Some of the Advance Fee scams (also known as 419 scams) are pathetically simple, some filled with poor grammar and spelling and some just boring repeats.
Sometimes, they are just amusing, such as this next one.
Dear Scam victim,
This is the National Investigation Center, USA
In our investigation from banks worldwide we have come across your contact details and records. It was clear the banks mishandled your transaction and …
The message goes on to explain how all of the bank officials have been dismissed and banned from working for any bank. Then it explains that my transaction was legitimate and I have been compensated with $3,130,616 for immediate payment.
I just have to send my details to an official with a Gmail address to claim the cash.
The sender’s name is supposedly Scott Grog and his email address is @giftvoucherkiosk.com which is not exactly appropriate for what is claimed to an International Crime Body.
Vey amusing and sad that people continue to perpetrate these attempted crimes.
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Ms Reem Binty Ebahim Al Hashimy who says she is a cabinet minister and Minister of State for International Cooperation in the United Arab Emirates found my email address on an email database and wants to send me a large sum of money to invest in whatever I choose. That’s a nice thought but remarkedly ridiculous and hard to believe anyone would be dumb enough to reply.
“A breakthrough study has shown this odd vegetable reverses diabetes”. It is claimed to be 475% more powerful than exercise, 552% more effective than any diet and 820% more powerful than any medications. This scammer clearly believes people are morons as she has simply made up stupid claims that make no sense whatsoever. Many people are desperate for help in combatting diabetes but should stick to medical advice not that of a scammer.
Another standard unpaid invoice scam arrives in the email. I am kindly urged to pay the outstanding amount to avoid legal action. The message, as is usual, is full of spelling and grammatical errors. This is to exclude anyone with an IQ above their shoe size from replying. Many scammers want to attract only the dumbest of the dumb. It’s very sad that these criminals continue.
A standard phishing scam email arrives – pretending to be from Barclays bank and the scammer has spoofed the senders email address so it does actually look like it came from Barclays.co.uk but it didn’t. There is a link to click to ‘keep my account active’ and it goes to a website at btsa.co.id which is not Barclays. Never click on links in unsolicited emails.
There are many many scams involving supposed cures for diabetes and some try to use fear to hook people e.g. claiming that diabetes is caused by a common green vegetable. Then the message gives a list of green vegetables and urges you to pick which one it is or to click the link to see a video that reveals all. It is patheticand sadly very common.
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A 419 scam email i.e. trying to interest me in a supposed fortune stuck in Somalia which can be retrieved with a little help from me and then I get to share the loot. No thanks – the scammer hooks the victim then changes the story so that a few minor payments are needed to release the valuables, but they don’t exist and eventually even the most greedy stupid victim will realise this and stop paying.
DMSL wants to tell me all about a new video that has gone viral and my boss will hate it because it will explain why I don’t need to work at my job any longer. Usual scammer codswallop with a video they want people to watch (probably they get paid for the number of people who click to watch it).
Benjamin Boi says he got my email address from the Chamber of Commerce and is contacting me on behalf of the former President of Taiwan who humbly requests my assistance. Of course he does – Presidents and ex-Presidents from around the world keep contacting me all the time, especially ones I’ve never met or even heard of.
General Investment say they have a client interested in investing in my country in a joint venture proposal. Yeah Sure! The best way to find a reliable business partner is to send out millions of emails to random people whose names you don’t even know.
The Holiday Ornament Shop want to sell ornaments personalised by me. But their email address is healthrate.bid which means it’s a scam as healthrate does not match someone selling ornaments and “.bid” domains are a favourite with scammers as anyone can buy them in bulk very cheaply.
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Conning people from around the world to send them money is a big industry in Nigeria.
They do this by promising a very large sum of money – an inheritance, money locked up by the government, a donation or some other variant on the idea. They send out millions of spam emails promising a fortune and people are sucked into the scam and end up sending money to Nigeria – a fee for processing the fortune or a release fee to the Police etc.
The victim pays and pays until they eventually realise they won’t ever see the fortune, which of course does not exist.
But surely people know of these scams and can’t be taken in anymore?
Yes they can. The scammers change their message enough and send it out to more millions of people and the scam continues. In some parts of Nigeria it is a badge of honour to make money from people and give nothing in return.
A recent variant of the scam claims to be from the Secretary-General of the United Nations. It explains that he has been tasked with cleaning up the corruption in Nigeria and stopping the scammers. Apparently he is working with the Nigerian Police, special FBI and CIA agents in Nigeria and has managed to apprehend numerous scammers.
Then comes the interesting part – he has been authorised to make payments of $5 million to each person on a scam list and guess what? My name is on that list. Hence I will receive $5 million.
It instructs me not to make any payments to Nigerian Police or anyone else in Nigeria.
To release the funds I just need to pay a UN clearance fund fee to his office at the UN.
This is a creative way to try to get around the bad press that Nigerian 419 scams are getting.
The whole thing is of course a scam. There is no $5 million – just payments to clever scammers.
There are a lot of the so called Nigerian 419 email scams around.
Here’s how one recipient made it fun.
Plot 23,Tjani Street G.R.A, Kano State, Nigeria.
I am Mohammed Abacha, the eldest son of the late president of Nigeria, i was falsely acussed of murder and as such was imprisoned, but thanks to Allah,i have been released for my innosence. Well dear friend i need your assistance in transfering some of my money into your account, because the government is making plans to seize them, as they did to my fathers own.Please view these site and read it’scontent carefully,http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/wor…wsid_741000/74
1506.stm The ammount is $12 million in a Security Company Abroad. All that is needed is for me to instruct the company to transfer the funds to your account, i will renumerate you with 20% at the end, but most of all is that i solicit your trust in this transaction. I have been confined only to Kano and all my calls are monitored,So i will get my private attorney to get you the needed informations.
Please reply to (mohammed48@…)
This is the response:
Dear Mohammed: I know just how you feel. My uncle, the Emperor of the People’s Republic of Arkansas deposited 500,000 Arkansas shekels in the bank of Nigeria. He was assassinated by the Baptist Christian Militia And thereafter had to go into hiding. I was accused of helping my uncle hide from the revolutionary forces and for three years was surrounded by pygmies who followed me everywhere I went . Thanks to Allah, or maybe it was Zeus, all of the pygmies called in sick one day and I was able to escape. Now, I’d need to recover my Arkansas shekels from the Bank of Nigeria .
All I need from you is your bank account number, routing code, credit card numbers with expiration dates, a few samples of your signature, your birth date, your mother’s maiden name, your thumbprint, the name of your pet, your astrological sign, and a naked picture of your grandmother. I’m sure you would end up with more Arkansas Shekels than you can count. I will also introduce you to an attorney, also a friend of Capt. DuBois, who is prepared to send you a huge bill for doing absolutely nothing to facilitate this transaction. The bill should be paid promptly, or he’ll sue you. For extra money, he’ll refer you to a patent lawyer, an accountant, and a psychic.
Mohamed, you seem to be the kind of guy that I can trust. If you help me you will have more Arkansas shekels than you can count. you will not have to worry about your 12 million American dollar chicken feed. We’re talking shekels here .