[ubuntu-marketing] Identity fraud...or worse

Nick Ali nali at ubuntu.com
Wed Mar 26 13:18:06 GMT 2008

Yeah, I need to look into that. Most of the spam doesn't get through
because spammers don't realize you have to sign up for the list, so I
just reject them. But some have figured it out.


On Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 8:02 AM, Dmitrijs Ledkovs
<dmitrij.ledkov at gmail.com> wrote:
> Brings me to the point that there should be a spam filter in the marketing
> mailing list. We did get quite a few of "I'm Natasha, I'm from Russia". I
> actually did reply to those people in Russian, funny enough they continued
> copy&paste of the pre-made text "Glad to here from you, here are some
> pictures of me .......".
> Lol.
> On Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 5:04 AM, Tony <rigpig.sparky at googlemail.com> wrote:
> > Hi All
> >
> > I know this is non Ubuntu related but I get so much from the community I
> thought I would share this "experience".....
> >
> > I received a message from someone that indirectly sent me an email from a
> community based web site that I really only joined to get free phone text
> messages and I (unusual for me) decided to "play a game" to see what was
> going on.  The whole thing was obviously a scam but I was curious to see
> what the object was.  Now my first mistake appears to have been advertising
> for a motorcycle of a particular type that I would like to purchase.  The
> second was joining a forum to try to assist people with electrical safety
> issues in Thailand (I am an electrician.  Without boring you with all the
> details (however if you want the copies I can send them)  I enlisted the aid
> of a person on the net that deals with this sort of thing and it has now got
> to the stage where they have requested certain details about myself, the
> obvious thing being identity fraud, I haven't finished with the episode yet
> and it may be worse and I just can't see it yet.  The scary part of this is
> that with a simple search of my email address they could obtain all the info
> except 2 and a 1/2 things they have asked for without being "Sherlock
> Holmes".  Now I consider myself to be fairly "paranoid" on the web and have
> even opened the email accounts in a different name than my own (and
> fortunately this is one of the pieces of info they are missing), but it has
> "woken" me up a bit and I was thinking it may be a good time to give other
> people a bit of a wake up.  Data innocently collected for community projects
> (like this one) can inadvertently give the wrong people the tools they need
> o wreck your life.  It could take years and a lot of money to rectify the
> damage (let alone the direct expense) of this sort of criminal activity.
> >
> > Cheers and keep up the good work
> > Tony
> >
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