Posts Tagged ‘Spam’

I am the victim of a blantant scammers.con-men site, similar to 419ers.

While in Vienna I wanted to download Skype. For some reason, I couldn’t connect through to skype.com. I then came across a site www.opendownload.de. They offer a lot of open source freeware or freely downable applications; all you have to do is register. (yes, you know what happened next!)

Their home page tells you about the benefits of registering, and then to download anything you have to register with them. They follow the usual registration procedure and send a link to the email account given so that you can activate your account.

So I registered and activated my account, but found that I couldn’t download anything anyway.

Seven days later I get an email from them stating that I owe the 96 euros for the 2-year non-refundable, non-cancellable registration. And I must pay this within 7 days.

I think WTF.

So I trace my steps – and on the registration page, on the far right there is size 6 font stating that I am actually registering for charged services.

Let's play "Find the charged for service notice"

Furthermore, I waived all my rights apparently and signed a contract for service with them by accepting their terms of agreement and activating the link as sent to my email account.

I email them and state that I was not aware of this – please cancel my registration.

A mail daemon responds that I cannot reply to this account email, I must contact them via the web site. So I complete the form stating that I want them to cancel my registration.

They reply stating I clicked the link, so I owe them money.

wir haben den Aktivierungslink und die Zugangsdaten an Ihre E-Mailadresse geschickt. Diesen Aktivierungslink haben Sie bestätigt. Daher haben Sie nachweislich den Zugang genutzt. Sie sind einen rechtsbindenden Vertrag eingegangen.

Des Weiteren haben Sie die AGB, Datenschutzerklärung und den Verzicht auf das Widerrufsrecht akzeptiert. Durch den Verzicht auf das Widerrufsrecht haben Sie nicht mehr die Möglichkeit Ihren Vertrag zu widerrufen, Rechtsgrundlage hierfür ist § 312d Abs.3 Nr.2
BGB. Die Dienstleistung beginnt sofort nach Anmeldung.

Bitte begleichen Sie daher die 96€ innerhalb der Frist. Sollten Sie der Zahlung dennoch nicht nachkommen, müssen Sie mit einer Mahnung bzw. einem Schreiben unseres Rechtsanwaltes rechnen, wodurch Ihnen weitere Kosten entstehen.

Bitte geben Sie als Verwendungszweck auf jeden Fall Ihre Rechnungs- und Kundennummer an, damit wir Ihre Zahlung korrekt zuordnen können.

We then researched this company and there have already been a number of complaints against them and a German consumer council states that there can’t be any contract entered into.

So I email these peeps again stating I will lodge complaints to the relevant authorities etc if they don’t cancel my registration. They reply with the exact same word-for-word email as before stating I owe them money because I clicked on the link in the email. (is this a robot email?)

Guys – what do I do from here?

I was thinking of the following:

a) contacting the German consumer council and lodge a complaint?

b) emailing the various companies, such as Skype, and telling them about opendownload.de?

c) emailing other sites, such as lifehacker and majorgeeks and telling them about this?

I know this is a con-man pushing his luck; readings on various forums and computerbetrug.de state exactly that and why I couldn’t have entered into a contract with them; and why their actions make the contract null anyway.

My issue is – how do I proceed and what about that law they are quoting (321d) – for example, can opendownload.de state in their terms of agreement that the registration is non cancellable? And then, given that this is freeware, which laws apply?


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Note: This article is not for sensitive readers, and is potentially NSFW.


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Resimay (or spam dismay)

Yes, I received some more spam today in my inbox. I thought I would share (or inflict my suffering on you) … I think this is a golden oldie, but hey, it’s a bit of eye candy for the chicks, so I am not complaining 🙂

* as a side note: this is so typical of what typically is expected of chicks.

Then, on a more interesting side note, I am reading the latest Fast Company, and there is an article “Fashion Sorceress” about Li Edelkoort and I quote:

I saw a billboard with David Beckham selling underwear. It looked so old. Men should stop working out.

And now for the spam:


To hoom it mae cunsern, I waunt to apply for the job what I saw in the paper.

I can Type realee quik wit one finggar and do sum a counting.

I think I am good on the phone and I no I am a pepole person,
Pepole really seam to respond to me well. Certain men and all the ladies.

I no my spelling is not to good but find that I Offen can get a job thru my persinalety.

My salerery is open so we can discus wat you want to pay me and wat you think that I am werth,

I can start emeditely. Thank you in advanse fore yore anser.

hopifuly Yore best aplicant so farr.

Sinseerly, BRYAN

PS : Because my resimay is a bit short – below is a pickture of me.

Employer’s response:

Dear Bryan,

It’s OK honey, we’ve got spell check.
See you Monday. Pat

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Warning warning… danger danger, this email is not legit, so don’t go looking for the person… it is a con! But I thought, well a fellow author Sharon (aka S) thought I should share this email I received with the world.

I’ve been on the internet for many years, but I must admit that this was the first time I’ve ever received an email of this nature, or perhaps the first that has slipped through my spam 🙂 The fact that this type of email actually does catch people is amazing, but I suppose if you are new ????


I am Mr.Simon Yi Executive Director of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd, Hong Kong.

An Iraqi named Haider Hanoon,a business man made a numbered fixed deposit of (346,736,899.68 TWD) for 18 calendar months, this is valued to Fourty Four million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only in my branch. Upon maturity several notice was sent to him, even during the war, four years ago (2003). Again after the war another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later found out that Haider Hanoon and his family had been killed during the war in Gunfire that hit their home at Mukaradeeb where his personal oil well was.

After further investigation it was also discovered that Haider Hanoon did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit. And he also confided in me the last time we was at my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. So, Fourty Four million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars is still lying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it. What bothers me is that according to the laws of my country at the expiration five years six months the funds will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the funds.

My proposal, I am prepared to place you as the next of kin in a position to instruct HANG SENG BANK to release the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you in half. That is: I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you. We share the procentange 70/30. I would have gone ahead to ask the funds be released to me, but that would have drawn a straight line in my involvement in claiming the deposit.I assure you that I could have the deposit released to you within a few days. I will simply inform the bank of the final closing of the file relating to Haider Hanoon I will then officially communicate with my Bank and instruct them to release the deposit to you. With these: all is done. I am aware of the consequences of this proposal.

I ask that if you find no interest in this project that you should discard this mail. I ask that you do not be vindictive and destructive. If my offer is of no appeal to you,delete this message
and forget I ever contacted you. Do not destroy my career because you do not approve of my proposal. You may not know this but people like myself who have made tidy sums out of comparable situations run the whole private banking sector. I am not a criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience, this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only come ones way once in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by, for once I find myself in total control of my destiny. These chances wont pass me by. I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if you will not work with me let me know and let me move on with my life but do not destroy me. I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide them with new opportunities.

If you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards a conclusion. I wish to inform you that should you contact me via official channels; I will deny knowing you and about this project. I repeat, I do not want you contacting me through my official phone lines nor do I want you contacting me through my official email account. Contact me only through the numbers I will provide for you and also through the email account that i will provide therein in this email. Further more be informed that the fact that you are a foreigner give you the privilege to stand in as my deceased client beneficiary as my deceased client had no relation all his family died with him during the war and I can not use my relation because its not accepted here in Hong Kong. Also I am very confident that we will be able to establish the trust that is needed to complete this deal and all that I need from the time been is your willingness and commitment so that we can end this in the next one week.

What you need to understand about this transaction is that I will make sure that it passes through all international banking laws regards to this I will take care of all the expenses and the cost of retaining the service of my Attorney to give the transaction the proper documentation that is required to perfect the finishing. Your only obligation in this transaction will be to set up an offshore account that can accommodate these funds and I will give you more light later once you agree to partner with me. Like I said before there is no risk involve as it will pass through international banking laws and all documents related to this transaction will be sent to you by post for your perusal and trust.

I do not want any direct link between you and me. My official lines are not secure lines as they are periodically monitored to assess our level of customer care in line with our Total Quality Management Policy. Please observe this instruction religiously. Please, again, note I am a family man, I have wife and children. I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This is the one truth I have learned from my private banking clients. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, we should plan a meeting, soon. Should you be interested I will prefer you to send me your FULL NAMES,ADDRESS,OCCUPATION AND PHONE NUMBER.on the email
address below.

E-mail: ??????????????

Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

I await your response.

Mr.Simon Yi

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Mr. Lee’s pregnancy

I am happily stumbling through the web … and what do I find:

Yes, Mr Lee is the first male to be pregnant. He was implanted with an embryo and seems to carry well. The mind boggles here … until you go to snopes (do we trust snopes?). Yes, it’s all false, but I really did like the scan pic 😉

And then, somehow, this all feels very familiar – like it has been done before, and not only by mr governor of california or wherever. Hmmm …

Do you think I can get the Metro to publish this, or should I rather try the Sun?

As a totally last comment – is the baby’s head in the engaged position? Ready for birthing?

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The Banana Test, or spam

This landed in my Inbox today … deep sigh: I *hate* spam! So I thought I would subject you to it as well! Answers in comments please!

There is a very, very tall coconut tree, and there are 4 animals, a Lion, a Chimpanzee, a Giraffe, and a Squirrel who pass by.

They decide to compete to see who is the fastest to get a banana off the tree.

Who do you guess will win?

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