The Rowing Service

Fighting Fraud and Spam online

Updated 25th January 2004

The problem of spam, and scams, on the internet is becoming a pandemic. Below is some advice about avoiding these, and computer viral infections.

  1. Avoiding financial scams - please read if you are posting notices on web-boards
  2. Minimising spam
  3. Protection against viruses, Trojan horses and computer worms


If, after reading all this, you are still unsure, or want to contribute a new, previously unseen scam, please email me. I am happy to check out emails for viruses (my own system of reading email protects me against pretty well everything) and to publicise problems to stop others having bother.

Scams

The scam-emails below were received in reply to notices about items for sale posted on the Rowing Service noticeboard (mostly in its old, non-spam-proof, incarnation). These can be most persuasive, and innocent sellers on other boards have been defrauded, believing that they were talking to a real buyer. These emails are mostly autogenerated by robot programs seeking for sale notices, who then use a forged (but very convincing) cashier's cheque to get your goods and cheat you. Lately they have been less autogenerated, but still a scam, even if they sound personal. I'm not going to keep adding more examples to this page, but to avoid being conned or wasting your time, follow some simple rules:

Examples of scam replies you can ignore:
1 (new 2013) Hello m8
, I saw your advert on the internet concerning the Item you have for sale and i would like to know the details below if it's still available for-sale
1. How long have you owned it?
2. Why are you selling it?
3. Best offer?
4. Where you are located? (For viewing and inspection)
I would really appreciate your swift reply. The method of payment is Cheque. Kindly email back, if it's still forsale. Hope to hear from you asap.
Cheers.

2 (new 2008): Hello,
Thanks for the mail, I will have to inform you that i am okay with the price of the 60 kg Sims 1x (?2750) and the condition terms are also okay with me, For the Shippment from your location, i have my SHIPPER that will come over for the pick up from your location as soon as we seal this Transaction from your end.
Do e-mail me your (FULL NAME, CONTACT ADDRESS, MOBILE & LANLINE PHONE NUMBER) For the payment arrangment, i will be paying by Cheque and i will wait for the cheque to clear before the pick up from your location. I have a CLIENT of my that is owning me some Fund in United Kingdom that will issue you the cheque (?5,500),as soon as you receive the cheque and clear from the bank, you will deduct the cost of the ADVERT and the remaining balance will be send to the Shipper through WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER for the pick up from your location.
If this is okay by you, do e-mail me the following detail FULL NAME, CONTACT ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, for the cheque to be made out to you ASAP. Hope to read from you soonest.
Regards,
John Hilbert
NB:-I will wait for the cheque to clear before the pick up. I do compensate you with ?50 pounds for you to remove the advert from the site.

3: hello,
i will like to purchase your  Braca sculling blades  you put for advert for sale and i will like to know the totals price and the condition don`t worry about the shippment i have a shipping company that will come to your locayion for the pick up my methorde of payment will be cashier cheque.
if this is ok by you email me back
thanks

4: Gooday sir,
yes i saw your advers on the Empacher 1x for sale and i am very intrested in buy it. so i will like to know about the condition of is health and the last asking price for it and i will also be taking care of the shippment my seft so you have noting to worry about.
Thank.
wating for your reply

5: HELLO,
Am a dealer in united state who buy's cars and car engine for sale. i saw your advert via on the internet.so Am interested in your( F1 95kg 1x: 3 years old,) and i will like to know the present condition that it was,as to confirm what i wanted to buy. and i will like to know the last price you are willing to sell.In respect of shipping, I have a reputable international shipper who takes care of my shipping. Mail me asap to arrange payment.
Thanks.

6: Hello,
my name is fred buck,i am interested in buying your Radley College has an original wooden Stampfli 2x, 75-80kg for sale,so i will like to know the price and also like to see pics so that i can confirm what i want to buy,so if you are willing to sell it to me,i will like you to know that i have business partner who is owing me and he has agreed to pay me back in form of a certified cashier check or money order,so if you are willing to sell it to me,mail me back asap if the items is still available for sale,and also like to know this information from you.........
YOUR FULL NAME--------------
YOUR ADDRESS----------------
YOUR STATE------------------
YOUR ZIP CODE---------------
YOUR PHONE NUMBER-----------
so i will be looking forward to your mail back ASAP.thanks. best regards fred buck

7: GOOD DAY,
MY NAME IS MARK LAWRENCE I AM A HIGHLY REPUTABLE BUSINESS MAN IN WEST AFRICA SO I AM INTERESTED IN BUYING YOUR original wooden Stampfli 2x, 75-80kg OF 2,500 SO I WILL LIKE YOU TO GET BACK TO ME WITH YOUR LAST OFFERRING PRICE AND ALSO THE PRESENT CONDITION OF IT SO THAT PAYMENT CAN BE MADE OUT TO YOU VIA AMERICAN CASHIERS CHECK SO WHICH MY CLIENT IS OWING ME SO IF THIS PAYMENT METHOD IS ACCEPTED BY YOU I WILL LIKE YOU TO GET BACK TO ME ASAP,HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON, MY REGARDS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY,
THANKS.........................................


Spam

Spam itself - ranging from encouragement to buy Viagra, to porn links, inkjet supplies, to mortgages, to Nigerians offering you a few hundred million pounds in return for money laundering, to the dreadful Euro-Lottery variants which say you've won ?40,000,000 or more - all this gets to you when your email address is circulated in the spamming community. It is usually picked up by robot programs and then spread by inclusion on "Buy 10,000,000 email addresses" CDs. To minimise this problem:


Viruses

Viruses, Trojan horses and computer worms are a big part of the problem online. Fortunately many work in the same way, so there are some easy ways to protect yourself:


Have fun, chicks....