Hello.  I'm sorry I haven't visited this site as often as I used to visit.  It seems I'm busier now that I retired than I was before I retired and I've slowed down on keeping up with all of the sites where I used to participate.

I received the email below and I'm wondering if anyone else received a similar email.  It might be from Melanie Williams but the reply to address shows BenjaminDuke.  The nature of the message seems to indicate something besides an interest in bowed psalteries.



Melanie Williams added a comment to your profile on Psaltery Strings
Good Day,
How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on:(williamsmelanie562@gmail.com) for full details.
Have a nice day
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I got an email with the same message that you did, only from a different name.  I’m new to this site and thought, mistakenly, that it was a question from someone in admin.  It wasn’t.  I learned this by writing to the email address in the message.  It was a scam out of a foreign country.  Someone claiming to work at a bank where is an account for a deceased American that they claimed had my same last name.  They claimed they could put me down as the deceased person’s only living relative and if I helped with this “legal” fraud, we could split the $5.5000,000…. They claimed that since they aren’t greedy, they would only want 1/2 of the money.

the person who sent the email had just joined here that same day.  I have looked for a way to contact an administrator, but I can’t see any information about an administrator for this website.

Donna Malus is the administrator here.  I'll send a message to her.



Thank you.  I wondered but wasn’t positive.

Yes, I too received this message from Melanie Williams.  She sent me two messages, both of which appeared to be bogus.  I also received another bogus-sounding email last week through this site, from a person with a man’s name.  i have told both of them to bugger off.  Even though I’m 71 years old, I get creepy solicitations on Facebook regularly from desperate old trolls, and it’s annoying.

Is there something the group leaders can do to prevent people from accessing our personal email addresses?

I think with the number of telephone calls I receive each day that are spam, I think the internet provides a wonderful place for ne'er do wells to try to encourage us into their scam (I get a lot of spam on the internet, too).  I don't see a fix any time soon for either the telephone or our favorite websites.  We will need to be vigilant and careful.



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