I have now seen it all. (in Off-topic)
Let me first treat the issue of how I got
your email address. I was surfing the web looking for
a true beneficiary or any close contact relations or
similar names of Mr. PATRICK A, an expatriate who
used to work for Shell Petroleum Company in London.
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC)
ordered us to search for the above name who was duped
by fraudsters to the tune of seven million, five
hundred thousand dollars United State Dollar
Our aim, is to trace the said person and refund back
is physical cash back to him from the culprit,
unfortunately Mr. PATRICK A, is one of the
Eminent Personalities in London
and in Nigeria, and was one of the victim and
leaving no WILL and no possible records for trace
of heirs. For Obvious reasons my Insurance
Organisation has decided not to inherit this money.
If you are willing to assist us, to trace or the heir
honest and true beneficiary, Please hurry and provide
us with every possible contacts for communication
purposes to enable us start the transfer
process. We have unanimously concluded to release
30% of the total sum of ten thousand dollars
(10,000.000 USD) to you to start with, for your
participation in helping us to trace or being
the said and true honest heir of this said person.
Also note that, if you have fallen victim or duped
before, please kindly let us know in order to help
and track down the culprit and you refund back your
money or assets by providing us a full details on
how it all started.
Please get back to Us immediately for more details.
(Please help us to eradicate scams)
Thanks for your co-operations.
Enjoy your day.
My root i think i have seen it all now. How can anyone be so gullible that they actually fall victim to these scams.
1. they are claiming to be an Insurance Organisation, how often do they go out of their way to give out money?
2. Please hurry and provide us with every possible contacts, aside from the bad grammar would a big insurance company ask "me" for my contacts list?
3. this is the best one IMO, Also note that, if you have fallen victim or duped before provide us a full details on how it all started. (please give us ideas on new scams since this one is so transparent)
April 6 2007 8:11 PM EDT
Oh, you forgot to put in the contact address. I got one of too but it was garbled and I couldn't respond, so if you could provide the proper address, I can get my $3,000,000 too.
Wow, it's unbelievable that two people from CB were both so lucky as to be owed all this money.
Welcome to the big time Edyit. I was annoyed that it took me months to get my first 419 letter. I felt so unappreciated.
But it's obviously a legitimate inquiry, it states clearly that the insurance company "has decided not to inherit the money"!
of course surfing the web for MR. Patrick A comes up with your email
April 7 2007 4:10 AM EDT
My favorite ones (I've gotten them all I promise) are the love letters from beautiful rich widowed women looking for new companionship that accidently stumbled upon my email address. Aside from a new love interest, they need some help laundering their millions of dollars offshore for one reason or another (usually something involving them being a heroine in distress). And who better than I to help?
This makes me really depressed I'm not even worth scamming . Nobody likes me !
April 10 2007 1:32 AM EDT
There was a web site I found where people would scam the scammers then post their pictures on the website doing odd things. They typically are from poor african nations (nigeria...) and will do almost anything if they believe you are going to give them money.
...lets see if i can find it...
In one of these I read a while ago, the guy actually got the scammer to send him $100 :) :)
nice i'm gonna try that :)
April 10 2007 10:51 AM EDT
I would avoid contacting those scammers, as they are real criminals, and not always reside in Nigeria (lot of them operate from Amsterdam, for example). What they are also after are as much personal details as possible, and by contacting them, that's exactly what you are providing.
April 10 2007 11:06 AM EDT
Tempted to try baiting scammers out of cash yourself? Please don't.
IT CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS!
I would advise anyone considering "cash baiting" to think again. Not only is it extremely dangerous for inexperienced scambaiters to try, but legally you are also skating on very thin ice. Whilst morally you may think you are giving the scammers exactly what they deserve, technically you are still obtaining money by false pretences, and whilst you may just get a slap on the wrist from law enforcement officials, the greater danger is from the scammers themselves.
It is stressed on this site a lot, but again, PLEASE remember that these people have been known to beat, torture, and in some cases even murder their victims. Although most of the scammers you may read about here seem to be bumbling fools, you certainly would not want to meet up with them in person. You may feel you are safe baiting a scammer many thousands of miles away from you in another country, but remember, even though they themselves may not be prepared to go to the time and expense of flying across continents to come and deal with you, they may well have relatives or contacts living much closer to home!
I implore newcomers to scambaiting to never lose sight of the main goal; to waste the scammer's time as much as possible, to mess with their minds, to make them jump through hoops. Of all my most favourite scambaits, not a single one of them involved extracting cash - or even a trophy picture - from the scammer. It is much more satisfying to drive a scammer mentally insane over a period of weeks or months than it is to spend a week or so convincing them to send you a bit of cash. None of my own cash only baits are remotely near any of my favourite baits in terms of overall satisfaction.
Please do not send requests to me asking how to receive money from scammers. I no longer attempt any kind of cash baiting myself. I tested the waters to see if it could be achieved, now I'm looking for bigger and better ways to get these guys.
Any emails requesting information on cash baiting will NOT receive a reply.
Of course I cannot force you not to try cash baiting yourselves, but for the sake of your own security PLEASE don't do it!
meh i probably won't even respond to the scam i just thought it was funny to post it because it was so clearly transparent
April 11 2007 5:03 AM EDT
is a nice document describing various types of scams originating from Nigeria. It's a bit old (it doesn't even mention email scams...), but still interesting.
Bartjan, its true they operate from Amsterdam, but there was an investigation into it. And the guys that were running the scam are nigerian of origin.
So if they don't do it in there own country they will find a more "respectalbe" base of operations.
April 11 2007 9:26 PM EDT
heres one from ebay.
* BARCLAYS BANK INTERNATIONAL WIRE MONEY TRANSFER
(name removed), Barclays Bank is using this opportunity to inform you that AU
$500.00 has been wired by this Mrs Synthia Powell being payment of an
auction of item from you. Due to the fact that most sellers don't send
the item despite the fact that buyers have paid for the item, so we made
the policy that sellers must ship out items within 24 hours of payment
and send us the tracking number for verification.
You are not expected in any circumstances to send the tracking number to
the buyer. Below is your bank details.if the information is not correct
pls mail us back. The money will be transfer into your account
immediately we recieve the shipment tracking number.
From-(Debit):-Mrs Synthia Powell Account:-2012388-90045
Currency:- -Amount:- AU $500.00
Auction Item Amount: AU $380.00 Includes shipping of
Post officeﾮ Service Fees: AU $00.00
Payment Delivery Fees: AU $00.00 Upon approval, a
postal order delivered via
First Classﾮ Mail will be received in
approximately 1-2 business days.
Total Charges: AU $500.00
Buyer Shipping Address: Dele Bamidele21, Elizabeth Street Off Tejuosho
Road SurulereLagos Nigeria23401. IRN:-0384353158Trans Fee:-53.00 Wire
Sequence Code:-Hlf-2666-35 Request Date:-O1/04/07 SIGNED: BARCLARYS BANK
Authorized Signature [IMAGE] [IMAGE] BARCLARYS BANK ACCOUNTANT. We are
waiting for you to ship the item and mail us the shipment tracking number
so that we can transfer your money into your account.
Thank you for using Barclays Bankﾮ. Sincerely,
REPLY TO THIS EMAIL. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE
Barclays Premiership: Proud sponsors of the Barclays Premiership
Address:Barclays Bank Holdings Plc28 Borough High Street South wark,London
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