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   PastimesNigerian Scam Baiting - Let's Discuss the Modalities

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To: yardslave who wrote (97)7/12/2007 8:06:06 PM
From: Tom Swift
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Lukemia? I can't spell it either <g>

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From: yardslave9/7/2007 6:51:54 PM
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You have to love this one. It is a scam. just google the first sentence. They take your information off of monsters, and use your real name. This took a little more work than the usual mass mailing scam. The strange characters were in the original. I left them in there, perhaps someone else knows what they are.

From : Laura Sanford <>
Reply-To : <>
Sent : Wednesday, September 5, 2007 4:55 AM
To : xxx xxxx <>
Subject : suggests You the new job for you, xxx xxxxx
| | | Inbox

xxx xxxxxx: Job offer

We have found your resume at and would like to suggest you a "Transfer manager"
Nj liNj

vacancy. We have studied your resume and are happy to inform you that your skills

completely meet our requirements for this position.
Njli NjM4

This is a part-time position. Your schedule will be flexible. You will need to spend on average 1-2 hours
Nj liN

per day, Monday-Friday. This is a work-at-home position. All communication will be online.
Njl iN

This job will allow you to:

- Increase your income; ODU zM

- Efficiently work at home; ODUz Mm

- Get additional free time; ODU zMm

General requirements:
Nj li

- Internet and e-mail skills; Experience in online work; Zj Fm

- Honesty, responsibility and promptness in operations; ZjF mY

- Good communications skills ODU zM

- Prior customer service experience is a good benefit;

Necessary requirements:

* You must have your own Wells Fargo, Chase or Bank of America account for processing transfers between clients

( If you do not have the account - please, open it)

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From: yardslave9/7/2007 6:52:32 PM
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1st dz on this board

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From: Quahog9/14/2007 1:37:29 PM
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For all you Monty Python fans:

Also, food for thought:

White hunters, black hearts
Scambaiting turns the tables on Internet con men. But when the clever pranks turn dangerous and degrading, where does the moral compass point?

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To: Quahog who wrote (101)4/25/2008 2:04:25 PM
From: Quahog
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Fidelity Investments International
renult adjame area,
3 abidjan b.p.73.
Kent road,
ivoiry coast.

I am Mr. williams, The Fund Manager of Fidelity Investment
international. The African largest Fund Management Company with over £1.2Trillion
Capital Investment Fund.

Nevertheless, as The Fidelity Fund Manager, I handles all our
Investor's Direct Capital Funds and secretly extracted 1.2% Excess Maximum
return Capital Profit (EMRCP) per annum on each of the Investor's Marginal
Capital Fund. As an expert, I have made over £45, 745, 000, 00 and from
the Investor's Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit EMRCP and hereby
hoping to see someone to trust, someone who will stand as an Investor to
receive the fund as Annual Investment Proceeds from
Fidelity Marginal Capital Fund. All confirmable documents to back up
the claims will be made available to you prior to your acceptance.

Meanwhile, I have worked out the modalities and technicalities whereby
the funds can be claimed in any of our 6 Clearing Houses without any
hitches. Our sharing ratio will be 50-50. If you are interested, you
should send your direct phone numbe your fax number so we could discuss
more on phone as
regard the transaction, N:B; Do not contact my office number or email
for any reason, mainly for security purposes, all correspondence must be
through this private box:


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To: Quahog who wrote (102)5/14/2008 10:02:06 PM
From: yardslave
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I like to take the first line of these letters and google them. One of the top responses to this one was.

I am amazed that people still get scammed by these guys.

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From: c.horn6/18/2008 9:01:41 PM
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International money scam discovered in Milford hotel

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From: c.horn11/17/2008 7:35:07 PM
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Oregon Woman Loses $400,000 to Nigerian E-Mail Scam

SWEET HOME, Ore. — An Oregon woman who is out $400,000 after falling for a well-known Internet scam says she wasn't a sucker or an easy mark.

Janella Spears of Sweet Home says she simply became curious when she received an e-mail promising her $20.5 million if she would only help out a long-lost relative identified as J.B. Spears with a little money up front.

Spears told KATU-TV about the scammers' ability to identify her relative by name was persuasive.

"That's what got me to believe it," She said. "So, why wouldn't you send over $100?"

Spears, who is a nursing administrator and CPR teacher, said she mortgaged the house and took a lien out on the family car, and ran through her husband's retirement account.

"The retirement he was dreaming of — cruising and going around and seeing America — is pretty much gone for him right now," she said.

She estimates it will take two years to clear the debt that accumulated in the more than two years she spent sending money to con artists.

Her family and bank officials told her it was all a scam, she said, and begged her to stop, but she persisted because she became obsessed with getting paid.

The scheme is often called the "Nigerian scam" and it's familiar to many people with e-mail accounts. It still exists and it still works.

Spears first sent $100 through an untraceable wire service as directed by the scammers. Then, more multimillion dollar promises followed so long as she sent more money.

The scammers sent Spears official-looking documents and certificates from the Bank of Nigeria and the United Nations. President Bush and FBI Director Robert Mueller were also involved, the e-mails said, and needed her help.

They sent official-looking documents and certificates from the Bank of Nigeria and even from the United Nations, saying her payment was "guaranteed."

But it wasn't and now Spears is paying the price for her costly lesson.

"The hope is [other people] are not going to fall as hard as I fell," Spears said.

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From: Jeffrey S. Mitchell1/14/2009 9:16:25 AM
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Leamington man loses $150,000 in Nigerian scam
By Trevor Wilhelm, The Windsor StarJanuary 14, 2009

An emotional John Rempel tells his story of how he has lost $150,000 of the family's money to a Nigerian scam.Photograph by: Nick Brancaccio, The Windsor Star


A Leamington man has fallen prey to international scam artists who strung him along for more than a year with the promise of millions in cash, but ultimately bilked him and his family of $150,000.

John Rempel said he quit his truck driving job, lost friends, borrowed money and crossed the globe in pursuit of a non-existent inheritance, after he was contacted by e-mail in what is known as a Nigerian 419 scam.

Rempel said he borrowed $55,000 from an uncle in Mexico and his parents gave him $60,000 on credit to cover fees for transferring $12.8 million into his name.

“They’re in it now because of me,” said Rempel, 22, breaking into sobs. “If it wasn’t for me, nobody would be in this mess. You think things will work out, but it doesn’t. It’s a very bad feeling. I had lots of friends.

“I never get calls anymore from my friends. You know, a bad reputation.”

His troubles began in July 2007. He said he got an e-mail from someone claiming to be a lawyer with a client named David Rempel who died in a 2005 bomb attack in London, England, and left behind $12.8 million.

“They used to come in the mail,” said Leamington police Const. Kevin O’Neil. “Now the majority of these are sent through e-mail. Keeping up with the times, using all the wonderful technology that’s available to them.”

“I was told once that they send out 30,000 e-mails a day, around the world, and they hope for just one or two responses. Once you return a phone call or return an e-mail, these people now have their hooks into you.”

The lawyer said his client had no family but wanted to leave the money to a Rempel. It was his lucky day.

“It sounded all good so I called him,” said Rempel. “He sounded very happy and said God bless you.”

The man then told him he had to pay $2,500 to transfer the money into his name. Then there were several more documents. Some cost $5,000.

He was told to open an account at a bank in London. That required a $5,000 minimum deposit. The crooks later sent him an e-mail with a link to what he was told were details of his new account. Some money had been transferred there for “safe keeping.”

“Everything was good,” said Rempel.

Then he got an e-mail from a government department — he’s not sure which country — saying he owed $250,000 on tax on his inheritance. Rempel spoke to his contact, who told him they negotiated the fee down to $25,000.

Rempel went to Mexico where his uncle owns a farm. His uncle gave him $10,000 cash and money for a plane ticket. He was going to London to make sure it was legitimate.

“I had $10,000 in cash in my pocket and my uncle sent another $25,000 when I was over there.”

In London, Rempel met some people and handed over the $10,000.

They met Rempel the next day with a suitcase. They said it had $10.6 million in shrink-wrapped U.S. bills. Rempel wanted more proof. His new friends pulled out one bill and “cleansed” it with a liquid “formula,” which washed off some kind of stamp. Rempel was told that process made the money “legal tender.”

“I was like holy crap, is that mine?” he said. “They said ‘yes sir, it’s yours.’ It all sounded legit.”

Rempel returned to his hotel room clutching the formula and waited for the others so they could cleanse all his money. They never showed, and later told him they got held up. In the meantime, Rempel dropped the formula. The bottle broke. He called his contact who said he’d get more. Rempel returned to Leamington and waited.

A few weeks later Rempel got a call. They found more formula. It would cost $120,000.

“I thought, ‘let’s work on it, nothing is impossible,’” said Rempel.

His contacts were willing to meet associates in different countries to get cash for the formula. It would require several plane tickets, worth $6,000 each.

Rempel was told they collected $100,000, but still needed $20,000. There was a guy in Nigeria who had it, but another plane ticket was required. The contact later told him he could only get $15,000 and “begged” Rempel for the last $5,000.

Rempel borrowed money. He stopped making Visa and car payments.

They called a week later and said the money was ready to go. They just needed $6,900 for travel costs and to rent trunks to ship the money.

Later, the men called to say they were at the airport in New York. Security stopped them and they needed $12,500 for a bribe. Finally, Rempel had enough.

“I said, ‘no way I’m cleaned out.’”

Rempel, his parents and 10-year-old brother Ike drove to New York. They spent a day searching the airport for the men, with no luck. They returned home and called police.

“I really thought in my heart this was true,” said Rempel.

— with files from Dalson Chen

© Copyright (c) The Windsor Star

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From: Glenn Petersen1/24/2009 10:11:31 PM
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What A Nigerian Facebook Scam Looks Like

Dan Frommer | January 24, 2009 3:55 PM

Facebook is arguably one of the safer corners of the Internet, with fairly complex security and privacy controls. But when passwords get busted, even on Facebook, not everyone is whom they're pretending to be. Like a Nigerian scammer, posing only slightly convincingly as one of your real-life friends, trying to get you to send them a $900 wire transfer.

A former university colleague ("Evan") passed along this Facebook conversation, which he promises really happened to him. In it, a scammer takes over one of his real-world friend's accounts ("Calvin"), pretends to be stranded in London, and asks for money to get a plane ticket and pay hotel bills.

We've asked Facebook about how common these types of scams are -- one made the rounds last November -- and what they do about them. (Update: Facebook response below.) In the meantime, a friendly reminder to be skeptical on the Internet, even when you think you're talking to someone you've known for years.

Calvin: hey

Evan: holy moly. what's up man?

Calvin: i need your help urgently

Evan: yes sir

Calvin: am stuck here in london

Evan: stuck?

Calvin: yes i came here for a vacation
Calvin: on my process coming back home i was robbed inside the hotel i loged in

Evan: ok so what do you need

Calvin: can you loan me $900 to get a return ticket back home and pay my hotel bills

Evan: i think so. that really sucks

Calvin: can you loam me now

Evan: well maybe i don't know that's a lot of $

Calvin: how can you loan me?

Evan: what do you want me to do

Calvin: i want you to loan me $900
Calvin: i promise i pay you back

Evan: how do you want me to loan it to you?

Calvin: you can have the money send via western union

Evan: oh yeah that's true

Calvin: will you go and send it now

Evan: well i don't know

Calvin: you can have it send online now

Evan: damn how did you get stuck there

Calvin: i came here for a vacation and i was robbed by some gang

Evan: ok well i want to help you, since we're friends

Calvin: ok. Thanks

Evan: sure thing man
Evan: ok one question

Calvin: are you sending it now?

Evan: what was the name of our high school mascot?
Evan: hello?
Evan: cal?

Calvin: Shawnee Mission Northwest High '01

Evan: what? i know

Calvin: it seems you dont to help

Evan: what of course i do want to help

Calvin: am in a hot sits here and you asking me silly question

Evan: what is hot sits

Calvin: am dead here

Evan: i hope you die there
good luck finding someone stupid
bye now

(a few minutes later)

Evan: oh wait. i just realized what an idiot you are and its actually kind of funny

Calvin: are you not dead

Evan: who taught you english?

Calvin: my sister#

Evan: your english is bad
it does not sound like the english of someone from the us
so no one will believe you

Calvin: how can you teach me

Evan: ok i will. but you have to send me $900.

Calvin: they dont send western union here
we only receive

Evan: what country are you in?

Calvin: nigeria

Evan: i have bad news for you
many americans know about nigerians sending emails to this country to try to get money

Calvin: yes

Evan: it is a trick that we know about so we are very careful

Calvin: eeeeeeeeeeeeh

Evan: you will not find a stupid person to send you money

Calvin: i have got some

Evan: well good job
Evan: do you live in lagos or in another city?

Calvin: Lagos
how did you got to know

Evan: i am a student of the world
i would like to travel to lagos

Calvin: lagos is a place to be
to visit
so full of enjoyment
so when are you coming

Evan: why do you steal money from people?

Calvin: i need money for my college fees but i wanna stop
i promise i will stop but you people slave us during the 60s

Evan: we did not have slaves in the 60s

Calvin: but you about the slave trade

Evan: yes that is true but slaves have been illegal here for almost 150 years

Calvin: i can see that you ae a law student
why can't you become a lawyer

Evan: i will be a lawyer in 2 years when i finish school

Calvin: ok

Evan: how old are you?

Calvin: 27
i need work
i eed a god job

Evan: there are many nigerians in america
do you know anyone who has gone to another country?

Calvin: i know there many nigerian that is in america
i want to come to america
to complte my education

Evan: maybe i will visit someday
i hope you don't steal any more money
good luck finding a job

Calvin: sure.... you will love it

Evan: what is your name?

Calvin: tunde

Evan: i must go tunde
be well my friend

Calvin: cant we be friend
can you add me on your facebook friends

Evan: i am sorry, but due to the odd circumstances of our initial greeting, i must terminate this relationship. i hope you understand.

Calvin: am sorry for that evan

Evan: as am i, tunde
as am i

Update: Facebook responds. As expected, this isn't too common.

This is a very low volume attack, affecting only a small number of users, but the potential impact to an individual user is high so we're taking it very seriously.

Our team has already detected various trends in the accounts of users who have been compromised. We're using this data to quickly surface compromised accounts, ideally before the spammers have gotten very far. When we find compromised accounts or they are brought to our attention, we're working to make sure the accounts get back to their rightful owners as soon as possible.

First, we are disabling the account because, in some cases, the spammer has added a new contact email address and removed the old one. We then ask that the rightful owner to contact our user operations team via this contact form:

We're reminding users to be very suspicious of anyone, even friends, who ask you over the Internet to send money. Please verify their circumstances through some other means than the web (e.g. call them or mutual friends). If you see something that looks amiss with any of your friend's accounts, please report it to us through one of the contact forms on the site.

These and other security tips can be found on our security page (

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