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Old 6th Jul 2017, 06:12
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New Scam email Nigeria

This is a new one on me:

Greetings,
I know that you don't know me but I found your email in my search online,
My name is Sgt. Juliet Shaw, I am a Military Officer for the US Army. I have a business worth the sum of $4,000,000 United States Dollars to share with you if you are interested kindly reply to my different private email on [email protected] and ask me for details.
I am waiting to hear from you.
Why only a Sergeant? Shades of Sgt Bilko perhaps as Officers aren't bright enough to run a business worth 4m.

The IP address: 197.210.25.104 is, surprise surprise Nigeria.
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Old 6th Jul 2017, 09:37
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A military officer who is a sergeant???

I am a bit suspicious.
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Old 6th Jul 2017, 15:49
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Originally Posted by Avtrician View Post
A military officer who is a sergeant???

I am a bit suspicious.
A Sergeant is a military officer - a Senior Non-Commissioned OFFICER
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Old 6th Jul 2017, 16:58
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Oh, maybe it's genuine after all then?!

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Old 6th Jul 2017, 17:01
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Sorry that my hero Capetonian is no longer here to supply us with his response to this. They were treasures.
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Old 6th Jul 2017, 18:22
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Seems gen.
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Old 6th Jul 2017, 19:04
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They still do not know how to craft a half believable message They try to emphasize importance and rank and it fails. Plus the whole concept is a cheap mirage.
I do know there are many blind enough to fall for it.
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Old 6th Jul 2017, 19:09
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Sorry that my hero Capetonian is no longer here to supply us with his response to this. They were treasures.
Oh dear, what happened?
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Old 6th Jul 2017, 23:32
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Shades of Sgt Bilko
You got that in the UK? We got it here in Canada. I thought it was pretty funny.
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Old 6th Jul 2017, 23:50
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I have Nigerian friends who have millions in their cellars but none of them have ever shared their hidden wealth with me. Have I offended them ?

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Old 7th Jul 2017, 00:00
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Yep we got The Phil Silvers Show as I recall it was named. Then the cartoon Top Cat which was an analogue.
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Old 7th Jul 2017, 04:45
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
This is a new one on me:

Why only a Sergeant? Shades of Sgt Bilko perhaps as Officers aren't bright enough to run a business worth 4m.

The IP address: 197.210.25.104 is, surprise surprise Nigeria.

Damn. Wish I'd seen this thread before I wired $20K to Sgt. Shaw.

I was sure I'd be getting $2 million for helping.

Damn...

Yep we got The Phil Silvers Show as I recall it was named.
Phil Silvers rocked. Quintessential American slimeball, taken to the highest level, except for when he wasn't. There were moments on his show when he was able to shine a good, caring light. And I loved the slippery character he played in "Mad Mad Mad Mad World." The fight with Jonathon Winters, at the garage in the middle of the desert.

Top Cat: I always thought of this as a cross between The Flintstones and Fat Albert.


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Old 7th Jul 2017, 05:10
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A new scam email, probably not, just a variation on the multitude out there already.
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Old 7th Jul 2017, 06:12
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Sgt Shaw is marginally more credible than one I had from the Rev Donald Duck. Would love to know they were persuaded to use that name.
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Old 7th Jul 2017, 06:59
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NC, probably from some well meaning idiot that gave them some hints.

Metro Man, I really meant new slant. It was usually some plot to get money out of Nigeria or an Arab State via your bank account. By new I meant as US Army 'officer' (MFC Fly I take your point) but 'in' there are officers and NCOs, out the SNCO becomes Senior . Officer.
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Old 7th Jul 2017, 08:22
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They still do not know how to craft a half believable message
Nigerian scam emails 'deliberately implausible' - Telegraph

Machine learning expert and Microsoft researcher Cormac Herley suggests in a paper released yesterday that "by sending an email that repels all but the most gullible the scammer gets the most promising marks to self-select." Herley's reasoning is that scammers have to go to a lot of effort to successfully extract money from their victims. "At the interface between the digital and physical worlds effort must often be spent," he writes. "Each respondent to a Nigerian 419 [advance fee fraud] email requires a large amount of interaction...each potential target represents an investment decision."

The most profitable way to earn money through email scams, Hurley finds, is to only invest in those targets most likely to pay out, rather than maximising the number of targets "attacked". This is why 419 emails contain fabulous stories that most people find laughable - or that savvy internet users will see through with a quick search or based on their experience. A less outlandish wording that did not mention Nigeria would almost certainly gather more total responses and more viable responses, but would yield lower overall profit," Hurley concludes.

"In our experience, the typical profile [of scam victims] is the very vulnerable and easily confused - often the elderly," confirms virus and spam expert Graham Cluley of computer security company Sophos. "There have been some heartbreaking stories of people losing their life savings to these scams. They rely on people falling for them hook, line and sinker."
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This is also known as a "self weeding garden" If the proposals were more plausible they would get more responses which would need to be followed up but most would be a dead end resulting in a lot of wasted effort. This way they get the real mugs who are likely to pay up.

Employers use a similar method with job applicants, where application forms are unnecessarily long and complicated so only those who REALLY want the job bother completing them.
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This is also known as a "self weeding garden" If the proposals were more plausible they would get more responses which would need to be followed up but most would be a dead end resulting in a lot of wasted effort. This way they get the real mugs who are likely to pay up.
Why can't we play the same game back at them. Can somebody put together a computerized response program with blanks to be filled in? This response would be designed so as to encourage much wasted unproductive time back at the perps that plays on the words that they used in their scam.

We have a lot of senior citizens on this board who can act out their ignorance towards the creation of a response
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Old 7th Jul 2017, 14:24
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lom, on the Microsoft phone one I had a long and pleasant chat where we ended up discussing bread making - it was the bread maker Window that I was looking at.

On another we went through the whole process - Press the Cee Tee Are El key on the bottom left of your keyboard.

I don't have a Ctrl key, this went on for about 5 minutes as he sought a work around. Finally he asked what was the make of my computer - Amazon says I. Amazon FIRE.

He slammed the phone down.
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Old 7th Jul 2017, 15:23
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lom, on the Microsoft phone one I had a long and pleasant chat where we ended up discussing bread making ....
Very effective, but way too specific to that one example.

What we need is a check sheet of responses to the modus-operandi that the scammers are now using to sucker us. This check sheet has the single purpose of sucking them in as well. (much like the Putin-Trump meeting today)
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