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Judy Dyble 02 Aug 08 - 12:59 PM
Zany Mouse 02 Aug 08 - 01:03 PM
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GUEST,Peace 02 Aug 08 - 01:44 PM
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Subject: Have I hit the big time?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 12:09 PM

Imagine my delight when I found the following message in my inbox! Trouble is, somehow I don't think it's for real - oh, dear fellow 'Catters, is there really a Mike Gary in charge of Heritage Musicstar Entertainment? Will he really pay me $300,000? Will the Queen be there? Why am I so suspicious?

Anne

THE HERITAGE MUSICSTAR ENTERTAINMENT
Company Address:25421 Cabot Road Suite
113 Laguna Hills
, CA 92653
Email :heritagemusicaward@tsamail.co.za

Dear Band,
My Name is Mr Mike Gary, CEO of Heritage Musicstar Entertainment here in the United States.
we also promote and gives international exposure to musicians all over the globe.

We are writting to invite and confirming the booking of your you to perform at the Heritage music Awards. You will never regret working with us. We are powered by some great sponsors here in the USA.
Special appearance includes the Queen of england and the mother of all British women e.t.c.

We came across your profile and we are impressed with your services,experience,your kind of music of course is okay by us.
We are expecting about 1500-1700 guest & its going to be an indoor Event
The Venue as follows:

VENUE:New Otani Hotel & Garden - Hotel in Los Angeles CA
Address: 120 S Los Angeles St - Los Angeles, CA 90012
DATE:13rd of September 2008
PERFORMING HOURS:8pm to 9pm

The Heritage Music Company Payment for service rendered is :300,000 US DOLLARS payable before the commencement of the event.We are moved in the power of music.We are very sure you will give happiness to the Queen of England.Note we are having private show this year for security reasons

If you have any more publicity material, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Document and contract will be forwarded to you as soon as you honour our invitation.Please provide the company more information.Home address ,phone contact and other necessary data.We promise and ensure an accurate arrangement.Thanks for your cooperation.

Yours Sincerely
MIKE GARY


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Judy Dyble
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 12:59 PM

What a fantastic email! I bet you've emailed back instantly giving all the information they need. I wonder if the Queen knows she's the mother of all British women etc.
:-)

Judy


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 01:03 PM

Sounds great, Anne, but I can understand your misgivings.

I reckon you should go with it unless they ask you for money or personal details that could give rise to indentity theft?

Blessings
Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Amos
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 01:28 PM

Heres where the address is.

There seems to be no such company on the web, though.

And running a company in Laguina Hills with an email address in Africa seems...well...inconsistent. Here's a DNS analysis of the domain they use.

You could call the hotel and ask them what's on their schedule for that date:

New Otani Hotel & Garden
120 S Los Angeles St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (800) 639-6826


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Bill D
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 01:38 PM

I'm SURE they will only require a 'few' minor fees for local licenses, setup arrangements, agent disclaimers, publicity help...etc., etc....(about 14 etcs.)


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: GUEST,Peace
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 01:44 PM

"300,000 US DOLLARS"

Maske 'em pay $500,000. It's not like they can't afford it.


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Sorcha
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 02:23 PM

Priceless!


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 02:28 PM

"The Heritage Music Company Payment for service rendered is :300,000 US DOLLARS payable before the commencement of the event."


I think they may want you to pay them before the event. The English isn't precise here. Forgive me for prying, but is worth that much for you to perform?


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: GUEST,Jack the Sailor
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 02:28 PM

Maybe they should spend a couple of bucks less on the acts and a few more on proofreading.


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 02:37 PM

Golly, John, I'd never thought they might expect me to pay THEM $300,000! But maybe you're right - ah, well, in that case the whole deal's off.
Yes, I was puzzled by the inconsistency between the email address and their claims to be a US company (which doesn't seem to have a web presence) and yes, Judy, I expect the Queen would be surprised at her billing. I wonder how much she's paying them? Surely more than $300,000 for such an opportunity?
The New Otani hotel has apparently been renamed, so I'm not sure Mike Gary has his finger on the pulse.

My life here seems so dull now. *sigh*

Anne


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Alice
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 02:56 PM

Artists get this spam/hoax, too, as all creatives are so eager to be recognized for their work. They generally go something like... having seen your beautiful artwork on your web site, I/we wish to purchase....


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 02:59 PM

The local area map at the venue suggests that a Japanese phrase book might be handy while there. You can rent a car (quite necessary in the L.A. area) from "Sakura Rent A Car" about a half block from the hotel, and might let "Japan International Tours" - a short block down the street - handle your accomodations and travel.

All the nearby "attractions" appear to have "Japanglish" names, but it's fairly close to "civilization," with the nearest McDonalds only about 6 blocks away. (Note: walking anywhere is not recommended for tourists in L.A., without prior consultation with local police, according to the two cops who stopped me the last time I got 4 blocks from my hotel on foot in a nearby area - - a few years back.)

The apparent "typographical error" in Special appearance includes the Queen of england and the mother of all British women e.t.c. perhaps requires correction before concluding who other attendees really are. "The Queen of England" was a name used a couple of decades ago by a transvestite/female impersonator who was widely advertised in the area. "She" would be rather old to be still performing, but might still be around. I don't recognize "Mother of all British women" but the "Mother of ..." construction was occasionally used by a variety of performers in venues where "queens" appeared. The reference in your mail quite likely refers to two separate appearances, although you'd perhaps want to inquire if you wish to respond to this offer with the s.e.r.i.o.u.s.n.e.s.s. it deserves.

John


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Ebbie
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 03:07 PM

The offer appears to me to be genuine and exciting but isn't it sad how the people's English has so declined in grammar and usage? *g*


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 03:41 PM

Note that "Heritage Musicstar Entertainment" (with quotes) produces ONLY THIS THREAD at Google.

Rather a small web presence for someone offering grand-scale payments for entertainers. Of course, if "The Queen" I mentioned above is the one appearing they might not want to be all that well known.

John


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 04:11 PM

My brother got one of these a few years ago when he was new to the internet. I was sorry I had to debunk it for him, he was so excited, but it was best in the long run, eh?!**bg**


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: frogprince
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 11:03 PM

That has to be the single funniest F***kin' piece of scam/spam I've ever seen. LMAO.


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 11:09 PM

At first blush it seems very exciting, but isn't it rather off-putting to be addressed as 'Dear Band'?


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: GUEST,Texas Guest
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 11:23 PM

Tabster - it's a hoax, I'm certain. There was one going around in
North Texas not long ago and an email exposing the scam was sent
throughout the Celtic community up here to advise everyone.

I was chosen as a victim but I got hip to their scam when they
started delaying the "wedding" date and then asked me for my bank account number so they could send me a, "down-payment" on the fee we
settled on for me to do the wedding. The folks who contacted me were not very bright and frankly, reading the letter that was sent to you, why, I was tipped off immediately. Sorry Tabster, but good luck on the next round. Cheers.


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 05:07 AM

Don't worry, Texas Guest - the grammar of the message, the content about the Queen, being addressed as a band and the wonderfully exaggerated fee had me tipped off from the start.
But wouldn't it be nice? *sigh*

Anne


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: TheSnail
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 05:46 AM

Don't worry Tabster. If it turns out you have to pay them $300,000, I'll lend you the money from all the winnings I've got from lotteries I didn't know I'd entered. Must be about $20 million by now. I've sent out my bank details to all the nice people who contacted me and I'm just waiting for the money to roll in.


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: GUEST,Volgadon
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 06:44 AM

Who is this mysterious mother of all British women, a bit long in the face and toothless, no doubt.
If genuine, wouldn't they mention some of their sponsors in the USA?


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Tootler
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 03:34 PM

Looks like a variant of the Nigerian scam to me.

Give me your bank details and I'll pinch all your money!!!!


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Peace
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 03:38 PM

SCAM? It's a bloody rip-off. She's worth twice what they're offering.


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 05:39 PM

A lesson to be learned by all musicians, whether pro or wannabe--READ THE DAMN CONTRACT. or, better yet, WRITE IT YOURSELF!


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Bugsy
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 10:58 PM

I just entered the address in google maps


25421 Cabot Road, Laguna Hills

If you look at the street photo you can see that there is indeed a "motel" there, but I don't think that you'd get HRH there in a fit.

Definetly a hoax.


Cheers


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 12:12 AM

They are everywhere. I listed something for my sister on craig's list. Got a nice email, "consider it sold. I will have my agent pick it up after you cash my certified bank check. Send me the physical address and all details of who to make the check out to."

A couple of emails from me telling him to phone so we could talk about it, first, got a response that he was away on a business trip and couldn't call, and, the second time, no response. Good riddance, I say, BUT I pity people like my sisters who wouldn't have had the savvy to suspect.


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: theleveller
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 07:58 AM

"I reckon you should go with it unless they ask you for money or personal details that could give rise to indentity theft?"


What? Isn't it blatantly obvious that it's a scam? Would anyone, for a single second, think that this was serious - just look at the standard of English, the ludicrous comments about the Queen? I get three or four emails a day, usually from Nigeria, offering me wonderful opportunities to gain millions of pounds. If you reply - even to tell them that they're fuckwits - you get even more emails. Just put them on the spam filter. I suppose someone must be taken in by them; after all, as they say, there's one born every minute!


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 08:53 AM

I have, actually, replied with my tongue firmly in my cheek, asking for their registered business address and URL and also enquiring about the fire safety regulations for a concert of this size in a hotel of the size of the one there.
I don't expect to hear any more - but as I already get so many of the stupid Nigerian scam letters I don't think I've risked much in replying.

Anne


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: theleveller
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 09:04 AM

If you apply the old adage, 'if it looks too good to be true, it probably is', you won't go far wrong. These scammers rely on people's greed, egotism and gullibility.

There was a programme recently on TV where a presenter actually set up a meeting with some of these crooks (assisted by the Nigerian police who are trying to clamp down on them) but, in the end, never actually got to meet them despite going to the venue with a heavily armed police presence as, apparantly, they can be very violent.


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Peace
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 09:12 AM

"tsamail.co.za is a domain controlled by two nameservers at mailbox.co.za. They are on the same IP network. Incoming mail for tsamail.co.za is handled by two mailservers at wm.co.za. They are on the same IP network. tsamail.co.za has one IP record. jmail.co.za, mighty.co.za, edumail.co.za, 702mail.co.za, eramail.co.za and at least eight other hosts point to the same IP. 196.38.110.54 reverses to this hostname. wm.co.za, img.co.za, tims.co.za, iface.co.za, jmail.co.za and at least 23 other hosts share nameservers with this domain. img.co.za, jmail.co.za, mighty.co.za, edumail.co.za, webmail.co.za and at least 15 other hosts share mailservers with this domain. "

FYI


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Peace
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 09:23 AM

And yes, it is a scam.
You can usually check that kinda crap with Mr Google.

Google


heritagemusicaward

or

tsamail.co.za


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Peace
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 09:26 AM

Now, back to the thread.

And PS: Anne (Tabster) is a sharp cookie and her tongue was in her cheek from post one, imo.


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Joseph P
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 09:29 AM

Shall I send them a demo tape? 2 whole sides of Shepherd's Hey, I'm sure the Queen of england would be most satisfied.


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Peace
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 09:31 AM

You've got the spirit, Joseph. But don't forget to include all your personal info or the 'Queen of england' will be mightily pissed.


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Peace
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 09:39 AM

The following appeared on another forum (found with a google of

heritagemusicawards


"Hi all, we just recieved a forwarded email from our good mate Joe Pop,it seems there is a music awards at the London Hilton Hotel 28th July, we have done some checking and cant find anything about this event. there are quite a few London Hiltons but so far we have drawn a blank. It may be legit but it could also be a scam, we have emailed the people to find out a bit more
The email is below,
Any idea's, comments.

M & J xx

We the representative for the London Heritage Music Awards (which is

Based in the UK) and also we are a music promoter and we have promoted various

Artiste . We have a music festival and awards night .we are inviting you to come be among

the artiste who would be performing on the 21th of July 2008.This event is

Taking place at the Hilton international Hotel here in London.



We like you to cooperate with us by sending us more details about you. We

Want an accurate preparation from you.This great events comes up annually here in the UK.

We are motivated and supported by some great sponsors of music here in the United Kingdom.
The Heritage Music Awards sponsors has prepared a check of about

10,000pounds for you as compensation to your service. We pay directly to

Managers or artist involved in this great event.

We shall send you document and keep you posted as soon as you honor our

Invitation. You will be given the privileged to sell some CDs. All necessary

Arrangement will be made towards your arrival. All Invited guests are to

Arrive a week before the commencement of the awards."


Notice how cleverly it is disguised so as not to be mistaken for the one in the USA. Damn--when I read crap like this I have trouble not sinking into despair for the English language.


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Peace
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 09:41 AM

"We

Want an accurate preparation from you."

No freekin' misteaks excepted.


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Paul Burke
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 11:50 AM

Hey, I've just been offered a degree! Here' (verbatim) the offer:

Bachellor, MassterMBA, and Doctoorate certification available in YOUR field of choice.

Yes, you can become a Doc and get all the benefits alongside it!

Our Diiploma/Certiificates are recognised worldwide.

No need for exams, or testing, classrooms, tests, even interviewing.

We turn no one down
We guarantee confidentiality.

CALL US 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK


Adn I is just an enginnuer!


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 08:30 PM

if you want to read about another good offer to struggling musos have a squizz at this thread!

sandra (appreciating the Google ads below - Stop Fraud and Phishing + Block Phish scams!)


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Ebbie
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 09:03 PM

Like you say, SCAM jumps out. Frankly I would be surprised if anyone here thought otherwise. As for the grammar and phraseology there is no doubt English is not his/her first language. I should think, however, that if I were doing something like that in a language foreign to me I would run it by a native speaker!


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Hawker
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 09:13 PM

Oh No Anne!
Big Time it is then!
Sorry but we at Bude Folk Fest won't be able to come up to that!
tho r inglis mite wel as gud be it !
will you sign your CDs next time I see you, so at least Ill have a famous persons autograph?
Perhaps I could sell photos of you at Bude 2008 on ebay!
Will you still play word twist with me?
LOLOLOLOl

Cheers Lucy


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Bee
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 09:31 PM

Well, you never know what these Queens will get up to. I met the Queen of the Netherlands (Julianna) in 1972 at a pretty small award function for up and coming young artists. Very amusing: the studio school I was attending got something like ten invites, which was about a third of the students, and most of the Dutch kids weren't interested, so off a bunch of us - mostly the English, Welsh, Canadian and (one) Finnish students - went in a van, to eat free food, drink free beer, and meet the Queen while contemplating some interesting art.

However, I'm sure Elizabeth isn't making clandestine trips to musical events outside the country, so Tabster is right to be just a leetle bit suspicious!


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 05:03 AM

I did reply, asking for their registered company address and URL, as well as details of their fire certificate, and received this in reply..you'll notice that the Queen appears to be a big folk fan (who knew?) and that the event seems to have mysteriously switched to London, for which I appear to need a UK work permit. Maybe it's at the Hilton? But if it was in July I've obviously missed it!

I'm gutted.

Anne

Dear Anne Lister
                   how are you doing today? What a great pleasure for the Heritage Music Company to hear from you. I like you to forget about the immpossibilities and face the possibilties.We are a bit security comsoius because of the Queen Of England.So we are not providing all information on our website,because so many people in uk wants to know are next moves.You understand what music business is now in the UK having such a VIP Will bring us the greatest marketing option in the industry.

Firstly i want to say your profile and experience in the world of music is too amazing to be ignored by the Heritage Music Company. We came across your profile after along time search of a great c musician. We also want to have a fill of Folk music in this year's awards event.

My representatives were able to find Anne Lister profile and lovely songs on http://www.annelister.com/Website. Your kind of music is highly welcomed by me and other members of the company. So fortunate for you that the kind of music you do is what the Queen of England really loves listening .We read through your profile it was a nice view for us.

We did like to confirm you for the heritage music awards event. Please we want you to get back to us so that the company can start making arrangement on how to send you all necessary documents and deposit that will back you up to travel to the UK .Please provide all relevant data about you, Address ,names and other important information.

All documents and deposit will be delivered through the GLOBAL FINANCE SECURITY COMPANY here in London United Kingdom. The document and deposit includes all original paper works that will enable you go through an easy preparation. The company also believes this will motivate you.
1. Original Letter of Invitation.
2. Contract agreement to perform at the Heritage Music Awards
3. Uk Working Permit
4. Deposit

You are welcome once again.

The security company delivers to your doorstep. The Heritage Music company arrangement towards your arrival is accurate. Remember London is filled with the spirit of hospitality. Please we want the best of performance from you. We believe your experience and talent is capable of making our day a bright one. We can wait to meet you in person.

Note all international guests are to arrive Two days before the commencement of the awards event. We will feed you with more information.

Mike Gary
CEO OF THE MUSICSTAR ENTERTAINMENT.


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Peace
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 06:17 AM

"We also want to have a fill of Folk music in this year's awards event."

Well, that's that then. They start defining Folk and the event will never happen.


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Judy Dyble
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 08:14 AM

What wonderful letters they write Anne. I bet you were truly honoured that they wanted you to perform for them...

What was the deposit they were after?

Judy


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 01:46 PM

I think (but with their quality of English can't be sure) they're offering to pay me a deposit or an advance on the fee. However, that's almost certainly where they'll want my bank account details, so I'll never know!
I'm moderately impressed (and moderately alarmed at the same time) that they've clearly taken on board some of the content of my website. My husband points out that therefore they can already get at my street address and maybe I shouldn't wind them up any further with my replies. I have, however, reiterated in my reply to their latest that I would like their registered company address and without it I'm unlikely to be available, even for such a prestigious event (wherever it is).

Anne


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Stringsinger
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 03:19 PM

Dear Band,

Please sign our contract sight unseen. Wear your deep-sea diving outfit replete
with shark fighting gear.


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: DebC
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 09:24 PM

It's pretty amazing isn't it? This is obviously a scam and stinks almost as much as the skunks that have taken up residence under my front porch.

What is really shameful, though are the legitimate companies who are out to make you a "star" and will promote your music and get you gigs and get you played on a bazillion radio stations and license your music to film and TV, yaddah, yaddah, yaddah.

I must get an email a day from these folks. A couple of weeks ago, I got a personal Dear Debra email from a rep of a promo company with an office near to where I live. She said that she liked my sound and that she thought I would fit in well with a show her company was promoting in my area. Upon further investigation, *I* would have to BUY a certain number of tickets to the show and sell them to my fans. The show is in a nightclub and the other acts were metal and hip-hop. I'd fit in?? I don't think so, not to mention trying to hustle people to buy tickets to hear music that they probably wouldn't choose to listen to anyway.

Another pay-to-play situation and I said no thanks.

Good for you, Anne for approaching this with humour and giving them the wind-up. It is good for a laugh.

vDebra Cowan


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time? Maybe NOT
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Aug 08 - 09:32 AM

THE HERITAGE MUSICSTAR ENTERTAINMENT
Phone contact+447045735361
Email :heritagemusiccompany@yahoo.co.uk
Website:http:www.heritage-awards.tk

Dear Brethen,
My Name is Rev Dr Mike Gary, CEO of Heritage Musicstar Entertainment here
in the UK.
we promote and gives international exposure to various musicians all over
the globe.

We are writting to invite and confirm the booking of your ministry to
perform at the Heritage Gospel music Awards.
You will never regret working with us.We have so many great gospel artist
performing at our event this year including Kris Miller,yolanda adams,Donnie
McClurkin e.t.c .

We are powered by some great sponsors here in the Uk.
Special appearance includes the Queen of england e.t.c.

We came across your profile and we are impressed with your
services,experience.your kind of music of course is okay by us.

The Venue as follows:

VENUE: St Martins Lane Hotel
45 St Martins Lane
Covent Garden London
London WC2N 4HX
DATE:24th of September 2008
PERFORMING HOURS:8pm to 9pm

The Heritage Music Company Payment for service rendered is :20,000 POUNDS
payable before the commencement of the event.

If you have any more publicity material, please do not hesitate to contact
me.
Document and contract shall be forwarded to you as soon as you honour our
invitation.Please provide the company more information.Home address ,Direct
phone contact and other necessary data.We promise an accurate
arrangement.All international guest are to arrive three days before the
event.Thanks for your cooperation.You are welcome in the name of the Lord.

Yours Sincerely
Rev .Dr. Mike Gary.

Looks like a scam... I got the same email bit different though... I was excited too


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 19 Aug 08 - 12:02 PM

Which business is the good Rev or Dr in?

Barry


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Subject: RE: Have I hit the big time?
From: GUEST,Brothers Forever Gospel Trio in US
Date: 30 Aug 08 - 08:50 AM

Hello all,

Looks like we are victim to this scam as well.   Here is the letter we received two weeks ago. They were willing to pay for the flights, hotel arrangements and signed a contract that our booking agent gave them. I can't believe it!!!! It wasn't as exaggerated as 300,000 only 40,000. Seemed realistic enough.

THE HERITAGE MUSICSTAR ENTERTAINMENT
Phone contact+447045735361
Email :heritagemusiccompany@yahoo.co.uk
Website:http:www.heritage-awards.tk

Dear BROTHERS FOREVER,

My Name is Rev Dr Mike Gary, CEO of Heritage Musicstar Entertainment here in the UK.
we promote and gives international exposure to various musicians all over the globe.
We are fortunate finding   your ministry at the southern gospel music forum.

We are writting to invite and confirm the booking of your ministry to perform at the Heritage Gospel music Awards.

You will never regret working with us.We have so many great gospel artist performing at our event this year including Kris Miller,Donnie McClurkin e.t.c .

We are powered by some great sponsors here in the Uk.
Special appearance includes the Queen of england e.t.c.

We came across your profile and we are impressed with your services,experience.your kind of music of course is okay by us.

The Venue as follows:

VENUE: St Martins Lane Hotel
45 St Martins Lane
Covent Garden London
London WC2N 4HX
DATE:24th of September 2008
PERFORMING HOURS:8pm to 9pm

The Heritage Music Company Payment for service rendered is :20,000 POUNDS payable before the commencement of the event.

If you have any more publicity material, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Document and contract shall be forwarded to you as soon as you honour our invitation.Please provide the company more information.Home address ,Direct phone contact and other necessary data.We promise an accurate arrangement.All international guest are to arrive three days before the event.Thanks for your cooperation.You are welcome in the name of the Lord.

Yours Sincerely
Rev .Dr. Mike Gary.


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