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#1 Jonathan Parker

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 11:01 PM

You may have read recently on our website about the rise in Nigerian-based internet scams. It has become an international problem of epic proportions and the number of people affected is staggering. While the Nigerian government has vowed to investigate internet crimes that originate in the country, the problem steadily grows.

Most recently, we discovered that an individual using the name Frederick Ray is involved in recent email scams targeting aspiring models. He's been sending the following message:

"Hello there, i'm mr Fredrick Ray of Unique ultimate Modelling Company we would like to offer you a shoot in UNITED KINGDOM, please email for more information about the shoots at standoutster@gmail.com, hope to hear from you soon..

Regards,

F.Ray"

Upon investigation we determined that Frederick Ray's IP address was 195.166.237.42. And while he claimed to be a modeling agent in the UK, by tracing his IP address we were able to confirm that he was actually emailing models from Nigeria.

An IP address (Internet Protocol Address) is most simply defined as a computer's address. If you use Gmail, Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail, you can easily display the IP address of email senders by choosing the advanced options in your email settings. Simply explore your FAQs to learn more.

For example, if you're a Yahoo! Mail user, simply click on Options in the top-right corner and then select General Preferences. If you scroll down, you'll see an option to "Show all headers on incoming messages." Select that option and then click Save. Once you return to your inbox and review any of the messages you've received, you will be able to view the IP address of the senders.

Once you located the IP address, you can use a free IP address tracking program on the web to trace the address and determine where the sender is emailing you from. You can find these programs easily by searching for them using Google. If you track an IP address and you discover that the sender is emailing you from Nigeria, do not respond to any current or future email correspondence from that sender.

For more information on scams targeting aspiring models, singers, actors and dancers, log on each week to
http://www.StarSearchCasting.com and review our Scam Watch. We're committed to keeping you informed!

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