Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/09/19

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Subject: [Leica] Re: scam
From: Summicron1 at (
Date: Sun Sep 19 13:37:12 2004

almost undoubtdly a scam.

I refer you to a google search of "419 scams" and any reference on the web 
advance fee scams, and so on.

a new wrinkle is using credit cards to purchase things -- either the cards 
are just fake, or they are stolen and they ask you to charge them more than 
purchase price, thensend them the cchange via a western union. 

or, they send a "cashier" check for more than the amount and ask you to send 
the change.

Whatever, regard anything and everything done on the Internet with 
and double if it's from nigeria. Do not let them rush you (a common factor) 
or tell you that the item absolutely must be shipped immediately, or 

deposit the money, if you must, but then wait for it to clear, for the 
charge to   be paid, or whatever, take 10 days, then if all is good send the 

An interesting method of dealing with Nigerian scams may be found at:

c trentelman

but be very careful. I've done numerous stories on this sort of thing at the 
newspaper i work at
In a message dated 9/19/04 1:47:24 PM, writes:

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Doug
> Herr
> Sent: Sunday, September 19, 2004 2:09 PM
> To:
> Subject: [Leica] OT: new scam?
> Here's the text of a message I recieved this morning:
> on 9/19/04 9:59 AM, Ademola Adetokunbo at wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I will love to order some artworks from your gallery or
> > studio to nigeria,Also i will loveto know if you can have it
> > shipped viafedx and accept credit card as a favourable method
> > of Payment.
> > regards
> >
> Given Nigeria's reputation as a hotbed of internet scams, what does this
> seem like to you?
> Doug Herr
> Birdman of Sacramento