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Admin help required : 'Mary200'

Has anyone else had a message from this scammer? Edysia has just been messaged by this evil idiot and is very shaken up. It's the usual inheritance (8.3 million) nonsense but the messages are delivered in a way that is creepy and wrong. I couldn't find a button to report them next to the personal messages. Can anyone help us to remove this sick freak from the forum so that they don't upset anyone else?

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That's terrible, Tony. But I think she could just change her name and continue I'm afraid. I hope Edysia won't be too soured by this.


I've sent you a PM

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Yes, I have three. I'm really tempted by that 8 mill, aren't you? I don't have any compunction about outing such blatant behaviour, so let's discuss this on the boards and let mary200 feel the heat - 'but this is wrong'? the whole thing is wrong. so much evil in the world

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No really, nobody except the extremely gullible (or greedy) falls for this stuff! It's been around for years. Just ignore it.


Wbowles, Perhaps you are unaware that thyroid hormone imbalance can play havoc with one's brain function. Something that a person might typically shrug off when in a 'non-thyroidally challenged' state, can trigger all sorts of apparently irrational behaviour. Check out the 'mental and emotional' symptoms listed for hypothyroidism on the main website to gain better understanding.

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Well as I've been diagnosed hypothyroid since 2008, I think I'm kindof aware of the range of symptoms (not all necessarily connected to the thyroid but then how do you judge?)


There's nothing we can do to shame these people, and they can easily morph into another ID and continue to intrude. We just have to junk and ignore them. Unless Admin can block their IP, or, more likely, multiple IPs.


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Admins don't have the ability to block IP addresses. We can (and do) 'get rid' of such members,but as you say, they can sign up again with different details.


I am surprised that a facility available to any individual (to block IP addresses) isn't available to a community such as this. Something to remedy?


Scammers and spammers don't tend to use static IP addresses, so blocking a particular IP address would achieve nothing as they will have moved on to another dynamic address.

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and they could always use a proxy anyway... and a different one each time...

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Best way would to send an email out to all members to send you a message if they come across such activity.


Thanks for the though but unfortunately, admins don't have mass email facility! HU themselves could do this though, so we might approach them about it.


I this is a con then it is worth reporting. I'll put this on because it's always a good idea to have this information at hand, Action Fraud is an on line reporting facility, here is the link and a bit of blurb:-

We provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime. If you've been scammed, ripped off or conned, there is something you can do about it. Report fraud to us and receive a police crime reference number.

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This seems the most practical action available.


I don't think it is practical. So far, all we can identify is the username they posted under. I have not even seen the scamming message.

Agree completely with the sentiment that it should be reported, but think that the only people in a position to do anything remotely useful as regards reporting are HU themselves.



Thanks Pheobs, useful for people to know about for matters occurring outside of this forum.

However, as HU have very strict privacy rules, we have no access to any member's personal info. All we know is the member's user name. Hence there is effectively no-one to report.

Any member receiving any type of nuisance message via this forum needs to report it to admin or directly to HU who will take any necessary action.

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Hello I have pasted below what I have received. I added few admins to the conversation too.



Dearest one,

I do sincerely apologize for my intrusion of your privacy here in health unlcocked, I have a serious concern with which I believe you might be of help and for this reason, I cannot but reach out to someone. My name is,

Mrs Mary Gets. A Nationality of Cape verde .

I am married to late Mr. David Gets , who worked with the United Nation Office in Iraq for 18 years before he was killed in a Car bomb accident along side with my two kids when they went there for a visit.

We were a dedicated Christians (Catholic) and decided to serve mankind to the best of our ability. Since his death, I have lived with ! the memories, fighting effortlessly to live a normal life but all to no avail.

I suffered mentally and psychologically and shortly was diagnosed of Cancer. I lived with the scourge praying earnestly for divine intervention. Just 4 days ago, the doctor informed me that I have just about two weeks more to live. I was not shocked. I accepted the news in good fate.

My dear beloved, it is in this regard that I write to you, having sourced you after fervent prayers. Before my husband died, he deposited a sum of $8.3Million (Eight Million, Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) with a bank in benin.

I alone have the deposit details and they will release the deposit to no one unless I instruct them to do so. The bank has no single idea of what’s the history or nature of the deposit. They are simply awaiting instructions to release the deposit to any party that I may direct. This is the situation. I will simply nominate you as the next o! f kin and have them release the deposit to you.

I have wholeheartedly decided to donate the entirety of this fund to any devoted believer or organization and to achieve this, I need an individual that will utilize this funds adherently for these purposes:

1: For the sick, less-privileged and destitute.

2: For the Widows and the motherless babies e.t.c.

3: orphanages, Research centers and widows propagating.

4. To adopt children and give them good future

These are the wishes of a dying woman. They are the desires of my heart, hence my decision as I do not have a child to take over my inheritance. Please, understand that I am not doing this because of fear of death as I am certain where my place already is.

When I receive your response, I will direct you at once to an attorney who shall assist you with the deposit portfolio transfer of ownership procedures.

I wish to state here that! my communication with you will seize once I have given you the attorney contact and of

course a letter of authority mandating the bank to entertain your claims of right of ownership.

All I need from you is Truthfulness, Honesty and Sincerity assuring me that you can in all honesty and obedience utilize the funds for the purpose with which it is meant.

In any a case, a quick response from you will be highly appreciated as I am already on a count-down and may not have ample time to finalize the procedures. Any delay in response may compel me to source for other measures or perhaps choose the alternative which I will not be happy to. Please, do not see this as a strange possibility or an unbelievable Opportunity to make wealth, rather see this as a rare chance to assist the less privileged in truth and in spirit with a substance.

Do not betray my confidence in you.please reply me on my personal email which

I insist that you reply me via this address.

I await your immediate response.

Thank You and Bless You richly!

Mrs Mary Gets


Today at 2:06 AMedysia2

I am really sorry, but I do not understand what all of this is about. This all sounds really strange. I am a bit frightened by this message to be honest.

Best wishes.



Today at 2:09 AMmary200

Dearest one,

I want you to know that i am a highly spiritual woman who believes in

DESTINY so it does not matter the tribe religion country or nationality

so please feel free and clear all doubts in your mind, do not think its

a heavy task that you cannot bear, i promise you that my lawyer here

will give you all the guide lines you need to make things easy for you,

ever since i lost my husband i have vowed that i would never have my

family members control his inheritance because they never liked him even

for one bit, please i do not want to go into details because i have

vowed to keep the pain and silences in me and let it die with me alone.

please this whole process wont take more than a week with the bank, and

my lawyer here would try to help you so that everything will work out

fast without much complications.but please i had vowed to keep this

confidential so please i would want this to be just you me and my lawyer

no third party please, i am sorry but this is just the way i want it to be.

I want you to know that because of my present situation i cannot

communicate too much on phone, but my lawyer would always be available

so feel very free and be open minded, he will make everything easy for

you so just concentrate and have good focus, now that iam close to the

gate the doctor himself has told me my fate and i accept it with

gladness cos i know that my good life on earth will lead my way to the

next life.

The funds in that account has been dormant since 2002 so if any

transaction would be carried out it has to follow normal banking procedures

i am in Benin which is located in the west Africa region so does my

attorney, i have been living here for so many years now and its very

lovely and natural here.

I would like you to send the following details








You are to send it to my lawyer, here are his details,


Name D..................

Tel: +2...................

please try to call him as soon as you send him message.

please do contact him so he can create a file and register you under his

chamber for legal service.

i would be more glad and honor if this transaction is kept between you

me and my lawyer, i don't want any third party to my inheritance funds

until you and my lawyer has finalized everything, i have prayed and fast

and iam sure of what iam doing,


Mrs Mary


PS. I have tried to add admin members to conversation but it does not work, just does not want to add. :( maybe the spammer is deleting names I have added. Honestly it is just awful.


I received one this morning, re cancer and stating I would be classed as next of kin. There was something regarding my sending details of bank account. Person supposedly had two weeks to live. I deleted the email. Even the recycling bin is to clean for filth such as that.



Please confirm if this was a message on here...? Thanks




Louise, yes it was a PM. Dealt with now! See our admin PMs on this :)


Doh, wrong post, sorry ignore me I was being too hasty!


My bad - I should have said 'Vivante'. :) xx


The message was from Mary 200 and it stated the exact words that you have printed from another contact. I have checked on my profile, and the person who wrote that doesn't seem to exist. That person can only be described as despicable. I have looked in my bin to photocopy that, it is no longer there. Unfortunately it has been deleted and bin emptied.



I've had E Mails such as ths from different sources. They are a scam, it's either identity theft, or attempting launder money, which ever, I have just deleted it, take no notice do not interact or reply, ignore. These people, they are lower than a snakes belly xx


Unfortunately theres no way of getting scum like this off yahoo, I tried to get the personal info off them to report them to the police as I was a victim of scamming , yahoo, said they had to protect privacy, they didnt care about my circumstances . So a warning, dont be taken in by any thoughtful offer, its a scam, that is too good to be true , they are devious , evil scum.


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