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A Day in the Life of a Nigerian Scammer

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the lots-of-badly-typed-email dept.

The Almighty Buck 196

prostoalex writes "The media made a Nigerian scammer's career look too easy. Get online, introduce yourself as a corrupt government official willing to take the money out of the country, and wait for the wire transfers from victims to start rolling in. So, the Associated Press takes us through a day in life of Nigerian scammer. It's a life that takes place in Internet cafes with aged screens and free Webmail accounts. However, by the end of the article the AP talks about some people who have made a good career out of it - three cars, two houses. That is, until the next crackdown comes along."

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DEAR SIR (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13260934)


                                URGENT ASSISTANCE - FROM USA
IMMEDIATE ATTENTION NEEDED: HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL
FROM: GEORGE WALKER BUSH 202.456.1414 / 202.456.1111 FAX: 202.456.2461
 
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 HALLIBURTON 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

                       

Lameness filter? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261025)

How the hell did you get past the lameness filter? It always tells me I'm 'shouting'...

Re:Lameness filter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261100)

Zonk posted it, obviously. A normal user couldn't possibly have dodged [slashdot.org] the lameness filter like that.

Re:Lameness filter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261354)

Nah, it just works I guess. See?

URGENT ASSISTANCE - FROM USA
IMMEDIATE ATTENTION NEEDED: HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL
FROM: GEORGE WALKER BUSH 202.456.1414 / 202.456.1111 FAX: 202.456.2461

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 HALLIBURTON 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

Re:Lameness filter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261310)

Does this work?

URGENT ASSISTANCE - FROM USA
IMMEDIATE ATTENTION NEEDED: HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL
FROM: GEORGE WALKER BUSH 202.456.1414 / 202.456.1111 FAX: 202.456.2461

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 HALLIBURTON 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

Re:Lameness filter? (2, Informative)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261423)

It appears to pass because it exceeds 3000 bytes in length. If you trim the post to 3000 bytes or less it gets rejected with the YELLING message.

Re:DEAR SIR (3, Funny)

Klar (522420) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261054)

I fall for those every time! I got one yesterday that actually had [title][surname] in the body of the message. Must be a nice script they use..

Re:DEAR SIR (2, Funny)

Cerdic (904049) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261066)

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.

I thought it was a hoax and didn't pay the 10-25% of my income and boy was I sorry.

It just goes to show that you shouldn't ignore an email typed entirely in caps.

Re:DEAR SIR (1)

Punboy (737239) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261172)

You see, they're so poor they cant fix their caps lock keys.

Re:DEAR SIR (1)

slazar (527381) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261468)

Heh no, they are typing on Apple IIs. :)

Re:DEAR SIR (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261207)

Got news for you as you already paid this months blackmail to the Bush family and their scum sucking cohorts.
Every time you pull into a gas station and paid more than $1.56 per gallon who's fuckin cock did you think you were suckin.

Re:DEAR SIR (2, Insightful)

rcamera (517595) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261304)

i didn't pay 10-25% either. i decided to be generous and pay closer to 35% last year. this year, i'm planning to pay closer to 40%.

Re:DEAR SIR (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261315)

i didn't pay 10-25% either. i decided to be generous and pay closer to 35% last year. this year, i'm planning to pay closer to 40%.

Damn! As TFA said... there is always some poor sod that falls for those pesky skams... :-(

Re:DEAR SIR (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261223)

Out of curiosity, I tried to post the same comment and was not allowed to: 'Too many junk characters'.

As a rabid Republican.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261567)

Not bad... Not real good, frankly, but not bad. What it lacked in humor is made up for in length... or something like that.

FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13260937)

To confirm you're not a script,
please type the word in this image : bumbled

Re:FP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261474)


You didn't get FP, idiot. A much better post than your worthless piece of ... junk did.

--
Trolling the trolls from 1992_Called to users.pl

Anyone (4, Insightful)

HUADPE (903765) | more than 9 years ago | (#13260950)

Anyone who would open an e-mail with the subject line "Congratulation! You Are Our Lucky Winner!" and then proceed to send that person $5000 sight unseen deserves it.

Re:Anyone (1)

plutonium83 (818340) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261016)

The victims of scams are people too.

Have a heart. (0)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261101)

A lot of these people are older folks who grew up in a different time. Many of these victims really shouldn't be managing their own money. And, not everyone was born with good sense, but that doesn't mean they should be fair game for scamming, that's just not right.

Re:Have a heart. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261135)

old age doesnt excuse stupidity.

that is a stupid move no matter what era of history. no one was ever that trustworthy.

and you are incorrect, most victims are not young so that shoots the shit out of that theory you had

Re:Have a heart. (-1, Flamebait)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261170)

Ypu're an asshole. Go fuck yourself.

Re:Have a heart. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261272)

why cause you cant handle being wrong, or do you feel sorry for every idiot who willfully commits a fucking crime to get rich (the victims were asked to commit a crime and they obliged) fuck them and their greed.

these criminals are no worse than the victims, greed and not an ounce of ethics controls both

Re:Have a heart. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261498)

Blaw, blaw, blaw...

Re:Have a heart. (2, Funny)

ozbird (127571) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261688)

A lot of these people are older folks who grew up in a different time.

I don't know about them being older folk; to get suckered in by these schemes, they must have been born yesterday.

Re:Anyone (1)

HUADPE (903765) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261126)

I am sorry to anyone who is offended by that last post. I was more concerend with trusting your money to someone who makes a gramatical error in the subject line.

Blog of a scammer (4, Interesting)

saskboy (600063) | more than 9 years ago | (#13260958)

Does anyone know of a blog site written by a scammer? That would be quite the reading. I guess the P-P-P-Powerbook blogsite is sort of the other side of that, but what about the scammer's perspective? Blogging can't be considered serious journalism until the other side is given a chance to defend their actions.

[yes I'm kidding]

Re:Blog of a scammer (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13260971)

Re:Blog of a scammer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261314)

ROFL. Good one!

Hmm... interesting... (2, Funny)

computerdude33 (890573) | more than 9 years ago | (#13260960)

*goes to sign up for scammer night classes*

Re:Hmm... interesting... (1)

RevengeOfPoopJuggler (872968) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261198)

I teach an online course in this. Tuition is only $5000.

Re:Hmm... interesting... (2, Funny)

computerdude33 (890573) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261236)

Ok... sounds reasonable... how about I pay you $5000 and you pay me $10,000?

(heheh, sucker...)

Re:Hmm... interesting... (2, Funny)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261387)

I would be happy to, please give me your bank account number so I may transfer the funds.

Re:Hmm... interesting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261483)

40-47-50 357955562

Self preservation (1)

RedOregon (161027) | more than 9 years ago | (#13260961)

Where's the part about "Keep an eye over your shoulder for Americans with weapons"?

Or, I guess, Russians with baseball bats?

Re:Self preservation (2, Funny)

rumblin'rabbit (711865) | more than 9 years ago | (#13260994)

Hockey sticks, ding-dong. Russians have hockey sticks.

Re:Self preservation (0, Redundant)

stephenMF (547151) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261159)

...in soviet russia....

wake up... (-1, Troll)

duhasteifersucht (859131) | more than 9 years ago | (#13260964)

Step 1: Wake Up Step 2: Take money from stupid Americans Step 3: Go to sleep Are we sure this guy isn't working for Microsoft?

Capitalism... (2, Interesting)

creimer (824291) | more than 9 years ago | (#13260968)

It's nice to know that the American Dream has reached the far corners of the world. So is Uncle Sam getting his cut of the loot?

Re:Capitalism... (1)

ender81b (520454) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261352)

.... yes because crime only happens to capitlistic societies.

Go read some ayn rynd or something, you're trolling is becoming even more non-sensical, time to go back to your roots boy.

Scammers... (3, Interesting)

M$ Agent 2 (897060) | more than 9 years ago | (#13260977)

I get a laugh out of these things in my mail, I honestly dont see how some one could be foolish enough to believe these scams. This page hit a note with me though as two weeks ago I got a phone call from "Miami/Dade County Correctional" at any rate out of curriosity I accepted the collect call and some one potraying themselves as a police officer said that some one was in the hospital yadda yadda yadda and tried to get me to dial a number *76 something something LOL anyway it turned out after looking like 2 seconds on google that its a number to forward the charges from the number you dial to your phone bill. I didnt fall for it but it was interesting.

Re:Scammers... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261221)

> out of curriosity I accepted the collect call

Let's define "falling for it", shall we?

Re:Scammers... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261246)

Consider that the price of entertainment. And the scammers didn't get that money (unless they work for the phone company).

Re:Scammers... (2, Insightful)

pyrrhonist (701154) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261265)

This page hit a note with me though as two weeks ago I got a phone call from "Miami/Dade County Correctional" at any rate out of curriosity I accepted the collect call and some one potraying themselves as a police officer said that some one was in the hospital yadda yadda yadda and tried to get me to dial a number *76 something something LOL

Did you call the police? I'm sure they'd be interested in a person at a correctional facility who poses as a law enforcement officer and attempts to defraud people using prison phone facilities.

Re:Scammers... (3, Funny)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261471)

I'm sure they'd be interested in a person at a correctional facility who poses as a law enforcement officer and attempts to defraud people using prison phone facilities.

Wadda they gonna do? Arrest him?

Re:Scammers... (1)

bani (467531) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261512)

double, triple his prison sentence. judges take a very dim view of criminals who commit further crimes while incarcerated.

Re:Scammers... (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261611)

Yeah, I heard what they did to Martha Stewart the other day. I know. She's not in jail, but work with me, will ya?

who the hell reads news on iwon.com??? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261002)

It's an AP story, foolio.

take yer pick [google.com] .

Re:who the hell reads news on iwon.com??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261299)

It's not news, it's Slashdot.org!

[/fark]

people infected with their spyware (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261706)

who the hell reads news on iwon.com

people infected with their spyware ? [google.com] , i wonder if Claria/Gator have any interesting news on their site too ?

419 eaters (5, Informative)

Eugene (6671) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261017)

http://www.419eater.com/ [419eater.com] is a nice place to see the successful story against 419 scammers

Re:419 eaters (1)

Alex P Keaton in da (882660) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261275)

Uh... not that I do this, but, er, a friend did it...
Does anyone else reply to these scam emails with the name and phone number of ex-girlfriends/people they can't stand? Not that I would ever do that...
Of course scamming is wrong, but seriously, at least these guys aren't killing anyone. I mean, ask yourself seriously, if you had a college degree, and lived in Nigeria and had no job prospects, would you ever consider this? Desperate times=desperate measures...

Re:419 eaters (2, Interesting)

sleeper0 (319432) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261511)

I went to this website and browsed around. In particular I read some of the letters/reports listed on this page: http://www.419eater.com/html/letters.htm [419eater.com]

It seems to me the top section is reports done by the website owner as opposed to the bottom section of letters "submissions from fellow scambaiters"

I thought it was pretty interesting that this guy actually scams the scammers, according to notations in big red bold letters he's taken people who wrote to him for over $1200 and I'm sure he's hoping that number climbs as he eagerly awaits more email of marks to flood into him. I assume (since he runs an "anti-scam" website that he's never himself been scammed out of money.

That's really cool. I'm hoping maybe this guy can expand his business, maybe going out on the streets at night and robbing people at gunpoint who approach him that he might think are suspicious

These guys are terrorists, right? (3, Funny)

bgfay (5362) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261022)

"It's a war on terror. These scammers, they hate freedom. That's the only reason they do this. It isn't about the money. It's about hating freedom, and liberty too, and all the other stuff in that yellowed up paper down in the National Archives. We gots to smoke 'em out of their holes and kill 'em."
--G.W. Bush

"These Nigerians need to be deported back to Nigeria. What do you mean they're already there? Deport them to some place else then. (Did I say it okay George?)"
--Tony Blair

MESSAGE No. 419 - MC Frontalot, anyone? (1)

Gamzarme (799219) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261068)

Got Message No. 419 [untimelydeath.com] Anyone?

it was just like a scene in an intrigue film and I'm still not convinced that it wasn't for real This isn't intended for me, I don't think. It's a missive from the edge of despair, I mean brink of total desperation; the communication therein says her hopes for survival are slim and she's writing to the Front, though we've yet to meet, with a confidential matter cause she's heard I'm discreet. And the urgency of her request for my aid is matched by the depth of the trust she displayed. "Don't betray me like our oil minister did, staged a coup and I'm about to flee Nigeria soon but I'll never make it out," she says, with twenty million three hundred twenty thousand US dollars that are still in her possession. She embezzled them, I guess. Look, I don't really know her so uh... that's none of my business. She's the LADY MARYAM ABACHA, deposed. These days can't even get her caps-lock key unfroze but yo, something 'bout a widow in distress (with 20 million dollars hidden in a metal chest) softened up the Frontalot's heart no doubt so I hit the reply button, tell her I can help her out. She writes me back: DEAR FRONTALOT, UNITED STATES... she acts so thankful. A bank full of money awaits! And I hate delays so I'm quick to turn around with my full name and the number to my checking account and the scan of my license to drive an automobile and my passport number proving Frontalot's for real! Then I'll meet the money in Stockholm, ain't gonna walk home, think I'll retire to the south of Spain and sip gazpacho. Not so quick, there's a little problem. LADY A apparently had difficulty running all them numbers I give her, but look, the fake ID's my only one and that's a real passport, I got it off usenet and checked, I'm not dumb. I'm not some idiot who's about to lose your money for you, quicker than I'm getting it and of course my bank balance is negative, whose isn't? That's why I need your 20% money laundering commission. And I'm wishing I could talk about this further with you but I can't. I just got an email from DR. UBUGU of Chad. He's got a hundred and seventy-seven million in a bag. I feel I got to help him 'cause his story is so sad. it was just like a scene in an intrigue film and I'm still not convinced that it wasn't for real

Mirror, just in case [frontalot.com]

Nigerian Internet Relay scam calls (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261074)

I work as a relay operator that does Internet Relay calls which are for the deaf and hard of hearing. They log in, type in their message and we speak it to the person they want to call. Pretty useful for someone who can't hear. Plus it's a pretty easy job that lets me study between calls.

Unfortunately , Nigerians have discovered this service, and are using it to do scams. Roughly 90% of all Internet Relay calls we get now are Nigerians doing scam calls. There's nothing we can do because it's a mandated service by the government.

But it's damn annoying to have to relay for someone you KNOW is a Nigerian scammer. Management doesn't do anything because we get paid if it's a scam call or not.

Meh. No really.

"PLS I MR JOHNSON JOHNSON FROM NIGERIA PLS I WANT 2 BYE 500 PUPPIES TO SHIP TO LAGOS NIGERIA I HAVE 5000 DOLAR MONEY ORDER GAGAGAGAGAGAGAGAGAGA"

Anyways, if you ever get a relay call, for god's sake, don't accept a money order to ship anything to Nigeria.

(posted as Anonymous Coward for obvious reasons)

Re:Nigerian Internet Relay scam calls (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261210)

Management doesn't do anything because we get paid if it's a scam call or not.

      Wonderful business ethics your management team has. It's like me in my job. I get paid either way if you live or die, since it's the hospital that pays my salary, not you. So why should I care? Right...argue THAT one in court. Better yet, try to live with yourself.

      Have you ever thought of challenging your manager on this issue? You might be ignored, and you might be fired. Or you might be successful. But you will have done SOMETHING about it.

Re:Nigerian Internet Relay scam calls (1)

zakezuke (229119) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261327)

Wonderful business ethics your management team has. It's like me in my job. I get paid either way if you live or die, since it's the hospital that pays my salary, not you. So why should I care?

Have you ever thought of challenging your manager on this issue? You might be ignored, and you might be fired. Or you might be successful. But you will have done SOMETHING about it.


This I believe is the domain of the FCC... a manager would have absolutly no power or authority to regulate communications from Nigeria.

The problem is it's very ethical for relay operators to relay "all messages" without any feeling or emotions. They are not a participant nor is it their job to make valued judgements whether business dealings are scams or not. In fact it's their job dispach all messages without prejustice. It's a system for deaf users to communicate to hearing users with all the same expectations for privacy.

Now I agree that these scammers are exploiting the system, but I for one am at a loss for a resolution that wouldn't infringe on the rights of deaf users. This is something that should be bought to the attention of the FCC, but can not be done by the relay operators as they have a moral and ethical obligation to relay messages from terminals to hearing users without disclosing anything they over hear. I would love it if the operators were required to say "this is a phone call from Nigeria... beware".

Re:Nigerian Internet Relay scam calls (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261591)

In fact it's their job dispach all messages without prejustice.

      Even if that involves the perpetration of a crime? What a sad, sorry loophole these relay operators are in if that's the case. How can the law expect human beings to act blindly and not think? This can't be right at all. No person or agency government or otherwise can ask another person to participate in a crime (the exception being unless you are a soldier in a time of war and you are told to kill a legitimate enemy, which is not a "crime").

      As a doctor there is NO way I can hide behind patient confidentiality and allow harm to come to my patient or others. I _have_ to report it to authorities. I also have to attempt to warn the potential victim, believe it or not. Why should "privacy" permit a crime to occur? There's something wrong there.

Re:Nigerian Internet Relay scam calls (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261377)

Of course I did something.
 
I complained to management. Everyone here complains about Nigerian calls. We make fun of them. We use every damn technicality to get rid of them as fast as we can. Because everyone was so angry about having to do those calls we had a big meeting last month with management. I told them I get over 100-150 prisoners trying to either chat up with a female operator or trying to make a free call through us (speech to speech). Ugh. But if it's not the hundreds of Nigerians, or the prisoners, it's the near constant teenagers doing prank calls.
 
What we were told is that the Nigerian problem though is a problem for all relay call providers in the US. It has been for years. While I blame management, technically it's the FCC's fault for mandating that we process all calls verbatim.
 
Simply put, currently, a relay operator has to relay everything verbatim and can't hang up on any caller no mater what. If we do hang up on them, we can get fined. Yay. I hate management for not pushing the FCC hard enough on this. I hate the Deaf and Disabled telecomunications program for not listening to complaints. Nobody cares.
 
Thankfully I graduate next semester so it'll be someone else's problem.

Re:Nigerian Internet Relay scam calls (2, Interesting)

learn fast (824724) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261459)

You should report all of this stuff to the US Secret Service Financial Crimes Division. They handle international fraud schemes like this.

Here's their 419 site [secretservice.gov] and a list of crimes they cover [secretservice.gov]

Re:Nigerian Internet Relay scam calls (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261486)

"Simply put, currently, a relay operator has to relay everything verbatim and can't hang up on any caller no mater what. If we do hang up on them, we can get fined."

Back in college, a good friend of mine abused these lines quite a bit.

Sadly, he was deaf.

I'd get a call in the middle of the night and there was a single line message stating this was a speech to text call from XYZ and that was the only thing the operator could say outside of what the friend said.

He'd start off asking if the operator was a man or a woman and then start telling us what he'd do to this operator. And then get the operator to say quite a bit of sexually explicit talk to make it sound as though it was the operator saying this. I'd apologize to the operator and tell them that my friend is an idiot, and most of the time they would not say ANYTHING, they'd just pass on the message. The few times they'd say anything, they'd tell me they are obligated to say exactly what the deaf user was saying and they cannot deviate from this. And when I'd apologize, he'd start getting abusive to the operator.

Who says the handicapped can't be just as much an asshole as anyone else...probably why the guy hung out with me and my crew (as we were pretty much known to be jerks back then...some would say still to this day).

So even though it wasn't you, I apologize for taking part in anything that abuses folks like you that have to undertake this very serious activity so that others can communicate like everyone else (though these days, I skip the phone when I need to get ahold of Deafie and send him an email...for some reason, he is still more happy with phone calls than this medium though...and I hate the phone...hmmm).

Anonymous because my current work situation is far to politically correct to talk about this type of activity.

Re:Nigerian Internet Relay scam calls (1)

bani (467531) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261540)

so if someone calls up to use you to relay to the white house in order to make death threats against the president, you have to do it?

you do realize you'd be the one ending up in prison...

Re:Nigerian Internet Relay scam calls (0)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261687)

I hate the Deaf and Disabled telecomunications program for not listening to complaints.

      *cough* Of course they're not going to listen to the complaints...

Re:Nigerian Internet Relay scam calls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261709)

Simply put, currently, a relay operator has to relay everything verbatim and can't hang up on any caller no mater what. If we do hang up on them, we can get fined.

Good! Otherwise it'll be censorship. And if you folks started censoring the calls and the story got to /., there'd be a huge uproar. And exactly how do you decide it's a real scam and not a parody played by a friend?! Hm?

And to "bani": so if someone calls up to use you to relay to the white house in order to make death threats against the president, you have to do it?
you do realize you'd be the one ending up in prison...


No, because these folks are like common carriers. They're just relaying the messages verbatim, so they're not responsible.

Come on folks!!! If we're going to hold others up to high standards for free speech, we must follow them ourselves. No censorship no matter the circumstance, no slippery slopes!

       

Re:Nigerian Internet Relay scam calls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261290)

you're either a part of the problem or a part of the solution, fuckwad!!!

Re:Nigerian Internet Relay scam calls (1)

autopr0n (534291) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261313)

A friend of mine tried to sell a motorcycle online once, and got a scam relay call like that, from someone in italy. It was the first we'd heard of the service.

Anyway, we had a blast crank calling people for weeks after that. Keep up the good work!

Re:Nigerian Internet Relay scam calls (1)

mikael (484) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261316)

So what happens if they use obscene, derogatory, insulting, or threatening language?

Do you still relay the message?

Re:Nigerian Internet Relay scam calls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261438)

So what happens if they use obscene, derogatory, insulting, or threatening language? Do you still relay the message?

Does the post office deliver letters that contain obscene, derogatory, insulting, or threating language?

Does your telephone automaticly hang up if you use obscene, derogatory, insulting, or threatening language?

Re:Nigerian Internet Relay scam calls (1)

twistedcubic (577194) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261487)

Yes, they do, as Howard Stern demonstrated on his show last month. It was very uncool of them, but hilarious nonetheless.

Re:Nigerian Internet Relay scam calls (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261492)

Yes. As long as they don't break the rules by trying to talk to the operator, we have to process the call.
 
Last week, a bunch of teenagers fed a homosexual child porn story to an operator who had to read it in it's entirety. It was about 50 pages long and he had to read it aloud for about 20 minutes until he had to go for his lunch break. I took over the call and heard the called party talking about how funny it was to do these prank calls before I turned off mute. Sadly, since my supervisor was in his office, I accidentaly started reading an article in newsweek about the history of netscape instead of the porn story. For some unknown reason, the called party called me an idiot, and both caller and called party hung up. (how did the caller who typed that story know that I was'nt reading the right text? hrmmmmm)
 
Naturaly, officialy, the above never happened.
 
But yes, technicaly, we have to process calls that are obscene, derogatory, insulting, and have threatening language. And I do process a lot of legitimate obscene, derogatory, insulting, and threatening calls. Deaf people can be crude just like hearing people. :)
 
It's just that the ones trying to defraud the system are more memorable. Sides, it's not like we relay operators can't tell the prank/nigerian/prison callers from "REAL" deaf people, it's just that we can't do anything about it.

Re:Nigerian Internet Relay scam calls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261543)

I have a question. When you are processing a call, do you use that funny accent speech thingy that deaf people use? I'm just askin' is all.

Re:Nigerian Internet Relay scam calls (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261593)

What if the conversation contains more than merely threatening language, to the point of, for instance, conspiring to commit a crime?

Assuming you have to/can report it, where does the line fall?

Revenge on a scammer (priceless) (4, Interesting)

alvinrod (889928) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261078)

The first time I read this [thescambaiter.com] , I nearly shat myself because it was so funny.

It's the story of a man who is targeted by Nigerian scammers but gets revenge on them and actually screws them out of some money. The whole thing takes place over several months and includes pictures, audio recordings of phone conversations, email correspondence and other stuff.

It's quite long, but worth a read if you have the time.

Re:Revenge on a scammer (priceless) (1)

Joey Patterson (547891) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261610)

That link seems very slow... Here's the Coral Cache link [nyud.net] .

But... (0, Offtopic)

HeroreV (869368) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261084)

Yes, but do they run Linux?

Who is the thief? (3, Insightful)

cowboy76Spain (815442) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261086)

Let's see:

1.- A honest person from the First World receives an email from the empoverished nation of Nigeria. 2.- The email states that if the honest person helps someone to deal an big amount of money from the poor country, he will get a share. 3.- The honest person agrees to help in the theft, and is scammed.

Morally, I could not care less for the scammed. He was scammed because he tried to steal from someone, not because he wanted to be involved in a legal bussiness.
From anoter point of view, this is Darwinism at work: people so stupid to get involved would probably have its money lost in other ways.

Re:Who is the thief? (3, Funny)

cowboy76Spain (815442) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261162)

Sorry for the editing...

for (int i = 0; i < 100; i++) {
chalkboard.write("I will use the preview button more often\n");
}

It's baffling how people could fall for it (1)

Cerdic (904049) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261109)

From http://www.419eater.com/html/419faq.htm [419eater.com]

4-1-9 Schemes frequently use the following tactics:

An individual or company receives a letter or fax from an alleged "official" representing a foreign government or agency.

An offer is made to transfer millions of dollars in "over invoiced contract" funds into your personal bank account.

You are encouraged to travel overseas to complete the transaction.

You are requested to provide blank company letterhead forms, banking account information, telephone/fax numbers.

You receive numerous documents with official looking stamps, seals and logo testifying to the authenticity of the proposal.

Eventually you must provide up-front or advance fees for various taxes, attorney fees, transaction fees or bribes.

Other forms of 4-1-9 schemes include: c.o.d. of goods or services, real estate ventures, purchases of crude oil at reduced prices, beneficiary of a will, recipient of an award and paper currency conversion.

Considering what it requires one to do (lots of illegal stuff), anyone suckered into one of these probably deserves to be taken.

An example of this (1)

Mishra100 (841814) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261115)

Here is a shorter example of what these people post for anyone who is interested. From: michael Ezra [mailto: ezrabank6@hotmail.com] To: mishra_cale@excite.com Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2005 20:51:07 +0000 Subject: Private Business. From: The Manager,
International Commercial Bank Ghana
First Light Branch
Accra, Ghana.

Dear Sir

I got your contact during my search on the Internet. My name is Mr. Michael Ezra.. I am the manager of the International Commercial Bank Ghana, First Light Branch Accra. I am a Ghanaian married with two kids.

I am writing to solicit your assistance in the noble transfer of US$900,000.00. This fund is the excess of what my branch in which I am the manger made as profit during the last year.
I have already submitted an approved End of the last Year report for the year 2004 and also submitted report of first quarter of this year 2005 to my Head Office here in Accra and they will never know of this Excess.

I have since then, placed this amount of US$900,000.00 on a SUSPENCE ACCOUNT without a beneficiary. As an officer of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money thus I am impelled to request for your assistance to receive this money into your bank account.

I intend to part 35% of this fund to you while 65% shall be for me. I do need to stress that there are practically no risk involved in this deal. It is going to be a bank-to-bank transfer to your nominated bank account anywhere you feel safer.

All I need from you is to stand as the original depositor of this fund. If you accept this offer, I will appreciate your timely response.

With regards,

Michael Ezra.



And this is how I scammed the scammer. (2, Informative)

TheGlover (905728) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261181)

And this is how I scammed the scammer. Don't you just hate those offers to buy a laptop outside of eBay from someone in Nigeria via fake money order? Yeah, me too. Check out this article on my website where I scammed the scammer! http://www.theglover.net/home/node/56 [theglover.net]

Re:And this is how I scammed the scammer. (1)

Baddas (243852) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261523)

You're going to feel like a real ass if the payment actually shows up, aren't you? :)

Re:And this is how I scammed the scammer. (1)

TheGlover (905728) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261573)

You had better beleive it. But since the BidPay confirmations have major syntax and spelling errors... I think I'm safe. Now, being arrested by US Customs and Boarder Protection and / or being sued... that's another story. lol. Hope you enjoied the article.

from the scammer himself... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261125)

"Bo bo Do Bo Bo Ba Bo Do Do Bo *click* *click* *click* *click* *click* *click* *cick* *click* *click* *click *cick* *click*click* *click* *click* *click*clk**click* *ick* *click* *cck* *cck* *click* *clik* *click* *click* *click* *click* *cli* click* *cliick* *cck* *click* *click* *click* *click* Bo Bo Bo Bo Ba Bo Throw-Spear Bo Ba Ba Bo Ba Da Da Bo Bee-Bee Ba Da *click* *click* *click* *click* *click* *click* *click* *click* *click*"

SO THAT'S HOW HE DID IT!!!!!!!

Interestingly (1)

soniCron88 (870042) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261183)

Interestingly, perhaps ironically, I frequently get phisher email from iWon.com email accounts. Seems like this story is yet another ad-funnel. Guess phishing offers Slashdot more turnaround than their usuals.

why???? (1)

eight and a quarter (904629) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261201)

why do these scams work? why would someone in a foreign country offer you free money? i get these scams 3-5 times a week.. i see HELLO SIR OR MADAM in the subject line. I KNOW THIS IS A SCAM. if these people knew me, they'd know im a SIR and not a MADAM.

i should send emails to these people about $20 for a flux capacitor which will get your car 500mpg.. dead sir or madam, e-mail me if interested ;-)

The Good Old Days (tm) (1)

xlr82xs (5383) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261266)

What ever happened to the good old days where you got 419 scams via your fax instead of via email ?

Because that atleast always gave you the option of sending the scammer a fax of 3 peices of a4 paper taped together back, which if you used white paper didn't really do much to his ink or paper load, but did keep their fax busy for however long it took them to figure out they stopped getting money a few hours ago.

I hate these scammers... I'm scamming the scammers (1)

TheGlover (905728) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261300)

Don't you just hate those offers to buy a laptop outside of eBay from someone in Nigeria via fake money order? Yeah, me too. Check out this article on my website where I scammed the scammer!

http://www.theglover.net/home/node/56 [theglover.net]

A Day in the Life (0, Offtopic)

sound+vision (884283) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261305)

I read the news today oh boy 3,000 holes in Windows Long-... Vista And though the holes were rather small They had to exploit it all Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the OK yeah you fill in the rest.

I feel sorry for the poor bastard (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261347)

Spam was invented when it became blindingly obvious that some smartass would type:

for a in $alladdresses
do
qmail-inject $a < blurb.txt
done

...and make a fortune with a four line shell script. But this guy is doing it the hard way and has certainly not heard of scripting.

something awful email prank (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261407)

Someone decided to screw with one of these scammers and recorded the correspondence here [somethingawful.com] .

Why Nigeria (1)

dourk (60585) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261431)

OK, they're Nigerian 419 scams, but why do they only come from nigeria?

There are bad people all over the world, why don't I get these scams from other countries, or even here in the US?

Re:Why Nigeria (1)

bani (467531) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261555)

because nigeria is the most corrupt country in the entire world. #1 on the list. the government is totally completely mind-blowingly corrupt. no other country even comes close to the corruption of nigeria.

that is why the scams overwhelmingly come from nigeria and nowhere else.

Re:Why Nigeria (3, Informative)

daremonai (859175) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261668)

The answer, of course, is that they don't all come from Nigeria. In the 90(!) of them I have received in the last week, they've come from the Netherlands, the UK, Palestine (via France and Ireland), Burkina-Faso, the UAE, China, Iraq (via Switzerland), the Philippines, Cote d'Ivoire [Ivory Coast], Benin, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Spain, India, Liberia, the Congo, Russia, Togo, Swaziland, Ghana, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Senegal, and a couple labeled vaguely "West Africa" or just "Africa." Oh, and a passel of them from Nigeria, of course. [I'm just reporting the nominal origins of the mail here; often this is faked, of course. In fact, a lot of the allegedly Nigerian mail really comes from South Africa or other places.]

Looking over this crop, it does appear Nigeria still has first place, but the UK, the Netherlands, and Russia in particular are moving up fast. So it's not just a third-world thing.

To answer your other question, I guess scammers in the US are too busy phishing to bother with relatively labor-intensive deals like the typical Nigerian scam.

And in case you're wondering, yes, I do have a job where my email address has to be prominently posted on a number of web pages. And yes, I do have 3 layers of spam filtering on the account - these all came out of the spam trap.

Article didn't live up to my expectations (2, Funny)

serutan (259622) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261478)

Dang. I was hoping his day would go more like this:

Wake up.
Go to internet cafe.
Discover all my credit cards are maxxed out and my bank accounts are empty. WTF?
See CNN report about manhunt for international child porn dealer. Hey, that's my photo! That's my address!
Notice geeky looking guys with laptops at the next table. What are they laughing at?

I've seen this done in Nigeria (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261529)

In 2002, I was working on a project in Nigeria for a period of about six weeks. During my first day, I stopped into an Internet cafe.

Posted throughout the room were printed notices warning the patrons that these types of scams were illegal and not tolerated. People are quite aware of this problem, and for the most part frown upon it severely.

After I took my seat at a PC, as I went about my business, I couldn't help but notice that the person sitting next to me was composing a 419 scam email. (He was using Yahoo mail.) Sure enough, he was typing in the same stereotypical message you've seen numerous times. After he clicked the "Send" button, he immediately began composing a similar message to someone else in his mailing list.

I couldn't help but steal a glance at the list of messages in his inbox; many of the incoming messages were bounces, as you can imagine, from incorrect addresses.

After I was finished, I discretely reported his behavior to the manager of the Internet cafe. The manager was young, and thanked me for the tip, but didn't confront the scammer, who was older, larger, and clearly wealthier. And the scamming continued...

Re:I've seen this done in Nigeria (1)

srobert (4099) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261606)

So you surreptitiously read what was on the monitor he was using and then reported his illegal activities to the authorities, huh?
  Good work, citizen!

SCO: The GNAA-Nigerian connection (1)

GET THE FACTS! (850779) | more than 9 years ago | (#13261570)

SCO: The GNAA-Nigerian connection
Dear Sir/Madam:

I am Mr. Darl McBride currently serving as the president and chief executive officer of the SCO Group, formerly known as Caldera Systems International, in Lindon, Utah, United States of America. I know this letter might surprise you because we have had no previous communications or business dealings before now.

My associates have recently made claim to computer softwares worth an estimated $1 billion U.S. dollars. I am writing to you in confidence because we urgently require your assistance to obtain these funds.

In the early 1970s the American Telephone and Telegraph corporation developed at great expense the computer operating system software known as UNIX. Unfortunately the laws of my country prohibited them from selling these softwares and so their valuable source codes remained privately held. Under a special arrangement some programmers from the California University of Berkeley did add more codes to this operating system, increasing its value, but not in any way to dilute or disparage our full and rightful ownership of these codes, despite any agreement between American Telephone and Telegraph and the California University of Berkeley, which agreement we deny and disavow.

In the year 1984 a change of regime in my country allowed the American Telephone and Telegraph corporation to make profits from these softwares. In the year 1990 ownership of these softwares was transferred to the corporation UNIX System Laboratories. In the year 1993 this corporation was sold to the corporation Novell. In the year 1994 some employees of Novell formed the corporation Caldera Systems International, which began to distribute an upstart operating system known as Linux. In the year 1995 Novell sold the UNIX software codes to SCO. In the year 2001 occurred a separation of SCO, and the SCO brand name and UNIX codes were acquired by the Caldera Systems International, and in the following year the Caldera Systems International was renamed SCO Group, of which i currently serve as chief executive officer.

My associates and I of the SCO Group are therefore the full and rightful owners of the operating system softwares known as UNIX. Our engineers have discovered that no fewer than seventy (70) lines of our valuable and proprietary source codes have appeared in the upstart operating system Linux. As you can plainly see, this gives us a claim on the millions of lines of valuable software codes which comprise this Linux and which has been sold at great profit to very many business enterprises. Our legal experts have advised us that our contribution to these codes is worth an estimated one (1) billion U.S. dollars.

Unfortunately we are having difficulty extracting our funds from these computer softwares. To this effect i have been given the mandate by my colleagues to contact you and ask for your assistance. We are prepared to sell you a share in this enterprise, which will soon be very profitable, that will grant you the rights to use these valuable softwares in your business enterprise. Unfortunately we are not able at this time to set a price on these rights. Therefore it is our respectful suggestion, that you may be immediately a party to this enterprise, before others accept these lucrative terms, that you send us the number of a banking account where we can withdraw funds of a suitable amount to guarantee your participation in this enterprise. As an alternative you may send us the number and expiration date of your major credit card, or you may send to us a signed check from your banking account payable to "SCO Group" and with the amount left blank for us to conveniently supply.

Kindly treat this request as very important and strictly confidential. I honestly assure you that this transaction is 100% legal and risk-free.

Signed, GNAA president



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modC d0wn (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13261690)

I have a life to Can no longer be are having trouble platf0rm for the surprise to the Software lawPyers
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