nigerian scam artists

Discussion in 'Community' started by clubmedia, May 18, 2004.

  1. macrumors regular

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    my parents just about got scammed by some nigerian scam artists that wanted to buy thousands of dollars worth of wedding dresses with a stolen credit card

    my mom was immediately suspicious and called the police.

    she told me she had never heard of such a scam (she doesn't use email and see it all the time)

    do the people you know also know about this scam?

    heard any horror stories from nigerian scammers?
     
  2. macrumors member

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    Hi there, I am in the UK, and it is known that several of these scam artists actually work out of London. My father was sent a printed scam letter that one of these morons had actually signed with joined up writing. A couple of links I would recommend for general background;

    http://www.data-wales.co.uk/nigerian.htm

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/1944801.stm

    And following that, you should definitely check out 'scam baiting'. This is a hobby on the net. Basically you read up on the scam and all its variants so you are one step ahead of their moves, then you set up a hotmail account and pretend to be rich and stupid and turn the tables on them, publishing the twists and turns of the correspondence on the net. Web link,

    http://www.scamorama.com/

    http://www.silicon.com/research/spe...10002928,00.htm

    Revenge is a dish best served with humour, as these links will prove. One word of warning NEVER arrange to meet one of these men, some of them are killers. The most amazing scam baits I ever read were of someone in Europe who arranged for 2 scammers to meet each other outside a cyber cafe and taped the encounter, and another guy who actually managed to get the scammer to burn money and scan the ashes to prove who he was. In other words he got money out of THEM. Hilarious!
     
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    rainman::|:|

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    people get those all the time, unfortunately. i've gotten multiple versions in a single day. They're sent out much like spam, so tell your mom not to freak out, no one is targeting her personally. her email address just happened to cross their path (along with tens of thousands of others, i bet)

    paul
     
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    Thomas Veil

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    Oh, crap...you mean that nice Nigerian guy isn't going to deposit a million dollars into my account?!? :eek:

    Damn...I wonder if the dealer will take the Maybach back....
     
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    KC9AIC

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    Maybachs aren't sold through dealers; they're comissioned from the factory. :cool: Still funny, tho.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    But, I really felt sorry for the ousted king. I didn't do it for the cut of his money he promised. I just wanted to help him get to America! Are you saying that I shouldn't have given him my bank account number and mother's maiden name?
     
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    Thomas Veil

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    Well that's just peachy. I got scammed by a fake Nigerian politician and a phony Maybach dealer! :mad: ;)
     
  8. macrumors 68020

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    i agree with what one mentioned above, humor. i dont' possibly ever worry about this scam because i personally dont know anybody STUPID enough to comply with the requests. ah well.

    ps, there are a couple of interesting variations. i got one that was sent to a whole lot of "Michael Johnson"s and it was about how our brother, "Nicholas Johnson" was killed overseas. It was an interesting read, especially when i forwarded it to my brother Nicholas, who was, in fact, still very much alive. Gave us a chuckle.
     

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