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Dear Listeners, i received a comment on my recent post from a lady called Mirabel and she asked me to write to her. I know it was a mistake now. Anyway i wrote to her and this was her reply,

"Hello My Dearest
I am very happy to see your reply to my mail . How is your today? i hope fine . Mine is not good here . Dear please i would like you to think of me and my situation here , not just for fun or romantic affairs . Please i believe you are in a good position to help me out . I want you to be by my side and help me out of this condition , please. My name is Miss Mirabel Dion,I am 24 years old , single and never married . l am from Liberia in West Africa and presently l am residing in the church Orphanage home of St Louis Catholic Parish here in Dakar Senegal as a result of the civil war that was fought in my country some years ago . My late father Dr. John Dion was in politics and also he works contract for government , he supports the present government before the rebels attacked my family one early morning ,killing my father and my mother Stella with my two younger brothers.

My dear it is only me who is alive now because i was in school where i was doing my first year in social science in the University of Liberia and l managed to run to a nearby country Senegal where l am staying now . In this the orphanage home , we are only allowed to go out of here only on few days of the weeks. It is just like one staying in the prison . I don't have any relative now whom i can go to, all my relatives ran away in the middle of the war and the only person i have now is Rev.Dickson Abel who is a reverend father in St Louis Parish here. He has been very nice to me since i came here but i am not living with him , i am leaving in the woman's hostel because we have two hostels, one for men the other for women . He is also the person who i use his computer to write to you because i help him type some documents for church services . The reverends Tel number is +221-770-913-524. if you call and tell him that you want to speak with me he will send for me in the hostel to answer your call .

I want to go back to my studies because i was only in my first year in school before this happened .. Please listen to this , my late father when he was alive deposited ($4..6m) four million six hundred thousand united state's dollar in a bank which he used my name as the next of kin and i have his statement of account and death certificate here with me . Please i will like you to help me transfer this money to your account in your country and from it you can send some money for me to get my traveling documents and air ticket to come over to meet with you in your country because i have nothing at hand with me here to make any movement or do any thing . I'm afraid of the enmity my father created back in my country when he was alive , that was also why i ran out to this place . I kept this secret other peoples here because i don't want them to know who i am or what i have . The only person that knows about it is the Reverend because he is like a father to me .

please because of this , i will like you to keep it to yourself and don't tell it to anyone for i am afraid of loosing my life and the money if people gets to know about it . Remember i am telling you all this due to the trust i have in you , though we have not met in person .I like honest , understanding and God fearing people . My hobbies are music , reading ,writing and sports . I have attached my picture for you and i will also like to see yours .I will like to know more about you your name and address in full. My favorite language is English , though not very perfect . Meanwhile i will like you to call me like i said i have a lot to tell you. Have a nice day and think about me and my situation here please. Awaiting to hear from you soonest .
Best wishes Mirabel Dion,"

Please be careful there are people out to abuse the site. Have a nice day


irmia's picture


Hi Anita:

Thank you for sharing this information :)


Anita Muhanguzi's picture

Its so annoying

Your are welcome Imia. It is just so annoying when i think of it. Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

Thanks for sharing Anita, I'm so sorry that this Spammer was able to get to you. I am always on the look out for suspicious activity, and when I find it, I block the user and unpublish their comments or posts.

It is a constant effort and an unfortunate reality of the online organizing that we do. Along with our Technology Architect, I am reviewing potential solutions to prevent incidents like this from occurring in the future, while still keeping our community accessible to a global audience.

I would like to ask that you, and all of the community really, help me in managing this Spam activity by clicking the "Flag" tab at the top of a post if you think it is suspicious, harmful or otherwise not meant for this supportive network. When you click the "Flag" tab you will be given an opportunity to explain why you're reporting this page for review.

Thanks again, and sorry that you were lured in. I suggest that you change your email password just in case.

Kind regards,

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Volunteer

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby's picture

Thank you, Anita

Yikes, I guess that sort of abuse of the site is inevitable when one considers the numbers of people involved. However, I'm sorry it happened to you! When I joined World Pulse as a Mentor two years ago, we were forewarned about how to handle someone asking for any sort of monetary support, etc., and also asked not ever to give lavish gifts of any kind. Crucial information when we are all reaching out so broadly. Fortunately, we have Sir Scott & Co. to watch out for this yucky stuff.

Also, I'm now glad of Scott's reminder that we should Flag things like this.

So, thank you Anita, and thank you, Scott.

And May The Force Be With You!

- Sarah

Anita Muhanguzi's picture


Thanks Scott, Sarah and Imia i will definitely change my password and now i know the use of the flag function. Have a lovely day

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

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