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Joseph Kony / Krony - Evil Personified
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?
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)