Friday, May 27, 2011

Scam from a Mr. Yu-tong Liao

Good day, I need your partnership for a business investment of $27.3M USD,in my bank. If you are interested, contact me via email: for more details. Mr. Yu-tong Liao

On 5/27/2011 6:57 PM, Karen Polkabla wrote:

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE ? This e-mail and any attachments are confidential and intended only for the personal and confidential use of the recipient named above. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that any review, disclosure, copying, distribution or use of this e-mail or any attachment is prohibited and such action will subject you to sanctions and/or discipline by the Ringgold School District. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify the sender by e-mail and delete the original message and any attachments.


These scam e-mails are always changing and this makes for a bit of entertainment. Of course the one thing that cannot change about any confidence scheme electronic or otherwise is the hook. The intended mark is always presented with an offer that will bring them some undeserved gain for what seems to be a small investment of cash money. Millions of dollars for hundreds sent.

This message is from Karen Polkabla ( . Was it sent intentionally from this school district or is it some kind of virus? Who knows? Is Mrs. Polkabla going to invest with Mr. Yu-tong Liao and decided to pick me at random to become a millionaire as well. Anyway part of the fun is the path that these scams take into your mail box. Very intriguing. one of the interesting things about this scam e-mail is the fact that all of the lies are found in the subject line.

If you received an email like this you have several choices.

  • Ignore the scammer. Do not respond to emails. Just delete them.
  • Respond, but only to lead the scammer on--to get a counterfeit check, to report stolen credit card numbers, and to waste the scammer's time. Time spent trying to scam you is time not spent scamming someone else.
  • Report the scammer to us and we'll post their emails so others will know about that scammer.
Whichever option you choose make sure you do the following:
  • DO NOT educate the scammer in any way. Educating a scammer makes them better at scamming the next person.
  • DO NOT let the scammer know that YOU KNOW they are a scammer. The scammer will always be nice to you if they think there's a chance they may still be able to scam you. If they know they've been discovered they will often threaten you. Their threats are empty, but are scary to some people.
  • DO NOT give the scammer any personal information that they cannot find in a phone book (name, address, and phone.) Feel free to give them lots of incorrect information.