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Opinion

I'm a Multi-Millionaire, How Lucky am I!


A Column by the Editor
web posted April 25, 2011

COLUMN – As the month of April continues and emails pour in, I have learned that I could be worth as much as $780 million. I usually decry those who look at others out of work or working in low paying jobs who say they are "lucky" for having the job they perform. Those who have jobs in the workforce during the recession deepened by President Obama are not "lucky". They work hard and have their jobs because they are crucial to the profitability of the company. But, I am lucky. I have people sending me emails promising millions of dollars in profits if I will just give them my personal information.

So far I have been promised 10, 20, 50, 150 and even 250 million from sources such as US military personnel finding millions in barrels in Iraq, long lost family members I never knew about, foreign lotteries I never entered and multi-millionaires that died with no beneficiaries and a crooked lawyer willing to share the money if I would just be a moron.

One even promised hundreds of millions of dollars if I'd help deposed President Mubarak of Egypt in laundering billions.

How lucky am I?

Out of the billions of people on this planet, these complete strangers are contacting me!

I should be a billionaire by the end of the month. I can't wait!

I know, most readers are calling foul by now. However, the sad part is millions of people are duped into falling for such scams each year. And do not be so foolish as to think that it is happening everywhere else, not here.

Each year the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office receives reports of those who are scammed out of thousands before they realize they have been hooked by a scammer.

Be assured that anyone that offers you anything for nothing, and then asks you for your personal information, is asking for everything.

I generally delete these email as soon as they come in, but for once I thought I'd actually dig a little deeper. Below is an email I received on Sunday afternoon.

Hello,

Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and may offend your personality for contacting you without your prior consent and writing through this channel.

I am SGT.FEDERICK SMITH ,assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, western Anbar Province in Iraqi  am presently in Iraq and I am seeking your assistance to evacuate the sum of $10,570,000 (Ten million Five Hundred and Seventy Thousand USD) as far as I can be assured that it will be safe in your care until I complete my service here.

SOURCE OF MONEY: During a rescue operation, some amounts in various currencies which was concealed in barrels with piles of weapons and ammunition at a location near one of Saddam Hussein's old Presidential Palaces was discovered and it was agreed by all party present that the money which is considered as been SPOILs OF WAR be shared amongst us. This might appear as an illegal thing to do but I tell you what, no compensation can make up for the risks we have taken with our lives in this hellhole. The above figure was given to me as my share and to conceal this kind of money became a problem for me, so with the help of a German contact working with the UN here (his office enjoys some immunity) I was able to get the package out to a safe location entirely out of trouble spot. He does not know the real contents of the package as he believes that it belongs to an American who died in an air raid and asked that the package be handed over family. Your confidentiality about this will
be highly appreciated.

For more details please contact me via my private box: (removed)@frederick-smith.com

Respectfully,

SGT.FEDERICK SMITH.

So a quick search of internet sites revealed the following information.

frederick-smith.com
Whois Server Version 2.0

Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net for detailed information.

   Domain Name: FREDERICK-SMITH.COM
   Registrar: MELBOURNE IT, LTD. D/B/A INTERNET NAMES WORLDWIDE
   Whois Server: whois.melbourneit.com
   Referral URL: http://www.melbourneit.com
   Name Server: NS1.MITDNS.NET
   Name Server: NS2.MITDNS.NET
   Status: ok
   Updated Date: 25-jan-2011
   Creation Date: 25-jan-2011
   Expiration Date: 25-jan-2012

Another source provided:

Domain Name.......... frederick-smith.com
  Creation Date........ 2011-01-25
  Registration Date.... 2011-01-25
  Expiry Date.......... 2012-01-25
  Organisation Name.... Schmitz Henry
  Organisation Address. 30742 N. 126th Lane
  Organisation Address.
  Organisation Address. Peoria
  Organisation Address. 85383
  Organisation Address. AZ
  Organisation Address. UNITED STATES

Rest assured, anyone offering you millions for such a scam is looking to steal from you, not enrich you…just themselves.

For more information on reporting these type scams, or information on how to avoid them, visit the FBI's resource page here.







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