Scammers and spammers
They seem to be back in force of late, even at NowPublic.com.
Due to the sudden death of our client, one Osama bin Laden, he has left a large sum in his account for which no specific persons are named to receive, however Pakistan authorities wish to gain your favor once again and therefore will share the proceedings upon your providing your bank account number and appropriate identification.
Oh, OK, here it is. Thank you very much.
“Director of operations,
United Kingdom monitory agency.
Church Hill Park,
Thank you for being patience and understanding during these clarifications period. We are very sorry for not contacting you directly, but your contact attorney.
We write to inform you that after going through investigation, and source of fund transferring to your country from Africa-united kingdom. We found it to be genuinely acquired. We regret the inconveniences of stopping order notice issued.
We advice, you contact the ministry of foreign affairs London. That will issue you certificate of clearance due to stop order notice, without any further delay to that effect.
To enable speedily payment of your money, also advice that incase of assistance, monitory speedy transfer and reference letter to your bank, for immediate release of your fund, do contact us.
Be warned as we are not liable to any responsibility of any kind of delay transaction, apart from the stop order notice issued. Here is their contact person;
Grahams Blair tom.
United Kingdom ministry of foreign affairs commission.
1. Your full name and address}
2. Your telephone and fax number}
3. Your bank name}
Please be inform that this information is to enable them prepare your clearance certificate immediately.
Written by Sue Walsh on March 11, 2011
Ten people have been indicted on federal charges for running a Nigerian spam operation in California. The scam, which targeted senior citiczens, raked in over $1 million. The spammers sent out messages claiming the recipients had inherited huge sums of money from distant relatives. All the recipients had to do was send a small processing fee. Of course as they fell deeper and deeper into the scheme, the need for more and larger fees would arise. In all over two dozen people were victimized.
Authorities say the ringleader, Nigerian national Claudio Uche Dibe, was charged with 15 counts of wire fraud. Bright Amesi, and Briceson Loving were also hit with the same charges and seven other people were hit with 10 counts of wire fraud each.
According to prosecutors, one of the accused scammers wrote in an email that one victim “is insisting that he does not have more money, though I believe he will be able to come up with money …. I believe that … he will pay big money, which is what we are all after.”
Nigerian scams, also known as 419 scams (after the section of the Nigerian criminal code they fall under), have been around forever. Despite the high quality spam filters out there, they still get through. I get several a week. It’s hard to believe anyone still falls for them but they do, and the scammers are still making tidy profits.
In the beginning they were always from some exiled member of an obscure country’s royal family or a lawyer claiming to represent some long lost family member. These days they’ve gotten more creative. Some pretend to be attractive, lovelorn women from Russia and other foreign countries, others claim to be representatives of a lottery you’ve won. Sometimes legit companies like Microsoft and Yahoo! are used to make them seem more convincing. The stories may change but the scam is always the same. They ask for more and more fees until the victim is bled dry and then they disappear leaving the victim penniless.: