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JA05/12/2016 09:16:54
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I have just received a private message on this forum from a Vince Allan inviting me to join an investment partnership. My response was to delete it.

Has anyone else experienced scammers using the private message system?


Chris Evans 605/12/2016 09:29:06
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No not received anything but thanks for the heads up. I certainly would not enter into anything from an approach like that.

KWIL05/12/2016 09:38:16
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Me too,

Mods, can this sender be barred please?

Neil Wyatt05/12/2016 09:43:52
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Account suspended.


Gordon W05/12/2016 09:45:58
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Just got the message while reading this !. Note - I have no money and am from Yorkshire Now deleted.

colin hawes05/12/2016 10:12:42
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I got the same message and deleted it. Colin

Cornish Jack05/12/2016 11:11:13
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Deleted also but the temptation to string along one of these low-life scum was almost too much! Or, perhaps, reply with

" Thank you for what seems to be an irresistible offer. An investment by your high profile partners of say £100,000 would enable me to set up my multi-computer internet scam operation. This would be profitable both for me AND your investors with little costs incurred and returns divided 80/20 between myself and your organisation. Please note that the required amount must be made available in CASH only and left in a suitably marked container at a location to be notified later. I'm sure you will appreciate the need for ABSOLUTE secrecy in this matter. Please reply to :-

G Ormless

c/o PO box D/IM Sh1t5

Looking forward to a fruitcakeful partnership



Nick_G05/12/2016 11:19:24
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But Mr. Allen was kind enough to furnish me with an email address to reply to.

If I had more time for mischief I would play the game for a while. wink


Michael Gilligan05/12/2016 11:23:28
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I noticed, late last evening [*] that the forum was inaccessible ... Was that perhaps because someone, friend or foe, was working on it ?



[*] sorry, I didn't check the time

Andrew Johnston05/12/2016 11:28:51
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I've had a load of scam 'phone calls this morning, but no invitations to invest via the ME forum PM system. Obviously I'm not rich enough. sad

Either that or I'm on a black list. The only time I've been involved in a boiler room share scam I strung the guy along for two weeks before telling him his 'scheme' was a scam. Superficially the scheme looked legitimate. The company being pushed did exist, in the US. However, the shares were listed on the 'pink' stock exchange, a bit like the AIM in the UK, but even less liquid. So buying shares would be easy, but selling would be darn near impossible.


Neil Wyatt05/12/2016 12:11:09
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The shoddy little ***** even sent me a PM.

What kind of moron uses a website for scamming the members and chooses to send his pitiful missive to a moderator?

I must ask Katy to add tow more buttons to the moderator toolbar: "Nuke from orbit" and "Terminate with Extreme Prejudice".


not done it yet05/12/2016 13:12:33
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Are you completely sure you did not infringe his human rights, by suspending his account? smiley


After all, his account may have been violated by several third, fourth fifth, etc parties!


A friend of mine was recently stranded in some foreign hospital after a road accident somewhere. Of course, I would have immediately sent him some funds (had he not been at home when I phoned to tell him of the scam).

Since then I've had yet

another email 'request' from him to join his "linkedin" account. What a good idea!!




Responding, by clicking anything on that email could result in my 'puter being compromised - possibly ending up soliciting ME members (and others?) for fast loans, supply of illegal drugs, etc - or maybe getting all my files encrypted by the scum (I would dump the thing if that happened as it is already past its sell by date).


On second thoughts, you may have been right? Especially if only Joined yesterday!




Edited to apologise for the apparent lack of punctuation, etc - that is the best my 'puter will do.  I am quite literate (my wife often says 'too literate' most of the time!).  Scum, not scam, was intentional.


Edited By not done it yet on 05/12/2016 13:25:14

Neil Wyatt05/12/2016 15:07:23
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I'm pretty sure he infringed the forum T&Cs, and as he only validated immediately before sending those pms, it wasn't an established member having their account hacked.


Roger Williams 205/12/2016 16:29:19
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I told him to **** off...

not done it yet05/12/2016 19:00:09
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I told him to **** off...

Sorry, but not enough information without atleast one letter to determine if it was urin- or copul- ... atesmiley

Same message either way, and probably something that most would understand - even those from faraway fields....

Enough!05/12/2016 22:47:59
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You mean if I wrote p*s* off you'd understand that I meant "push off"?



Roger Williams 206/12/2016 08:49:43
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Not done it yet, LOL !. OK, it was foxtrot oscar.angry

Danny M2Z06/12/2016 12:07:01
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That's Foreign Office old chap wink

Robbo06/12/2016 13:55:50
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Posted by Danny M2Z on 06/12/2016 12:07:01:

That's Foreign Office old chap wink

Or Fundamental Orifice - which seems to describe the offender

Hacksaw06/12/2016 14:18:39
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Bahhhhh. no

I clicked this thread thinking it said "private massage "...blush

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