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Nigerian letter scammer

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6:33 pm on Jun 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This is so hilarious. A Nigerian letter scammer gets a taste of his own medicine when he gets enrolled into a fake wood carving scholarship program.

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8:05 pm on June 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Okay, that made me a little sad. The artwork was good, especially the first one. I think even if someone was attempting to scam me, I'd still feel guilty about the art and want to at least send enough money to cover the shipping. And that, that is why I don't mess with the poor scammers.
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I don't like scammers but I can't help feeling sorry for this one. The carvings actually look really good, and I wonder how much money he spent not only on the postage & packing and on the actual carvings themselves.

Most scammers (I think?) are really poor and I wonder how much this guy lost. I'm all for scamming the scammers, but I think it's cruel when they have to pay out a lot of money. Two wrongs don't make a right.

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the poor scammers

You mean the "poor" scammers driving around brand new BMWs? Please! Anyone who tries to scam someone else certainly deserves to be scammed themselves.
9:45 pm on June 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Them driving around in BMWs isn't the point, nor is their scam. I simply feel sorry for someone who makes decent artwork, thinking there's a scholarship or something at the end of it. I feel sorry for the artist, which in fact, whomever made the pieces, is.

I don't feel sorry for most of the scammers, just this one. Or this artist - probably not the same person.

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OK, I thought all along that it was the actual scammer being scammed. I admit I hadn't thought of the possibility that the scammer in turn scammed one of his own countrymen into developing the artwork (and possibly even making that person pay for the shipping).

If it's another person being scammed, then I do feel sorry for the artist.

But if the scammer is the artist, I certainly don't feel the least bit sorry that be spent a lot his time and effort (esecially if that prevented him from spending time and effort trying to scam other people) and got no reward for it. It's no different from someone who put a lot of time and effort into earning money then got scammed out of that money.

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The guy who sent the artwork scam was doing so, to the person who had sent him a scam email..

THE classic scam email of " I have money in my country I need to send out, can I use your bank account " scam..

He was getting back at one of these people that rip people off by ripping them off himself...

He only sent the email as he was sent a scam.. he scammed the scammer.. are you getting the picture now ...?

[edited by: lawman at 4:45 am (utc) on June 30, 2006]

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I'm sorry Lobo, but you've just been a witness to compassion. Odd thing on the Web eh?

[edited by: lawman at 4:45 am (utc) on June 30, 2006]

1:44 am on June 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The sad thing is that the carvings would put most art students in the UK to shame.

The other sad thing is that the guy was obviously willing to work for his money, and probably had few options apart from running 419 scams.

I don't have patience with a 419 scammer but it does seem a little cruel to slap them in the face when they try to go straight and find a legitimate income.

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Read until the end....

I was also able to discover the name and contact details of John's artist and managed to contact him to confirm he had indeed been paid for his work, although he wouldn't tell me how much he was paid!
12:06 pm on June 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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During our conversations I John told me he was making around $45,000 a month on average from his various scams

That is the much more scarey figure! How many idiots in the world...

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Nice carving.
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That is great, I have not been to that site in a year. Fantastic reverse scam

About 6 months ago I had somebody send a "check" for $64000 to our local police station in my name. It was a lot of fun. It took about 3 weeks to reel him in, but worth it when I told him he sent it to the police.

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9:44 am on July 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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That is now a forbidden site...oh well.
8:57 pm on July 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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That is now a forbidden site...oh well.

?
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That is now a forbidden site...oh well.

? no it's not

10:47 pm on July 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Was 419eater hacked? I cant get in.

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Forbidden
You don't have permission to access / on this server.

Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

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Apache/1.3.34 Server at www.419eater.com Port 80

10:50 pm on July 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Same error... I was wanting to see the artwork!
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strange? it now jumps to [forum.419eater.com...]

but still there

1:53 am on July 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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From Google, appears Boko is becoming famous on the web. It might be smart to buy some his carvings before the trendy set drives up the prices. (can he carve a Campbell's Soup can?)

Ultimate justice: art world beats a path to his door (hut?), he becomes rich, dies, and his widow is forced to move his millions out of Nigeria due to a coop.

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Okay, that made me a little sad. The artwork was good, especially the first one. I think even if someone was attempting to scam me, I'd still feel guilty about the art and want to at least send enough money to cover the shipping. And that, that is why I don't mess with the poor scammers.

How can anyone feel guilty for scammers. Lets not forget that these people are criminals and scum - it's that simple. And the money they "lost" sending the piece over is probably from other scam victims anyway.

I would imagine most of the tales these people tell are complete BS, just another way of getting victims.

Just my opinion