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  • Did You Respond to a Nigerian Prince?

    07/29/2015 11:32:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The St. Augustine Record ^ | 07/28/2015 | Rusty Collins
    Not good if you did. Beware of foreign pen pals promising money. At least wait for their check to clear before you wire funds. The “Nigerian Letter” scam is known as a “419” because the scheme violates section 419 of the Nigerian criminal code. While it seems like a laughable hoax, Americans lose millions of dollars annually to this fraud, which can appear in the form of a letter, email, voicemail, or text. The scam tries to gain access to your personal finances and works like this: Step 1: You are sent a form of payment for a large amount,...
  • The Long, Weird History of the Nigerian E-Mail Scam

    05/21/2013 2:33:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | MAY 19, 2013 | Finn Brunton
    <p>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?</p>
  • 419 scam (Vanity)

    12/23/2012 8:57:46 PM PST · by POWERSBOOTHEFAN · 28 replies
    12/23/2012 | POWERSBOOTHEFAN
    Who else got one of these scams in their e-mail?
  • Internet Giants Join Forces to Beat Nigerian E-Mail Scams

    10/30/2009 10:27:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 951+ views
    The Times ^ | October 26, 2009 | Mike Harvey
    Joe Eboh, a conman who was persuaded to prove evidence of his initiation into the Holy Church of The Painted Breast in a reverse scam Dear Honourable Friend. Those generous Nigerians who e-mail you with promises of a fortune are themselves being targeted in a new drive to deter cyber criminals. Millions of internet users have received messages offering them a huge financial reward if they help to release money trapped in a foreign bank account. And, although the majority of these e-mails are deleted, the fraudsters still find a sufficient number of gullible Britons to cost the country millions...
  • Looks like the UN is getting in on the 419 scams

    07/24/2009 5:21:36 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 15 replies · 474+ views
    UN via Yahoo... ?
    United Nations Trust Fund Switzerland Department of Humanitarian Affairs Palais des Nations CH-1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland. Congratulations Beneficiary, Your email has been selected by the United Nations(UN) for a cash grant award of Six Hundred And Fifty Thousand Five hundred United States Dollars,($650,500.00usd)for this year 2009 Grant Award.Your email address was selected during our random email balloting for the cash grant and if you received this notification,it means that you are a lucky beneficiary of our cash grant award. The united nations authorities has decided to give this award to 15 beneficiaries from all over the world to help fascilitate...
  • 419 Scam Artists Using 'Email this' Feature

    05/01/2009 12:12:50 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 544+ views
    DANCHO DANCHEV - blog ^ | Thursday, April 30, 2009 | osted by Dancho Danchev
    In times when more and more scammers/spammers are getting DomainKeys verified, others are finding adaptive ways to increase the probability of bypassing antispam filters. Take for instance this 419s scam artist, that's been pretty active in his scamming attempts as of recently.
  • Mods, we're getting 419 scam'd

    04/06/2009 11:11:07 AM PDT · by wastedyears · 41 replies · 1,383+ views | April 6, 2009
    Some person named "Azul Ajan" sent this to me: Dear Friend, First, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction.This is by virtue of its nature as being utterly CONFIDENTIAL AND TOP SECRET. However after series of petition was recieved by this present cregime from foreign contractors and inability of the BANK OF AFRICA to fulfill their obligation for the payment to its foreign creditors, in conjunction with the council of ministers, they mandated us to carry out a careful and comprehensive review of all overdue payments to foreign contractors and to effect payments immediately. During the above mentioned process,...
  • Shocking news: Barack Obama will resign as US President on the 15th of June

    04/01/2009 4:05:31 PM PDT · by mnehring · 56 replies · 3,086+ views
    African Press International ^ | Chief Editor Korir
    President Obama and Mrs Clinton. This was not expected to happen so soon, but now it is real. Obama sources confirm that the president will resign on the 15th of June and no reason has been given to the abrubt end of his presidency. Many world leaders got a rude shock a few minutes ago when they got a “Top Secret” mail informing them on the intended resignation. Obama will attend G20 summit in the UK soon and while there, he is expected to inform world leaders about the decision to resign. Insiders contacted by API say Obama will resign...
  • Nigerians Recruit FBI For 419 Scam (Yeah, Like The FBI Does That Stuff Alert)

    03/30/2009 3:53:29 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 12 replies · 943+ views
    Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI Seattle Division 1110 Third Avenue Seattle, Washington 98101-2904 Payment Code: R5109176K Reg No: 132731593 Date: March 29, 2009 The Federal Bureau of Investigation has discovered through our intelligence Monitoring Network that you are eligible to receive the sum of $7,500,00.00 USD regarding to an over-due Inheritance/Award payment which was fully endorsed to be paid in your favor. Therefore, the FBI Seattle Division in conjunction with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Has screened through our various Monitoring Networks and has been confirmed and notified that the transaction you have with the Financial Institution...
  • API will now seek to have its place at the White House Press Briefing Room (LOL)

    01/26/2009 7:06:41 AM PST · by mnehring · 18 replies · 725+ views
    API ^ | Chief Scammer Korir
    It has been interesting following the American politics. API feared that the new president would easily impose leaders on  the Kenyan people. That fear has now gone after listening to the president’s inauguration address a number of times.The man is inclusive and he has demonstrated that when making appointments selecting even some politicians who were his critics.API has written a personal letter today to President Obama congratulating him for having demonstrated inclusiveness as soon as he took office.During the campaign, API was one of the media outlets that criticised the President and that brought many Americans to API site because...
  • Barack Obama takes over the US Presidency today - API congratulates... (LOL)

    01/20/2009 8:18:02 AM PST · by mnehring · 14 replies · 555+ views
    API ^ | Chief Scammer Korir
    Posted by africanpress on January 20, 2009 Barack Obama - The First Black President of the United States of America 44th President takes the oath of officeIn politics people differ, people disagree, people campaign against one another and people support different people at different times.A new chapter has began and all should join in and make history. This is the history worth being part of from the start.Now the time has come to face the reality and those who have so far supported others - not Obama, should come together this day and join in the making of history that...
  • API to sue Fox News Network next week for breach of agreement on the Michelle Obama tape

    01/08/2009 8:09:30 PM PST · by mnehring · 32 replies · 2,535+ views
    African Press International ^ | Chief Scammer Korir
    The time has come when the truth has to come out on what happened about the intended release of the now - much talked about - Michelle Obama tape and the Imam’s document on Obama. Many may have believed to this day that there was no deal between API and Fox News Network. We can now say there was a deal and API will take legal action against two Fox News Network employees who broke the agreement on the tape. API has investigated the case and has found out that the two officers did not inform their superiors about the...
  • To the Chief Editor: The last possibility of truth being revealed has collapsed. (Obama API Tape)

    12/19/2008 10:59:46 AM PST · by mnehring · 20 replies · 1,470+ views
    I am very disappointed that you want to respect the feelings of obama and would agree to keep secret the material that you have. You certainly will be in good company but while it’s understandable for media in the US to do so because they want to curry favor and guarantee access, there is no reason for you to do this unless you too are trying to climb to the top of the heap with a media empire and obama has promised you help. It is the way he does business so come to think of it that is entirely...
  • Nigerians include FBI in latest version of infamous spam

    12/10/2008 9:26:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 696+ views
    ZD Net ^ | December 10, 2008 | Richard Koman
    So, if you don’t believe that the BANK OF THE NORTH INTERNATIONAL, ABUJA or a relative of Ex-Nigerian Head of State Late Gen. Sanni Abacha who died on the 8th of June 1998 has $12 million in ill-gotten gains just waiting to share with you, perhaps you will believe the FBI does. The latest version of Nigerian spam purports to be an “official order” from the FBI’s Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division confirming an inheritance or lottery winnings, reports the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a DOJ entity. Turn over some personally identifying information to claim your share, or perhaps face...
  • Woman out $400K to 'Nigerian scam' con artists (Investigator: Worst example of scam he's seen)

    11/11/2008 11:21:25 PM PST · by Stoat · 126 replies · 7,672+ views
    KATU-TV (Oregon) ^ | November 11, 2008 | Anna Song
    Woman out $400K to 'Nigerian scam' con artists  Story Updated: Nov 11, 2008 at 9:07 PM PST By Anna Song KATU News and Web Staff SWEET HOME, Ore. – Janella Spears doesn’t think she’s a sucker or an easy mark. Besides her work as a nursing administrator, Spears – no relation to the well-known pop star – also teaches CPR and is a reverend who has married many couples. She also communicates with lightning-fast sign language with her hearing-impaired husband.So how did this otherwise lucid, intelligent woman end up sending nearly half a million dollars to a bunch...
  • General Warning - I'm a winner!

    11/01/2008 11:04:30 PM PDT · by lollytyg · 11 replies · 754+ views
    Received today! Dear Winner, This is to notify you that your e-mail has won 250,000.00euros in the 2008 SPNL Sweepstakes e-Lottery.
  • The really embarrassing thing about Colin Powell's hip-hop routine

    10/23/2008 5:43:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies · 917+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 16, 2008 | Olly Owen
    Colin Powell celebrated his 71st birthday this year but he's clearly not too old to pull some cheeky Afro-hip-hop moves. His take on Olu Maintain's song Yahooze at the Africa Rising event at the Royal Albert Hall worked a lot better than his former boss George Bush's embarrassing inaugural shape-throwing alongside Ricky Martin. Although he kept his jacket buttoned, almost everyone deemed his dancing spot-on. But it doesn't look as if the former US secretary of state paid too much attention to the lyrics, or he might have discovered that the Nigerian hit is a celebration of that country's most...
  • Nigeria seizes money 'for Obama'

    09/09/2008 12:13:28 AM PDT · by watsonfellow · 40 replies · 260+ views
    BBC ^ | 1 September 2008
    Nigerian anti-graft investigators have seized money raised by the head of the Nigerian Stock Exchange to support US presidential candidate Barack Obama. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it would give the money back to those who attended a gala dinner in Lagos last month.
  • Area woman accused in international Internet scam

    07/24/2008 4:13:35 AM PDT · by don-o · 22 replies · 300+ views
    Johnson City (TN) Press ^ | July 24, 208 | John Thompson
    ELIZABETHTON — An Elizabethton woman has been indicted by a Carter County grand jury on charges she had participated in an international Internet scam. Investigators interviewed Ouchaib on Jan. 24, during which time she told the police she had been receiving money from all across the country and forwarding it to a man in Lagos, Nigeria, who was known by many names, but most commonly as Elinmian Jonathon Smith. She had been conducting the transactions since December 2006.
  • Scambaiters Turn Tables on Nigerian E-Mail Scam Artists

    03/18/2008 1:42:46 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 15 replies · 1,579+ views ^ | March 18, 2008
    Revenge is sweet — and thanks to tattoo ink, sometimes permanent — for a growing legion of "scambaiters" who have taken it upon themselves to punish the thieves behind those Nigerian e-mail scams. Posting their exploits online, scambaiters are turning the tables on the scam artists, conning the cons who have bilked unsuspecting people out of countless millions of dollars in a common scam referred to as the "419 scam" or advance-fee fraud. Typically, scammers start an e-mail relationship and get their victims to send money to people who claim to be dying or who need help to free a...
  • Search for an old FR thread

    03/16/2008 9:28:09 PM PDT · by perfect stranger · 14 replies · 421+ views
    There was an article on FR a few years ago about a California college professor that fell for the 419 scam.He was a big critic of Ronald Reagan, citing diminshed intelligence or something like that.After trying all the relevant key-words and also using the advanced search options on both AltaVista and Google without success, I ask Freepers if they can help.
  • He bit into some Nigerian spam - to fight it

    03/13/2008 10:26:34 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 589+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/13/8 | Deborah Gage
    Martin Lee knew all the reasons you shouldn't respond to spam e-mails. As a software engineer who studies how to block such messages, he'd warned against answering them himself. But he couldn't resist. Lee was struggling to figure out how to stop an especially persistent form of spam - the type that informs recipients they've won the lottery or are sought for a new job, which can masquerade as legitimate e-mails and evade spam filters. As Lee pored over the messages, he wondered who was sending them and who would be tempted to answer them. And he decided to find...
  • Nigerian Scam--"U.S. Marine" style

    02/05/2008 12:26:25 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 93 replies · 435+ views
    The brain of an idiot con man | 31 Jan 08 | CAPPT SCOTT
    Dear Friend, Dear Friend I am Capt Scott and I am correctly in Iraq. I am writing this mail to you because I am looking for some one to help me. Due to our Mission I personally came across some money hear worth 19.8 Million Dollars, which I personally kept with in a safe place, and they are in two safe Boxes. I am looking for a way to get it out of the country, I have also discussed to one of our Doctors hear in the field whom has opportunity to travel to UK all the time and I...
  • What will it take to convince the Paulbots?

    11/20/2007 5:04:58 AM PST · by OCCASparky · 231 replies · 173+ views
    Vanity ^ | 20 November 2007 | OCCASparky
    Let's get it out of the way right now, and call it what you want. Whether I'm stating the obvious, bashing, whatever you want to call it, it has to be said. Ron Paul is nuts. Certifiable. Clinically insane. Either that or his followers are, or both. Here's a guy who claims to be a consitutionalist yet seems to be totally unaware of what the Constitution says, based on his promises of what he'll do when (if) elected president. His domestic policies SOUND good, but upon closer review are based on outdated and overly simplistic policies that died around the...
  • Ron Paul's grass-roots groundswell

    11/17/2007 10:59:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 545+ views
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | November 17, 2007 | George Bennett
    The meeting of Ron Paul activists was well under way when organizer Steven Talcott Smith offered the kind of basic advice you probably wouldn't hear at a gathering of any other Republican presidential candidate's supporters. "By the way," Smith told the Internet-driven "meet-up" of about 40 people at a library west of Boynton Beach, "by the end of this year everybody in this room should plan to be a Republican." Florida's Jan. 29 Republican primary is, not surprisingly, limited to registered GOP voters. But a Republican pedigree or a familiarity with the elections process cannot be taken for granted with...
  • Ron Paul: Trouble back home

    11/18/2007 6:06:19 AM PST · by bilhosty · 35 replies · 140+ views
    The Hill ^ | November 14, 2007 | David Hill
    While Texan Ron Paul’s stock is soaring nationally, there is trouble on the home front. In September, Paul finished third in a straw poll of 1,300 Texas Republican activists who had been delegates to recent Republican conventions. The congressman corralled just 17 percent of the votes cast, trailing California’s Duncan Hunter with 41 percent. This outcome says Texas Republicans aren’t terribly concerned about viability. Otherwise, one of the national front-runners like Rudy Giuliani or Mitt Romney would have beaten these long-shots. But if they were willing to “waste” their votes on Hunter, why didn’t most back a fellow Texan? The...
  • The Revolution At The Tailgates: Ron Paul

    11/18/2007 8:40:08 AM PST · by George W. Bush · 39 replies · 979+ views
    Iowa Independent ^ | 11/17/2007 | John Deeth
    State field director predicts second, even first in Iowa It seems like when we're young, we like to break a few rules.  Staying out a little too late, sneaking a drink before that official legal age, or backing a candidate who's outside the established mold (YEEEEEAH!) Several of those dynamics were on display Saturday at Olive Court, a notoriously wild tailgate spot three blocks from Iowa City's Kinnick Stadium.  It was here, just a year ago, that John Kerry was infamously photographed with a beer bong.  And into the anarchy marched the Ron Paul revolution. Ron Paul wasn't imbibing...
  • E-Mail Fraud: Not Just For Nigeria Any More

    10/20/2007 11:08:15 AM PDT · by jdm · 19 replies · 313+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | October 20, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    Most Internet users have grown sophisticated enough to know that former princes in Nigeria don't really need their assistance to transfer funds to the United States. They sympathize with those correspondents who have just been diagnosed with terminal illnesses but resist the widely-broadcast plea to become executors of their estates -- with the odd requirement to place large amounts of cash in escrow first. With a few exceptions, including a minister's wife who wound up murdering her husband after blowing $14,000 on an e-mail scam, Americans know better than to fall prey to the scamsters. Unfortunately, that doesn't apply to...
  • Scammers luring Americans with fake check schemes

    10/11/2007 10:42:50 PM PDT · by tdewey10 · 27 replies · 955+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/11/07 | Paritosh Bansal
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Patricia Soens paid more than $400,000 in processing and other fees to claim a European lottery prize she was told she had won. After realizing she had been conned, she killed herself.
  • (Nigerian) MD Loses N$9m To ‘Witches And Wizards’

    10/09/2007 8:30:45 PM PDT · by P.O.E. · 22 replies · 814+ views
    The News (Nigeria) ^ | 10/09/07 | Adewunmi Adebiyi
    The Managing Director of Brother Trust Nigeria Limited, Apapa, Mr. Adedojo Aroloye, has narrated to an Ikeja High Court how he lost N9 million to some people who claimed to be witches and wizards. The N9 million fraud charge was brought against four accused persons, Kayode Awolumate, Sunday Omotayo, Joke Adamolekun and Ibrahim Adebisi. Aroloye told the court that he was defrauded by the accused, who claimed to be witches and wizards and promised to make him richer. Narrating the incident, Aroloye said his driver, Sunday Omotayo (one of the accused), introduced his father, Oluwole Adamolekun a.k.a. Gadaffi, No Mercy,...
  • FBI Looks Overseas After Threats Phoned to Stores, Banks in U.S.

    09/02/2007 9:58:59 AM PDT · by happinesswithoutpeace · 11 replies · 594+ views
    AP ^ | September 1, 2007 | Joe Milicia
    CLEVELAND, Aug. 31 -- The FBI is looking overseas for suspects who have phoned bomb threats to more than 26 grocery stores, banks and discount stores in 17 states, including Virginia. The callers have threatened to set off a bomb unless store employees wire money to an account abroad. At a Dillons grocery store in Hutchinson, Kan., the caller ordered customers and workers to take off their clothes and threatened to force them to cut off a manager's fingers.
  • He Needed The Money To Buy The Brooklyn Bridge

    12/12/2006 4:47:01 AM PST · by theothercheek · 34 replies · 1,310+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | December 11, 2006 | The Stiletto
    Former Congressman Ed Mezvinsky (D-IA) fell for "just about every different kind of African-based scam we've ever seen," said federal prosecutor Bob Zauzmer on the ABC newsmagazine, "20/20." Mezvinsky got taken in by the "black money" scam no fewer than three times, repeatedly traveled to Nigeria and ultimately lost more than $3 million in various swindles. Being criminally stupid doesn’t land you in prison, but this does: On the strength of his social connections to Bill and Hillary Clinton – as well as his son's romantic relationship with their daughter, Chelsea - Mezvinsky convinced people to participate in the scams...
  • Behind the infamous scam (Nigerian 419 scam lives on and on...)

    12/10/2006 2:34:18 AM PST · by Caipirabob · 44 replies · 1,842+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | Wed May 10, 2006 | Robin Raskin
    "Dear Friend," one message began, "As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday. My name is Shadak Shari, a merchant in Dubai, in the U.A.E. I have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. It has defied all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts." You know the rest of the story. The guy claims to have found you because you seem trustworthy. It's a matter of great urgency. He has oodles of money and needs you...
  • Father of Chelsea's Boyfriend in Prison for Fraud, Scams

    12/08/2006 11:55:51 AM PST · by agooga · 38 replies · 1,066+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12/08/06 | Brian Ross and Joseph Rhee
    If reports are true that Chelsea Clinton and her boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky are considering marriage, the father of the groom won't be able to attend the wedding until he is released from prison in November 2008. Ed Mezvinsky, a former Iowa Congressman, is serving a seven-year sentence for fraud after getting caught up in a series of Nigerian e-mail scams.
  • New Twist on the Nigerian Money Laundering Scam (The Crooks Will Help You Get Your Money Back)

    08/17/2006 6:19:13 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 8 replies · 403+ views
    08/17/2006 | Email
    Hello Friend Perhaps you are not aware that you are fully protected by the law to look for your stolen money and as well put the criminals to jail. We are a renowned investigative consultants that specializes in bringing the criminals to justice and your stolen money recovered, we are a team of lawyers and security agents that includes well trained investigators that are fully determined in helping victims of the monetary transfer scam or crime popularly known as the Nigerian Advanced 419 scam transaction which the perpetrators usually operates from Nigeria and some other African countries even from European...
  • FRAUD ALERT (Vanity)

    04/22/2006 12:55:36 PM PDT · by ketelone · 26 replies · 1,169+ views
    Vanity | 22 Apr | KEtelone
    Re: Poultry Worker Opens Fire at Ark. Plant (suspended Tyson Foods Inc. employee) From markkono | 04/22/2006 12:50:13 PM PDT new FROM MARK & SISTER ABIDJAN COTE D IVIORE email ( Dear CONFIDENTIAL I am mark kono from Ivory Coast. I lost my Father Mr.williams kono a couple of months ago. My Father was a serving director of the Cocoa exporting abroad until his death .He was assassinated last january 09/01/2004 by the rebels following the political uprising. Before his death he had a foreign account here in Cote d' Ivoire up to the tune of ($9.5M) which he told...
  • I just got one of those Nigerian scam offers via Freepmail.

    04/22/2006 4:18:27 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 24 replies · 614+ views
    me ^ | 4-22-06 | me
    I just got a Nigerian scam offer via my Freepmail. The writer offered me 10% of a fortune if I would let him send it to my account. I checked his posting name and he has no posts. What do I do?
  • UCI Psychiatrist Bilked by Nigerian E-Mails (had claimed Reagan had diminished mental ability)

    03/02/2006 4:01:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 73 replies · 2,557+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 2, 2006 | William Lobdell,
    A renowned psychiatrist from UC Irvine was duped into squandering at least $1.3 million of his family's fortune on a Nigeria Internet scam, according to a lawsuit recently filed by his son. ...Louis Gottschalk, a neuroscientist, is the founding chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at UCI College of Medicine. He gained national prominence by announcing in 1987 that President Reagan had been suffering from diminished mental ability as early as 1980. He came to this conclusion by using the Gottschalk-Gleser scales, an internationally used diagnostic tool he helped develop for charting impairments in brain function, to...
  • I got an email from Suha Arafat (in Nigeria?)

    02/23/2006 11:59:47 AM PST · by TC Rider · 41 replies · 5,544+ views
    Yahoo Email | 02/23/2006 | Suha Arafat
    Date:23rd FEBRUARY 2006 Dear Friend, This mail may not be surprising to you if you have been following current events in the international media with reference to the Middle East and Palestine in particular. I am Mrs. SUHA ARAFAT, the wife of YASSER ARAFAT, the Palestinian leader who died recently in Paris. Since his death and even prior to the announcement, I have been thrown into a state of antagonism, confusion, humiliation, frustration and hopelessness by the present leadership of the Palestinian Liberation Organization {PLO} and the new Prime Minister. I have even been subjected to physical and psychological torture....
  • 'I Will Eat Your Dollars'

    10/20/2005 6:53:21 AM PDT · by reelfoot · 11 replies · 933+ views ^ | October 20, 2005 | Robyn Dixon
    FESTAC, Nigeria — As patient as fishermen, the young men toil day and night, trawling for replies to the e-mails they shoot to strangers half a world away. Most recipients hit delete, delete, delete, delete without ever opening the messages that urge them to claim the untold riches of a long-lost deceased second cousin, and the messages that offer millions of dollars to help smuggle loot stolen by a corrupt Nigerian official into a U.S. account. But the few who actually reply make this a tempting and lucrative business for the boys of Festac, a neighborhood of Lagos at the...
  • I want to make a huge donation to your website. Can you help me?

    10/09/2005 9:20:54 AM PDT · by Bala Adamu · 8 replies · 302+ views
    Bala Adamu
    My name is Senator Bala Adamu, the chairman of the Senate committee on Pension, insurance and manpower development in the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I am writing you to earnestly Solicit for your assistance in helping to make a huge donation to your website, as part of a transaction deal. Free Republic is my favorite website, and I welcome the opportunity to allow you to share in a recent cash windfall. THE PROPOSITION: We have the sum of US$29,000,000.00 (Twenty Nine Million Dollars) that we intend to transfer overseas through the assistance of a foreign partner....
  • Iraq War 419 Scam (Hey - You Can Get Your Cut Fool, Alert)

    08/20/2005 3:07:40 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies · 1,002+ views
    Singarpore 419 | N/A | Choi Mui
    OFFICIAL LETTER... FROM:MR.CHOU MUI Hang Seng Bank Ltd Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr. Chou mui , Assistant Director of Operations of the Hang keng Bank Ltd,Sai Wan Ho Branch,171 Shaukiwan Road Hong Kong. Before the U.S and Iraqi war, our client Hamadi Hashem a business man made a umbered fixed deposit of (346,736,899.68 HKD) for 18 calendar months, this is valued to Forty Four million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only in my branch. Upon maturity several notice was sent to him, even during the war, two years ago (2003). Again after the war...
  • Islamic Terrorists Take Over Nigeria

    08/14/2005 9:11:52 AM PDT · by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 · 8 replies · 807+ views
    Mass Email Spam ^ | 8/14/05 | Hassan Mohammed
    "Hassan Mohammed" Add to Address Book Subject: Last Wish Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2005 8:27:41 -0400 Dear Friend, As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday. My name is Hassan Mohammed a merchant in Dubai, in the U.A.E.I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer.. It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live,according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone(not even myself)but my business....
  • Adopt a scammer: Geeks fighting the 419 scammers and having fun doing it

    06/30/2005 2:48:50 AM PDT · by All the good names are taken · 7 replies · 504+ views
    Everyone has gotten at least one of these. Someone in Nigeria has died and left 879 billion dollars to them, but it is a) in a foreign bank b)being held from the poor recipient unjustly c) waiting on someone to pay some fees or any number of other reasons why the recipient can't get the money. Some of the situations change to ruthless industrial tycoons who face death and are now repentant and want to disburse their riches to widows in refugee camps.
  • The Ultimate Nigerian Scam Email--From Suha Arafat!

    04/25/2005 10:57:25 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 68 replies · 1,809+ views
    My email | 19 April 05 | Suha Arafat--Not!
    Dear Friend, I am Mrs. Suha ARAFAT, the wife of YASSER ARAFAT, the Palestinian leader who died recently in Paris. Since his death and even prior to the announcement,I have been thrown into a state of antagonism,confusion, humiliation, frustration and hopelessness by the present leadership of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the new Prime Minister. I have even been subjected to physical and sychological torture. As a widow that is so traumatized, I have lost confidence with everybody in the country at the moment. You must have heard over the media reports on the discovery of some fund in my...
  • Lowbridge Scambaiting The 419 Email Scammers (FRANKLIN DUBE)

    08/22/2004 6:27:55 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 79 replies · 6,413+ views
    FROM:FRANKLIN DUBE{JNR) ATTN: A REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE ON BUSINESS TRANSACTION I got your contact through the South African Trade and Business Information Service through a very reliable friend of mine who introduce your capability,personality and business addresses to me.I am Mr FRANKLIN DUBE(JNR)the eldest son of Major Johnny Dube,the former military head of state of Republic of Sierra Leone. My father was involved in the plot to overthrow the president,Tejan Ahmed Kabba.He among others was found gluity by then special Militry Tribunal.The government seized all my father`s properties and assets.When the West African peacekeeping forces (ECOMOG) arrived we escaped to...
  • Lowbridge Scambaiting The 419 Email Scammers (Johnson)

    08/11/2004 4:30:18 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 40 replies · 1,512+ views
    This one is for adults only, so I can only post a link here: It's still ongoing. Sorry for the rough, bad format, but I'm trying it out on a new website.
  • Lowbridge Scambaiting The 419 Email Scammers (Rita Kone)

    07/14/2004 3:16:30 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 77 replies · 10,229+ views
    7/14/04 | lowbridge
    Sender rita kone ritakone@zwallet.comSubject  Sincerely In Need Of Your Help. FROM:MISS Rita Kone.ABIDJAN COTE D'IVOIREBUSINESS ASSISTANCE.Dear Respectful one Permit me to inform you of my desire of going in to business relationship with you. I am Miss Rita Kone the only Daugther of late Mr.Mikko. Kone.My Father was a very wealthy cocoa and Gold merchant in Abidjan , the economic capital of Ivory coast, my Father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip .My Father died on june 2002 in a private hospital here in Abidjan before his death...
  • Lowbridge Scambaiting The 419 Email Scammers (Gloria)

    07/14/2004 3:10:16 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 34 replies · 8,551+ views
    7/14/04 | lowbridge
    From : Gloria Gium gloria_gium@yahoo.frSent : Monday, May 3, 2004 1:34 PM Subject : Urgent Response Needed!!! Dearest Neil Orear I used this means of communications because of time Shortage, so please kindly bear with me.  However, permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you.I am GLORIA GIUM the only child of late Mr and Mrs VINCENT GIUM, My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant based in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Cost before he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outing to discuss...
  • Did A Freeper Scam A Nigerian Scammer? (Second Thoughts)

    06/10/2004 1:02:44 PM PDT · by Temple Owl · 151 replies · 3,324+ views
    The County Press (Suburban Philadelphia) ^ | 6/10/04 | William W. Lawrence
    Second Thoughts By: William W. Lawrence 06/08/2004 The champagne corks were not popping at 400 N. Broad St., but there were some smiles. Circulation rose a paltry 800 to 387,692, which was an improvement over past years when the left-wing, liberal publication appeared to be in free-fall. In 1999, the Inquirer was losing readers faster than any newspaper of comparable size in the country. An Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), the largest independent verifier of newspapers' circulation figures, showed that the Inquirer's daily circulation had dipped to just under 402,000 -- a 7.2 percent decrease from the same six-month period...