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March 19, 2007


Tim J.

If I remember correctly, you may have received a similar message in your comboxes last week.

I don't recall where it was, but I remember thinking that it had the same generic quality to it that you mentioned, and that it was directing readers to a blog to find out more about the bloggers efforts to save some poor, foreign boy.

Now, it could be on the up-and-up, but it smelled funny.


Oh, I saw that one over on Sister Mary Martha's blog.


Ah, yet another example of the internet transforming itself a seedy, red-light district of a decaying city.


What's weird is that when I loaded the new Internet Explorer 7.0 and, then, visited JA.O, its Phishing Filter had actually identified it as a phishing site!


Ah, yet another example of the internet transforming itself a seedy, red-light district of a decaying city.

Transforming? Isn't that how it started out?


Is good for knowing.

David B.

Go to my website where I'll give you, for a nominal fee of $24,817.43, the home addresses of ALL of the internet's spammers.

Smoky Mountain Hiker

Ah, yet another example of the internet transforming itself a seedy, red-light district of a decaying city

Transforming? Isn't that how it started out?



Transforming? Isn't that how it started out?


It appears somebody actually knows the story!


Fr Martin Fox

What is "phishing"?



I think I know the one you're talking about - a man who is trying to adopt an Ethiopian boy. I've been to the site and it looks plausible, though of course it's hard to know for sure. I haven't seen any outright fund appeals, just requests for prayers.


Fr Martin Fox -

Go here:

What is Phishing?


Phishing is to catch moneys, not real animal like tuna, salmon.

Tim J.

"I haven't seen any outright fund appeals"

I just looked. There are financial appeals there.

Eileen R

Tim, there weren't any when it was posted on Jimmy's blog. The posts asking if anyone could help out are since then.

Anyway, it really didn't look like a scam. It lacked a lot of the sympathy-grabbing characteristics of a scam. Scamsters don't tend to write blogs about difficult teenagers. Wouldn't recommend handing out money to anyone you don't know, or haven't checked out, though.


Some Daughters of St. Paul (FSP) sisters have also posted blogs on Blogger where they petition for money. I'm not saying that they may not indeed need money, it's that anyone can sew a habit from a costume catalogue and petition the gullible for money.


I've got to agree with Tim. I've noticed that blog "advertized" as it were on three blogs via the comboxes. One widely-read Catholic blogger posted a link and was contacted again a couple of times by the guy with links to banner ads and the like. I looked over the "African Orphan" blog myself after reading this post yesterday. While I didn't see any direct "send $" requests, the later posts all seemed to end in a vague plea for the reader's help. I'd be very wary of making email contact with the guy.

Sorry Eileen, but while the blog wasn't overlty emotional, there was plenty in there that struck me as calculated to tug at the emotions of the reader. Moreover, a lot of what is written there just doesn't seem to me to pass the "how would I go about it if I were in this situation?" test. I'll admit that there seems to be a lot of work going into the blog, and that there have got to be easier ways to make a living. But then, I don't know what the average payoff from such scams is.

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