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Old 5th Dec 2009, 14:05
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Pesky Nigerian Scammers

Most mornings, the Spamcop filterbox has one or two "619" scam letters in it. Over the past couple of weeks, the number has grown like Topsy. In the first couple of hours of this morning, seven of the blighters arrived.

So I've written back to them all (from my gmail address) along these lines:

Hon.Barrister Marion
Prof. Sanusi Lamido
Mr. Mark Wailers
Lady Sylvia Ströher
Dr. Mansur Muhtar
Thomas James
MR.DAVID FRANKLIN


Thank you all for your e-mails this morning telling me about the various sums of money you have stolen/earmarked/want to give to charity/think might be mine/...


Unfortunately, I'm too busy to deal with your e-mails individually, because another 14 have arrived in this afternoon's mail and I need to deal with those too.

Why is it that I receive about 300 junk e-mails a day from Nigeria and Ghana, China, Poland, Mexico, Taiwan, Brazil and Hong Kong - some of them claiming to be from all over Africa, offering me money that isn't mine?

The first 30 or so of that sort that I received, some years ago, I treated as serious. They very soon started asking me to pay them money for all sorts of "fees" and "bribes" and the like.


The joke is over. May I suggest you all stop pretending you have esophageal cancer, have just been appointed head of some non-existent bank, have found money in a dormant account belonging to someone killed in an aircraft accident, are the widow of a former African dictator and want to "launder" his stash, or want to give your money to a worthy charity before you die.

Pretty much everyone in the developed world now knows about you all, and the police have (at last) started taking an interest.

Ths year, 64 (yes, sixty four) Nigerians have been arrested in the Netherlands for Internet fraud. They will be spending a long time in jail, then will be deported back to Lagos.

Love Me
I am minded to refine that letter a bit, and set up an "autoresponder" to send it to each day's clutch. Has anyone any suggested tweaks to "improve" it?

I know it's pointless, and I know they'll take no notice, but I like spammer-baiting. When I have time, I reply to them and tell them all about the children's orphanage in <varying country near theirs> etc, and string them along for a while before telling them I have no money to send them for the modality fee/bribe etc.
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Old 5th Dec 2009, 14:20
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By responding, you confirm that your email address is genuine (and active) - whereas the original spam may well have been sent to random addresses generated by computer.
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Old 5th Dec 2009, 14:23
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According to a bloke on telly they are not operating from Nigeria now they all came over here and probably restarted their scamming businesses with grants from the local councils.
It would not surprise me in the least.
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Old 5th Dec 2009, 14:40
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By responding, you confirm that your email address is genuine (and active) - whereas the original spam may well have been sent to random addresses generated by computer.
Nope, I'm not that naïve. I keep a special address for replying to spammers.

The address they all wrote to is specific, and has been on the "Spammers CD" for many years. If I could zap it, I would - in fact, in something under 12 months' time, if all goes well, it will indeed cease.
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Old 5th Dec 2009, 14:46
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It's funny, I don't get any of these to any of my email addresses, but I do get a lot of porn related ones to one of them.

Does that say anything about me?
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Old 5th Dec 2009, 14:56
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Far be it from me to comment ... where have you been browsing, and how good is your PC's security? :shock: WOT often warns me, as I Google for stuff such as software, that a particular site is NOT a safe place to visit.

I think there's a PhD project in there somewhere - "Motivation and Targeting Policies of International E-Mail Scammers".

I get, typically, around 300 - 500 spam a day. Of those, I would guess the bulk (80% ish, fairly evenly divided) are for "Meds", Akai Berry, cheap watches, bogus degrees, and online casinos.

I get a few (lower proportion than the above four) for porn sites, and around 10 - 20 a day big money offers of various sorts (like the above).
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Old 5th Dec 2009, 15:03
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Interestingly I rarely get a 'Nigerian' style email. I guess even they've realised I have no money. However I do get a lot promising me enlargement in one area so I can please the ladies further. That's all very well and fine but on the other hand further emails promise me that I will grow a couple bra sizes to please the boys. Neither is neccessary as I'm quite happy with the first and there's no need for the second as I quite capable of doing it myself, moobs being quite easy to grow it seems.

My biggest puzzlement is as to why they bother at all. The return must be pretty small, by now even the most gullible must have been bombarded with so much junk email that even they realise something isn't right.

But meanwhile we're plagued by the things.
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Old 5th Dec 2009, 15:19
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My biggest puzzlement is as to why they bother at all. The return must be pretty small, by now even the most gullible must have been bombarded with so much junk email that even they realise something isn't right.
Corsair,

Simple.

For all intensive purposes, access to email is free.

No other platform offers access to as many potential prospects as email for so little money.

They don't care if the response rate is a lousy, even at 0.001% .... that's 500 people on a 50 million run .... and they're easily sending out many millions more than that.

Unfortunatly, whilst there are enough idiots in the world who give money to these scum, they will keep on sending.

Nope, I'm not that naïve. I keep a special address for replying to spammers.
Do you really have nothing better to do in your retirement Keef ?

They don't send out the emails from real addresses....too much backscatter.... so simply hitting the reply button won't get much of a result. The only reponse mechanisms they are likely to monitor are those detailed in the email (i.e. dodgy websites etc).

I get, typically, around 300 - 500 spam a day.


1 or 2 during a bad week here.....
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Old 5th Dec 2009, 15:31
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According to a bloke on telly they are not operating from Nigeria
Bloke on telly obviously hasn't grasped the fact that the internet isn't geographically constrained and is merely stating the obvious !
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Old 5th Dec 2009, 15:34
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You could always send this one back to them.

From Malaysia,
Attention please:
l need a foreigner partner, I am Mr,Tan Razak a financial consultant and Associates in Malaysia, I have an urgent business transaction for you.l had a late foreign client of mine Engineer Patrick Brian Richards from Birmingham Australia, he was into a Road construction in Malaysia, and he Deposited.US$8,000,000.00 (Eight Million Dollars) with a financial institution in my Country.
Upon maturity. The financial institution sent a routine notification to the forwarding address but got no reply. After a month another reminder was sent to my chamber as the local attorney. Finally they discovered from me how my Client died with High blood pressure on the 30th November 2006, because he lost his wife and the only Son in 2004 tsunamis natural disaster while on their holiday in Phuket Thailand . You may visit the website below for more clarification regarding my proposition to you.
Tsunami Patong Beach, Phuket Thailand: observations by Mark Oberle
The funds are still in the custody of the financial institution and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. According to the Laws of West Malaysia, at the expiration of 6 (SIX) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Malaysia Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.
My proposal is that I will like to present you as a foreigner from Australia for the transfer as the only know relative to my late client this means that the proceeds of his fund will be paid to you as the legitimate beneficiary relative presented by me. When the proceeds of his funds are paid to you, We would share the proceeds on a mutually agreed-upon percentage,
I have already developed a full proof legal and totally risk free, means through which the investment can be transferred to the beneficiary that l will present before the financial institution, If you will be Capable and to be honest to me I shall provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand and secure the transaction. So that all the paperwork will be done in your name as the relative.
But please consider if we can work together as partner and send your telephone numbers for easy communication. Awaiting your Response.
My Direct E-mail Address----
Yours Sincerely,
Barrister. Tan Razak,
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Old 5th Dec 2009, 15:36
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Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam.......

With apologies to Monty Python!

I use Apple Mac, desktop and laptop, using the junk protection on Entourage (Office for Mac mail) works just fine. Occasionally, one finds its way through, but I just bin those.

On the other hand....

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Old 5th Dec 2009, 16:09
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My hotmail account always puts them in the junk mail box along with other phishing ones and adverts for the usual crap.
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Old 5th Dec 2009, 17:15
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Do you really have nothing better to do in your retirement Keef ?
A little light relief doesn't come amiss sometimes
They don't send out the emails from real addresses....too much backscatter.... so simply hitting the reply button won't get much of a result. The only reponse mechanisms they are likely to monitor are those detailed in the email (i.e. dodgy websites etc).
Oh, I wouldn't reply to the "from" address. That's invariably forged - in fact, very often it's my own address. But the 419s etc usually contain a gmail or live.co.uk address for "My Dear One" to reply to.
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I'm very much looking forward to reading the replies to your originally posted masterpiece, so do keep us updated....
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Old 5th Dec 2009, 18:24
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By responding, you confirm that your email address is genuine (and active) - whereas the original spam may well have been sent to random addresses generated by computer.
For that reason I no longer leave an " Out of Office " or " Vacation " message, these automatically send a confirmation of your e-mail back to the sender, no filtering there.
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Old 5th Dec 2009, 19:21
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It's funny, I don't get any of these to any of my email addresses, but I do get a lot of porn related ones to one of them.


Much to my dissapointment, I'm no longer considered worthy of laundering money for the honourble Gentlemen form Hong Kong and Nigeria, but like Frosty my AOL spam box is heaving with porn related stuff.
I never get any of this on my main email account, perhaps the provider (not AOL) is better at blocking such stuff or maybe the sender's just not caught up with me yet.
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Old 5th Dec 2009, 20:22
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The NPR podcast Planet Money carried an interview with Nuhu Ribadu, Nigeria's former Financial Crimes "czar", last week: here.

It's fairly scary stuff. The biggest scammers are celebrities who run highly organised operations, complete with call centres and private security. Ribadu basically had to go after them the way the FBI went after Al Capone i.e. call in the tax people on them, He had some success for a while, but is currently living outside Nigeria, since it's just too dangerous for him there now.
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Old 5th Dec 2009, 20:40
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bnt,

I never get any of this on my main email account, perhaps the provider (not AOL) is better at blocking such stuff or maybe the sender's just not caught up with me yet.
I'm fairly confident when I say it will be the former rather than the latter. I've registered new domain names only to see spam attempts start coming within minutes or hours.... despite me not even having had a chance to use an email address yet.... a lot of it is automated as others have said.

As a slight digression (not aimed at bnt, just a general rant ) .... I am a firm believer (backed up with much experience) that spam filtering should be done provider-side.

For a home user, attempting to do filtering on your PC is a waste of time because :

(a) It's never going to be as effective (fact, not opinion)
(b) You've already wasted your bandwidth downloading the rubbish
(c) Having wasted your bandwidth, you are now wasting PC processing power

Providers should be activley encouraged to improve their filtering, and providers such as bnt's deserve some praise for obviously taking some large steps in the right direction. It doesn't cost much for them to implement proper filtering, and saves them from having to carry rubbish around their networks and store it on their servers for you.... so it's win/win. Just pure lazyness on their part really.

Rant over....
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Old 6th Dec 2009, 15:34
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You have been awarded 2,5000,000,00 do find attachment for further details.
That., plus an unopened attatchment in the mailbox today. But so much what? Baht. pounds. kisses?
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Old 6th Dec 2009, 18:10
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Somebody told me that spam is sent out in alphabetical order so if you have an email address starting with zz you will be fairly clear. Apart from those ones written in Czech or Polish.
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