Many forum members have received an identical and slightly inappropriate message from a new user called "Deborah" based in Cote d'Ivorie, Africa. For example, they mention member's "profiles" even to members that have no profile showing.
Whereas we hope all memberships of this forum are genuine, even those of BKWSU, it is highly likely that this one is not. We encourage members not to provide any personal information or engage in correspondence until this matter is resolved as it reads identically to similar "419" Advance Fee Frauds. The same individual has used an identical message but with the contact address; firstname.lastname@example.org.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=de ... +419+scams
The account named "Deborah" has currently been suspended. Please report any similar messages or emails to the administrator address immediately.
An "advance fee fraud" is a confidence trick in which the target is persuaded to advance relatively small sums of money in the hope of realizing a much larger gain. Among the variations on this type of scam are the Nigerian Letter (419 fraud, Nigerian scam or Nigerian money offer) and the Spanish Prisoner.Deborah Golden wrote:Dearest one,
How are you and your working activities?hope you are fine in good health condiction.l felt greatly impressed and convince after going through your profile that is why l have decided to contact you.l have something very important and urgent which l will like to discuss with you and l will want you to contact me through my private email address,(email@example.com )and l will send you my picture as well.
take good care of yourself and may God bless you.
The 419 scam originated in the early 1980s as the oil-based economy of Nigeria declined. Several unemployed university students first used this scam as a means of manipulating business visitors interested in shady deals in the Nigerian oil sector before targeting businessmen in the west, and later the wider population. Scammers in the early-to-mid 1990s targeted companies, sending scam messages via letter, fax, or Telex. The spread of email and easy access to email-harvesting software made the cost of sending scam letters through the Internet inexpensive. In the 2000s, the 419 scam has spurred imitations from other locations in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. The number "419" refers to the article of the Nigerian Criminal Code (part of Chapter 38: "Obtaining Property by false pretences; Cheating") dealing with fraud.
The availability of e-mail helped to transform a local form of fraud into one of West Africa's most important export industries.