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  • Nigerian Internet Scams

    I'm sure most of us have gotten the e-mails...The Nigerian looking for an American to assist in the transfer of millions of dollars in funds blah blah blah.

    Any of you ever play with these people and string them along?

    Anyone know a good source to report these e-mails to?

    It seems as though these scams are like cockroaches...

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    I saw some of the Volkswagen guys playing games with them and having them take pics of themselves with signs saying all sorts of stupid things. Pretty funny. I just add them to the Spam list myself. Their was a web site dedicated to messing with them that I saw once but I have no idea what the address is.
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    • #3
      I saw a web site where a guy was toying with these crooks. He told them his name was James T. Kirk & even sent them a copy of his James T Kirk passport complete with Star Fleet logo & William Statner picture. He had them going for some time.

      I was recently trying to sell an item on the Internet. One of these clowns emailed me saying he wanted to buy the item. He just needed my ful name, account number, routing number ect. I told him to get a real job..

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      • #4
        419 scammers are fun to play with. Probably the best reverse scam I've seen pulled on them can be found at:

        http://www.419eater.com/html/joe_eboh.htm

        Also take a look at:

        http://www.419eater.com/html/letters.htm

        and

        http://www.ebolamonkeyman.com/
        Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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        • #5
          We have had these here too for quite a while, I got one from Ghana yesterday. I would reply with names like Eileen Dover, Phil de la Topp, Lou S Morals, I used R Soles once and he wrote back calling me Soles! Lead them on a bit then say you a 12 with a kids savings account and hey presto they disappear! Then put them all in a mail group for email and then forward them each others e mails

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ex-plod
            Then put them all in a mail group for email and then forward them each others e mails

            That is a great idea...I will do that! What we should do is have everyone share the e-mail addresses with everyone else, come up with a super-list of scammers, and forward their e-mails back to them...

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            • #7
              This is kind of funny. A friend forwarded that email to me as a joke, claiming he was going to get rich. Mind you, he was joking and knew it was a scam from the beginning (he's retired Special Forces, not a lame brain).

              Anyway, just to get back at him, I called the phone number listed for the Nigerian Ambassador. I forget his name at the moment, but I remember the number actually calling his office. The receptionist / secretary / administrative specialist / whatever they're calling them nowadays was shocked and amazed at what I told him. He couldn't believe someone was using his boss's name for a scam.

              Mind you, it couldn't have been the scam artist's office because I asked the receptionist, "Is it true that..." what the email said was correct. He was appaled. Had he been the scam artist, he would have said, "why yes, send me the money."
              MAC

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              • #8
                My parents got caught up in a Nigerian scam, but they were smart about it...

                We had a 92 Chevy Blazer that my brother wrecked but it was still in repairable shape. We were asking $1300 for it. They got an offer and spoke to someone on the phone and by e-mail. They said they would send a check for $3700 to pay for the Blazer. My parents asked, "Why $3700 for a $1300 car?" The guy said that $1300 was to pay the asking price and $2400 was to have it shipped. We thought, why the hell would someone want to pay $2400 to ship a $1300 car? But, we went along with it. Sure enough, a few days later a check arrives in the mail for $3700. My stepdad takes it to the bank to deposit it. The bank was just going to deposit the $3700 in his account without question, but my stepdad had his suspicions about the legitimacy of the check. He had the bank call the bank that issued the check. Well, the bank existed, but the account on the check did not. So, he called the police and told them all about it and gave them all the info. Doubt anything came of it though.

                Basically, the scam works in that the bank just deposits $3700 in your account. You then draw $2400 out of the account to send payment to the person who is shipping the car. When the bank realizes the check is bad and they take back the $3700, you are already out $2400. It's an interesting plan, but luckily my stepdad isn't tricked easily.
                Bill Cosby: Stewie, what do you think candy is made out of?
                Stewie Griffin: Sunshine and farts! What the hell kind of question is that?!

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                • #9
                  I handled a complaint about this approx. two weeks ago. This idi.....poor citizen actually provided bank account information to these people via fax. And then thought that the decision may have been a bad one. Jee, ya think?

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