From:Mark Hunnibell
Subject:RE: Warning of a scammer Date:Thu Feb 6 11:26:17 2020
Response to:7255
I received one of these scam messages as well. The subject of the email I received was a URL on the KJ-Exchange web site, a link to a post I had made in February 2018. Although I know there is little he can do, I forwarded it to David Hennessey in case others were subjected to the same kind of fraudulent solicitation from someone who has harvested addresses from posts on this site.... and it certainly appears that others have received it.

I doubt that "Kelvin Max" is this jackasses real name, but I think that if "Kelvin" was drawn and quartered by four Hendersons, even that would be too comfortable an outcome.

I examined the header of the email I received. I indicates it DID come from the gmail servers. Unfortunately, gmail does not seem to provide a way for people OUTSIDE gmail to complain of spam. Still, if anyone reading this received one of these emails from "Kelvin Max" at their gmail account, there is a tool to report it on gmail that COULD result in "Kelvin's" account being terminated. I say "could" because it seems unlikely gmail gives a crap.

To the extent that anyone who believes they are financially harmed by "Kelvin Max," there IS a legal pathway to find out who he is (or gather more contact information). The legal tool to start this would be to sue Google for a "pure bill of discovery" in a state (where you live) that has that arcane statutory right still on the books (I know Connecticut has it, I think Florida and Texas may have it) for the purpose of obtaining information so that you can initiate a SEPARATE cause of action against the perpetrator. Basically, you would be suing Google in your local STATE court, demanding they produce records so that you can identify who harmed you so that you can sue them.

I actually went through this a few years ago when someone created a account in my name and then registered an internet domain and web site account with my name and street mailing address. I filed a pure bill of discovery in Connecticut (where I lived) to to sue yahoo and the web hosting company. The PROBLEM is that both yahoo and the web hosting company were not Connecticut companies, so once the judge approved my bill, I still had to "domesticate" my subpoena (e.g. in California for In fact, was cooperative and told me what they needed, and I gave it to them. I recall that I even included a line in the original lawsuit saying something like "counsel for Defendant indicated that will oppose this lawsuit."

In the end, I got enough information to indicate it was one of those Nigerian scams that had used fraudulently obtained credit card information (from another person) to do all the account work, but that the accounts were all cancelled when the credit card company rejected the charges due to fraud.

Still, this "Kelvin" guy is probably not nearly that "sophisticated." If someone had much more time than me, they might reply to him and commence a discussion to arrange purchase, including asking him the name on the bank account number to where he would want funds sent. I had a friend of mine do this with some scammer, stringing the scammer along for weeks with new requests and questions. Of course, asking for a physical location where he says the parts could be inspected would likely yield no true information, but you never know... a few guys could go out there and see what was there... and come back with their bikes to literally rip this jerk into four dead body parts.

P.S. I hate spam.

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