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31 01 2010
Nigel Hawkins

Great site with lots of relevent information
Glad i found it




1 02 2010
Michelle Banks

On behalf of the entire team at I would like to thank Timothy for his glowing endorsements.

At scamwarners we like to think that we can make a difference when it comes to Internet related scams, no matter how big or small they are.

~Michelle Banks (Site Moderator & Scam warner)


13 02 2010
Jillian Gerard

Thank you, Timothy. Increasing awareness as you are is the best way to combat email fraud.

I wanted to note also that we have recently added an informational topic about this specific type of scam to our forum.


13 02 2010

Thank You, Jillian, Michelle And ScamWarners

I urge everyone to read ScamWarners’ latest posting entitled, “Debt Collection Scams target lawyers, legal firms and debt collection agencies,” the link to which appears immediately above.

Also, Jillian suggested another link at ScamWarners’ Web site entitled, “An introduction to scams,” and I urge you to read that as well.




17 02 2010

Thank You, Diane Curtis!

Footnote number 3 of this article has been revised, and now reads as follows:

[3] See; see also

Both of these are fine articles by Diane Curtis, who must be praised for her truly excellent trail-blazing work on this important issue for lawyers nationwide—and worldwide, because lawyers in other countries are being scammed too. While hopefully her articles have reached and been read by lawyers in California, the fact remains that lawyers in other States are being scammed on a regular basis, and they have no knowledge or forewarning about such scams.

Well done, Diane. Your two articles were published in the July 2008 and July 2009 issues of the California Bar Journal. Hopefully we can expect another one shortly! 🙂


23 11 2010
Timothy D. Naegele

Finally . . . Action Is Taken Against The Wrongdoers

A grand jury indictment, issued in the U.S. Middle District Court of Pennsylvania, has charged six people with a $32 million international scam that hit 80 lawyers in the U.S. and Canada.

As reported by The Patriot-News in Pennsylvania:

The five Nigerians and one Canadian charged in the scam were indicted after a multi-year investigation by the FBI, Secret Service and the Postal Service. An alleged ringleader, Emmanuel Ekhator, 40, is in custody in Nigeria, awaiting extradition to the U.S.

The others are believed to be in Canada, Nigeria and South Korea, according to court filings. All are being prosecuted on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to money laundering.


Congratulations to those who have made this possible! 🙂

See also (“Beware of online scams”) and


6 10 2011
Timothy D. Naegele

Steve Jobs’ Legacy

When I first started using the Web, and put up a Web site, the Internet was being referred to as a “dirt road,” and not an information superhighway. Since then, it has grown geometrically and become much more sophisticated; and the current estimates are that out of the 6.9 billion people globally, approximately 2 billion use the Internet today.


Wow . . . all of us may say or think. How far we have come in a relatively short period of time. We bank with it; we meet our spouses (or significant others) using it; we buy most things via it; information is exchanged, and teaching is conducted like never before; revolutions are begun and continued because people connect through the Web; and elections are won or lost based on the Internet. Yet, few users realize how vulnerable it is to an EMP or other attack, which might bring it crashing down.

See and (“Exclusive: Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet”) and (“U.S. drones that killed American Al Qaeda boss ‘infected by virus’ amid fears terrorists are logging their every move”); see also

What Steve Jobs accomplished, as great as it has been, would not have been possible without the Internet. I am using my fifth-generation Apple laptop; and over the years, I have purchased lots of other Apple products, beginning with a PowerBook 160 almost 20 years ago. Like many other Apple users, I swear by them. Some of us have even communicated in the past with Steve, who has been receptive to many new ideas.

While the future is exceedingly bright, it is also fraught with enormous problems and challenges. China, Russia and other countries try to hack into the Pentagon’s computers on a regular basis; and they must be treated in substantially the same manner as if an enemy launched missiles against our cities. Fraudsters bilk Americans and others out of billions of dollars; and this will only get far worse with the passage of time. Law enforcement seems paralyzed when trying to address such problems, because they cross jurisdictional lines; and the necessary resources are not there, owing principally to declining budgets.

See, e.g.,

Steve was a hero to so many people, yet his final verdict may become available shortly, when an authorized biography is released; and in the future when true “insiders,” such as John Lasseter of Pixar/Disney, share their views of Steve and having worked with him and contributed mightily to many of his enormous successes.


With tributes pouring in from around the world, an article in the UK’s Economist may have said it best about Steve:

[He was] somebody who was able to make people love what had previously been impersonal, functional gadgets. Strangely, it is this last quality that may have the deepest effect on the way people live.


Indeed, as much as Bill Gates and Microsoft undoubtedly have been very successful, this may be Steve’s lasting legacy, and not that of his competitors. He made computing fun, for lots of us who are not geeks and never will be; and we will always thank him and honor him for that gift.


16 06 2012
Timothy D. Naegele

Why Help Google Deal With Fraud Or Anything Else?

Fraud is massive and prevalent all over the Web today; and millions of people globally are being affected by it, and they will lose billions of dollars because of it.

See, e.g., (“Lawyers And Internet Scams”)

I have dealt with it for many years, beginning well before the Internet became a worldwide “information highway,” and I know what to spot, so others are warned. Indeed, before its latest “revolting” and totally-unnecessary changes, Gmail had a way for its loyal users to flag phishing messages with a red banner, which would warn others.

Users cannot do this anymore. Thus, instead of checking my spam folder methodically every day, and flagging such messages, I don’t bother. If Google does not take fraud seriously, why should I waste my time?

It is clear that Google does not care, so why should anyone care about Google? Microsoft’s loyal customers abandoned it years ago. This seems to be the future of Google.

See, e.g., (“Is Google Becoming Microsoft Or Worse?”)


17 12 2012
Timothy D. Naegele

Allianz Global Is A Scam

I bought tickets from Ticketmaster for the Tim McGraw-Faith Hill show at the Venetian in Las Vegas, and business prevented me from going there. I called Ticketmaster, and they told me to call Allianz Global that insures ticket purchases and from which I purchased ticket insurance.

I was told that unless a personal “calamity” occurred, they would not pay off. I went to Yelp’s Web site and Google, and find that others have been ripped off by Allianz too.

See, and…1.1j2.LjcsR2R-w0o&psj=1&fp=1&bpcl=39967673&biw=1070&bih=560&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&cad=b; see also and

Allianz’s insurance of ticket purchases is a total rip-off; and their insurance should never be purchased under any circumstances unless you want to throw away your money!


18 10 2013

Amazing issues here. I am very glad to see your article.

Thank you so much and I am having a look ahead to contact you.


13 06 2016
Timothy D. Naegele

The Latest Scam: USAA Profile Unlock

USAA logo

While it is not a scam directed specifically at lawyers, all of us must be on guard with respect to e-mail messages like this one entitled, “Profile Unlock,” which arrived in my Google Gmail spam folder. Ostensibly, it came from the American insurance company USAA, and it read:

USAA Access & Profile Unlock

Additional assistance is required to identify you due to a recent lock on your account. This prompt was sent to you to enable you regain access. You will need to have your account verified by clicking on Support Page online here between the hours of 6 10 p.m. ET, seven days a week (excluding Christmas Day).

USAA Security Team

The sender was identified as “USAA –,” while the sender’s e-mail address was shown to be:

This should have been a dead giveaway: it came from Russia, or “ru,” and there was a grammatical error in the message (i.e., “6”). The “Support Page” looks legitimate, but it isn’t:

USSA “Support Page”

It was and is totally bogus; no one should ever respond to messages like this one; and you should alert friends and acquaintances alike regarding scams such as this.


16 06 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

The Latest Scam, Ostensibly From Brazil

Yesterday, I received an email message that supposedly came from an old hiking friend. It had his name spelled out in all caps, and it was from

My friend and his wife live In California; and there was a warning that it might be “dangerous.” Google’s Gmail directed me to an information page.


Beware of every message that you see in your Spam folder, or from an unknown sender. For years now, I have not opened them. But that may not be enough.


27 07 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

The Latest Fraudsters On Twitter

As indicated in the article above—and in the extensive comments beneath it, since it was published more than twelve years ago—fraud takes many forms, especially on the Internet.

The latest example involves “rebeccawheat3” on Twitter, which apparently reflects the profiles of two different women—whether either exists is problematical—and targets older men in the United States, the UK and elsewhere.

Compare with

Tragically, many seniors are not conversant—much less sophisticated—with the Internet, or with the fraudulent schemes that target them. Thus, they can become easy prey for fraudsters located anywhere in the world.

Such fraudsters can fabricate photos, life experiences and other details, but seldom do they disclose how to actually reach them. Years ago, a fraudster operating out of Canada tried to scam me; and I worked with a private investigator and had the fraudster arrested and imprisoned when he entered the United States.


10 10 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

Scamming Is Everywhere, But This May Be The Most Bizarre

See (“Inmate ‘steals $11M while in jail after claiming to be billionaire'”)


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