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The Long, Weird History of the Nigerian E-Mail Scam
Boston Globe ^ | MAY 19, 2013 | Finn Brunton

Posted on 05/21/2013 2:33:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Edited on 05/21/2013 3:32:50 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

EARLIER THIS YEAR, thousands of people checked their e-mail and found a surprise: An American soldier needed help, and there was something in it for them. Their correspondent was a sergeant stationed in Iraq, he explained. He had accumulated millions in hundred-dollar bills—the older ones being phased out by the Treasury—from the cash brought into the country by the American occupation. The soldier needed to launder this money, fast, and needed a stateside bank account to do it. In return for a cut of the total, could he use yours?


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: 419; nigeria; nigeriaemailscam; spanishprisoner

1 posted on 05/21/2013 2:33:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

You mean there aint a zillion dollars sitting in a bank
just waiting for me........

I’m shocked.......!


2 posted on 05/21/2013 2:36:07 PM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t like where this writer is going with this. These letters are not all frauds are they?


3 posted on 05/21/2013 2:41:54 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: njslim
You mean there aint a zillion dollars sitting in a bank just waiting for me........

Not if I get there first!
4 posted on 05/21/2013 2:43:17 PM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: nickcarraway

I particularly enjoyed reading the account of the Harvard professor who lost over $50,000 in this scam. So smart. So educated. So much one of the minds who train our presidential contenders each election season.


5 posted on 05/21/2013 2:44:30 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: nickcarraway

The most successful advance payment con in history is Social Security, closely followed by Medicare.


6 posted on 05/21/2013 2:46:59 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: njslim

I owned a small financial services company in 1989. One day I got a typewritten 2-page letter, with the pages attached by a straight sewing pin. It was mailed from Nigeria, and was a classic Nigerian scam.

I had never heard of such a scam before, but after checking around to see whether we should make the investment, we decided against it.

So we didn’t lose any money in my first Nigerian scam solicitation.

But we did lose our shirts a few years later and had to put our company into state receivership. But that’s another story.


7 posted on 05/21/2013 2:47:11 PM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: Maceman

Sometimes answer them using name Do We Cheat’em Howe

Just to mess with ‘em.........


8 posted on 05/21/2013 2:50:39 PM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: Standing Wolf

My choice would be government inflation as the best advance payment scan.


9 posted on 05/21/2013 2:52:14 PM PDT by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: nickcarraway
This is all pure buulshit.

I've rented the hall and the catering, the church is prepped and my Nigerian bride will be here Saturday .... You'e All Invited To The Wedding !!!

10 posted on 05/21/2013 2:52:51 PM PDT by knarf (uals-two logic)
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To: nickcarraway

I must be on all of the scammers email list because I get at least 2 a day.


11 posted on 05/21/2013 2:54:47 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: Standing Wolf

Social Security was great when the life expectancy was 64 years.


12 posted on 05/21/2013 2:59:08 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: njslim

There was a FReeper who “played” several of these scammers VERY well,and posted the utterly ludicrous photos he insisted his “investors” demanded. Much hilarity ensued.


13 posted on 05/21/2013 3:03:10 PM PDT by Don W (There is no gun problem, there is a lack of humanity problem!)
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To: a fool in paradise

You need to go to www.ebolamonkeyman.com to get the lowdown on people fighting back against the scammers!

A hilarious website.


14 posted on 05/21/2013 3:03:34 PM PDT by Bartholomew Roberts
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To: Blood of Tyrants; All

Try this link for some info and laughs about those scam artists. http://forum.419eater.com/forum/index.php

It is fun to read what happens when the scammers’ get scammed.


15 posted on 05/21/2013 3:04:17 PM PDT by fudimo
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To: Don W

See my post above!


16 posted on 05/21/2013 3:04:37 PM PDT by Bartholomew Roberts
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To: Don W; lowbridge
There was a FReeper who “played” several of these scammers VERY well,and posted the utterly ludicrous photos he insisted his “investors” demanded. Much hilarity ensued.

Calling Lowbridge.


17 posted on 05/21/2013 3:15:59 PM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: Standing Wolf

I found Algore’s lockbox in the Lost Dutchman Mine.


18 posted on 05/21/2013 3:19:38 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: nickcarraway

Any scam succeeds merely because someone hopes to get something that they do not deserve....call it greed. The embarrassment and sometimes shame that goes with being conned prevents people from filing criminal complaints. All too frequently the scammers prey on those in their older years who may not have their full faculties about them.


19 posted on 05/21/2013 3:20:17 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: njslim

Duey Cheatem and Howe aren’t they the Tappet Brothers legal team???


20 posted on 05/21/2013 3:21:16 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: nickcarraway

The current proposed immigration law is a variation of the Spanish prisoner game. If you let just a few million more come in, that’s all, I promise...you know, just like when I almost beat my cocaine addition...just one more hit and it will be my last, I swear.


21 posted on 05/21/2013 3:21:24 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: a fool in paradise

Answer: Liberal greed.


22 posted on 05/21/2013 3:40:00 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: nickcarraway
The Nigerians were pulling scam by snail mail 30 years ago. "My uncle, a respected executive in the Nigerian Oil Corp., under indictment by the corrupt government, needs a place to transfer (a gazillion) Dollars. Can you help us?" It migrated to Fax and then E-Mail over the years but there have always been fools who fall for it and give out their bank account info. Amazing.

A company I worked with back in the 1980's received from Nigeria a beautiful gold foil sealed Letter of Credit for some huge supposed order drawn by all appearances on a famous British bank. Reading the small print revealed it was unconfirmed and Revocable. I think we framed it.

23 posted on 05/21/2013 3:40:43 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: uglybiker

It appears there are still folks who fall for this:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3022259/posts


24 posted on 05/21/2013 4:08:39 PM PDT by Don W (There is no gun problem, there is a lack of humanity problem!)
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To: nickcarraway

This reminds me of the White Van Speaker Scam. Where an intense 20 year old guy would open the back doors of a white van (always a white van), and tell you that he has extra speakers that he MUST get rid of before going back to the warehouse. They are $500 speakers, really big, but he’ll give them to you for $200. If you don’t bite, he’ll eventually go down to something like $75. He’ll even drive you to your ATM (cash only, of course). You figure they’re hot, but you’re helping to rip off THE MAN, so it’s ok.

Then you get home with them and THEY SUCK. They might be worth $25, at best, and that’s mostly the particle board and its covering.

They play on your own greed. I almost fell for it (in California, where else?), but didn’t have the money. I told a friend about it...he had already fallen for it. LOL.

One bit of advice - these are serious con men and they will get angry if you play them, very angry - so DO NOT. Just get away.


25 posted on 05/21/2013 4:16:25 PM PDT by BobL (To us it's a game, to them it's personal - therefore they win.)
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To: uglybiker

26 posted on 05/21/2013 4:20:16 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge
Lowbridge Scambaiting The 419 Email Scammers (FRANKLIN DUBE)
27 posted on 05/21/2013 4:21:58 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge
Now, that's an awesome photo. Congratulations.
28 posted on 05/21/2013 4:26:51 PM PDT by Bob
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To: nickcarraway

My favorite was a variation of the Nigerian scam e-mail I received from Côte d’Ivoire. The e-mail was in French. I have no idea how the sender knew I read and speak French.


29 posted on 05/21/2013 4:29:30 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: BobL

Because of me, my friend made money on that scam! He fell for it to the tune of $400. Before he even knew it was a scam, I researched it, told him it was a scam, and gave him the cheat sheet on how to get his money back. They talked to a 6’5, 300 lb biker gang dude, who was threatening to kill his wife with a hammer. Two guys ran out of the back to stop the assault and offered my friend his money back. Since they took all different amounts from people, they didn’t know my friend had paid $400. He knew from my cheat sheet it went up to about $900, so he told them that, and that’s how much they gave him back.


30 posted on 05/21/2013 4:42:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I LOVE IT!!! Thousands of us are thrilled!!! This crap was uncalled for...so it’s great that they ran into the WRONG GUY!!!


31 posted on 05/21/2013 4:56:18 PM PDT by BobL (To us it's a game, to them it's personal - therefore they win.)
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