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7/01/2006

Spam Alert: New twist on an old game...

Today when I booted up my laptop I had a bunch of instant messages pop-up from kate_ross65. I thought it was weird but just closed everything down. Then I checked my Yahoo mail and found I had an email from Kate Ross. This is the first time I’ve seen a scam that used both IM and email together. I found references to this scam here and here. The email was sent at 5:40 this morning and the subject was “GOD BLESS YOU”.

Here is the IM:

Sat Jul 01
[14:12] kate_ross65: HELLO [Offline Message (Sat Jul 01 05:44:13 2006)]
[14:12] kate_ross65: HOW ARE YOU? [Offline Message (Sat Jul 01 05:44:17 2006)]
[14:12] kate_ross65: I AM MOTHER KATE ROSS [Offline Message (Sat Jul 01 05:44:21 2006)]
[14:12] kate_ross65: ARE YOU THERE? [Offline Message (Sat Jul 01 05:44:23 2006)]
[14:12] kate_ross65: ding [Offline Message (Sat Jul 01 05:44:24 2006)]

Here is the email from mother_kate_1950@yahoo.com:

HELLO DEAR,

GREETINGS IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. I AM MRS KATE
ROSS,A WIDOW TO LATE DAVID ROSS I AM 55 YEARS OLD, I AM NOW A
NEW CHRISTAIN CONVERT, SUFFERING FROM LONG TIME CANCER OF THE
BREAST, FROM ALL INDICATION MY CONDITIONS IS REALLY DETERIORATING
AND IT IS QUITE OBVIOUS THAT I WON'T LIVE MORE THAN 2 MONTHS,
ACCORDING TO MY DOCTORS, THIS IS BECAUSE THE CANCER STAGE HAS
GOTTEN TO A VERY BAD STAGE.

MY LATE HUSBAND KILLED DURING THE U.S. RAID AGAINST TERRORISM
IN AFGHANISTAN, AND DURING THE PERIOD OF OUR MARRIAGE WE
COULD'NT PRODUCE ANY CHILD..

MY LATE HUSBAND WAS VERY WEALTHY AND AFTER HIS DEATH, I
INHERITED ALL HIS BUSINESS AND WEALTH. THE DOCTORS HAS ADVISED
ME THAT I MAY NOT LIVE FOR MORE THAN 2 MONTHS, SO I NOW DECIDED
TO DEVIDE THE PART OF THIS WEALTH, TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE
DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHURCH IN AFRICA, AMERICA ,ASIA, AND EUROPE.
I SELECTED YOU AFTER VISITING THE WEBSITE AND I PRAYED OVER IT.

I AM WILLING TO DONATE THE SUM OF $10,000.000.00U.USD (TEN
MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) TO THE LESS PRIVILEGED. PLEASE I
WANT YOU TO NOTE THAT FUND IS LYING IN A SECURITY COMPANY IN
GERMANY, AND UPON MY INSTRUCTION, MY ATTORNEY, WHO PRESENTLY IS
IN LONDON WILL FILE IN AN APPLICATION FOR YOU FOR THE TRANSFER
OF THE MONEY IN YOUR NAME.LASTLY, I HONESTLY PRAY THAT THIS
MONEY WHEN TRANSFERRED WILL BE SURE FOR THE SAID PURPOSE, BECAUSE
I HAVE COME TO FIND OUT THAT WEALTH ACQUISITION WITHOUT CHRIST
IS VANITY.

MAY THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS THE LOVE OF GOD AND THE SWEET
FELLOWSHIP OF GOD BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

I AWAIT URGENT REPLY.
YOURS IN CHRIST.
MOTHER KATE ROSS

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There are a lot of themes here, cancer, terrorism, Afghanistan, Christianity, Jesus Christ, God, money, and greed. To many people it will be obvious that this person is trolling. I wonder how many folks he/she will catch and how much damage this thief will leave in his/her path.

Though, I did find the use of the English language quite funny. For example:

"LONG TIME CANCER OF THE BREAST" - Most of us call this breast cancer
"COULD'NT PRODUCE ANY CHILD" - Most of us would have said "couldn't have a child"
"TO DEVIDE THE PART OF THIS WEALTH" - Hmmm, do you mean "divide"?

The language used here reminds me of my biological father, who is not a native English speaker. I don't think this guy is either. Did you see any other odd phrasings?

4 Comments:

At October 13, 2006 9:28 PM, Anonymous Teddyhugs said...

I too received this very same e-mail and then received ab e-mail from her attorney wanted 1550.00 USD for documents... anyway I was researching the info they sent me. and ran onto your page... thanks for insight.

Teddyhugs4u

 
At December 01, 2006 4:27 AM, Anonymous Carol said...

Boy am I stupid! I have received emails from her and supposed photos of her in the hospital. Emails from her attorney a barrister Kelly Williams in the UK and this morning an email from the Oceanic Trustee Security Company claiming to send me the funds to pay the attorney. They wanted my full name, full address, date of birth, home or mobil phone number, photo of drivers licenses, occupation, and as soon as it was verified the money would be sent to me to pay the attorney. Stupid me having had health problems and knowing that there are christian people of wealth who have been known to do things like this and were legitimate i sent them the info and have been communicating with them. I don't have any money or property, have had two bankruptcies and poor health. But now I am terrified of what they might could do as Oceanic is an Off Shore Banking Company.

 
At July 11, 2007 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 2005 this person sent to me this very same email and I fell for it.
Well, I lost $2500.00 all told. I had a gut feeling when at the bank taking out the money she supposedly put into my account it was something I shouldn't have been doing. For some reason I went ahead. She takes money from account numbers (other peoples bank accounts) and transfers their money into your account. When you take it out to send to Nigeria then the bank comes after you.
DO NOT FALL FOR THIS! I being quite gullable and trusting communicated with her for a long time. And I thought she was sincere, because everything (to my puny mind) seem logical n stuff. I was wrong. And I paid for it. This was a very expensive lesson on scammers for me, but I learned about every other scam out there, so this will never happen again!
I hope you all learn from my mistake.

 
At December 03, 2007 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same story - except I've had fun baiting them. This type of fraud ticks me off because good people want to do the right thing - and these scamming people drag you in willingly all in the name of being a Christian. They say all the right things. I told Mother Kate Ross upfront that I would NOT send one penny anywhere - nor would I provide her/him/it with any personal information. She kept telling me she didn't need anything other than my assistance. I have a good heart and the bible says that unknowingly we entertain angels - and that's what these scammers count on - our good hearts.....

 

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