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I was wondering whether this thread interests Socnet too. If anybody's
interested (Valdis?), I might be contacted offline.
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Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2005 10:24:04 +0300 (EEST)
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Manolis Mavrikakis <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [Air-l] moderate dataset of internet scam messages
available... (this is not an internet scam!)
I have been also collecting scam/spam emails myself since 2001
(right know my dataset is about 17100 items). Included attachments
(possibly malicious) have been also collected.
Since my research interests are in social network analysis, I was thinking
to make a social network and genres analysis over this set. In the
meantime I have been working with other things and I haven't found the
time yet. But I'm still interested in collaborating on this project with
anyone else who would like to do this (especially if someone wants to test
a content-analyzer software - incidentally Don Holeman from Syracuse has
written me off-line about such an instrument he's developing). So, I'm
available for any such collaboration.
Department of Mathematics
University of Patras
265 00 Rio-Patras
Fax: +30-2610-996318, +30-2610-992965
On Tue, 16 Aug 2005, Ronald E. Rice wrote:
> Dr. Gerber has a moderate collection of Internet scam messages, and wanted
> to know if anyone might be interested in having them for analysis, etc.
> Otherwise, he's getting ready to delete this file. Please send replies of
> interest to Dr. Mike Gerber, Professor of Education, Gevirtz Graduate School
> of Education, UCalifornia Santa Barbara, 93106, CA,
> [log in to unmask]; http://education.ucsb.edu/people/gerber.html
> What I've been collecting are emails delivered to my normal university
> account since July 10, 2002 (the last was July 28, 2005). I believe there
> are 127 separate emails. There are occasional duplications of nominal sender
> and message, sometimes duplications of message with different nominal
> senders. Most claim to be from Africans, some claim to be from Europeans,
> and occasionally some claim to be from someone in North America. All are
> confidence schemes related to large amounts of money that have come into the
> possession of the sender. Some relate either to lottery winnings received by
> the sender or to claims that the recipient has won a lottery.
> I quote one exactly below as an example.
> So, that's it. If you know someone who wants them, I'm happy to send them on
> even though I imagine anyone using email has probably seen dozens of these.
> I imagine some scholar out there thinks they are interesting too.
> Best wishes,
> Mike Gerber
> Here's a verbatim quote from a sample taken at random that seems modal to
> "From;Mr.William Tambo
> Calabar Nigeria
> Alternative Eami::([log in to unmask])
> My name is MR.William Tambo.I am the Chief finacial to Mr.Charles Taylor,the
> ex-president of libera who is presestiy on exile in Nigeria.We are here
> in Nigeria together.As his private financil controller,I have access to
> his finacial records more then any of his family members
> Mr Charles Taylor has over $10 billion dollares outside his hom country
> libera and his family members or people around him are not aware of this
> with his present notion of arrest and following his resyticted movement
> and the recent prociamation by Zurich authority,
> the U.N war crimes courtand the America Government,have agreed that all
> Bank account belonging to Charles Taylor should be reported/frozen There
> fore I want to use this opportunity to make good money for myseif.I have
> worked for him for over 15years and Ihave nothing show for it.
> I am only leaving on his fake promises and hope presently, I have complete
> information to authorize with document for collecting/receivvng $250milliom
> from one of his financial sources in South Africa. And I need i your
> assistance in receiving the fund in Europe on my brhalf.
> Charles T aylor has prepared himself legally and secretly arranged with
> Top most Government agents to transfer the fund as at when instructed.
> In light of the above,if I get a positive response from you, then I WILL
> immediately forward you the complete information that enable us claim the
> fund as the receiver authorized by Charles Taylor
> Have a nice day.
> Mr.William Tambo.
> Alternative Email:([log in to unmask])"
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