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Beware Internet swindlers after your money

Sep 23, 2008 7:00 PM

Back in the Saddle by Johnny Hale | Carol, I know you would never fall for this scam, but I just wanted to show you and other poker players one of the Internet attempts to swindle folks out of their money.

I receive several of these each month and believe it or not I know some poker players who have tried to obtain money from these flim/flam artists.

Here is a sample (we altered the text to make it easier to understand):

From Bank of Africa, West Africa:

Dear Friend,

Confidential: I am the bill and exchange manager in African development bank. I hoped that you will not expose or betray this trust and confident that I can offer a mutual benefit for both of us.

In my department, I discovered an abandoned sum of $10.5 million in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers, a 59-year-old American citizen who died Sept. 11, 2001 in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

I need your urgent assistance in transferring the mentioned sum immediately to your account. The money has been dormant for years in our bank without anybody coming for the claim.

I would like you to keep this proposal top secret and delete if you are not interested. You will have 30 percent of the above mentioned sum if you agree to transact the business with me.

There will be a 10 percent fee for any expenses that will occur during the transfer, which is why I will have 60 percent as my own share. If interested, more explanation and communication will be provided through mobile phone.

I also receive notices that I have won several lotteries of a few million dollars each week. I get checks in the mail that are cashable by my endorsement only to find I have received a subscription of seven years or more to some organization.

Calls come in soliciting me to give to the Benevolent Order of Stray Desert Turtles and Lizard Foundation or the Royal Order of Do-Good Folks.

I also am afforded the opportunity to have some of the best poker players in the world allow me to stake them in poker tournaments or take a piece of their action in a live poker game.

Then I run into the upscale bum wanting $100 but is happy with $20. There are rail birds who will watch me play for hours until I quit. Then they come over and help me carry all of those heavy old racks of chips to the cage. I can get free myself from him for a $10 spot.

 And, then there’s the football tout. That person has never lost a bet and is going to let me in on a sure thing only he wants to save me the juice and just book it for me straight up.

Finally, there is a credit card company that offered to put $70,000 in my bank in my account for me to use as I want for one year with 0 percent interest. I let them do it and put the money in a certificate of deposit at four percent. The bank then pays me interest on the money.

Is there anyone out there who can guess why they would do this? If so e-mail me at [email protected]

With the banks going belly up, I decided to pay the money. I collected a few thousand in interest while controlling credit card’s money.

OK-J Tip of the Week:

This is the new west. The old west was yesterday when all you had to worry about was the girls with the Mickey and the bad boys with the gun. Now you have a few other concerns.

Always use the valet. Never in the parking lots. Better a dinged up car than a bashed in head!

Remember, always Stay Lucky!