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5 years ago  ::  Jul 16, 2009 - 10:17PM #1
Merope
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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.


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 community@beliefnetstaff.com Put "Spam/Phishing" in the subject line. 



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5 years ago  ::  Aug 12, 2009 - 8:20PM #2
Stardove
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Wednesday, August 12, 09.  I have gotten four emails from these phishing ladies today and reported them all.  Seems like a fresh batch of scammers has hit Beliefnet.  Be careful out there folks.

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5 years ago  ::  Oct 04, 2009 - 2:38PM #3
Mlyons619
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Update on the Nigerian Phishing Scam


To the HOT TOPICS ZONE Community,


 The Nigerian phishing scam continues to manifest itself here at Beliefnet.  The problem is not unique to Beliefnet.  In fact, networking sites are reporting increased activities by Nigerian scammers.  Please read the linked article here.


 While Beliefnet and other social networking websites are working to improve their security measures to protect their members and the integrity of their sites, Nigerian scammers are working to find ways to bypass those security measures, and continue to create poster profiles.


 These scammers will sometimes present themselves as young ladies, looking for companionship.  They prey on posters who are lonely and seeking a relationship.  Other scammers present themselves as Government officials or bankers, offering almost unbelievable opportunities to receive fantastic amounts of cash.  These prey on greed or those who are in dire financial straits and desperate for help.


 These scammers are ingenious - they have also found a way to access an existing poster's account, and to assume that poster's identity.  So if that poster you have known for YEARS suddenly asks for your personal information or for monetary help, be wary.  In fact, as the above linked articles notes, the FBI has announced over 3,200 cases of account hijacking have been reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center in the last three years.


 Your Beliefnet Staff is not ignoring the problem. -- they have dedicated resources whose sole responsibilities are to receive reports on illegal activities, investigate the allegations, and, if substantiated, remove any threat from the site. 


 You are encouraged to continue to look out for these scammers and to report any suspected incidents of scamming via e-mail to community@beliefnetsraff.com, as previously noted.  Protect your private information.  You are also encouraged to report to Beliefnet Staff if you have reason to believe your Beliefnet account has been unlawfully accessed.


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4 years ago  ::  Jun 25, 2010 - 9:48PM #4
Stardove
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Just for now please do not email the Community Mailbox (community@beliefnetstaff.com) with  complaints/reports.  Instead members should use the "Report Content" button on the spam/phishing email we receive.  Thanks.


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