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Has any one else gotten this?

I recieved this e-mail today... :


JAPAN NATIONAL ARTS AND CRAFTS
IMPORT AND EXPORT CORPORATION

Prospective Agent,
How are you doing today, We are very sorry if this mail gets to you without any previous notice, we got your email address through the assistance of microsoft email directory system due to our urgent need for a representative in your province.Our former agent died in new orleans as a result of the hurricane. Japan National Arts & Crafts Import/Export Corporation is a company owned by a group of business men who deals on Arts and Crafts, and export into the Canada and America and central Europe.We are searching for an agent through this means because of our urgent need for a representative in your province who can help us establish a medium of getting to our customers in the Canada and America as well as making payments through you to us. Please if you are interested in representing us we will be very glad.
Subject to your satisfaction we will proceed with
further Official protocol.
BIGLOBE INCORPORATION HONESTLY ASSURE YOU THAT THIS IS 100% RISK FREE AND THERE SHALL NOT BE ANY FINANCIAL OBLIGATION ON YOUR PART.
Please if you are interested, contact the respective consultant of the company for further details:-

Thank You,
Mr.Lee Pang
Biglobe Inc
website :-
http://www2.biglobe.ne.jp/~maida/j-art/


Seems a bit weird... what do you guys think? I'm not entirely sure exactly what they want... ^.o_O.^ And I havn't signed up on any art websites, I've only just signed up at a fabric webpage so I could order some sawtches... ^.o_O.^ Seem fishy? What do you guys make of it?
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mazz
Jan. 13th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
looks like a scam spam to me.
parrhesia
Jan. 13th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
I would certainly stay away from it. Why would someone you've never heard of want to trust you with valuable art and large sums of cash? Surely they have a better way of finding agents then browsing the web and picking people who they think live in the province they want to do business in.

If for some reason you want to pursue it further, please be careful and do your research on what they are offering. There are as many different email scams as there are creative and evil people to hatch them. They all have in common the fact that at some point, they ask for your personal and financial information...that's when the trap is sprung.
the_snappy_wolf
Jan. 13th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
Yeah... why in the world would they want some 18 year old who works at burger king and has never so much as sold a commission handling expensive art and deals would be beyond me *shakes head* I'm going to have to go with the "it's a scam" option *laughs*
schnee
Jan. 13th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
Spam and/or phishing. I'd definitely ignore that.
chmarr
Jan. 13th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
"It's likely a scam?" Nah... it IS a scam.

The 'representative' is claiming to be from Biglobe Incorporation. However, Biglobe is just a hosting/user-community company (think 'myspace') and 'maida' is just a user using their services. Maida, the scammer, is hoping noone will pick up on this, given that the top-level website is all in Japanese.
the_snappy_wolf
Jan. 13th, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
Heheh, I'll definatly steer clear. Thanks guys =3
calger459
Jan. 13th, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)
Definitely a scam. Never trust emails with crappy grammar and random punctuations, and the guy's name isn't even Japanese! Sounds Korean to me. It's a spam scam, steer clear :P
shimmerhawk
Jan. 13th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
That's phishing. If you reply to them, they will tell you more bullshit and eventually ask for your private financial info.
chmarr
Jan. 13th, 2006 06:12 am (UTC)
Hey... great idea... see how long you can string them along without giving them anything, and when they do ask... give them the details of your local FBI agent, or something :)

I've done this - except the FBI agent thing - with ebay scammers. It's fun. I even sent one of them 2 cents via western union... it was TOTALLY worth it for the abusive response when he went to all the effort to go to his local office - in Romania or something - to collect his 2 cents :)
ironbadger
Jan. 13th, 2006 07:33 am (UTC)
Heh.

Theres a site on the web form a guy who has made it his hobby to string along scammers from nigeria and mess with their heads.
He has even managed to reverse the "bank charges to clear large sum of money" scam and get nigerian crooks to send HIM money in hopes of getting large sums from a dopey westerner who doesn't know any better...;)

He gleefully posts the details once he scores said cash, and donates the money to charities.

I don't recall where I got it from, but theres another one where a guy who is a fan of HP Lovecradft has actually used bad lifts from C'thulhu novels to string nigerian scammers along...And got one guy so freaked out he sent what ammounted to an african charm or spell against evil magic to protect himself from a 'curse' he was afraid he had become party to.....

The spoofer used names straight from Lovecraft, such as "Dr. Carter" and "Doctor Herbert West", (The doc from "re-animator"..)

Loads of fun for those slow days at work....;)


-Badger-







bluejackal
Jan. 13th, 2006 07:35 am (UTC)
Oooh! You *have* to find us a link to this stuff. Sounds like fun reading!
ironbadger
Jan. 13th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
I'll see if I can dig it up again.
It was all bookmarked on another computer.

-Badger-
bluejackal
Jan. 13th, 2006 07:34 am (UTC)
I'd be wary of this. Looks like a scam to me.
thaily
Jan. 13th, 2006 10:06 am (UTC)
Spam.
haricotvert
Feb. 18th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)
i get shit like this all the time. delete and ignore.
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