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Another new scamming tactic

I was checking the mail in one of the mailboxes I used for getting in touch with scammers in the past, and there was an interesting mail in the box, alongside the seemingly endless stream of emails from yahoo detecting unusual activity (I’m not sure what activity they’re talking about since the only thing that the email account is used for is receiving mail).

Anyway, the mail that I received was sent by a scammer, which isn’t unusual in itself, but the manner in which they sent it is a first for me – they used Google Calendar to send their scam letter. By no means is this unprecedented – for a while they were (and still continue to use) a mailer from Yahoo which will tell people that you have a new email address. Simply whack the scam email into the body and you’re set.

What makes these mails unique is the fact that they’re actually invitations to attend an “event” – in this case “URGENT PARTNERSHIP NEEDED” – which was held today according to the clocks in Ouagadougou. If you wished, you could go ahead and RSVP to the event, though the scammer is always more interested in your reply to their myway.com account (even though the mail was asking for replies to go to a Gmail account…)

The only thing that I can think of in response to something like that is that I hope that these providers of services might consider reducing the allowable characters in their message fields – that way scammers would be less willing to use these systems (though they’d just find different ways around it anyways….so it might not make a difference anyway).

On a more interesting note, I was just taking a look at the mails from the scammers, and this one caught my eye – I can’t say that I feel sorry for him; I’d bet he made up the story as well…

Dearest one

How are you and your work, hope fine?….. I know you might been especting to hear from me for all this while. Please pardon me for i have a problem that lead me to prison since january 6th.

Very early in the moning that very day, i was warming my car and all of a surden, my car went ablaze before the fire bregade can take control, the building were i was living and three other naighbours buildings burnt down immediately.

Since that day i am in the prison and just yesteday my lawyer bailed me out. Infact, i’m still on tension and confused i don’t know what to do weather to run out of the country or to stay and face the case but the isure at stake is that i have exusted the little money that i have in the bank

My dear, i want you to undestand that i still love you even if i have not meet you face to face. When i was in the prison i use to dream of you but when i wake up and find out i was in the prison i began to pray that God should protect you till when i will be out.

Dailing, i want you to assist me with some money no matter how small it is so that i can be feeding for the main time.

Thanks and hoping to hear from you soonest
Yours in hearth
James

In his mail before this, he mentioned trying to get down to the African Cup of Nations…I guess that didn’t happen? ;)

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Revisiting the Laptop

At first, I was going to say that this was another example of the laws of searching coming up and biting me on the rear end. However, the law worked again, and I got the result I’m wanting (well, so long as it stays working).

Remember when I left my laptop in the basement for a long time? Yeah, that didn’t turn out so well. At the time, I decided that the solution to the problem would be to put it away and come back to it later. Well, it’s later, and I grabbed the cord for the laptop, plugged it in and crossed my fingers.

Nothing – just the start stop cycle again.

But I persist and, magically, the thing starts up. Now, here’s where I start to go wrong – I go to find the plug for the old router (which is wireless). Naturally, the laws of searching did apply here, and I couldn’t find it. So, I figure, well the laptop’s working decently and I decide to shut it down and bring it out to the main room with the computer in it.

Bad move. Welcome back, start-stop cycle. Of course, as I’m doing this, I notice the plug for the wireless router, so I had a backup plan.

I take the laptop back into my bedroom and hook it up once more to the wall, and again get the start-stop. This time, it was only a few minutes before I got it started up, grab the wireless card and insert it.

It’s a good thing that I have 2 PCMCIA slots on the computer, because putting it in the upper slot gave me a message that I’d have to restart the computer in order to use the card. I’d have none of that so I put it in the lower slot – which worked. AVG went and did its thing, so I let it go.

The next step was to start moving stuff over to this computer (the main one) once and for all. I open the Network Neighborhood, open the shared folders on here, and select files from the desktop to move.

That’s where the luck runs out, unfortunately. As the files were moving (and I went out to here to start writing about my good luck), the laptop did one of its favorite tricks on me – freeze up totally. The only fix that I know of for that problem is to do a forced shutdown of the system using the power button.

And you can only guess what happened next.

Yep. Start-stop cycle. So, I’ve decided to bin this job for the night.

However, all is not lost, as I have just checked in with my scammer friends, to find that one of them have written back to a female character I use with this lovely mail :D -

SWEET LOVING BABY GIRL,

My love i was dieing in my heart all these times for not having hearing from you, you make me so empty in all my ways. How are you? i hope you are ok,I have been having this sexual feelings torwards you, but i found it difficult to have sex with a strenge woman.

Darling, i love you and i can never do without you. i feel so much about you baby, i looked at your beautiful face every day, i want to have sex,how are we going  to do it,andwhat do you have in mind about me.

Im stiil loving you

forever yours

Ah, scammers and sex. Even though he has this difficulty to have sex with strenge women, he doesn’t say he didn’t do it… :shock:

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From the Mouths of Scammers…

I haven’t talked about some of the things I’ve been doing in the course of baiting the scammers from around the world. To be honest, I haven’t done much work at all with directly baiting the scammers – other than telling the computer what I want it to say to the scammers. For obvious reasons, I can’t go into many details about this, but needless to say, it saves everyone who uses it a ton of time. :D

One of the things that I can have the computer do is tell the scammers that the person they’re talking to is a pretty woman (trust me, she is quite pretty ;) ). Of course, this leads to the primal instincts taking over. Here is a selection of some of the mails that the scammers have sent in undying love. :)

Thank you for your mail today and am so happy to receive your speaking ok, am not belong to any thing ok,my love is on you now ok, and i need more your picture again ok, and again how can we see eche other that is only thing i need from you now ok.

Have a nice day

Rev M ark Kelly

The next few mails are all from the same scammer. As you can see, the more they depart from their prearranged emails, the more they tend to get a little wary on the keyboard…

hi baby
are you shown that you are really love me baby as i love you
I want to told you that I what to come there to see you what I mean is that if you are real
love me you can buy soprax gift for me , so WHEN I WE RIVE TO COUNTRY YOU WE SOPRAX ME WITH THE GIFT
YOU ARE MUMU ON MY LIFE ANY TIME I REMBER YOU I WILL BEING HAPPY CAN YOU TELL ME THE RISSING WHILE BECAUSE YOU ARE MY HART AND MY LOVE

And all this time I thought mumu was an insult… ;)

HELLO BABY
I HAVE SEE YOUR PICTUR IT IS VERY NICE I AM VERY HAPPY TO SEE YOUR PICTURE PLEASE I WHAT TO HEAR YOU VOICE TOO AS MY WIFE I LOVE YOU SO MUCH BABY I DON’T NOR WEALTH YOU LOVE ME AS I LOVE YOU BABY WERE CAN I STIIL TO SHOW YOU THE LOVE I HAVE IN YOU
THAK MY BABY OHH BABY
TRY AND CALL ME WITH THE LINE

thank my love
your know that i love your so much than all most
but you did me what i did’t like by did’t pick up my call three times ok
i what you to update me the day you will call me through phone
if you call me after discuseing with you i we come over your country
before next mouth because i what to left benin and come over u.s
you are my thanli
one love

do you have chating id if you did have chat id try and open two
msn so me and you we be using it and punting cam so i will be see you through they and you will be see me too in cam,
you are my lover

attention my dear love happy new year
so real that you love me so much since you have not head from me
am not aruod i went to see my mumu and my daddy since that day am no fee sleep am still think about you am no sleep two good day because of you am weak up by two clok in de midnite and remenbering how you be and your beautfull and how love you have on me can you show you self to be fore ending of de mouth

i love you baby

This particular group of scammers have proven to be some of the most successful – with a few of them going for now almost a full year, still chasing that dream of love. In fact, this scammer is only 7 days from celebrating one year on the trot. He’s also experiencing a bit of ups and downs with the relationship…this was his mail after receiving a particularly angry email –

i ignored the heavy down pour and the flood to read this bullsh-t from you, thank you very much. f— you.

bye.

Two days later…

MY DEAREST WIFE,

I AM IN RECEIPT OF YOUR EMAILS, I MUST THANK YOU FOR MAILING ME, ALSO I AM FULFILED.

I WANT YOU TO KNOW VERY WELL THAT WHO FEELS IT KNOWS IT, THERE IS NO WAY SOMEONE WHO DID NOT FEEL IT SHOULD KNOW IT BECAUSE HE OR SHE NEVER DESIRE FOR IT.

AS FOR ME I HAVE VOWED NEVER TO LET YOU GO, BECAUSE I KNOW YOU ARE SPECIAL LIKE I KEEP TELLING YOU, OUR MEETING IS NOT BY ACCIDENT OR BY MISTAKE RATHER IS ORDAINED BY GOD THAT WE SHALL BE TOGETHER AS HUSBAND AND WIFE OK.

I AM TAKING SOLACE WITH GOD IF NOT I DON’T KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS THE WAY I MISSED YOU HERE, BUT BECAUSE I AM HIGHLY PRINCIPLED I MAINTAINTED MY WORD WHICH I TOLD YOU FROM DAY ONE THAT NO MATTER THE DISTANCE WHICH IS A DEMARCATION BETWEEN US I SHALL NOT MESS MY SELF UP BECAUSE I KNOW YOU ARE THERE FOR ME.

YES, THE MOMENT WE MET THINGS WILL TAKE A NEW SHAPE IN OUR LIVES AND EVERY OF OUR THOUGHT AND IMAGINATION SHALL COME TO PASS, THANK YOU FOR BEEN THERE FOR ME I LOVE YOU SO MUCH BEYOND MEASURE, I AM WAITING TO READ FROM YOU SOON.

REGARDS,
LOVE.

I CHERISH YOU SO MUCH MY DARLING WIFE, YOU ARE MY QUEEN AND I BELIEVE THAT YOU SHALL GIVE ME THE DESIRED PEACE.

As always, I need to mention something important about these scammers – if you do happen to receive a mail from them, you should delete it straight away, and mark it as spam. If you would like to see a large number of examples of scam emails, you can always check out the Scam Warning site, which has many thousands of emails from the scammers, along with advice on what to do about emails you receive.

You should never reply to a scam email, even to just tell them off – that will tell them that you have a live email address and might lead to you receiving more and more scam emails.

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fakechecks.org – A Must-See Site

One of the things that I’ve been involved in over the last couple of years is fighting online scams. In fact, there’s a new project coming out quite soon which I have been involved in; there will be more on that in the next couple of days. As of right now, there are a couple more tweaks to be done to it and it will be ready to launch. :)

However, one of the most frequently asked questions is one of why the media or government doesn’t do anything to get the word out about these scams. As it so happened, about a week or two ago, I was having a rare moment of watching TV, and I saw this ad:

The site mentioned is fakechecks.org, and it is one of those sites that I think everyone needs to check out, and read through. If you don’t have a lot of time, then just check out the victim interview section – particularly this interview. I’ve got it posted below as well. If there is anyone who doesn’t believe that these scams have a real effect on the victims and their relatives, this video (along with the other ones that are on the site) will change your mind.

Stories like these are the reason I bait and the reason I want everyone to know about these scams. I applaud the victims who have been willing to come forward and share their stories for this site, and for the US Postal Inspection Service having the forethought to create this program. Hopefully it will go a long way to finally getting the word out there for everyone.

Spread the Word

I’d like not only this post, but also the fakechecks.org site to be seen by as many people as possible; if you wish, stumble both sites, put them on digg, bookmark them, send them to your friends – all that matters is that word gets out.

If you want some more information on these scams, check out a guest post I did at FreshBlogger in June – How to NOT Make Money on the Internet, along with Snoskred’s post from July – Snoskred made 5 MILLION DOLLARS online this year!

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Another death threat

Back in May and June, I talked about a death threat I got from one Don Jutolio Chichi, directed at one of my “famous” scambaiting characters.

The other day, I received another threat – again from Nigeria – aimed at one of my more “anonymous” characters. As with the Don Chichi email, if you do receive a mail like this, just delete it. There is nobody coming for you – they do not have your address, and the whole aim is to get you to send money for protection from this nonexistent person.

This is the first mail that was received –

Subject: Leave Or Die

Friend,

It is important we come to a conclusion now or never because, I have been hired to kill you, this is the simple fact and I have been paid well for this job to be sincere with you, I have your full data’s, from your name, to your address, to your phone numbers including this email address. I watch you everyday since the past two weeks and I know where you go and when you come back and everything you do. Do not dare me, I am a born killer, which is what I do to survive, I was born and brought up in Mexico.

Never the less, I do not want to kill you, reasons best known to me, only if you will comply with my ransom and I will let you go and even send you the pictures of the person in charge (Who Paid me to kill you) including a very important video tape that you might need.

NOTE: No Police. Ignore this message if you wish to die, I give you 5 days to comply or I will come for you. I am presently on another assignment. You have your choice.

Don. Stella
(No Traces)
Reply to: don.stella@yahoo.de

Now, I didn’t reply to him, but three days later, he sent another message:

Subject: Home Address

Dear Friend,

It is important we come to a conclusion now or never because, I have been hired to kill you, this is the simple fact and I have been paid well for this job to be sincere with you, I have your full data’s, from your name, to your address, to your phone numbers including this email address. I watch you everyday since the past two weeks and I know where you go and when you come back and everything you do. Do not dare me, I am a born killer, which is what I do to survive, I was born and brought up in Mexico.

Never the less, I do not want to kill you, reasons best known to me, only if you will comply with my ransom and I will let you go and even send you the pictures of the person in charge (Who Paid me to kill you) including a very important video tape that you might need.

NOTE: No Police. Ignore this message if you wish to die, I give you 5 days to comply or I will come for you. I am presently on another assignment. You have your choice.

Don. Stella
(No Traces)
Reply to: don.stela102@yahoo.de

Notice that between the two emails, the only difference is that the reply-to address has changed, from don.stella@yahoo.de to don.stela102@yahoo.de. This is a definite sign that they are not legitimate, as anyone can go get a yahoo email address. Everything else is the same, including the computer that he sent the email from, which is still in Nigeria.

Also, notice that he claims to be from Mexico but is using a German email address. These scammers are known for using email addresses in any language; in fact, some of the most common scam addresses are from Yahoo Hong Kong, and more recently, Yahoo China.

If you have received this mail, feel free to leave a comment, or to email me using the link at the right of the page.

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