I was hoping that report abuse would get an update beyond the new look, but it’s just a new look, and the same old problems.
This woman, Lady Melissa Williams sent me a message about how her husband, a Greek shipping tycoon, has died, and left a sum of
(20 Million Great Britain Pounds Sterling”. She’s going to die soon, or so her doctor says, and the couple planned on leaving it to the poor, and I can get a cut if I contact her lawyer at some address. Here’s a copy of the letter:
From: Lady Melissa Williams
18-20 N.Nikodimou street,Athens,Greece
I am Lady Melissa Williams suffering from cancerous ailment.
I am married to Lord Thomas Williams,a Greek shipping tycoon notable
for his great wealth,influential extended family,and charitable
activities all his life before his death.Our life together as man
and wife lasted for three decades without child. My husband died
after a protracted illness in April 17,2006.My husband and I made
a vow to uplift the down-trodden and the less-privileged individuals
as he had passion for persons who can not help themselves due to
physical disability or financial predicament.I can adduce this to
the fact that he needed a Child from this relationship, which never
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of 20.000.000.00
(20 Million Great Britain Pounds Sterling which were derived from his
vast estates and investment in capital market with his bank in United
Kingdom and named me as the beneficiary of this trust fund.
Presently,this money is still with the Bank.
Recently, my Doctor told me that I have limited days to live due to
the cancerous problems I am suffering from. Though what bothers me
most is the stroke that I have in addition to the cancer.
With this hard reality that has befallen my family,and me I have
decided to donate this fund to you and want you to use this gift
which comes from my husbands effort to fund the upkeep of widows,
widowers,orphans,destitute, the down- trodden, physically challenged
children,barren-women and persons who prove to be genuinely
It is often said that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this
decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this
money and my husband relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy
persons and I do not want my husband’s hard earned money to be
misused or invested into ill perceived ventures. I do not want a
situation where this money will be used in a worldly manner, hence
the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death
hence I know where I am going. I do not need any telephone
communication in this regard due to my deteriorating health and
because of the presence of my husbands relatives around me as
i am currently bed ridden in the Family house here in 18-20 n.
Nicodemus street, Athens,Greece.
Street, England. and do not receive any visitors unless
approved by David Williams who is the immediate younger brother
to my late husband. I do not want them to know about this
development in order to safeguard this bequest. I will also
authorise my Private Attorney in the UK whom i communicate
with via emails all the time, to issue a Letter of Authority
that will empower you as the new beneficiary of this fund,
he would also endorse my WILL where i will name you as the
beneficiary of the 20.000.000.00GBP (Twenty Million Great
British Pounds). You can contact my personal Lawyer through his
Barrister Pedro Jones
Tell him that I have WILLED the said sum to you and the reason for
doing this is best known to me. My happiness is that I lived a life
worthy of emulation. Please always be kindhearted all through your
life. Please assure me that you will act just as I have stated herein.
Lady Melissa Williams
Now tell me that’s not a scam. It’s pretty obvious it is. So what’s the logical thing to do? Well I would report it, but the system on Windows Live is very flawed. So I click report abuse on the toolbar:
So then there are boxes I have to fill out (name, e-mail, and primary e-mail are already automatically filled out), but one of them has me puzzled. It says I have to give the URL of this person’s Windows Live Space.
The question is: Why? Isn’t it obvious the person I’m reporting? I’d think she’d have to make a Windows Live ID in order for her to send me the message, right? So Windows Live should automatically know who it is I’m reporting, and there’s no point in me finding her Spaces URL.
But then it gets even dumber. I go to Lady Melissa Williams profile, to see if I can find her Space. Problem is, is that she doesn’t have a Space.
It’s usually listed on the left of a person’s profile, if a person has one, but this person doesn’t. So what am I supposed to do? This makes no sense. So I decided to do the next best thing, and take her Profile URL.
So I enter that in, and when I have to identify what type of abuse it is, I get almost every choice BUT spam. Spam is the most common form of abuse on Live Spaces (at least from what I’ve dealt with), and I can’t believe that isn’t an option. So I go with ‘Other’ instead.
As if Windows Live wasn’t
acting being dumb enough, it asks for the place where this person did the abusing. Is it not obvious that it was from private messaging? Windows Live should automatically assess the situation: From who did it, to the location I reported it. That’s something basic Windows Live needs to be smart enough to actually figure out.
Then I type my complaint in the itsy-bitsy box Windows Live has provided me:
How hard is it to make the box more bigger to type in? So after that, I enter the CAPTCHA code, and that’s it. They give me a support ticket number I can use to communicate with someone from support: 1092364832
I highly doubt I’ll be communicating, but whatever…
As you can see, it’s more of a hassle to report someone, then just deleting the darn thing. I just wished that Windows Live Spaces Abuse (note it’s still deemed ‘Spaces’) would:
- Instantly recognize WHO it is that’s abusing (from their Windows Live ID) and WHERE the abuse took place (where I clicked report abuse from)
- Add ‘Spam’ as one of the forms of abuse
- Make the complaint/detail box bigger to type in
Then it would be much easier to get the bad guys off of Windows Live than ever. I don’t know about you, but I get tons of requests from people I don’t know on Windows Live, than any other site. It’s annoying!