t seems I'm not the only one
having some fun with these jellyheads.
The 419 Coalition
A basic, straight forward
informational resource on the scams and what to do about it if you get one
of these emails (assuming you don't want to have fun with them).
A centralized watering hole for all
those who track the scattergun English of the Nigerian scam emails as an
emerging literary form.
The yard stick by which all other
scam-the-scammers must measure themselves against.
The Adventures of Wendy Willcox
One of the more brilliant scammer
scams. "Wendy" located a couple live web cams in Amsterdam and told
her scammer to meet her where the web cam was watching. And the dickhead
actually showed up!
The Kizombe Correspondence
Probably one of the funniest of the
reverse scams. Freelance copywriter Elizabeth Hanes gets a Nigerian bank
scammer to fall in love with her and makes him consider the financial
opportunities in angora wool.
Scam Joke Page
It took me a few readings to like this
page, now I love it. At first blush it seems a bit jocular, but there's a
method to their madness. A pair of office mates (Jason and Jeff) work the
scammers. They've assumed the identity of David Lee Roth, a president of a
Fortune 1000 company who happens to look like the David
Lee Roth. His brother also happens to look like Sammy Hagar.
Their quest is two fold 1) to get the scammer to send a picture of himself
holding a sign saying "David Lee Roth" 2) to get the
scammer seething mad. There's nothing quite as funny as an African bank
scammer threatening to
have the Nigerian mafia put the hit on David Lee Roth:
"I HAVE YOU FULL DETAILS I HAVE SENT PEOPLE TO YOUR
ADDRESS AND THEY TOLD ME THAT THE PICTURE AM HAVING IS ACTUALLY YOUR
PICTURE AND I HAVE GIVEN IT TO A VOODOO PRIEST IN UNITED STATES AND YOU
WILL SEE I AM ONLY GIVING YOU ONE MONTH YOU WILL SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO
YOU. I DO NOT NEED TO TALK SO MUCH AS I HAVE THE NUMBER OF YOUR CAR AND
OTHER SECRET INFORMATIONS ABOUTS."
A Victim's Story
How a couple Nigerian bank scammers
had a good time on a greedy Australian's tab.
Some End Thoughts
Reviewing not only my email exchanges but
the exchanges published by others, it's rather interesting how readily these
thieves claim to be honest Christians. They drop the names of Jesus and God
as often as they drop the names of Nigerian bank presidents and trusted
lawyers. At first I assumed this was all part of the confidence scam, make
the victim think he's dealing with a trustworthy Christian. But now I think
they really DO think themselves as Godly, honest men. Stealing from
Westerners with too much money is no more immoral than you stealing cable or
reusing postage the cancellation stamper missed. I'm certain they truly
believe God has lead them to this vocation and lead them to you. Does the
cheetah feel malice towards the ibex as he drains away the creature's life
blood? Does the dying ibex feel malice towards the cheetah? Hakuna Matata!
It's also interesting how sophisticated
they're getting yet how stupid they still remain. They set up web sites. They
make up official looking stationary. They know how to work offshore banks.
And yet they're stupid enough to travel to the airport expecting to pick up
David Lee Roth on evidence of nothing more than a few emails. And then they
can be fooled into doing it a second time! Even funnier they do things like send
pictures cut out of magazines claiming it's them, although you can see
the photo's half toning and text from the page's opposite side showing
What I think is going to eventually
happen, as I've hinted on the Intro page, these scammers are rapidly soiling
their own nests by sending out too many scam letters and using the same
mailing lists. Coupling that with newspapers, magazines, and online new
sources regularly reporting about the scam, you will find the scammers
finding slimmer pickings on this side of the pond. They'll turn their
attentions elsewhere. Remember people don't only speak English in the UK, Canada,
the USA, Australia, and New
Zealand. It's the
world's lingua franca. More ready victims will be found in Asia and South America. These people
will be less put off by the scammer's broken English and more accustomed to
underhanded corruption as simply another way business gets done. Then again,
never misjudge the stupidity of the Canadian/American public. Despite the
fact warnings for things like envelope stuffing, loan brokers, and credit
repair have been around for decades, people are still suckered in.