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Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
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Oct 17, 2013

Just got this e-mail. The advance payment would probably be an overpayment.



Hello,

I and my colleagues will like to register for 4 weeks German Language lessons (intensive course) with you, during our stay in Germany. We are 4 adults (2 men and 2 women) and we are all beginners.

Date: 18th November - 16th December 2013
Please check the availability and get back to me with the total cost.

We are all British and Australian National and between the ages of 28-43yrs.The names of the participants are as follows:

(1)Peter Nelson
(2)Tony Martins
(3)Sarah Jones
(4)Michele Cook

As soon as we confirm the charge rate, We will issue an advance payment before our arrival.
Waiting to hear from you.

Regards,
Peter Nelson
31-33 Guildhall Street,
Bury St Edminds, Suffolk IP33 1QD ,
United Kingdom
Tel---+447466914821


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Teresa Borges
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You're probably right Oct 17, 2013

as the same address appears here:

http://thescambuster.co.uk/Archive%20006.htm

and here:

http://motella.blogspot.pt/2012_10_01_archive.html

[Edited at 2013-10-17 12:55 GMT]


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Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
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Thanks for the links, Oct 17, 2013

Teresa. Good to know.

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Mark
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Edminds? Oct 17, 2013

Bury St Edminds, Suffolk IP33 1QD
St. Edminds is a new one on me, FWIW…


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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By their deeds shall ye know them Oct 17, 2013

You'd think someone living in Bury would know how to spell it properly...

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Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
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Yes, neilmac, Oct 17, 2013

bad spelling and grammar.

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Prior to taking German lessons... Oct 18, 2013

Gudrun Wolfrath wrote:

We are all British and Australian National and between the ages of 28-43yrs.The names of the participants are as follows:



Perhaps it would be a good idea, prior to signing up for German lesson, to sign up for English lessons. The spelling and grammar indicate that these are badly needed.

Did you check the IP address, Gudrun? It will probably lead you to Nigeria.

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Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
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No, Thayenga, Oct 18, 2013

I just didn't react.

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Reaction Oct 18, 2013

Gudrun Wolfrath wrote:

I just didn't react.


Well, if you've sent it straight to File 13, that's all the reaction it takes.


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Helena Chavarria  Identity Verified
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I received two similar messages Oct 18, 2013

and I admit I was rather surprised. I thought it was strange because the sender had no idea who I am, where I give my classes, etc. If it was me who wanted to spend a month doing an intensive course in a foreign country, I would need a lot more information.

I just didn't bother answering and deleted the messages without a second thought.


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Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
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Good idea, Helena. Oct 19, 2013

I don't even teach. Says it all.

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jyuan_us  Identity Verified
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These scammers are stupid Oct 19, 2013

Gudrun Wolfrath wrote:

(1)Peter Nelson
(2)Tony Martins
(3)Sarah Jones
(4)Michele Cook



I guess No. 5 would be John Doe.

These combination of first names and last names would make me think of these Chinese names:

One Zhang
Two Wang
Three Li
Four Chen

While it is possible there are some people that use these names, the chance is 1 out of a billion that people with these combinations of names come to a group to learn a foreign language.

This is funny. I think the scammers should hire better employees

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Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
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Right, jyuan, Oct 19, 2013

they have not been very creative.

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Simona Micutari  Identity Verified
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So obvious... Oct 26, 2013

... it is indeed a scam. A poor attempt at one, actually. Messages like that should be simply sent to the Spam folder and forgotten!

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Frankfurt-Mary
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Same trick, isn't it? They're not behind bars yet!! Does going to the police help? Sep 25, 2016

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "David Paul"
Date: Tue, Sep 6, 2016 at 1:28 PM +0200
Subject: GERMAN LANGUAGE LESSONS
To: "David Paul"


Hello,

I and my colleagues will like to register for 4 weeks German Language
lessons with you, during our stay in Germany. We are 4 adults (2 men and 2
women) and we are all absolute beginners.

Date: 3rd October - 31st October 2016

Please check the availability and get back to me with the total cost.

We are all Australian Nationals and between the ages of 28-43yrs.The names
of the participants are as follows:

1)David Paul

2)Raymond Murphy

3)Sarah Crew

4)Janet Lync

As soon as we confirm the availability and charge rate,we will issue an
advance payment before our arrival.

If not available at the requested dates could you please suggest
your available dates.

Waiting to hear from you.

Regards,
David Paul
203 Bromley Road,
Catford,London
Se6 2ts
United Kingdom


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