! You get the idea!

if someone is asking you for money so that they can send you a million bucks, then you are dealing with a scammer. There is no grey area here, never in the history of the Internet (or even before the Internet, for that matter) has anyone needed $50 from someone so that they could afford to send them a million bucks!

As with everything else in life, if it looks too good to be true, it is too good to be true. If it looks suspicious it is suspicious, and if it looks like it came from a Russian mafia-controlled prostitute, a child slaving for an African warlord or some idiot living in his mother's basement, it probably is.

(Joseph Krony is well known for this tactic, and this email has been attributed to children that he has kidnapped from village schools)

The origin of your email?

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Joseph Krony

Today, forget about the Arab Uprising and the Israeli threats to send Iran back to the stone age (approximately 2.7 years), it's back to Africa for the newest internet sensation. Many people who jumped on the Krony sweepstakes by writing opinionated blogs with YouTube videos and reblogged information have enjoyed incredible success, some garnering millions of hits a day since posting. One celebrity picks up on (or, rather their people do) and redistributes blogs to their fans, those fans jump all over the blogs and refer them to all of their friends.

Viral becomes popular through close contact?

Krony has taken hundreds of thousands of children from their homes and schools, playgrounds and fields, and from their parent's embrace, and turned them into raping, pillaging and killing machines. Some, the ones with "higher education", ie those who know basic computer operations, are forced to become the faces behind a litany of different email scams.

Some suspect emails asking for money or personal information may be from a Russian bombshell looking for an honest, reliable husband to take care of her, some may be from doctors, lawyers, bank managers or law office paralegals, but they all originate from some of Krony's child warriors.

Sorry, Krony! Maybe next time (or, not)

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks, Happy! Love the wolf! Paralyzing stare they have!

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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "Dear benefissearee" - Haha!! I have gotten some of those emails too.

      Thanks for the write, I found it quite entertaining.

      Cheers!

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      Matthew Kirk 5 years ago from Liverpool

      No worries marc. It's the old and vulnerable who do fall for it, actual physcial mail scams claim there share too. BBC documentary about it showed all kinds of vulnerable people giving up their life savings to these things and becoming addicted! UK post office also refuses to stop the mail at the depots too!

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Oh, how i know that all too well. Me and another blogger i know well have written a LOT about a LOT of email scams, and work from home scams as well. They are everywhere and they all assume that the readers are very stupid and very desperate.

      Thanks for dropping by, and for your comments!

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      Matthew Kirk 5 years ago from Liverpool

      Kony is not the only one doing these scam emails, they come from all over, and they can come from places like craigslist when you're trying to sell your old couch.

      'I can't speak to you over phone or in person because I am on an oil rig, but I am liking your sofa very much and want it for my own personal self... please forward your name, address, and full bank account details for me to transfer the money direct'

      These are some extracts from one such email I received recently after a few back and forth messages. All of the replies were pre-written though and never related to what I was asking or saying.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow.. I never heard of Krony. I always wondered where these erroneous emails came from. Now it is fake texts.. My dad is older. He got excited when he got a text saying he won a shopping spree to Walmart. He was sad to find out what "spam" meant. Great hub!

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks for all of the support, Christy! I get lots of page views but only a few comments - i've stopped commenting on the sites that do not reciprocate, and some of them have seen the light and are starting to comment - i guess sometimes that's what it takes, eh?

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I am back here to tweet about this one :)

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      email me and i will give you some solid advice - if she used a credit card you could possibly get that money back! There are ways to block her account as well if you believe that she is being scammed... there is a lot of help and a lot you can do to help

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      dominika 5 years ago

      My mom is being scammed badly.

      I'm so desperate I need help, could you Email me?

      Give me some options.

      I've made FBI reports and have gotten nothing back,

      please help!

      seitz.dominika@yahoo.com

      I'd like to give you more details on the story,

      so maybe you can tell me what todo.

      She has sent him already over 3k.

      PLEASE I need to stop her she won't listen.

      Were suffering now. We have no money.

      I'm only 15. :(

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      The Kony spam mail is from a Doctor Johnson.

      Thanks for the visit, Patti!

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      Patti Riggs Hale 5 years ago from Burdette, Arkansas

      If I have gotten any of the Krony related spam I guess they are going to my spam box which I just scan for the few goods ones that get thrown in there occasionally. The best subject heading that gets me to open is: business proposal because I never know if this is a legitimate client offer or not until, of course, I open and read about needing a bank account, etc., lol.

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Why, thanks for the compliments, and the visits, Christy! You are my number one blogger/online_friend/follower...

      It's not just spam, they (scam emails)come in the inbox when they can come up with a good enough subject line - one thing that most scammers miss out on is putting something valid in the subject line - if they did that, as opposed to using spam-bots to write the scam emails, they would probably get more hits! (hoping they aren't reading this)

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I get the spam emails and almost always delete without even reading them. The subject lines are so poorly written, let alone the body of the emails, that I see right away they are spam. You know you write good hubs when... why when you are Marc of course :)

      Well done Marc!

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      The guy probably thinks he can bully people over the Internet into giving him money! These idjuts think they are actual Gods!

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      DMartelonline 5 years ago

      It is too bad, I have done some research into this organization (in depth) and they are a legitimate organization. Unfortunately, since they have "gone viral" (e.g., Krony 2012) the scam artists have come out of the woodwork. I've had 15 emails today!