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Locked: Scam/Phishing Emails
9 years ago  ::  Jul 17, 2009 - 12:49AM #1
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Members of the Beliefnet community sometimes receive unsolicited emails sent through Beliefnet's private email system.  Ostensibly sent by young female Beliefnet members looking for love or friendship, these emails express a desire to get to know you or a wish to donate money to you.  But in reality, these emails are a variant of a well-known Nigerian scam.  The scammers tend to target faith-related websites like Beliefnet, thinking our users will be particularly gullible.  These emails are sent to women as well as men, so if you are a gay woman, don't be deluded into thinking these women want a relationship with you. 

Martha has addressed this scam on her blog.  She strongly encourages you to check out and follow her advice here.

Please do not respond to these emails.  Never give out personal (including financial) information to anyone you don't know!  Ultimately, the senders are seeking your personal contact information and access to your personal finances so they can relieve you of the contents of your wallet and bank accounts.  

Please notify Beliefnet immediately upon receipt of any such email.  You can report it by using the "Report Content" function in Beliefnet email or by sending an email to Beliefnet staff.  The spammer's Beliefnet membership will be terminated upon receipt and confirmation of your report.

The fastest way to get staff attention about this is to copy and paste it into an email message and send it to Put "Spam/Phishing" in the subject line. 

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