Should I be afraid??

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by FetePerfection, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    Received this gem in my email this morning...I was especially amused when I noticed a cc to Department of Homeland Security. :eek:
     
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Does your husband know about Mr. Edward Santo?

    My major concern would be that of all the organizations that this was cc:d to, the pizza box/gas pump crew at DHS/TSA would actually be stupid enough to believe it. You should probably allow extra time for a session in a "private room" on your next trip.
     
  3. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    My husband IS Mr. Edward Santo ;)
    I have to give these guys credit - they keep spinning yarns of epic proportions and they're certainly good for a laugh.
     
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  4. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    I've tried scambaiting these clowns before, but it always seems the email account gets closed when I respond to them. I wrote a great reply once in OMNI. :D
     
  5. LeeAnne

    LeeAnne Original Member

    BAHAHAHAHA!!! That's a good one. FTR, I'm a long-time scambaiter - I've had quite a bit of fun with these scammers (who are usually two-bit dirtbags working out of sweaty, fly-riddled internet cafes in Lagos, Nigeria). This is a new template, which I haven't seen before. Yes, they are always so creative, but their grasp of English is usually pretty hilarious, especially when they are pretending to be an American in an official capacity.
     
  6. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    And to threaten me with money laundering if I don't provide the bogus Award Ownership Certificate is hilarious. Any TUGgers have an Award Ownership Certificate I has borrowed?
     
  7. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    I would loan you my Award Ownership Certificate, but it was stolen along with all my Rick Springfield cassettes when some hooligans broke into my hotel room. :p
     
  8. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    :D
     
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  9. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    Never heard of scambaiting until now - there's forums dedicated entirely to scambaiting...here's one I stumbled across http://www.419eater.com/index.php what a riot!
     
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  10. LeeAnne

    LeeAnne Original Member

    Yeah...I'm a member there. A well-known one. But don't ask me to tell you my screen name over there. ;)
     
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  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Find the blog about the guy who scammed the UK scammer by shipping him a cardboard laptop with the real value declared for customs. The scammer paid the full duties on ... cardboard.

    Duties & use taxes in the EU usually aren't chump change. :D
     
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  12. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I used to get spam like that all the time. Funny thing - my significant other has never ever received one of these scams. He had never heard of '419'. I finally had to send him one that I hadn't yet deleted so that he could see what it was.

    Not sure how he missed out. ;)
     
  13. LeeAnne

    LeeAnne Original Member

    I once convinced two South African scammers to fly hundreds of miles to Botswana to meet me to pick up a gym bag filled with $10,000 cash. Once they got to Botswana I convinced them I'd been thrown out of the hotel I was in, and had gone to Zimbabwe...so they had to rent a car to drive to Zimbabwe. Once they got there I convinced them I'd been forced to leave Zimbabwe so I was now in Johannesburg...they'd run out of money so had to take a bus to Johannesburg. After that I tried to convince them that I'd moved on to Namibia, but for some reason they stopped believing me!:p
     
  14. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    LeeAnne -- That is hilarious!!!
     
  15. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

  16. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Oh, man, P-P-P-POWERBOOK is so great. I'd forgotten all about that.
     
  17. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    Watching P-P-P-Powerbook right now - a mini version of The Sting! Love it
     
  18. LeeAnne

    LeeAnne Original Member

    I would love to post my write-up of my scammer safari, but I can't reveal my identity - I pissed off some pretty dangerous people. These are guys who would, and have, stolen the last dime from little old ladies on food stamps - and worse. I pretended I was a lonely widow who fell in love with the scammer via email, and was flying out there to meet him and give him $10,000 to pay the fees to collect $5 million from an abandoned bank account. They actually believed that I was flying to Africa, and they arranged to meet me at a remote town in Botswana to close the deal. What if I HAD been a lonely widow who fell for the scam? What would they have done to me once they picked up my gym bag filled with cash? There are plenty of stories out there of scam victims going to Africa to pick up their "windfall", and disappearing forever.

    But lemme tell ya, it was SO much fun! Getting these (expletive deleted) to drive all over Africa for days, spending hundreds of dollars of their own money chasing a fictitious widow...it felt like justice for some pretty bad dudes. And I did it all while sitting comfortably behind my computer in my den, while these guys were having to find internet cafes in dusty villages to pick up my latest emails, to try to figure out where I'd gone with their bag o' cash...it was pretty friggen hilarious. I have a couple of recorded phone calls which are priceless...one of my scam-baiting buddies used Skype to talk to them, pretending to be the hotel manager telling them that I'd been thrown out of the hotel for getting drunk at the bar...I don't know what swears sound like in their language, but those were some pretty pissed-off scammers!
     
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  19. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    You love to live dangerously!!!
     
  20. LeeAnne

    LeeAnne Original Member

    Not dangerous if you remain anonymous behind firewalls. And this exact scenario has happened so many times (scambaiters love to get their scammers on "safari's"), no one could connect up me to my specific scammers. So...not really. ;)
     

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