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Beware this arrived today via Opinion8 from a James Pollard addressed to me.
Apologies. His request for member ship was much more convincing than this attempt.
There was a similar scam a few years back on here and unfortunately I was completely taken in by it. A person going by the unlikely (in retrospect, naturally) name of 'Ardrain Erssex' or something similar was asking for donations to 'keep this site going'. So persuasive was this chap that I actually went to his house to give him some money! Foolish, I know. Despite being out of pocket I did get a cup of coffee and he turned out to be a nice enough sort of chap. We live and learn, I suppose.
I remember that one. Clever old you, I never thought of going round to his house - which of course is just round the corner - with a wodge of used fivers. I used PayPal as instructed and "Mr Erssex" actually had the audacity to contact me to suggest I may have accidentally transposed two numbers and donated the wrong amount. He even suggested giving me a partial refund, the very nerve. Wonder what happened to him?
I will return to the question of the scammer but first I have another question. I was in Poland on March 29th and my SIM card stopped working. Have we actually now left the European steel and coal community? Does that explain the breakdown between BT and the Polish telecommunications company?
The scammer successfully answered my question about local bus routes and then went on to give a highly plausible postcode so I accepted his application I was taken in.
The final part of any scams of course is making a successful getaway. I was in Poland practicing that part of the art. This group of videos gives some idea of my progress. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPfDX41r7tZ6CrxDTB20V0KKNA0C... the 400-meter final is perhaps the closest to being amusing
And thank you for reminding me about the begging letters I must Step Up The Campaign.