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NEW TWIST ON FAMILIAR E-MAIL SCAM TARGETS DJs & MUSICIANS

Posted by Billyjam, October 5, 2007 08:30am | Post a Comment

Last week I received an email which, on the surface, looked like a real sweet deal -- a request for me to do what looked like a well paying DJ gig at which I could play whatever I wanted and get tons of extra expenses covered. It was from a guy who was organizing an upcoming birthday party for his wife. It sure seemed like the ideal party to DJ -- good money, spin whatever music you feel like, plus have free travel expenses for me and my crew for this four hour gig,

It seemed too good to be true. Which, of course, it was. The email I received was similar, almost identical right down to every misspelled word, to one making the rounds right now through many US DJs' (club/radio/mobile) and musicians' email in-boxes over the last couple of months. In fact, you readers may have even received a copy yourself already if you are a musician or DJ. In Colorado recently the Denver Musician Association posted a warning on its website alerting its members "The following (or similar) email messages have been received by several members of Local 20-623 - Denver, Colorado. DO NOT RESPOND to this email should you receive it, as it has proven to be an attempt to draw you into a fraudulent business transaction."  The email that the musicians in Denver had received was almost identical to mine (scroll down to see all versions) with the exception of the party date and location. 

This new email scam is just the latest spin on the stereotypical email scam whereby some wealthy banker or prince in Africa emails you out of the blue with an opportunity to make an easy million dollars. All you have to do is open a bank account and forward him a mere $1000 -- or something along those lines. The basis for any successful con is to win over the mark's CONfidence and then trick them into fronting the con artist a little up front in advance of the million dollars or whatever bait is being offered.

Of course, there is no later million dollars and hence the mark, or chump, is left high and dry and minus $1000 or whatever figure he/she unsuspectingly gave the scam artist. You may ask, "Why would anyone fall for such an obvious scam attempt?" Well, even if only one out of every thousand targets falls for it and the con artist(s) mass-emails a few million individuals, it is still worthwhile. And the truth is that more people than you think, or would like to believe, fall victim to these and other types of scams. Oftentimes they are so embarrassed to have fallen victim that they don't report it or tell anyone.

For some reason I am always intrigued by the innovative scams that greedy idle minds can come up with.  If you know stories of any interesting scams or cons please do share in COMMENTS below...scroll down past the Email reprints below (with their many errors in tact) from "Roland David," "Walker Fortune" and "Mr. Frank" (you gotta love these names they came up with). Thanks!

EMAIL FROM "ROLAND DAVID" ABOUT DJ'ING HIS WIFE "LISA'S" BIRTHDAY PARTY

My name is Roland David. I am presently in the USA. The reason why I am contacting you is that my wife Lisa David will be celebrating her 40th Birthday Party soon, precisely on the 15th Oct. 2007 , of the Music aspect of the event. I came across your Email and am impressed with your services, experience, your kind of music of course is okay by me. The venue address of the event is: New York. We are expecting about 80-100 guest & it's going to be an indoor party. The party starts 12pm-5pm according to our program of the event. You are to start performing when it is 1pm till the end of the party. There will not be any dance from guest nor family for any reason what we only need from you is for you to just give us interesting music. All expenses would be taken care of by me; Please I want the best service from you, I love her so much. So your best production is needed at this occasion. Let me know your CHARGES to work for 4 Hours on that day,1pm -5pm when the event will be ending, more so let me know how you plan to move down here with your electronics? I will want to put it to your notice that I will take care of your hotel only if requested from you, please let me know how many of you will be coming for this event? I hope to read from you soon & also to have your service QUOTE which will only include your travel, feeding, and your service fee. I look forward to your response and also your price package so that I can make quick arrangement of paying you a deposit payment so that you can book my wife event on your calendar. PLEASE SEND YOUR REPLY ASAP : texile.manager@yahoo.co.uk Thank you,     Roland

THE TWO BELOW THIS LINE WERE SENT TO THE DENVER MUSICIANS:

Good day,
How is business?
I am Mr.Frank from united kingdom and I am organising a birthday party for my son that will be 25 yrs old. His name is OSHA and the party will take place at my house in 9655 Sheridan Blvd Westminster, CO 80031,USA. I found your advertistment on the website, so I will like to know if you are still available for the date which is September 23rd or 24th 2006. Also, let me know your price for the service on that date cos you will take time for a good service and bring along your equipment . The party will start by 12 noon and end up by 4 pm in the evening. Also let me know the cost of the service for 4 hours including travel expences so that I can arrange with my company in the US to send you a U.S Money Order or Cashier's Check as soon as we clearify with exact cost. Payment will be cleared by your bank before the date of the event. pls email me here only. priest_frank2001@yahoo.com

I await your email today.
Frank.J
NOTE...I just want you to understand that the maximum number of guest
should not exceed 50-80 people.Pls let me know the kind of music you perform..

----- Original Message -----
From: walker fortune

Hello,

How is Business,
My name is Walker Fortune I am presently in the UK here i work as a videographer.

The reason why i am contacting you is that my wife sharron will be Celibrating her Birthday Party soon here at our residence precisely on the 26th of August 2006 it is on a saturday,please check your avalability for this date becouse I will like you to take care of the Music aspect of the event.

I came across your advert at www.gopromusic.com and am impressed with your services and your kind of music of course is okay by me.
The venue address of the event is 816 W Kiowa St
Colorado Springs, CO 80905.

We are expecting about 80-100 guest & its going to be an indoor party.

The party starts 12pm-5pm according to our program of the event.
You are to start performing when it is 1pm till the end of the party.

There will no be any dance from guest nor familly for any reason what we only need from you is for you to just give us interesting music.
All expenses would be taken care of; Please I want the best service from you, because she is my only wife & i love her so much. So your best production is needed at this occasion.

Pls Let me know your CHARGES to work for 4 Hours on that day,1pm -5pm when the event will be ending,moreso let me know how you plan to move down here with your electronics?

I will want to put it to your notic that i will take care of your hotel only if requested from you,please let me know how many of you will be comming for this event?

I hope to read from you soon & also to have your service QUOTE which will only include your travel,feeding, and your service fee.

I look forward to your response and also your price package so that i can make quick arrangement of paying you a deposit payment so that you can book my wife event on your calendar.

Pls email me back asap.

Best Regards
Walker.

 PHISHING  

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