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Bear60
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HIV Scams Never Stop
      #201440 - 07/26/06 08:30 AM

New 419 Scam Promises Cure For HIV/AIDS
July 20, 2006
• New 419 Scam Promises Cure For HIV/AIDS
• Nigeria 419: The Road to Ruin
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• Scam Alerts


The latest twist in the Nigerian 419 Scam is an email promising a cure for HIV/AIDS. Computer security experts say its purpose is to trick recipients into revealing personal data.

The emails, which originate from a Yahoo address, claim that the writer has stumbled across an herbal root that miraculously helps AIDS sufferers to recover. It claims that patients with AIDS are no longer HIV positive and asks for help in bringing this discovery to a mainstream market.

Once a recipient has been drawn in, follow up requests are made by the scammer for private information which may lead to requests for money, stolen identities and theft.

Experts at computer security firm SophosLabs say they stopped thousands of messages related to the 419 email scam. “419” relates to a section of the Nigerian penal code, where many of these scams originate.

Most 419 scams involve requests, allegedly by a member of a deposed royal family, to smuggle a fortune to safety in the United States.



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alivehoping
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Re: HIV Scams Never Stop new
      #201460 - 07/26/06 11:03 AM

its stuff like this that are a scam artists dream,they have multitudes of people of which to cast their net an oddly enough alot of people fall prey to this shit,thanks for the info,bear.take care

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Choosing2Liv
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Re: HIV Scams Never Stop new
      #201461 - 07/26/06 11:19 AM

To make matters worse, "if" they are ever caught, they will get a fine or a minimal jail sentence. Then they are back on the streets preying on whatever vulnerable group they can find.

Frankly, the authorities should estimate the amount of money the group earned on the scam and they should be required to pay plus whatever other punishment applies. Maybe if they have to sell the computers, houses, etc. they purchased with their ill-gotten gain, they can't continue their wrongful business so quickly.


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alivehoping
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Re: HIV Scams Never Stop new
      #201479 - 07/26/06 01:19 PM

that could happen if it was considered under the rico act

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eleniel
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Re: HIV Scams Never Stop new
      #201485 - 07/26/06 01:51 PM

i've dealt with several nigerian scams..I knew what they were immediately, but I still pursued them (for amusement purposes) until I got the check in hand...lol. never tried to deposit it, never gave out any information (used a po box mailing address even). So I have a collection of fake checks.
They are creepily well done though. lol.

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thevillebear
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Re: HIV Scams Never Stop new
      #201963 - 07/29/06 07:30 PM

Never thought about pursuing a Nigerian scam for amusement, think i may try that just to see if I get a fake check in the mail!

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eleniel
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Re: HIV Scams Never Stop new
      #201986 - 07/29/06 10:17 PM

you will! lol. I have a few. thinking of framing them...

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