Due to the possibility of forum spam I never have a personal email address posted, but it doesn't prevent the possibility of receiving spam through a private message from the forum.
Typically, the spam that circulates in a forum are from spam bots promoting a product or web site.
However, money laundering scams have been on the increase within forum spam.
As we've shared in previous stories, one never wants to open an account for the purpose of receiving funds transferred from another, or collect a percentage of the funds received.
That is a form of money laundering. Here's an example below of one such money laundering phishing trip.
For those who are unaware of what money laundering is, it serves as a good example. Forum spam often includes links to so-called work from home jobs, which are actually money laundering schemes!
As silly as it may appear there are those who actually fall for the scam, and find themselves in serious trouble. Don't take their bait!
Money laundering can be difficult to detect!
It will help to become familiar with our article (updated 2019) about money laundering traits - from right here on Money Illusions!
Money laundering is a serious crime with serious consequences for those who take their bait! The Nigerian scam is also on the rise, which this example below is also demonstrating the Nigerian scam.
One last point; will the spammers ever learn how to spell? And, where's the can for forum spam?
Forum Spam Money Laundering Solicitation (actual names have been deleted), but I broke it up into paragraphs for easier reading:
My warmest greeting to you. (Yes, these ridiculous greetings are typical in spam).
I am Name Changed and I inherited an important some from my late father who died in recent crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. I wish to request for your assistance in investing this sum in lucrative venture or manufacturing and real estate management in your country.
I have Five million, seven hundred thousand United State Dollars. USD ($5,700,000) to invest in this transaction and I will require your assistance in receiving the fund in your account in your country. I will gladly give you some resonable percent from the total sum for your assistance.
Before his death on September 2005, he gave me all the necessary legal documents to the deposit of the fund in the bank, I am 23 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do.
Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this funds and after the transaction I will come and reside permanently in your country till such a time that it will be convinient for me to return back home if I so desire.
This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. I also want to invest the fund under your care because I am ignorant of business world.
I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Now permit me to ask these few questions:
1. Can you honestly help me from your heart?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is in your account?
Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible. Immedaitely I confirm your willingness, I will send to you my picture and also give you more details about myself and the bank were my late father deposited the fund, so that you can reach the bank and confirm the existence of the fund as well, because seeing is believing.
Please always reply me through this my private email: namechanged01@namechanged.As you learned above, forum spam is not an ethical practice, and not a good way to promote a website, product or service. And obviously, one does not want to promote illegal activities as demonstrated above!
Awaiting your immediate response and may God bless you.