DEALING WITH 419 SCAMS
…and having fun while you are at it!
Nigerian scams, also called 419 scams, are a type of fraud and one of the most common types of confidence trick.
There are many variations on this type of scam, including advance-fee fraud, Nigerian Letter, Fifo’s Fraud, Spanish Prisoner Scam, black money scam. The number “419” refers to the article of the Nigerian Criminal Code dealing with fraud. The scam has been used with fax and traditional mail, and is now used with the internet.
Recently I received another one of those scam e-mails from some negroid telling me how they personally know of someone wealthy who died and they need to find some partner to “handle” their large sum of money, using their personal bank account, of course. Amusingly enough this particular e-mail was sent to a collection of WN webmasters, as I discovered by looking at the cc: portion of the e-mail. Here’s the full text of what I got:
I am Barrister KINGSLEY FRED and solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney to Mr. RICK Duff, a national of your country, who used to work with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) here in Nigeria, herein shall be referred as my client.
On the 21st of April 2000, my client, his wife and their three children
were involved in a ghastly auto accident along Sagbama Express Road, and
fortunately, all Occupants of the vehicle lost theirlives. Since then I
have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my client’s
extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name
over the Internet, to locate any member of his family or any close name
to his,henceI contacted you. I am contacting you to assist in repatrating
the money and property left behind by my client before they get confisicated
or declared Unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged,
particularly the ACCESS BANK wherethe deceased had his account valued at
about US$13.5 million dollars. The bank has issued me a notice to provide
the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next twentyone
official working days.
Since I have been unsuccesfull in locating the the relatives for over 2
years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the
deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this
account valued at US$13.5 million dollars can be paid to you and then you
and I can share the money according to any agreed ratio.
All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through.
I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law.
PLEASE CALL ME ON MY PRIVATE NUMBER:234-1-475-8564 OR
IMMEDIATELY YOU READ THIS LETTER.
Barrister KINGSLEY FRED.
Fortunately they’re all dead?!? Too bad more of them aren’t? There must be something tragic or evil about Niggeria that so many well-off individuals lose their lives in plane crashes, auto accidents, sudden illnesses, etc. Either the entire nation is cursed or life is cheap there.
I must say I’ve grown rather tired of these 419 scammers and their foolish routine. One of the largest businesses in Niggeria is the 419 scam, and it brings in so much money – an estimated US$2,000,000,000 every year – that the ruling family of Niggeria even takes a cut of the ill-gotten gains. It would be nice if the US were to drop a few well-placed EMP bombs over Niggeria, thus destroying their computerized infrastructure and saving the world the hassle of dealing with these scammers. Conjecture aside, the best thing for any webmaster to do is to use IP-tables to block any and all e-mails or web connections coming from Afreaka.
Anyway, what I did this time was instead of deleting it all, I went over to Panzerfaust and I got a long list of black jokes, assembled them all together and dropped them into a single text file. Next, I went to an anonymous remailer of some sort and I pasted the entire text into the message field and sent it off to our brown friend here.
My reply is here:
They waste my time and bandwidth, so I will waste theirs. If more WN’s who get these scams do this, it will suck up bandwidth on the part of the scammers and cut down on the time they can get from actually ripping people off. Thus I encourage every WN who gets a 419 to do this. It’s quick, easy and fun.
(People who copy and paste the response may need to insert an extra carriage return between each paragraph so it doesn’t all “bunch up” on the screen.)
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