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miknz
16-01-2004, 12:10 PM
I recieved this email this morning, I am not the sort of person to respond to this sort of rubbish but I was just wondering if anyone knew what sort of scam this was and what they do with the information they recieve(I am sure there are people out there who would respond!!).

Sorry about the length but you have to read the whole thing.

Mike

P.S. We dont have any "offers" on our website as the writer refers to in the 1st sentence.


"Sir or Madam

After we had discovered the website of your company, we inspected your offer,
which caught our attention, with great interest. We also
provided this information to our business partners from regions where we
perform our business activities. We were kindly surprised by a great
interest and an enquiry for more particular information and sale propagation
materiels.

Therefore we would kindly ask for all possible info about your offer. In order
to improve the quality of the sale and distribution of your offer, could
you please send us all the possible material in printed version. We decided for
this option, because Internet is not rather expanded in Eastern
Europe. Knowing our market from long-time experience, we know, that a big
percentage of transactions follow after the client had the
possibility to see a printed version of the offer. Printer prospects constrain
more attention, because they are physically in front of the reader. An
offer in an electronical form / email, catalog on CD / usually has lower
response, because it is rather impersonal. This feature is given by the
former mentality system of people and the weak familiarity with IT
technologies.

Considering the post-comunistic past of these countries / when all western
products were matter of embargo / on this market there is a big
demand for quality products from western and overseas countries.

Our company is located in Slovakia and engaged in marketing support and
distibution of several types of products in Eastern Europe and
Rusia for many years.

Whereas our activities are spread all througt eastern Europe and Russia , we
would like to ask you for more sets of your poropagation
materials, if possible. It would be wery essential, because we could start the
propagation of your products in all the countries at once, which
would multiple the possible business contracts.

Hereby we request the terms of possible future cooperation, and the minimum
order amount, or the „setup order“ conditions.

Please, send all the information and offer material to the folowing address:

Contact Plus s.r.o.
P.O.Box 090-0100
Bratislava 90
800 90
Slovakia

We look forward to your reply and hope for the establishing of good business
cooperation and partnership.

With regads

Larry Kovacs


P.S.: For no extra expencienses, please send all materials by regular post, not
via curier services
We would like to apologise in case you have recieved our e-mail more
than once, sorry for the inconvince.
As it is we did not know which department to send the e-mail and who
was responsible for Eastern Europe.

John H
16-01-2004, 12:23 PM
I have not heard of this "scam" before (if it is a scam, that is).

However, could this be a fishing expedition for advertising materials for inclusion in a trade directory? If so, not doubt you would subsequently receive an invoice for advertising if you sent them any materials.

I regularly receive invoices for a non authorised listing in a Central European Fax Directory (I don't even know if it exists)... It is a good thing that I am self employed (as a sole worker!) so I know what invoices to pay on and what not to pay... I imagine these spurious invoices could slip through in a larger organisation.

Sorry I have no idea what this is - just a thought.

John

miknz
16-01-2004, 06:42 PM
As well as this email I seem to be getting a few other similar emails along the same lines.
I have also noticed that I am recieving a few spam mails. I used to get around 30 a day but then came xtras spam filter which was great, till about a week ago now I get 2 or 3 a day sneeking through. Anyone know why this would be? are the spammers getting wise to the filter software?

Lohsing
16-01-2004, 09:06 PM
Respond to this, and be sure to be bombarded with more traditional 'spam'.

Lo.

dumdum
16-01-2004, 09:36 PM
..................SCAM ......WITHOUT A DOUBT............................................. ...............

Greg S
16-01-2004, 10:02 PM
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> DOUBT............................................. ...
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Absolutely

peter.jonsson
17-01-2004, 01:08 AM
Oh, why ofcoz this is nothing but a good old scam, judging the stupidity in the greeting; "madam OR sir"... Hahahha....Block sender by IP range, filter this to dev/nul

Pauline
17-01-2004, 08:16 AM
The bad spelling is also a dead giveaway that it is some sort of Spam.

Pauline.

Baldy
17-01-2004, 09:59 AM
I don't know why people even bother reading those things.

cyberchuck
17-01-2004, 10:29 AM
The original question was what did they do with the information they received - did they continue with a Nigerian Style Scam or what happened to it?
It's already been stated that it's a scam in the original post

miknz
17-01-2004, 04:10 PM
Good greif,

If you guys read my original post you can see that I know its a scam. The question was, does anyone know what they do with the information the occasional idiot sends them.

I KNOW ITS A SCAM AND I WOULD NEVER BE STUPID ENOUGH TO REPLY!!!!

the fact is that there are heaps of dorks out there that do.

mike

dumdum
17-01-2004, 04:23 PM
They probably have no use for the information that they are asking for,but they will certainly have a use for your IP address etc.The information they request is just the bait they use to capture the real info they want.
Thats how I see it anyway,
And yes I`m guilty of not reading your post properly.Sorry about that.

DD.

Lohsing
17-01-2004, 04:48 PM
I don't suppose you read my post where I said that if you replied, you would be bombarded by more spam. I would suggest they are trying to get you to reply to determine that your address is a valid one.

Lo.

Megaman
17-01-2004, 05:18 PM
personally i'd send it back to them, about ummm.... umpteen million times. also sign their address up for some pay on delivery services, and put their name up for some ebay account, and bid really high for some junk.

the price to pay for spamming ]:) ]:) ]:)

Megaman
17-01-2004, 05:21 PM
and i mean send it from a hotmail account, or something like that.