Bob Servant likes dealing with scammers – and playing them at their own game.
The book “Delete This at Your Peril” gives eight of his best dialogues with scammers and they are very funny.
This is the story of Peter’s Pots by Bob Servant.
A typical scam email arrived.
I have a job offer for you. My name is Peter Anderson and I work with Union Ventures Inc . Ltd. We extract raw materials from Africa for clients in America and Canada.
We are looking for a representative in America to work for us part-time and are willing to pay you 10% for every transaction. These payments would come to you in your name. You cash it, deduct your payment and send the rest to us via Western Union.“
Bob replies: This sounds very interesting indeed. Can you tell me more about the raw materials you trade in as my friend Frank Theplank is also a trader in raw materials.
Peter: Union Ventures is number one registered company in West Africa that deals on all kinds of raw materials.
Bob: Frank asked me if you deal in rubber, timber or china pots?
Peter: Yes we deal in rubber, timber and china pots and can do discounts for your friend.
[lots more emails about various products, nights out, freezing weather, favourites foods etc. – all very silly, but the scammer doesn’t seem to notice]
Bob: Frank needs 2,000 pots for the end of the month for a major reworking of Dawson Park. It’s going to be “Frank’s World of Pots”.
Then a long description of Frank’s World of Pots – with lots of very silly features.
Peter agrees to provide the pots quickly and wants a $10,000 deposit.
Bob: The 2,000 pots are to be filled with different things. Some with plants but also surprises like chocolate bars, yo-yos, magazines and Chinese food.
Peter: I think what you and Frank are to do will be a great success and I am glad Union Ventures will be part of this. The order will only take us a week and we will have the entire factory working on it. You must pay the $10,000 through Western Union so we can start on the work.
Bob: Frank just called me from the dog track to say I have to make sure the pots are suitable for people to put their hands in without risking the hand getting stuck. This must include motorbike riders who haven’t taken their gloves off.
Peter keeps insisting on the payment by Western Union and Bob agrees but then invites Peter to come over with the delivery of pots and stay at his house.
This exchange goes on for weeks until eventually Peter makes an ultimatum and the game is over.
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