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Monday, September 26, 2011

Scam Email: Thomas Morris

This interesting thing to note about the scam below that was forwarded to me is that the scammer got really confused about his faked name. Is he Thomas Morris like in his From field, or Abbot Morris like in his email address, or just "Morris" like how he signed off on his email (who in their right mind would sign their email by just their last name... this scammer is making it easy to spot this as fake).

Here is the email I received this morning:

kathleen-- I and another artist friend received the following email this morning. The only difference was the subject line--each was the  name of a piece we had made...gotten off of our website.

I was suspicious and googled the name and came upon your blog. Thank you for what you are doing to help us all!

Rory

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Thomas Morris [abbotmorris1@gmail.com]
> Date: September 26, 2011 5:21:01 AM CDT
> To: Rory
> Subject: Legacy II
>
> Hello,
>
> Happy new day, I have interest in this your piece of work i came
> across through my searching and i really
> want to make a request if you still have it available for purchase,
> meanwhile email the price you are willing to sale it.
>
> I hope to read more about the piece from you,
>
> Your's Morris.

23 comments:

  1. Dude.. I am not much into reading, but somehow I got to read lots of articles on your blog. Its amazing how interesting it is for me to visit you very often.

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  2. KatieMoe,

    Thank you so much for setting up this blog!!! I'm an artist and received yesterday an e-mail from Abbot Morris, and the conversation went as follows:

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Abbot Morris
    Date: Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 3:33 PM
    Subject: TRANSLUCENT ORCHID/PONDERING NYMPHAEA
    To: nanybel

    Hello,

    Do you still have the piece of your work i write on the subject of this my email available for sale?
    If you still have them available i will be waiting for their price.
    I wish you a season grettings in advance,

    Your's Abbot.

    ----------------------

    From: Nanybel
    Date: Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 1:57 PM
    Subject: TRANSLUCENT ORCHID/PONDERING NYMPHAEA
    To: Abbot Morris


    Hello Abbot,

    Thank you very much for your interest in my work.

    Yes, those paintings are available, sort of ... "Pondering Nymphaea" and "Translucent Orchid" were recently accepted into a major juried exhibition which opens to the public January 19th and runs until March 3rd, 2012. Both original works are priced $1,750 ea, are beautifully framed and have glare-free museum-quality glass. Because the organization will collect 25% + tax of all sales, the prices will be raised.
    If you are interested in purchasing either painting at the lower price, please let me know ASAP and I'll inform the exhibitors of the prior sale, so the piece can be marked NFS.
    Thanks again and Happy Holidays to you!

    Nanybel

    ------------------
    From: Abbot Morris
    Date: Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 3:37 PM
    Subject: Transaction Proceeds.
    To: Nanybel

    Hi Nanybel,
    Thank you for the mail, i am very happy to read from you regarding the price.
    Now that you have informed me about the price of the piece and the availability of it i will like to know the method of payment you want either by sending you a cheque or a money order or by wire transfer by using Capital One Bank.
    kindly notify me the one you want before we can proceeds meanwhile in a case you have Skype user ID kindly email me your Skype user ID so that we can talk on it and if not try to register with Skype and download Skype is very good for communication, here is my phone number +447024092278. for any questions.
    Hope to read from you,
    Your's Abbot.

    ---------------

    WHAT ABOUT THAT?????

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  3. Beware, they are now operating as "andergriffin@yahoo.com" "Anderson Griffin"

    See below:


    Thank you for the mail, i am very happy to read from you regarding the price.

    Now that you have informed me about the price of the piece and the availability of it i will like to know the method of payment you want either by sending you a cheque or a money order or by wire transfer by using Capital One Bank.

    kindly notify me the one you want before we can proceeds meanwhile in a case you have Skype user ID kindly email me your Skype user ID so that we can talk on it and if not try to register with Skype and download Skype is very good for communication, here is my phone number +447024092278. for any questions.

    Hope to read from you,

    Your's Anderson.

    ______

    From: anderson griffin [mailto:andergriffin@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Friday, December 09, 2011 01:10 PM
    Subject: Silver Venus

    Hello,

    I have interest in this your piece of work i came across and i really want to make a request if you still have it available for purchase,meanwhile email the price you are willing to sale it.

    I hope to read more about the piece from you,

    Your's Truly,

    Anderson Griffin.

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  4. I got a Sam letter today too..

    On behalf of my enitre Family, We are pleased to get your response

    I am Kathleen Morris, 69-years old mother of two and a grandmother, i and my husband Thomas Finley Morris became a Powerball jackpot winner of 228.9Millon Dollars on August,10 2011. April,11th 2015 My husband and I came to Sweden from Burnsville Because of our recent Powerball jackpot win of 101million Dollars , " i have been doing charity work for 2 years since our first Jackpot Lottery Winning in 2011, Before our 2011 win we always played the lottery every week we never had any large payout from my years of playing usually $5,000 and most time below that amount.While it may be too early to tell how winning 101Millon Dollars will affect my family and i because we had alot of privacy and security problem with our 2011 Jackpot winning 228.9Millon Dollars, i know there is a lot of responsibility that comes along with the win.

    “I’ve been handed all this gift by God for a reason, “I have to use it wisely and do good for others too, like a charity type of thing.”Over the years, i have worked as a cleaner in hospitals and office buildings also been involved in many fundraisers and charities, including volunteering for the Starlight Children’s Foundation but after winning the 228.9Million dollars alot has changed but with the recent win by my husband in Ponce, Puerto Rico when he went to visit our daughter who just gave birth to a baby boy we have decided to donate 4Million Dollars to you from our 101Million Jackpot winning . so if you are getting this mail from me it means you have been chosen by my family and i with the assistance from NIH and Linkedin as a beneficiary.
    I have always prayed that God should help me and i was not surprised when i won my Lottery because i have always knew God has a plan for my family because i believe in the part of the Bible that says ask and you shall receive and consistently i have always asked for a miracle from God through prayers and i believe you do the same too.
    Please you can know more about us on the YOUTUBE-VIDEO

    I would love to know few important things about my beneficiary :




    Name:
    Occupation:
    Country:
    Cell:
    Age:

    May the Good lord bless your heart to be a blessing to your family and the society at large as soon as my donation gets to you.

    Kathleen Morris & Family

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  5. It's funny the initial email you received is from Kathleen because I got a message from kathleenthomson@gmail :D. All it days is that they wish to donate to me so I'll send them my other PayPal.

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  6. I keep getting emails and text messages about this. Is this real or not?

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  7. Did you reply to this email? As i got the same one.

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  8. This is totally a scam, do not send any of your personal information. I received an SMS text message on my phone a few days ago saying they wanted to make a donation and to email back to kathleen061thomas@gmail.com for more information. This was for the purpose of getting my email address. I replied knowing it was a scam, using my "scam and spam" email address which is not tied to anything of mine personally. Almost immediately I started getting security alert emails, that somebody was trying to access my account from a device in the United States and to change my password. I've gotten a few of these emails each day since.

    This morning I received the exact same email as mentioned above asking for "more info" (Name, Occupation, Country, Cell, Age). This is so they can use common algorithms to try and hack your password. Don't fall victim to this or other internet scams. Common sense needs to prevail, if it's too good to be true, it probably isn't.

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  9. i got this same letter, got suspicious and found your blog. great job guys.

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  10. Got a text, thank you for this blog. I obviously thought it was suspicious but it's really nice to get confirmation that they're just a scammer.

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  11. Kathleen Thomas
    to: (me)
    date: Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 5:21 AM
    subject: RE: u called me

    I got SMS message from #7789822935 ((I never release my # on public)) Find strange this nbr.. until then Got email like this..

    We are pleased to get your response

    I am Kathleen Morris, 69-years old mother of two and a grandmother, i and my husband Thomas Finley Morris became a Powerball jackpot winner of 228.9Millon Dollars on August,10 2011. April,11th 2015 My husband and I came to Holland from Burnsville Because of our recent Powerball jackpot win of 101million Dollars , " i have been doing charity work for 2 years since our first Jackpot Lottery Winning in 2011, Before our 2011 win we always played the lottery every week we never had any large payout from my years of playing usually $5,000 and most time below that amount. While it may be too early to tell how winning 101Millon Dollars will affect my family and i because we had alot of privacy and security problem with our 2011 Jackpot winning 228.9Millon Dollars, i know there is a lot of responsibility that comes along with the win.

    “I’ve been handed all this gift by God for a reason, “I have to use it wisely and do good for others too, like a charity type of thing.”Over the years, i have worked as a cleaner in hospitals and office buildings also been involved in many fundraisers and charities, including volunteering for the Starlight Children’s Foundation but after winning the 228.9Million dollars alot has changed but with the recent win by my husband in Ponce, Puerto Rico when he went to visit our daughter who just gave birth to a baby boy we have decided to donate 4Million Dollars to you from our 101Million Jackpot winning . so if you are getting this mail from me it means you have been chosen by my family and i with the assistance from NIH and Linkedin as a beneficiary.
    I have always prayed that God should help me and i was not surprised when i won my Lottery because i have always knew God has a plan for my family because i believe in the part of the Bible that says ask and you shall receive and consistently i have always asked for a miracle from God through prayers and i believe you do the same too.

    Please you can know more about us on the YOUTUBE-VIDEO: [link]

    I would love to know few important things about my beneficiary:


    Name:
    Occupation:
    Country:
    Cell:
    Age:

    May the Good lord bless your heart to be a blessing to your family and the society at large as soon as my donation gets to you.

    Kathleen Morris & Family

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    1. Ok, that is not an example of a "fake buyer" scam but more an example of the classic lottery winner scam.

      But what is the same is how the scammer makes money - in this case, they will send a check for a large sum of money and ask the victim to cash it and wire part of the money to them to cover the taxes. But the check is counterfeit and the victim is out the amount they wired. That part is the same as the fake buyer scam.

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  12. I just got this email today...thanks for all you do...if it sounds too good to be true it almost always is!

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  13. I got the same email from morriskathleen3@123@gmail.com

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  14. I got the same one about the lottery and winnings to donate me 7,000,000.00 so me being me I googled it and what do you know I'd be happy to share the email itself but I'm not sure how to do that if someone could explain that it would be great thank you

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  15. It is not real. It is a scam. They collect lots of information on you which helps them build their database for identity theft or figuring out how to log into your online accounts, including banking, and this scam will steal money from unsuspecting victims through "processing fees" or "winnings fee" or "claims fee" or asking to send money to pre-pay the taxes, etc.

    None of it is real. Do not respond to the scammer at all. They send out millions and millions of these emails.

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  16. I received this SMS moments ago...

    Subject:RE: Fyi
    You have been selected for a donation of $4 million by kathleen Morris and family. please contact (katttymorss@gm)

    Thanks to this blog I know it's a scam

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  17. My family has been promised money for the last 3 years and I'm ghetting tired of the scams. Some people really need that break in life . Feeling let down again . Lord I really need a financial break through. My feelings are hurt once again due to people that don't care about hurting others . I'm glad I was smart enough to look up the names included in the e-mail and texts I have gotten.

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  18. I too received the txt version of this scam this evening. The text was from clive.hornsby@camden.gov.uk and reads as follows
    Subject:RE: please contact (kathleenmorrs@gmail
    You have been selected for a donation of $4 million by kathleen Morris and fam

    I knew right away that this was a scam but thought I would see if there was anything on the net about it.

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  19. recieved SMS:
    Subject:RE: please contact (kathleenmorrrs@gmail.com

    You have been selected for a donation of $4 million by kathleen Morris and fam

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  20. Im so scared i got a txt with same thing and i emailed them like an idiot i fell fir it and gave my info wtf can i do now im scared out my mind

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  21. I got a $7 million gift offer 2 days ago. Thanks for these posts, and now I know it's a total scam.

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  22. They just offered me 7 million dollars because they are powerball winners of over 200 million dollars and are strangly enough,both going through kidney dialysis at the same time! and wanted to share their good fortune with any cancer sufferers and their families.These scum are the dregs of Humanity,the email address I received is:thomasmorris@yandex.com.

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