The Stupidest Scam Email EVER

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This one REALLY takes the cake. Maybe you've seen these.

The email subject line says, "Your Email Mailbox Has Been Deactivated."

Inside the email, it says that your email address (and it gives the address)
has been deactivated and to activate it you have to download the attachment.

The email address that was supposedly deactivated is the same one that
they sent the email to.

If the address is deactivated, how can I possibly get the email?

This has to be the stupidest scam email EVER.
#email #scam #stupidest
  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    I think anyone who falls for it totally deserves whatever dire consequences ensue, Wags. Kinda like intellectual evolution thinning out the herd.
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  • Profile picture of the author AaronSnider
    yeah I see about 10 emails a day with zip files attached. too bad those guys cant get targeted by the FTC and if they are, too bad the FTC cant get rid of em.

    its like guns, if they take em away from the people that diserve em, the ones that dont will still have em. not that I am a big gun enthusiast, just using it as a point of reference.
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

    Inside the email,
    Wait - you opened it? :confused:




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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

      Wait - you opened it? :confused:




      Frank
      Not the attachment Frank, just the email. AOL emails are safe to open
      because they don't go through the Outlook program which is notorious
      for letting in viruses. That's the one good thing about AOL. As long as you
      don't open the attachments, or click on any links in the email, you're safe.
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      • Profile picture of the author sbp8610
        I wonder who comes up with these brilliant ideas lol
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      • Profile picture of the author Jag82
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Not the attachment Frank, just the email. AOL emails are safe to open
        because they don't go through the Outlook program which is notorious
        for letting in viruses. That's the one good thing about AOL. As long as you
        don't open the attachments, or click on any links in the email, you're safe.

        Hi Steven,

        You might want to consider the possibility of
        switching from AOL to Gmail (it's easy to configure
        for this).

        Gmail has a very powerful spam filter, and
        for certain spam emails, they will even
        automatically make any of the links unclickable
        so as to protect you.

        Cheers,
        Jag
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        • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
          Originally Posted by Jag82 View Post

          Hi Steven,

          You might want to consider the possibility of
          switching from AOL to Gmail (it's easy to configure
          for this).

          Gmail has a very powerful spam filter, and
          for certain spam emails, they will even
          automatically make any of the links unclickable
          so as to protect you.

          Cheers,
          Jag
          Actually, I forward all my email accounts (I have many of them) to my
          AOL email. This way, I only have to check one email account instead of
          30.

          I'd be totally lost without my AOL account.
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          • Profile picture of the author Jeff Henshaw
            I don't know. I still like the one where the UPS package I sent out at the post office couldn't be delivered by FedEx.
            In my case, they complain that they can't deliver to me, so could I click and contact them.

            If I clicked every time that they contacted me, I'd have a garage full of packages by now - possibly more.

            Perhaps I should start contacting them, Christmas is coming and I could probably sow the seeds of a good long term off line business

            Jeff.
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            • Profile picture of the author edmltw
              Subject title:
              Did You Actually See It Just Now?

              Content:

              Dear Friend,

              If you ever read this letter, it means you'd have probably seen my spirit soar into the dark blue sky. I am all alone above, but I wish to share the joy of floating about endlessly within the heavenly realms.

              I imprinted my thoughts into a .zip file attached to this letter, open it and experience an amazing sensation that I only allow you to feel.

              It's time for me to leave... And I shall leave you with my will, and it is also contained within the .zip file. So open it and I shall leave with an ease of mind.

              Regards,
              Your Best Friend.

              Attached: Flying_Will.zip

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              This is the best email so far that I received.

              Ed


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  • Profile picture of the author crecemedia
    I wonder if there some sort of Scam Artists Warrior Forum where they get all their new converting strategies and stuff.

    I mean really all emails are the same, they must learn something somewhere.

    And when you think about it its all the same, I bet their convertion rates are somewhere around 0.05% or so. Maybe they have their very own copywriting forums!!

    It's all the same, thank god they still havent invented email exit pop-ups, timers and stuff like that! We would be doomed.

    That person that sent you the email just haves to form a JV partnership or read a Scam WSO from a guru. Then he will be a player.
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    • Profile picture of the author sbp8610
      Originally Posted by crecemedia View Post

      It's all the same, thank god they still havent invented email exit pop-ups, timers and stuff like that! We would be doomed.
      Or text message advertisements with exit pop-ups

      "Wait a second! Before you close this text I wanna give you one last chance to get $1,000,000,000 right in your bank account!"
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      • Profile picture of the author crecemedia
        Originally Posted by sbp8610 View Post

        Or text message advertisements with exit pop-ups

        "Wait a second! Before you close this text I wanna give you one last chance to get $1,000,000,000 right in your bank account!"

        But you have to act now! After 5 minutes you will only get 500,000. Act now! Before I decide to give the money to another random person in Nigeria!
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    • Profile picture of the author JustinBrooke
      Originally Posted by crecemedia View Post

      I wonder if there some sort of Scam Artists Warrior Forum where they get all their new converting strategies and stuff.
      Yeah it's called blackh4tworld.com

      LoL

      Sh;t, I think I see a hitman outside my window ;-)
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    • Profile picture of the author mattlaclear
      Originally Posted by crecemedia View Post

      I wonder if there some sort of Scam Artists Warrior Forum where they get all their new converting strategies and stuff.

      I mean really all emails are the same, they must learn something somewhere.

      And when you think about it its all the same, I bet their convertion rates are somewhere around 0.05% or so. Maybe they have their very own copywriting forums!!

      It's all the same, thank god they still havent invented email exit pop-ups, timers and stuff like that! We would be doomed.

      That person that sent you the email just haves to form a JV partnership or read a Scam WSO from a guru. Then he will be a player.
      Hahaha thanks for the chuckle! Just the sound of "Scam Artists Warrior Forum" had me cracking up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Melody
    Personally, I like the ones from the FBI - with an email address like <DirectorfFBI@gmail.com>

    Sometimes, when I need a break, I send them each other's emails ;-)

    yeah, I know. I am easily amused.

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  • Profile picture of the author mreynolds
    Makes you wonder how many people actually open it.
    would be interesting to find out.
    there are some pretty naive people out there and that's what I am sure they are counting on.
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  • Profile picture of the author wantselltrade
    Honestly, I am sick and tired of getting emails like that. The people that send those have to be stopped. I know they never will its just ridiculous the things people will say. I feel bad for people that fall for that crap.
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  • Profile picture of the author armani
    Wow these scams get more sophisticated as time goes by. I wonder how many people actually get scammed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
    I don't know. I still like the one where the UPS package I sent out at the post office couldn't be delivered by FedEx.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wham
    im sure a lot of people open it

    people probably get curious, and aren't really aware of the possible dangers of opening it.
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  • Profile picture of the author techinik
    Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

    This one REALLY takes the cake. Maybe you've seen these.

    The email subject line says, "Your Email Mailbox Has Been Deactivated."

    Inside the email, it says that your email address (and it gives the address)
    has been deactivated and to activate it you have to download the attachment.

    The email address that was supposedly deactivated is the same one that
    they sent the email to.

    If the address is deactivated, how can I possibly get the email?

    This has to be the stupidest scam email EVER.
    What kind of retarded spammer was he?
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I use Thunderbird so you have to click the email before you can delete it but my avast doesn't let anything infected through. I get emails that say "attached" with nothing there.

    As far as scammers - at least when they pull something this obvious they are taking advantage of people who are just to stupid to think about what they are doing online and not playing on the emotions of people who are just too kind to think clearly. I don't have much sympathy for people who can't figure that one out......or for people who are so greedily motivated that they actually think that someone from a foreign country with millions of dollars on hold would contact THEM instead of a local pal to help them out....or a friend's relative in another country even.

    Law of jungle.......Darwinism. Whatever.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lawrh
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      I use Thunderbird so you have to click the email before you can delete it but my avast doesn't let anything infected through. I get emails that say "attached" with nothing there.
      Sal, when you say click do you mean open? I use Thunderbird exclusively and I only have to select an email like any file and press delete or hover the mouse pointer over it and right click and select delete message.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    Its amazing yet sad how many people fall for email scammers. I hate to think about the grandmas and internet newbies out there fall for this kind of stuff and nigerian scams every single day.

    yes, its common sense and people should know better and darwinism and all, but still gets me sick to my stomach how many old people get fooled.


    my rant of the day hehe
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  • Profile picture of the author Rohit Shah
    Yes seriously, these guys take us for fools. I wonder when can we have world with minimum spam.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Gile
    The last couple of days I've been receiving some very creative scams.

    Currently I'm selling my Bowflex Revolution on Craigslist. The next day I got an email from a guy stating that he was a doctor nearby that saw my ad and he liked what he saw.

    He said he liked the condition (I provided pictures) from what he saw and if everything is the way I claimed it, he would like to go ahead and purchase the system.

    To make the deal better for me he would add $50 to the price if I would go ahead and claim it sold and remove my ad. He said he was going to have his secretary send out the certified check.

    All he needed was...

    My full name for the check
    Home address (no P.O box)
    Home telephone
    Cell phone
    Zip code

    Once I received the check he would send his movers to come pickup the system.

    I'll have to admit, I was pretty curious. The person was really good at laying out the details about my ad on Craigslist.

    So I just responded back saying before I do anything I prefer to talk to you on the phone. I never heard back from the person.

    A few days later, I starting receiving other emails just like this but with different plot stories. I think I have about 10 of them now. I feel sorry for the people that would have just sent over their info.

    I'm a very skeptical person but it even got me kind of curious. The people are seeming to get better with their messages.

    I figure once I get the Bowflex sold I would respond back to everyone telling them that I'm not interested in their offer but I'm sure the FBI is so I went ahead and forward their information to them.
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