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NY Holds Spam Scam Contest

michael posted about 10 years ago | from the i-send-you-this-file-in-order-to-have-your-advice dept.

Spam 118

evilquaker writes "The state of New York's Consumer Protection Board is running a contest they call 'Spam and Bologna'. Their goal is to help educate the public, so fewer people will fall for Nigerian scams (and others) in the future. The contest is actually to find the most outrageous example of an email scam, and ends in one month. Yahoo! News provides some more information."

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fp! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8754972)

propz to gnaa

Confused (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755162)

"The percentage of Americans who believe Jews were responsible for killing Jesus has grown in recent years, although it remains a view held by a minority of people, according to a poll released Friday."

I am rather confused by this?

Who killed Jesus if it was not the Jews? He didn't exactly die of natural cases, now did he?

Blame the Romans? Well, they did carry out the execution but that's because they were the occupying force at the time. Historically it was the Jewish clergy that captured Jesus and turned him over to the Romans. That's as good as killing him.

Re:Confused (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755174)

God doesn't exist and your religion is a stupid waste of time, so it doesn't matter.

TEH JEWS TAHT PWN3D J3SUS IS ON TEH SPOKE!!11` (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755204)

I T3H B00T3D TH4T J3SUS WALLHAX0R OFF TEH SERVAR FUGGIN CAMP0R OMGLOLL!!!1!1``

Re:Confused (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755252)

It was George W Bush who killed him!

I am upset with this troll, and trolls like it. (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | about 10 years ago | (#8755277)

I am not a religious woman, but I am aware that the story behind Jesus's existence is that he WAS MEANT TO DIE. Whether it be death by Jew, Roman, Alien, or otherwise. Jesus was meant to die. He had to. Don't you get it?

About Africa... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8754973)

I'm a student of Darwin. I believe that we should stop supporting such obviously inferior countries and let them self-destruct without intervention. It's Nature's way. The US, et al, seem to think that if they dump enough money into this dodo-bird of a continent that it will somehow recover, but the truth is that we're only delaying the inevitable extinction. Instead, use the money to help developing countries that at least have a chance of succeeding, like those in Latin America.

Also, once the dodo bird is dead, we can use the newly-empty continent to store our garbage and nuclear waste. It's a win-win situation.

Re:About Africa... (0, Offtopic)

the_unknown_soldier (675161) | about 10 years ago | (#8755016)

theres something about killing billions of people that i don't find funny

Re:About Africa... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755022)

You'd have a point if we were actually talking about people. We're not.

Re:About Africa... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755128)

And your particular strain of madness, is it genetic or cultural? You do realise, don't you, that by your own definition you do not belong to the human race.

In any case, for the sake of your species - whatever species that might be - I'd recommend immediate sterilisation.

Jumping under a train would probably be a good idea as well. If you like I'll come over and give you a hand.

Re:About Africa... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755154)

Mudslums are sub-human animals and need to be wiped from the face of the earth, just like the Nazi that wrote the grandparent.

Is there a country in the world that doesn't have a problem with their Muslims?

Re:About Africa... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755163)

Americunts are a nation of pussies who need to have a war on their own soil real soon!

Re:About Africa... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755183)

We're already being invaded from the south by lazy, smelly Mexicans (aka "beaners").

Re:About Africa... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755202)

What do you mean?

He [allposters.com]'s working hard for his money.

Gonna fight muslims? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755185)

A tip for anyone going out to fight the muslim threat:

Make it known that you and your friends dip your ammo tips in pig. And we all know what happens to a muslim who dies in contact with the filthy pig stuff, don't we? Good bye to all those virgins and bon voyage to hell where you'll get to dance barefoot on red hot metal plates for Allah's pleasure.

Works against the orthodox jews, too.

Re:Gonna fight muslims? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755192)

Make it known that you and your friends dip your ammo tips in pig

That should read: "ammo tips in pig fat".

Re:Gonna fight muslims? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755223)

The Islam high council (or whatever they have) will just declare that dying while in contact with pig stuff is ok sooner or later.

Re:About Africa... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755245)

In the USA here I have a problem with militant zionist murderous hypocrit conservative Christian politicians who think they can bomb the rest of the world into the Second Coming.

Re:About Africa... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755100)

I think that the UK and France should immediately launch nukes at the US and free these obese bitches from their misery. I wouldn't worry about a counterattack since obviously their fingers have become too fat to push the right buttons.

Lets drag their charred corpses through the streets of Europe's cities and poke at them with sticks.

Re:About Africa... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755113)

+5, Insightful.

*awaits the STFU EUROTRASH WE SAVED URE SORREY ASSES IN WW2 comment*

Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

Re:About Africa... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755150)

*awaits the STFU EUROTRASH WE SAVED URE SORREY ASSES IN WW2 comment*

Bring it on! I'm Swiss, you can't hurt me!

Re:About Africa... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755160)

Europe would be a paradise if it weren't for all the fucking ragheads.

Oh yeah, and we Canadians can't stand America either.

This is good. (5, Insightful)

bl1st3r (464353) | about 10 years ago | (#8754975)

It's good to finally see education being used in an effort to stop spam instead of focusing on legal solutions to technical/educational problems.

I cringe when I see new laws being passed to limit what you can do on the internet. If you are using technology to exploit, there should be a technological solution. Once you start making laws, you begin heading down a VERY dark, dangerous path.

Re:This is good. (5, Interesting)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | about 10 years ago | (#8755084)

I cringe when I see new laws being passed to limit what you can do on the internet. If you are using technology to exploit, there should be a technological solution.
Some laws are made to outlaw on the Internet that which is already illegal elsewhere. And rightly so: scamming, stealing, all those things should be as illegal on the Internet as they are in real life. This is not the US Patent office, where adding "...on the Internet" at the end suddenly turns an old thing into something new, or turns a crime into something legal. However, in some cases the law needs to be amended to take new technology into account. There are many laws that we take for granted governing telephony.

I do agree with you that bad laws are made as well: poorly drafted laws that inadvertedly curtail our freedoms while trying to achieve something good. An example: a proposed law to outlawing spam would also make legitimate mailing lists illegal. Another one: a law against music piracy (to use the common term for it) might limit what we could legally do with music that we own, such as playing it on different equipment.

Making laws to govern the Internet can be a "dark, dangerous path" indeed, beset with legislators and lobbyists who have hidden intentions. One sometimes gets suspicious that there is nothing accidental about these laws accidentally limiting our freedom. But that doesn't mean that we should not have any laws at all on principle; it means that any and all laws should pass this criterium: A law should serve the stated purpose for which is was drafted, and nothing else. No "unintentional" side effects.

Re:This is good. (5, Insightful)

bl1st3r (464353) | about 10 years ago | (#8755096)

You have made some very good points and I agree with you fully. I didn't intend to come off as you may have read into my post.

Theft is, and always will be illegal; using the Internet for theft shouldn't even be legally questionable. It's a crime.

However, what I AM afraid of is that laws are being passed specifically to prevent actions which are based on legal foundations, but somehow are misused for illegal practices. An example would be like your mailing list statement. Automated mailing or whatever they want to call it.

I'm just afraid that once you start using laws to strengthen weak protocols, then you've already set a precedent of using laws to support weakened ideas. The DMCA is a good example of this. You develop a weak protocol/program/encryption scheme and then make it illegal to show that it sucks. Anyone who would want to point out its flaws is a criminal for trying to help, yet the criminals are more than happy to stay just below ground and take advantage of it to its full potential.

Re:This is good. (1)

Patrik_AKA_RedX (624423) | about 10 years ago | (#8755247)

I'm just afraid that once you start using laws to strengthen weak protocols, then you've already set a precedent of using laws to support weakened ideas.
Like alarms and cameras are mostly a technological solution for a social problem, these new laws are a social solution for a technological problem.

I doubt it's possible to use laws to fight spam (World peace would be more easy to accomplish), however a better e-mail protocol would be able to reduce spam to a minimum, just see how (relatively) easy the other popular internet protocols got universal around the world.
I only hope that such a new protocol is implented by a non-profit organisation and freely available to everybody.

Re:This is good. (1)

JuggleGeek (665620) | about 10 years ago | (#8756805)

An example: a proposed law to outlawing spam would also make legitimate mailing lists illegal.

What "proposed law" is that? I keep up with spam related news fairly closely, and have not heard about any law which would outlaw opt in lists of any sort.

SCO! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8756881)

That would be great if enough people submitted SCO's "letter" that it won the contest as the best scam!

Please please please...

Thousands of people get the same spam (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8754987)

How can someone win such a contest? by definition, isn't spam sent out to hundreds of thousands of people... lots of people will have the same "m4k3 y0ur p3n1s th1ck3r" emails ... (along with any truely outragous things they might also get)

Re:Thousands of people get the same spam (1)

Mudcathi (584851) | about 10 years ago | (#8755240)

How can someone win such a contest? by definition, isn't spam sent out to hundreds of thousands of people...

And the alternative is, what, "special deliver spam" only sent to a couple of people? Boyo, I should give your email address to my hick cousin Elrod in the Ozarks. He keeps trying to get me to invest in his nutty projects: ostrich farming, beefalo ranching, growing Hawaiian leis in Missouri... heh, who knows, maybe Elrod could win this stupid contest, even if I'm the only one he seems to be spamming!

My favorite version of the Nigerian style scam (5, Funny)

gnugnugnu (178215) | about 10 years ago | (#8754988)

My favorite version of the Nigerian style scam [theregister.co.uk]


IMMEDIATE ATTENTION NEEDED:

HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL

FROM: GEORGE WALKER BUSH
DEAR SIR / MADAM,

I AM GEORGE WALKER BUSH, SON OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH, AND CURRENTLY SERVING AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS LETTER MIGHT SURPRISE YOU BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT MET NEITHER IN PERSON NOR BY CORRESPONDENCE. I CAME TO KNOW OF YOU IN MY SEARCH FOR A RELIABLE AND REPUTABLE PERSON TO HANDLE A VERY CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS TRANSACTION, WHICH INVOLVES THE TRANSFER OF A HUGE SUM OF MONEY TO AN ACCOUNT REQUIRING MAXIMUM CONFIDENCE.

I AM WRITING YOU IN ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE PRIMARILY TO SEEK YOUR ASSISTANCE IN ACQUIRING OIL FUNDS THAT ARE PRESENTLY TRAPPED IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ. MY PARTNERS AND I SOLICIT YOUR ASSISTANCE IN COMPLETING A TRANSACTION BEGUN BY MY FATHER, WHO HAS LONG BEEN ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN THE EXTRACTION OF PETROLEUM IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND BRAVELY SERVED HIS COUNTRY AS DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED STATES CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.

IN THE DECADE OF THE NINETEEN-EIGHTIES, MY FATHER, THEN VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, SOUGHT TO WORK WITH THE GOOD OFFICES OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ TO REGAIN LOST OIL REVENUE SOURCES IN THE NEIGHBORING ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN. THIS UNSUCCESSFUL VENTURE WAS SOON FOLLOWED BY A FALLING OUT WITH HIS IRAQI PARTNER, WHO SOUGHT TO ACQUIRE ADDITIONAL OIL REVENUE SOURCES IN THE NEIGHBORING EMIRATE OF KUWAIT, A WHOLLY-OWNED U.S.-BRITISH SUBSIDIARY.

MY FATHER RE-SECURED THE PETROLEUM ASSETS OF KUWAIT IN 1991 AT A COST OF SIXTY-ONE BILLION U.S. DOLLARS ($61,000,000,000). OUT OF THAT COST.

THIRTY-SIX BILLION DOLLARS ($36,000,000,000) WERE SUPPLIED BY HIS PARTNERS IN THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA AND OTHER PERSIAN GULF MONARCHIES, AND SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS ($16,000,000,000) BY GERMAN AND JAPANESE PARTNERS.

BUT MY FATHER'S FORMER IRAQI BUSINESS PARTNER REMAINED IN CONTROL OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ AND ITS PETROLEUM RESERVES.

MY FAMILY IS CALLING FOR YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE IN FUNDING THE REMOVAL OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ AND ACQUIRING THE PETROLEUM ASSETS OF HIS COUNTRY, AS COMPENSATION FOR THE COSTS OF REMOVING HIM FROM POWER.

UNFORTUNATELY, OUR PARTNERS FROM 1991 ARE NOT WILLING TO SHOULDER THE BURDEN OF THIS NEW VENTURE, WHICH IN ITS UPCOMING PHASE MAY COST THE SUM OF 100 BILLION TO 200 BILLION DOLLARS ($100,000,000,000 - $200,000,000,000), BOTH IN THE INITIAL ACQUISITION AND IN LONG-TERM MANAGEMENT.

WITHOUT THE FUNDS FROM OUR 1991 PARTNERS, WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ACQUIRE THE OIL REVENUE TRAPPED WITHIN IRAQ. THAT IS WHY MY FAMILY AND OUR COLLEAGUES ARE URGENTLY SEEKING YOUR GRACIOUS ASSISTANCE. OUR DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUES IN THIS BUSINESS TRANSACTION INCLUDE THE SITTING VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, RICHARD CHENEY, WHO IS AN ORIGINAL PARTNER IN THE IRAQ VENTURE AND FORMER HEAD OF THE ALLIBURTON OIL COMPANY, AND CONDOLEEZA RICE, WHOSE PROFESSIONAL DEDICATION TO THE VENTURE WAS DEMONSTRATED IN THE NAMING OF A CHEVRON OIL TANKER AFTER HER.

I WOULD BESEECH YOU TO TRANSFER A SUM EQUALING TEN TO TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT (10-25 %) OF YOUR YEARLY INCOME TO OUR ACCOUNT TO AID IN THIS IMPORTANT VENTURE. THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL FUNCTION AS OUR TRUSTED INTERMEDIARY. I PROPOSE THAT YOU MAKE THIS TRANSFER BEFORE THE FIFTEENTH (15TH) OF THE MONTH OF APRIL.

I KNOW THAT A TRANSACTION OF THIS MAGNITUDE WOULD MAKE ANYONE APPREHENSIVE AND WORRIED. BUT I AM ASSURING YOU THAT ALL WILL BE WELL AT THE END OF THE DAY. A BOLD STEP TAKEN SHALL NOT BE REGRETTED, I ASSURE YOU. PLEASE DO BE INFORMED THAT THIS BUSINESS TRANSACTION IS 100% LEGAL. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO CO-OPERATE IN THIS TRANSACTION, PLEASE CONTACT OUR INTERMEDIARY REPRESENTATIVES TO FURTHER DISCUSS THE MATTER.

I PRAY THAT YOU UNDERSTAND OUR PLIGHT. MY FAMILY AND OUR COLLEAGUES WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL. PLEASE REPLY IN STRICT CONFIDENCE TO THE CONTACT NUMBERS BELOW.

SINCERELY WITH WARM REGARDS,

GEORGE WALKER BUSH

Switchboard: 202.456.1414 Comments: 202.456.1111 Fax: 202.456.2461 Email:
president@whitehouse.gov --

Re:My favorite version of the Nigerian style scam (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755042)

This should be rated -1; troll as it is anti-american and politics.

Re:My favorite version of the Nigerian style scam (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755283)

Everything is related to politics.

It is anti-Bush not anti-American.

Re:My favorite version of the Nigerian style scam (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755046)

Immediate attention needed.

Extremely annoying post.

Don't use CAPS is like SHOUTING!

seriously though, who would read past the first line if they were sent this written like it is..?

Re:My favorite version of the Nigerian style scam (2, Funny)

amembleton (411990) | about 10 years ago | (#8755102)

seriously though, who would read past the first line if they were sent this written like it is..?

Tony Blair, Jose Maria Aznar and John Howard to name a few.

Re:My favorite version of the Nigerian style scam (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755111)

Its good to know that intelligent people are at the top ... no?

Re:My favorite version of the Nigerian style scam (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755251)

At least your leaders can actually read. Bush on the other hand can barely even form a sentence.

Re:My favorite version of the Nigerian style scam (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755279)

Bush on the other hand can barely even form a sentence.

He's quite good at the death sentance.

Re:My favorite version of the Nigerian style scam (1)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | about 10 years ago | (#8755060)

Ok, I want to know 1 thing.

How the hell did you get this past the lameness filter? Did you sneak it past while it was napping or did you infiltrate the Slashdot server park Mission Impossible stylee to enter this there by hand??

Inquiring minds are confused

Re:My favorite version of the Nigerian style scam (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755259)

> get this past the lameness filter

excellent karma I expect

Re:My favorite version of the Nigerian style scam (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8756441)

ACCORDING TO THE PAGE SOURCE, IF YOU USE THE BLOCKQUOTE TAG, YOU CAN TYPE IN ALL CAPS AND GET IT PAST THE LAMENESS FILTER.


Then you add some garbage data

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Re:My favorite version of the Nigerian style scam (1)

zhenlin (722930) | about 10 years ago | (#8755207)

Hmm, how did that get past the yelling filter... Hmm...

Re:My favorite version of the Nigerian style scam (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755306)

I read it with Bush's speaking cadence style in mind. The letter sounds too real.

Doesn't this encourage certain people... (4, Insightful)

thrill12 (711899) | about 10 years ago | (#8755000)

...to send out ('fake') scam e-mails ?
I hate to be caught up in a scam spamming contest...

odd. (5, Insightful)

rkoot (557181) | about 10 years ago | (#8755003)

I always assumed that spam was a sort of lesson on its own.
I mean, if you fall for one of those scams once, you need to be very ignorant to fall for it a second time.
door salesmen are sort of spam too, and are people being taught to watch out for them too ?
I don't think it'll be worth the effort to teach the lot not to respond to nigerian scams and such.
I'm trying, without much success, to explain to my users that they shouldn't forward or answer on these messages, and it just doesn't help. I even threatened them with corporal punishment, and yet, they're just not impressed it seems.
in other words, I think it's wasted time and money.

r.

Another great one (5, Interesting)

Stopmotioncleaverman (628352) | about 10 years ago | (#8755006)

This is just total genius...

---
---
--- citi_bank_ wrote:
From citi_bank_ Sat Jan 31 02:19:56 2004
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 05:19:56 -0500
From: citi_bank_
To: Joskyn
Subject: citi_bank Email Veerification

Dear _citibank Mebmers,

This leter was sennt by_the Citi_Bank serevr to veerify your E-mail addres_. You must clomptee this psrecos by clicking on the link below and enntering in the litle winddow your Citbiank Debit_ full card nummber and PiN that you_use on_the Atm Machine. That is done for your pocetrtion -m- becourse some of_our memebrs no lengor have accses to their email addseesrs and we must verify it.

http://www.citibankonline.com:4%4e%50%74%708%4d% 65 %6e%50%57@%6c%6c%61%6b%724%646%62%2e%64%61%2e%52%7 5/%3f%70%44%6b%59%67%69

To veerify _your_ _email_ adress and access _your_ _citibank account, clic on_the link below_.

Thank you.

---
---

You just can't make stuff up like that.

Oh, wait...

Re:Another great one (5, Informative)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | about 10 years ago | (#8755095)

This is just total genius...
Actually, I have received this particular one, both in the "Citibank" form and in the Dutch "Postbank" reincarnation, which is basically a translation of the original one.

You scoff, but the scam spam I received did not have a single spelling error in it (a small miracle in itself), and to the untrained or trained but lazy eye, the letter, URL, and the website might very well appear to be legit. And no, not everyone knows that your PIN should never been given to anyone. I imagine that these scammers have harvested quite a few accounts. This is easily the cleverest scam spam I have seen in a long while.

Re:Another great one (0, Troll)

pommiekiwifruit (570416) | about 10 years ago | (#8755284)

Ah, microsoft and their lovely extension to the URL format for http to include passwords before @ symbols...

Re:Another great one (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8757270)

What's the trick behind this URL anyway? It's clearly some sort of obfuscation, but what does it do?

If only darl had used email... (5, Funny)

Amiga Lover (708890) | about 10 years ago | (#8755009)

If only darl had used email to contact prospective SCO linux license clients he'd be a shoe-in

Scams? (5, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | about 10 years ago | (#8755021)

I think you must be wrong. I've responded to at least 200 of these, and therefore have in excess of $7030 000 000 000. Sadly, it all seems to be locked away in foreign security companies. I've just made the last round of payments though, and expect to see it delivered any day now.

A contest? What contest? (4, Interesting)

BadDoggie (145310) | about 10 years ago | (#8755025)

The only thing on that page remotely similar to a "contest" is getting people to send in "the most outrageous" 419 spams. What are the criteria? What makes one more "outrageous" than another?

Here's a contest: how fast can the New York Consumer Protection Board's mail server be taken down? I figure if just 50 of us rewrite a few procmail rules, we're bound to win both contests. There's no limit on the number of entries.

Come on! This is New York! The Consumer Protection Board should be publicising links to 419eater.com [419eater.com]. There's even a Scammer Baiting Hints and Tips [419eater.com] page. If just a small percentage of the NYC population started trolling these scammers, the Nigerian crap would be over. Is anyone worried about being $rtbl'd by them?

Late April... (-1, Troll)

MathFox (686808) | about 10 years ago | (#8755026)

I wonder why Slashdot rehashes those April foolsday stories long after the appropriate day is over.

April 1st? (4, Funny)

zecg (521666) | about 10 years ago | (#8755032)

Spam & Bologna? All the news/releases on the ends of all the provided links are dated April 1st? So, how can we trust it?

Free Money! (4, Funny)

PacoTaco (577292) | about 10 years ago | (#8755045)

Want some free money? All you need to do is send $5 to each of the names on the following list. It's only five bucks, so it's not much of a risk. After you send the money (PayPal only please) hit "reply" and remove #1. Add your name to the bottom and repost this message. Pretty soon, people will be sending you money! In a couple days, you'll have something like $85,000. That's all there is to it!

1. PacoTaco
2. PacoTaco
3. PacoTaco
4. PacoTaco
5. PacoTaco

Re:Free Money! (2, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | about 10 years ago | (#8755188)

Get with the millenium. There's new software that automates the whole process including the transfers using your PayPal ID. Just install the latest Microsoft Security Update that you should find in your email.

Re:Free Money! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755380)

Want some free money? All you need to do is send $5 to each of the names on the following list. It's only five bucks, so it's not much of a risk. After you send the money (PayPal only please) hit "reply" and remove #1. Add your name to the bottom and repost this message. Pretty soon, people will be sending you money! In a couple days, you'll have something like $85,000. That's all there is to it!

1. PacoTaco
2. PacoTaco
3. PacoTaco
4. PacoTaco
5. Anonymous Coward

How to make it difficult for 419-scammers (4, Interesting)

Serious Simon (701084) | about 10 years ago | (#8755055)

The "FROM:" email address, and sometimes a backup adress, in most 419-scams I receive, almost always belong to a free email service. When I receive a 419-scam email I always report this to the abuse@ adress of these services. The sooner those accounts are shut down, the less time for the scammers to receive a response they can exploit.

If the scam email was sent from another network, I notify the owner of that network as well (except, as sometimes is the case, it's a Nigerian one...)

I doubt if this fact is related, but in the last two months, the amount of 419-scams I receive has dropped from more than one per day to about one per week.

Re:How to make it difficult for 419-scammers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755176)

I always respond, act like I'm interested, then ask them if they are a kafir, because I don't do business with kafirs.

Re:How to make it difficult for 419-scammers (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755201)

What's that supposed to accomplish? So they lose a free account, and now they create another one. BFD. Until there is some monetary risk, there is no reason for them to play by the rules.

For this and several other reasons, I've started blocking all free mail services. Specific senders who have worked out prior arrangements can get through, but the rest can go screw themselves.

Re:How to make it difficult for 419-scammers (1)

Serious Simon (701084) | about 10 years ago | (#8755669)

What's that supposed to accomplish? So they lose a free account

Reducing the time window in which they might receive an exploitable response means more work for them, they have to create new accounts, send out more e-mails, etc.

Sure, whether this is effective remains the question, but blocking e-mails does not help at all to fight the problem. It only means you won't be seeing the e-mails, but they will still be sent.

What to do with networks in rfc-ignorant.org? (1)

iamcf13 (736250) | about 10 years ago | (#8757560)

I've been getting some 419 scam email from a network in India.

This network is listed at rfc-ignorant.org so complaining to the offending network directly is pointless.

Apart from deleting/archiving the spam scam (what I do with my program--see sig), what can one do in this situation to send a message that this sort of internet conduct is not acceptable?

obligatory Monty Python quote (2, Funny)

ObligatoryQuoteGuy (767288) | about 10 years ago | (#8755066)

"Well, there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; bacon and spam; egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam; spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam; or Lobster Thermidor aux crevettes with a Mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate', brandy and a fried egg on top of spam."

ebay scam (5, Informative)

mm0mm (687212) | about 10 years ago | (#8755105)

Lately I have received a few emails that claim to be originated from ebay. It said my account will be suspended permanently. I sent email to real ebay and it turned out these emails are total scam. This one looked very authentic, as was it plain as real mails from ebay. Here's the copy of the mail:

******************

SafeHarbor Pre-Suspension


Dear customer,

We regret to inform you that your eBay account will be suspended due to the violation of our site policy below:

* Misrepresentation of Identity (User) - Representing yourself as another eBay user or registering using the identity of another. Due to the suspension of this account, please be advised you are prohibited from using eBay in any way.

This includes the registering of a new account. Please note that this suspension does not relieve you of your agreed-upon obligation to pay any fees you may owe to eBay. According to our site policy you will have to confirm that you are the real owner of the eBay account by completing the following form or else your account will be deleted.

http://cgi3.ebay.com/aw-cgi/ebayISAPI.dll?SecureCo nfirmation&bpuser=1

Our apologies for this unconvenience.

Thank you for using eBay!

http://www.ebay.com


***************

For a moment, I thought this was authentic. But after a few seconds I found holes in this scheme. The mail was in html (unusual for ebay) and the link is actually blank and it redirect to another page (login-secure-online.tk) that disguise ebay's official page with authentic ebay logo and looks (the page has been taken off after several minutes of the arrival of the mail). The page asks you to enter credit card number, PIN, 3digit security code, both of the last two are absolute no-no in any circumstances anyway.

I would vote one for this email as one of the best scam, but sadly, we know who the winner is only if and when the perpetrators are arrested.

Re:ebay scam (1)

next1 (742094) | about 10 years ago | (#8755147)

that is a lot more authentic looking than normal.
most of them i've seen are badly worded and have spelling mistakes and are just obviously fake, and yet people still fall for those ones.

obviously there are plenty of non-technical people that don't know how to check a URL is correct. if someone actually just wrote one that *really* looked believable, a lot more people would fall for it.

Re:ebay scam (2, Informative)

therealking (223121) | about 10 years ago | (#8755554)

There are a number of VERY authentic eBay and PayPal emails going around. Complete with authentic looking webpages they link to.

The latest paypal one also contains LOTS of real links to paypal's website, except for the one that counts which asks you to "confirm" your information.

Good and bad (5, Insightful)

swb (14022) | about 10 years ago | (#8755123)

While it's good to see the scammiest spams being publicized and good to see scam equated with spam somewhat generally, the bad thing is that they don't focus on the more common, everday spam that clogs most inboxes and its scam/ID theft/ripoff/illegality.

It's like crime prevention generally -- if all you do is focus on the most outrageous aspects of crime, such as serial killers, you lose focus of the more corrosive, every day crimes like car theft and burglary.

If they would pick the most common/popular spams and then report on the chances of getting ripped off by them, hurt by them, or even arrested for buying something you're not supposed to (X A N A X, FR33 PAY P3R V13W!), it might have more of an impact on it.

I'm afraid that if all they focus on is ridiculous shit like 419s, people will just dismiss the problem as something only fools will fall for.

Re:Good and bad (2, Insightful)

Frater 219 (1455) | about 10 years ago | (#8755766)

I'm afraid that if all they focus on is ridiculous shit like 419s, people will just dismiss the problem as something only fools will fall for.

You're echoing in microcosm a common concern in the anti-spam world. If legislative or technical efforts against spam target only the most egregious types -- 419-scammers, barnyard porn peddlers, password phishers -- then they may be, inadvertently, making the world safer for spammers who are less blatantly evil. So-called "mainsleaze" spam -- unsolicited bulk email from "legitimate" companies -- is also on the rise, and has just as much potential to destroy the email facility as "scams & porn" spam does.

There are millions of legitimate, aboveboard companies in the world. Spamming is cheap, so spammers rarely have an incentive to spam a targeted list of likely customers rather than the largest group they can. So imagine the result if just 1% of all legitimate companies sent you a spam once per year -- it would amount to thousands of spams a day. This would destroy email just as thoroughly as all the sUUp3r v14'6rA C14Li$ and h0+ T33,N L3$b1An spam could.

And quite a few "legitimate" companies have already dirtied their legitimacy by sending spam. E-pending [wired.com], or searching out the email addresses of offline customers and spamming them, has become a fad among a certain class of marketers. Others contract out the job of spamming past customers to large operations like MessageReach and DigitalImpact (m0.net).

(Some claim that if you do business with a company, they should have the right to send "offers" to you by email without being considered to be spamming. But think about the number of companies you do business with in the course of a year, directly or indirectly. Suppose you buy a "Harry Potter" bath towel at Sears for your young cousin's birthday present. Should that give three companies -- Sears, the towel manufacturer, and Scholastic (publisher of Harry Potter) -- the right to "e-pend" your email address and send you ads?)

If email is to be protected from the potential onslaught of thousands of spams a day per person, it needs to be defended not only against blatant scammers, but also against anyone else who is tempted to scratch up a few more bucks by spamming.

I need your help (5, Funny)

rqqrtnb (753156) | about 10 years ago | (#8755133)

My search a winning entry for this contest is going to cost $800. However, I am guaranteed to be the winner. I have $500 saved up already, so if you send me $300 I will split the top prize with you 50/50. Even though you only provide 37.5% of the cost, you get 50% of the benefit! How could you go wrong!?

Re:I need your help (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755142)

The sum of USD 800.00 (EIGHT HUNDRED UNITED STATES DOLLARS)? Are you sure this is 100% risk free? Have all modalities been put in place?

Re:I need your help (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755146)

Will you direct deposit my winnings to my account if I give you my bank account number and my Social Security number?

Re:I need your help (1)

pjt33 (739471) | about 10 years ago | (#8755719)

It would take me about 10 minutes to find my bank details and transfer the money to you, for a profit of $100. Since that's worth about 75 pence sterling, it's really not worth it.

Help (0)

rqqrtnb (753156) | about 10 years ago | (#8755153)

I have here for sale a product that will eliminate dumb OE posts and decipher the incoherent ones. It's part Quattr0ne's Enigma Machine and part voodoo black magic (from Madame Zeroni, no less!)

I call it "Jsemkral's Give-It-The-Finger;" it gives the bad posts the finger just like Jsemkral always flips the bird.

You can order it online at SpammersDelite [spammersdelite.com]. It is available for a limited time for the low, low price of only $2099.99!

And if you order within the next half hour, recieve our NEW program, W32.SpyWare.Class, that presents you with the best offers from all of our business partners, 1 million at a time!

How can you lose with that?

Our customer service representatives are standing by their computers in Bangalore as we speak! Order now!

Wow So we're not the only one's.. (5, Informative)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | about 10 years ago | (#8755168)

My brother got an order of 700 harddrives, and sent me the email to analyze it cause it sounded somewhat *too* shady. After he negotiated a reduction for the huge order he got a contact adress in Nigeria. well.. First the person claimed to be an employer of a GameSpy(tm) affliate in the US and the order looked realistic, after my brother stated every European shipment would be out of charge (the negotiated reduction) a Mohammed was put on handling the order, someone stating being a contact person but this time we were linked to a completely different company in France. (you know, the footer in those emails.) They found only 3 airline companies that *only* would be *acceptable* to use the shipment (???) to Nigeria (after I tracked down the adress) We happily told them to get there harddrives somewhere else.. Thought it was just us getting these shady offers.. :-\

Fri5t pseot (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755194)

though I have nEver

Re:Fri5t pseot (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755236)

dipshit!

How to vote (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755232)

From official site:

To vote for 'Spam and Bologna' Contest, please click the link below and register first. Registration takes about 5 minutes and you must be 18 or older to register. For age verification, you must enter your credit card number and PIN, along with your full name, address and your mother's maiden name. This is for
age verification purpose only, and your information will not be shared with third party....

Consumer Proekchon Bored

my favorites (2, Funny)

CAIMLAS (41445) | about 10 years ago | (#8755243)

my favorites have only come by recently. while not 'nigerian' scams, they're still certainly scams. likely the first creative/entertaining spam I've seen. Ive not actually read them, but their subject lines are roughly as follows, with mixed case, l33t speak, etc etc.:

rocket penis
bullet penis
reactor penis
penis launcher 3g
penis launcher md
penis launcher pro
penis rocket TM

etc. etc.

Quite humorous stuff.

This just in (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755262)

George W Bush elected presidant of GNAA Gay niggers association of America http://www.goat.cx/

friendlymatch.com scam (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755278)

Since I just got this email yesterday, and it intrigued me, I'll post about it. I got an email yesterday (to my hotmail account that I never use) from someone saying they saw an ad on match.com and they were new to my town. They knew my town, and they were able to connect it to an address that I haven't used in years. freaky. The email says to call this obviously beautiful girl at a provided phone number, but the number has 8 digits. ain't gonna work. so you respond to the email and you get an autoresponse saying to sign up to friendlymatch.com to email her. At this point its pretty obvious its a scam, but I'm sure people still sign up and pay.

Check here [dyndns.biz] for someone else's info on this scam. Finally a scammer who is as smart as the people he's trying to scam. I'd like to see this guy caught some day.

we're going to be millionaires! (1)

gregski (765387) | about 10 years ago | (#8755295)

Sure Thomas you can trust me, i'll keep it a secret:

Thomas Angulu,

Peace be unto you, as you take sometime out with me toshare this little problem of mine.Though, I have not gotten any previouscorrespondence with you. I ampersonally contacting you for the first time, hoping you will assist me based onthe reality of this transaction.

My name is Thomas Angulu , the eldest son to Douglas Angulu former adviser on SPECIAL DUTIES to the assasinated late ROBERT GUEI, President of Coted'Ivorier in West African region. The recent development in my country is no more news to the outside world. President Robert Guei, after losing his ambition to transform himself from military to civilian President was assasinated, as a result of the coup de tat he plotted in order to get himself back to power. Now, most of hisloyalist and the people that served in his cabinet including some formerMinisters and his Political associate;everybody is now at large, while others, ncluding my father, Douglas Angulu have been placedunder house arrest.

During my fathers tenure as the adviser on special duties, he happen to be in charge of finance as regards the president's political ambition. It was while on these privilege position that he kept in my custodythe sum of [$US18.5M], without the fore knowledge of the President. Now that the president is dead, and my gather placed under house arrest, he has madated me and my youger brother to source for a foreign assistance to assist in the transfer of the said funds, hence , you were contacted. More so, the fragile political system in Africa doesnot encourage us to go on long-term investment project here. This is the reason why I am asking for your assistance to enable me deposit this funds outside the continent for outright investment.

This fund is currently kept with a safe/trust security company in ghana, aneighboring West African country in disguise of precious materials. Ihereby agree to compensate your sincere and candid effort to assist inthis regard with 20% of the fund when finally received by you withour pre- arranged strategies. However, I have sent my younger brother to Europe as regards this transaction, as we can not lay claim tothe funds due to our fathers predicament. Every arrangement has beenconcluded on the safest way to move this fund to Europe withoutthe security firm NOT,necessarily knowing its content. Please contact my brother through this medium.

I want you to understand that this must be kept in utmost confidentiality and secrecy, as my future welfare hugely depends on it. One more thing is rest assured that this is the beginning of ourlong-term business relationship.

I do not intend to contact anyone else until I am convinced that you are not capable to handle this transaction. For confidential reasons, please reply my via me private email address: y25@luxmail.com

Best regards,
Thomas Angulu

I like it! (1, Redundant)

rixstep (611236) | about 10 years ago | (#8755322)

This appears to be a great move. And it can save people's lives. Just great. Applause.

What the fuck are you smoking dipshit! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755345)

George W Bush [www.goat.cx]
A confirmed war mounger
Needs a big nuke rammed up his ass.
George W Bush [www.goat.cx]

Here 2 I got last night (1)

javajoe99 (471731) | about 10 years ago | (#8755366)

From Miss Alice Churchil
Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire
West Africa

emailto:alicechurchil@702mail.co.za

Hi Sweatheart.
I am Alice the only daughter of Mr& Mrs
Churchil .

It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in
France during one of his business trips abroad year
25th.Febuary 2002.Though his sudden death was linked
or rather suspected to have been master minded by an
uncle of his, who travelled with him at that time. But
God knows the truth!My mother died when I was just 6
years old,and since then my father took me so special.

Before his death on Febuary 25 2002 he called the
secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told
him that he has the sum of Sixten million,seven
hundred thousand United State Dollars.(USD$16.700,000)
left in fixed deposit account in one of the leading
banks in Africa.

He further told him that he deposited the money in my
name,and finally issued a written instruction to his
lawyer whom he said is in possession of all the
necessary but legal documents to this fund and the
bank.

I am just 21 years old and an university undergraduate
and really don't know what to do.

Now I need an overseas account where I can transfer
this funds and after the transaction i will come and
live with you and i'm ready to do anything of your
choice. This is because I have suffered a lot of set
backs as a result of incessant political crisis here
in Ivory coast.

The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my
life and i wished to investe under your care please.

I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in
this regards.Your suggestions and ideas will be highly
regarded.

Now permit me to ask these few questions:-

1. Can you honestly help me?

2. Can I completely trust you? .

What percentage of the total amount in question will
be good for you after the money is in your account
while i finalers my education? Please,Consider this
and get back to me as soon as possible.

sincere regards,

Miss Alice

<ecode>
! official Notice for all users of Citibank
Image is inlined but headers tell the story
Received: from ns-th2-15-82-64-237-11.adsl.proxad.net
</ecode>
Gota love thse scams... I would love to post the HTML wrapper behind the image but Mimedefrang and filtering removed the html tags

How to enter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8755424)

The contest is actually to find the most outrageous example of an email scam, and ends in one month.

"Please send your entry to the following e-mail address..."

The most realistic piece I ever got (4, Interesting)

krs-one (470715) | about 10 years ago | (#8755466)

I saved the most realistic piece of spam I've ever recieved because it almost (and I'm ashamed to say this) got me:
I'm a web master, and I was just searching Google for xhtml tutorial. I found your domain, openglforums.com ranked 33, which is pretty cool.

My site is all about Computers - Software, too . Maybe we should link up? I wouldn't be stealing any of your sales, because all I do is write informational articles...not selling anything on my site at all. And most of my visitors write back to say that they love the fact that I only write good, quality info. As a matter of fact, I've got a pretty loyal following of people that come back over and over again (they use the site as a reference), so if you link to me, you should get some pretty good traffic from it -- which is always nice.

Anyway, let me know if you'd like to swap links. I've already linked to you, and will keep it up there for a few days until I hear back. Hope to hear from you soon!

Elizabeth Richson
RAC IM: 327274.
The thing that keyed me off was the statement about sales, mainly because my site didn't sell anything. Also, it was a site about OpenGL, not XHTML (it was XHTML compliant although, and I did have a button). I also did a Google search and didn't find my site anywhere close to 33.

-Vic

In related news... (4, Funny)

mabu (178417) | about 10 years ago | (#8756101)

* Dept of Homeland security launches new, "show us your funniest pipe bomb" contest.

* SCO announces $1M contest for "best stolen Unix code snippet".

* Elizabeth Glazier Foundation promotes AIDS awareness campaign encouraging people to tell them their funniest unprotected sex story.

* Church of Latter-Day Saints sells Joseph Smith-emblazoned coffee mugs in its gift shop.

* DEA announces new contest: "What's the stupiest thing you've done while high on crack?"

* Diebold unveils ad campaign around their new contest: "Show us your funniest fake voter registration card."

* Mothers Against Drunk Driving sets up survey on their web site encouraging people to vote for their favorite alcoholic beverage.

Re:In related news... (1)

fermion (181285) | about 10 years ago | (#8757505)

* Church of Latter-Day Saints sells Joseph Smith-emblazoned coffee mugs in its gift shop.

Ok. I'm dense. What does this mean?

I Reply to 419 Spam (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8756931)

Posted AC for obvious reasons !!

Yep, you got it right, I actually reply to these morons. The aim is to wind them up as much as possible before I either lose interest or find a more colorful sucker. I got the idea off 419eater.com and it's a great way to pass the time.

So far I have an interesting collection of images of forged documents but for some reason no money has ever arrived.

Hope none of them read Slashdot.
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