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New Nigerian scam mail

Not the same old boring story this time

   
8:41 am on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Almost everybody would have received mails from Nigerian deposed dictator or his wife. [ftc.gov]

I think I am one of the "lucky" few to receive an offer from this gentlemen from the African Development Bank, Nigeria. The story is quite creative - not the same old one -

The "Bill and Exchange Dept" of the bank has come across an old account belonging to a foreigner who died in a plane crash! Apparently the client has no kin and our man wants to transfer $17.5 million to my account.

My friend from ADB is generous enough to give me 25 percent.

Apparently somebody from the Nigerian Chamber and Commerce recommended "my personality" to him. ;)

8:54 am on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I think I am one of the "lucky" few to receive an offer...

No you're not. One local news channel had a story on this variant tonight. The woman mentioned lost $4,000.00!

Go figure.

Pendanticist.

9:03 am on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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She was an unlucky one ;).

At least the email has changed. I have a prebuilt email program that puts any email with the word Nigerian into the junk mail so I didn't get this :(.

Chris

9:11 am on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have a prebuilt email program that puts any email with the word Nigerian into the junk mail so I didn't get this.

Not me. I read them to keep abreast of current uh, 'tactics' so-to-speak. Well, that and I use Eudora Lite 3.0.6.

:):):)

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9:14 am on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Pssssst. chris_f, why do you reveal spam secrets?

They can easily change from Nigerian to Congo's deposed dictator and we will all have to update our filters :(

9:40 am on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Here's one for 'ya.

http:*//www.spamletters.com/

Look through the 'personal favorites' and the 'top 20 letters' after 'Nigerian Scam Artists'. I think you'll get a laugh out of posters who actually have ongoing dialogue with the UCE/SPAMers themselves. :)

Pendanticist.

9:45 am on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Inspite of the warnings, vibgyor79 catches the next available flight to Nigeria to close the business deal. Now which affiliate program can offer a $4.5 million commission?
11:26 am on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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"She was an unlucky one"

Or a stupid one... ;)

I've heard that fraud is Nigeria's third biggest industry... Does anyone know if this is actually true?

8:15 pm on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I know someone who prints them all and saves them. He reckons he saw the first Nigerian scam long before he had email, about 15 years ago, if I have the story right.
10:10 pm on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>>a foreigner who died in a plane crash

Hey, stay away from this deal! That was my Uncle and I'm going to Nigeria to claim the money. Can anyone deposit $5000 in my bank account for my plane ticket? I'll gladly renumerate you with 25% of the money I collect!

10:38 pm on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Or a stupid one...

To me, stupid is knowing better and doing something they know to be wrong anyway.

I'd be more inclined to use the terms ignorant (as in was not aware that this scam has been around for ages and being), or gullable.

Pendanticist.

12:24 pm on Feb 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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lol, try www.scamorama.com too - for the Nigerian 419 Baiters... baiters basically waste their time as much as poss :) great fun to be had!
6:20 pm on Feb 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Now, they've gone multi-channel on us. I got one in the (snail) mail today!

This is a lot nicer than the e-mails because I get to admire these colorful stamps from South Africa.

Hey, they must be really making big money if they can afford to send out zillions of these letters from South Africa.

9:16 am on Feb 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hey, they must be really making big money if they can afford to send out zillions of these letters from South Africa.
That's how they used to do it for many years before the Internet was widely available in Lagos.
9:53 pm on Feb 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I got that e-mail at work. I replied saying how unintelligent it is to send fraudulent e-mail to government agencies. I pasted the headers of the original into the reply, stating that it shouldn't be too hard to locate the computer it was sent from based on the IP and time of day.

I then said to have a nice day.

I doubt anyone read it and I don't work in international policing, but it was deeply satisfying nonetheless. :)

2:43 am on Feb 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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actually i know it is hard to belive that anyone would reply to these but they do and it is usually people with little or no education very blue collar working class hoping for a dream, i think that they should be banned from the web, i saw a program and some people in the us say they won a lottery ticket but need $2500 or $5000 to cash it in for taxes and they will spilt with the person they actually walk them to the bank go to the lottery office and walk out a back door while the person is waiting on a bench for them thoses are the con artist that need to be stopped the ones taking advatange of people with no money and limited education!
2:45 am on Feb 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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reply to how old it is, i got the first one on my company fax machine in 1995, wanting me to help with his poor uncle who owns $billions of dollars!

he has been around a long time!

4:22 pm on Feb 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hasn't everyone heard about this one by now? I am really, really surprised that anyone falls for it these days. I think it has been covered on every newscast possible here in the US, not to mention every other article about SPAM. How deep of a hole do you have to live in not to have heard of this? On top of that, how niave/stupid would you have to be to trust a complete stranger with a couple grand of you money while you wait for them to get back to you?
8:28 pm on Feb 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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The locus classicus for Nigerian scam stories is
the educational collection of email archived at

"Scamorama presents The Lads From Lagos"
[scamorama.com ]

Some recipients actually have managed to lead the
scammers along into sending $5 as a proof of
good faith!