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Thursday 22 May 2014

#BringBackOurGirls scam

This scam email attempts to steal money from unsuspecting but altruistic people by hijacking the legitimate #BringBackOurGirls campaign.

From:     Joy Marcus [joymcus55@gmail.com]
Date:     22 May 2014 00:24
Subject:     #BringBackOurGirls
Signed by:     gmail.com

My beloved brother and sister. I hope my message get to you in peace.
My name is Mary Sambo from Borno state in Nigeria. I am crying while
putting this message together in the church hostel. I lost my husband to
the terrorist attack that is happening in Borno state, my daughters was
kidnap along with the 270 girls been kidnap in school chibok village in
Nigeria, by the terrorist.

Which the entire world is now searching for them. I am 7 month pregnant
and i am staying at the church hostel, we are 30 in a single room, i
don't have access to good medical care and i am afraid my living
condition might affect my unborn child.

I am asking for help from you in other for me to get a place for myself
and also register myself to health center where i will get proper
medical care. Please help me with anything you, May Almighty God reward
Hope to hear from you.

Mary Sambo.
Please reply here: marysamb91@yahoo.com
Apparently this church hostel that she is staying in has internet access good enough to send out spam. And although the scammer is soliciting replies to marysamb91@yahoo.com it is sent from joymcus55@gmail.com which has its own Google+ profile.. which contains a picture.

Now, I don't know about you.. but I don't think that this looks like a Nigerian woman who has to live in a church hostel. That's because it is a photograph of actress and model Yvette Fintland who would no doubt be very displeased to see her photo being abused in this way (and has nothing whatsoever to do with this scam or spam).

There are no words that can adequately describe the horror of the kidnapping of 200 innocent children. And there are no words that adequately describe the disgust at people who are prepared to exploit this awful event for their own personal gain.

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