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Bazza
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought you might like this one:-

"""
Hello

Your Two Incoming Mails has been place on hold due to our
recent database upgrade Click mrte.ch/tesconewshelp
On to login for Help-Desk Team Response.We Apologies For
Any Inconveniences We May Have Caused You And Thanks For
Your Understand.

Signd
Help-Desk Team
"""

I removed the http:// from the click line just in case someone
accidentally clicks on the _URL_.

The scammers will try just about anything...
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read an item the other day (can't recall where now, probably somewhere on the interwebs) that suggested that the reason scammers pay so little attention making things plausible is to separate out the genuinely gullible from those who might, at a later stage, have second thoughts. So, as they only get responses from self-selected idiots, this saves them time and effort in both the short and long term.

Clever chaps, eh?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read that too. Basically they are saying "only reply to this if you are terminally stupid" to save wasting effort on respondents who are only very stupid/greedy and realise it is a scam further down the line.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:16 am    Post subject: Journalist's Experiment Reply with quote

I read a few years ago an account by a journalist/researcher in which he pretended to do a scam in order to find out what sort of people respond. A sham-scam if you like (the ethics of his experiment are beside the point here).

He said it was obvious from the responses that they were not from confused grannies from Tunbridge Wells, starry-eyed teenagers, or desparate debtors - the respondents were crooks themselves. It was apparent that these crooks were planning to out-smart the scammer, and maybe take over his operation.

He actually arranged to meet one in a seedy London Hotel - he had back-up not far away.The meeting was liike a game of cat-and-mouse. No money was handed over, no information revealed either way, and the meeting itself was inconclusive. However, it was clear to the journalist that he was facing a very clever con-man.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i find that surprising considering how many programmes there are on the BBC with old folk being conned??
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been clearing out my Mail spam folder and noticed this one. I have abbreviated it a bit. [BTW, what is the point of my filtering spam when I look at them anyway ??]. He only wants $185, modest really, are they reining in their ambitions? He sounds paranoid about rival scammers.

Quote:
Greeting to you
,
We have a meeting with the house (Federal government of Nigeria) we
informed them that your funds should not cost you any thing because is
your money (Your ATM Card). Moreover, we have an agreement with them
that you should pay only delivering of your card, which is $185 U.S.
DOLLARS by FedEx Delivering Company.

However, you have only two working days to send this $185 U.S.
DOLLARS for the delivering of your card, if we don't hear from you
with the payment information; the Federal Government will cancel the
card. I want you to read below notice carefully, as the notice stand
as caution before it is late. for your consideration, you must be
conscious of this project, as I will soon conclude this transaction
with you, in-case of any e-mails, calls you receives regarding this
from any individuals claimed to be me, or e-mails, calls from any
organization to you, such must be forwarded at once to me immediately
by e-mail.

Also, it might come to you with different proposals with different
names including my name asking you to come and claim your estate or
even funds belonging to you or to somebody you do not know, I urge you
to ignore such e-mails or calls, while you forward it to me. I want
you understand that the most important thing for me is your
understanding and co-operation, again without this code (11) don't get
back to me.Moreover, first batch of your card which contains
5,000.000.00 MILLION U.S. DOLLARS has been activated and is the total
funds loaded inside the card. Your fund, which is in total
10,000.000.00 MILLION U.S. DOLLARS, will come in batches of
5,000.000.00 MILLION U.S. DOLLARS and this is the first batch.
....
This is the paying information that you will use and send the 185
U.S. DOLLARS through western union money transfer or money gram.

Receiver's Name: Olele ugo michael

Receiver's Address: -Nigeria.

[etc etc etc]

Dr. Donald Kaberuka Director ATM Swift Card/Foreign Operation Dept,

African Development Bank Contact

Phone Number: +234 8166503641

E-mail:(africadevelopment.spoiler_by_Nuke.bnk12@gmail.com )

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nuke wrote:
He only wants $185, modest really, are they reining in their ambitions?


Not really, mostly they ask for a small sum to start with, then tell you that something unexpected has come up and they need more. A fish, once hooked, tends to stay on the hook, throwing good money after bad (if fish threw money at anglers).
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rhakios wrote:
(if fish threw money at anglers).

Now there's a reason to take up angling!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I don't get offered at least 3m per week I've had a bad week. i don't get out of bed for spam offers under 100,000!
Oh and unless my mailbox is less that 99.99% full i don't even read their email!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, I've just had a freaky one that somehow passed gmail's spam filter. The title had me worried there for a second.

Quote:
Title: **** You!
From: Emily Star
Content:
You really got the guts to break up with me over email, asshole? Tell you what! I just made a nice compilation of your/our best "scenes" and put it up for download on http://goo.gl/I_removed_this_part

Oh and by the way, this email just went out to your parents and all your friends on Facebook. I bet they didn't know you're into dirty shit like this. Smile

Cheers!
Your **** EX

It's the first **** you! email I've ever had. I'm glad it wasn't real.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got an email today warning me that my Diablo III account was about to be cancelled due to me cheating.

Strange, but I don't remember buying Diablo III since I hate that sort of game and am in fact seriously considering the final leap to 100% linuxhood...
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

leke wrote:
Tell you what! I just made a nice compilation of your/our best "scenes" and put it up for download on http://goo.gl/I_removed_this_part


Spoil sport! Now we'll never know what kinky shenanigans you get up to. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hacker vs. Nigerian scammer. http://www.notla.com/archives/2010/07/nigerian-scammer-gets-a-laptop-from-me/comment-page-2/
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, given that you can install Linux on a dead badger and also given the fact that the UK government has given the go-ahead for farmers to increase the availability of this platform, perhaps we could send some to Nigeria instead of laptops.
Just a thought.
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