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    Wow, apparently Steve Case still uses AOL. This email came from stevecase102.

     Head Office:
    # 1: 770 Broadway,
    New York, NY 10003,
    United States of America.

    Branch Office:
    Address: 80 Hammer smith Road,
    London, W14 8UD
    United Kingdom,

    The America Online Foundation United Kingdom, was established in 1983 by America Multi-Million Groups and is now currently supported by the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU). And the Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO).

    To celebrate 27 years anniversary program, the America Internet Fund London, together with several national companies and other relevant authorities in the issuance of an annual donation of £485,000.00GBP British Pounds (Four Hundred and eighty five Thousand Great British Pounds) each to eight lucky recipients. You were selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of £485,000.00 GBP (Four Hundred and eighty five Thousand Great British Pounds) as charity donations/aid from the America Foundation for England in accordance with the enabling act of Parliament.

    Companies and sponsors that are sponsoring this award from the America Online Promotion are as below.

    Dell Computer Company.
    Toyota Company.
    Heineken Company.
    Coca-Cola Company.
    Bellsouth Technology.

    Private individual sponsors.
    1) Warren Buffett of the (United States of America).
    2) Roman Abramovich of the (Russia Federation).
    3) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the (United Kingdom England).
    4) Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud of the (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).

    HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE: Contact the Paying Bank (Barclay's Bank Plc) London Center where your winnings fell through their email Address below.

    Telephone Number:+442070601886
    EMAIL ADDRESS:  barclaysbank@barclaysbank-online.tk

    You should fill out this Application Form as indicated below:

    Beneficiary's Full Name: .............
    Beneficiary's Address: ...............
    Beneficiary's Country.................
    Beneficiary's Occupation..............
    Beneficiary's Phone: .................
    Beneficiary's Age: ...................

    You have forward your winning numbers to the Barclays Bank as stated belwo:

    BATCH NUMBER:AOL917701116000
    REF NUMBER: AOL991327820

    We congratulates you and advice you to make judicious uses of your prize when it gets to you.


    Michael Kelly
    Chief Operating Officer America Online / President of Media Networks AOL.

    Steve Case
    Co-founder, former chief executive Director and Chairman of America Online (AOL).

    Check Your Email (Your Email has Won On the America Online Promo Award of £485,000.00)


    Hmmm, do you think anyone would fall for another "carefully crafted" email scam?


    Dear valued customer,

    Your credit card is suspended, Because We notice a problem on your card. .

    We determine that someone may be using your card without your permission. For your protection, we've suspended your credit card. To lift this suspention (there was a clickable link here) and follow the indicated procedure to Update your Credit Card


    Note: If this is not complete Mai 20, 2010, we will be forced to suspend your card indefinitely because it can be used for fraudulent

    We appreciate your cooperation in this case.

    Thank you,
    Customer Support Service..

    Copyright 1999-2010 VerifedbyVisa . All rights reserved.


    A Daily Giz Wiz listener comes up a good idea worth sharing!

    Hi Dick & Leo:

    I have long tried to figure out how to listen to DGW when having a shower. Getting a Sonos would be an overkill and my iPhone is too quiet. A friend advised me to put my iPhone into an Ikea plastic cup.

    I tried and, lo and behold, it works great. I can hear you loud and clear.

    Wohoo! I thought is an idea worth spreading ;)

    Best, Maciek

    This email got my attention with the subject line: Showering with Dick & Leo - on the cheap!


    Great Woz t-shirt sent via Ted Kekatos...


    A fan asked if I could post one of the scam emails I tweeted about on my website.

    And here it is:

    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
    Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division.
    Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
    J.Edgar.Hoover Building Washington Dc
    Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday
    Office Hours Monday To Saturday:

    Dear Beneficiary,

    Series of meetings have been held over the past 7 months with the secretary general of the United Nations Organization. This ended 3 days ago. It is obvious that you have not received your fund which is to the tune of Eleven million Dollars due to past corrupt Governmental Officials who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund which has led to so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the receipt of your fund.

    The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations and Federal Bureau of Investigation have successfully passed a mandate to the current president of Nigeria his Excellency President Umaru Yar'Adua to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to you and other individuals and organizations who have been found not to have receive their Contract Sum, Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance and the likes.

    Now how would you like to receive your payment? because we have two method of payment which is by Check or by ATM card?

    ATM Card: We will be issuing you a custom pin based ATM card which you will use to withdraw up to THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS per day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it and the card have to be renewed in 4 years time which is 2014. Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your local bank account. The ATM card comes with a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it. Even if you do not have a bank account.

    Check: To be deposited in your bank for it to be cleared within three working days.

    Your payment would be sent to you via any of your preferred option and would be mailed to you via UPS. Because we have signed a contract with UPS which should expire by the end of May 2010 you will only need to pay ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS instead of FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS saving you FOUR HUNDRED  DOLLARS So if you pay before May 28 2010 you save FOUR HUNDRED  DOLLARS Take note that anyone asking you for some kind of money above the usual fee is definitely a fraudsters and you will have to stop communication with every other person if you have been in contact with any. Also remember that all you will ever have to spend is ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS nothing more! Nothing less! And we guarantee the receipt of your fund to be successfully delivered to you within the next 24hrs after the receipt of payment has been confirmed.

    Below are few list of tracking numbers you can track from UPS website to confirm people like you who have received their payment successfully. (I tried both the numbers below. UPS says: No info on them could be found. Surprised? I didn't think so!)

    Name : Donna L. Vargas: UPS Tracking Number: 1Z757F991598420403 (www.ups.com)
    Name : Rovenda Elaine Clayton: UPS Tracking Number:  1Z757F991596606592 (www.ups.com)

    Note: Everything has been taken care of by the Federal Government of Nigeria, The United Nation and also the FBI and including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so all you will ever need to pay is ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS.

    DO NOT SEND MONEY TO ANYONE UNTIL YOU READ THIS: The actual fees for shipping your ATM card is FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS but because UPS have temporarily discontinued the C.O.D which gives you the chance to pay when package is delivered for international shipping We had to sign contract with them for bulk shipping which makes the fees reduce from the actual fee of FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS to ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS nothing more and no hidden fees of any sort!

    To effect the release of your fund valued at Eleven million Dollars you are advised to contact our correspondent in Africa the delivery officer MR,JAY WILLIAMS with the information below,

    I figured I wouldn't give Jay Williams any free publicity, so I cut off that info.

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