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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Here We Go Again


Athens Financial Group Ltd. is another one of those scams where you can earn money for nothing.

Ignore it!

It is registered in China. Funny I thought Athens was either in Greece or the States.

In the last nine hours, I've had 297 of the blessed messages.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, there really are businesses called Athens Financial Group, and one has a legitimate website - this one is located out of Minneapolis, MN.

So far, I've found 2 domains registered by for the bogus money mule operation, and I've only received 2 email messages. I guess I am luckier than you have been. Private hosts, so we can only contact the registrars. And, the email message is identical to the one for Israeli Brokerage Services with the same misspellings in the first sentence.

Thursday, November 02, 2006 6:15:00 pm  
Blogger James Miller said...

I check everything to all the e-mail addresses at for example.

Thus, I known that anything to say is spam and has been made up. is so contaminated with this sort of e-mail address, that I usually get hundreds of copies of a new scam.

It makes them very easy to spot.

Thanks for pointing out the link to IBS,

Thursday, November 02, 2006 9:16:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work in the financial industry within New Zealand so I'm quite familiar with international currency transfers and the like.

I'm finding more and more so called "job opportunities" coming in the form of these scam emails and on the surface some even appear legitimate.

A visit to the website is always a dead giveaway. Bad grammer - Product discriptions that don't match photo's - links that don't work - unable to order products online (no payment gateway set up at all)- Phone contacts that lead to an answerphone (if it even leads anywhere) - Email enquiries only etc.

Common sense and a bit of research folks (Google Rocks)

Thursday, November 02, 2006 11:06:00 pm  
Blogger James Miller said...


I don't know what it's like in NZ, but here the media is always reporting stories of the gullible conned by stories like this.

People always believe computers.

Thirty or more years ago, I worked for a large company and if we wanted data to be absolutely believed, we plotted it on a computer. No-one ever disputed it. If we had drawn it on graph paper by hand they might have said we'd fiddled the figures.

Thursday, November 02, 2006 11:18:00 pm  

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