Friday, October 10, 2003
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The best get-rich-quick cyberscam yet
I'm sure everyone who reads this blog has received an e-mail message from a Nigerian lawyer claiming -- in the strictest confidence, of course -- that s/he represents an ousted Nigerian despot and needs some bank account information so s/he can transfer lots of money to your account. I've also received Filipino versions of this cyberscam.
The latest permutation just landed in my inbox:
I am so going to write this guy back.
Too bad we wacked Quasay a bit too early. Early in March, some blogger were predicting a Quasay version of the Spanish Prisoner/Nigerian 4-1-9 scam.posted by: BigFire on 10.10.03 at 09:16 PM [permalink]
That is pretty funny.
Were there any Osama Bin Laden-related e-mails?
Seriously, I got an e-mail pretending to be from paypal.com, asking me to update my account by entering in my account #, bank account #, ATM #, etc. The scary thing is, the e-mail was so convincing I might have actually done it, if the request for an ATM # hadn't set off alarm bells (despite their assurances that it was only "for confirmation purposes.")
A few weeks later, Paypal sent out a genuine e-mail explaining that they would never ask for an account #.posted by: Alex Parker on 10.10.03 at 09:16 PM [permalink]
Hah, beat you to it. I got back to him yesterday.
Told my boss today to shove it. Maxed out all my credit cards. Ahh, the good life.
No more worries, right?
SMGposted by: SteveMG on 10.10.03 at 09:16 PM [permalink]
Damn you, SMG!! Damn you all to hell!!posted by: Dan Drezner on 10.10.03 at 09:16 PM [permalink]
There's something fishy about that email. If he is living in the UK, why does he have a Canadian email address?
Here's what I'll do: send me your bank account number and I'll talk to my friend Al about giving you a piece of this action. Can't guarantee you a great deal; but maybe we can throw you a bone or two.
Hey, we're all friends here on the Internet, right?
SMGposted by: SteveMG on 10.10.03 at 09:16 PM [permalink]
Over the last two years I've gotten variations of this spam scam from people purporting to be from Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Congo, Mali, Burkina Faso, and now Iraq. I predict a major surge of offers from phantom Palestinians and Cubans as soon as Arafat and Castro die, and I don't even want to think about what the spam scammers will do when the Pope passes on. If they all die at the same time it will likely crash my ISP's servers.posted by: Zathras on 10.10.03 at 09:16 PM [permalink]
The 3rd Annual Nigerian
I am Mr. Laurent Mpeti Kabila, a senior assistant leader of the Revolutionary United Front of Sierra Leone.
I present to you an urgent and confidential request: I request your attendance at The 3rd Annual Nigerian EMail Conference. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your distinguished colleagues, learn new marketing techniques, and spend your hard-earned money. Attending this conference demands the highest trust, security and confidentiality between us.
Like most Nigerians, you're probably finding that it's increasingly difficult to earn a decent living from email. That's why you need to attend the 3rd Annual Nigerian EMail Conference.
"This conference is an investment in your future. Learn to take advantage of modern technology, and make a great deal of money with very little effort. If you have any question, please contact me and I will send you a proposal that may be of interest to you. I await your response by return while assuring you that the transaction is absolutely risk free."
- Dr. Collins Mbadiwe
As in the past, this conference
Following are just a few of the
Breakfast Kickoff Session:
* The actual schedule of events and participants depends on various trial outcomes and extradition hearings.
The Abuja Sheraton Hotel is an elegant 5-star hotel in the heart of the new capital of Nigeria. For more information, click here. Only 575 rooms are available, so make sure you register early!
Amenities* include a bar, a barber shop, running water (hot AND cold), free parking, and a free newspaper (except for weekends).
Imagine yourself sitting in this modern conference room, surrounded by enterprising businessmen like yourself.
Spouses are invited, although they may not attend the conference sessions. Spouses must spend the day in their hotel room watching TV (two channels are available, and one is not cartoons).
* Restrooms are available in the hotel. Please use them.
"My business has increased by 45%, and I am now experiencing an 89.4% ROI" - Mariam Abacha
"It was a genuine pleasure to meet other honorable business persons such as myself." - Isa Ahmed
"The presentation on P.T. Barnum was especially helpful." - Farouk Bakoh
"The hotel was very, very upscale. The running water was a nice touch! - Dr, Collins Mdadiwe
"I am pleased. I got many new email addresses as a direct result of this most valuable conference." - Aku Chukwu
"Now I know how to respond when someone refers to my business as a scam." - Franklin Dimmoh
"I AM FIRMLY CONVINCED THAT USING UPPERCASE LETTERS MAKES MY WRITING MORE EFFECTIVE." - Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed
"The free daily newspaper was very good to receive, but it is not come on Saturday." - Mrs. Mabel Mamumbi (my kidney disease is getting better, but I am still a widow)
Registration is via a confidential money transfer.
Send your bank's name, account number, your name, address, telephone number, and fax numbers. Please note again that this transaction is strictly confidential and as such should be kept secret. Be rest assured that this transaction is 100% risk free.
Kindly send the requested information (in complete confidence) to:
Nigerian EMail Conference
I just got a 419 from a childless Christian widow in Kuwait who's dying of cancer. Or possibly a stroke. It's a little unclear. Anyway, she wants to give $9.3 million to charity and is looking for someone to trust blindly to do that. She wants me to call her lawyer in Holland. She doesn't say this is risk-free, like most of them do, but if she's a good Christian, she must be honest, right?posted by: mdw on 10.10.03 at 09:16 PM [permalink]
Dear Sir, Please advise the current status of the fund and the name of the security company in London. Regards. Anthonyposted by: Anthony Chu on 10.10.03 at 09:16 PM [permalink]
Hi,my name is Jim/And this messege is for Nigerians who offer big money/Please flood my mailbox everyday if possible with your money offers/And send me Lottery offers also/And send me offers for receiving money,for holding money/This messege posted on Friday December12,2003/If possible startsending me your offers tommoraw/And if possible send me a truckload full of offers whenever possible/Thank Youposted by: Jim on 10.10.03 at 09:16 PM [permalink]
This is Jim/I posted a messege here a few weeks ago/I havent gotten my mailbox stuffed with offers yet/Please anybody/company stuff my mailbox everyday for years with offers/I want to start a moneymaking oppourtunity/Thank You/My mailing address is 3630 S. Sepulveda Blvd.=1-145 Los Angeles,California 90034posted by: Jim on 10.10.03 at 09:16 PM [permalink]
how about this scam
how about this scam
Hello all. I am a Nigerian and I came across this site and was laughing at the event between "Kafool" and "Weaver".
Weaver took some risks getting involved with this idiot. If the emails had been intercepted by authorities, he could have been charged along with the guy. Also Weaver assumed that this guy wasn't familiar with the film "little rascals" and the TV show "The Simpsons", both of which I saw in Nigeria b/4 I came here.
Some of these guys are Pros but most are clueless like this guy. When you get involved with bastards like this, you gotta watch out cause some of them are probably closer than you think.
Anyway, I get a lot of this emails on my email which is supposed to be "spam resistant" I was so mad I opened a new set of emails which gave me more options to control my email inbox. I just hit delete everytime on my old email.
What do you guys think about getting the IP or email addresses of these bastards and posting them on the web for spammers and hackers to find?
I wish I had the time like you guys did cause then I would really go after this guys like actually taking out contracts on these bastards because they are causing problems for people like me everytime.posted by: ajax on 10.10.03 at 09:16 PM [permalink]
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