Ridiculous Nigerian Scam Messages

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Ridiculous Nigerian Scam Messages

Postby spamislame » Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:51 pm

One of the most frantically-composed 419 emails I've seen in ages.

Subject: My Last Wish

God Bless, My name is Mrs. Mellisa Lewis . I am 69 years old and I
was diagnosed for cancer for about 2 years ago. I will be going in for
an operation later today.I decided to WILL/donate the sum of
(Ten.fivemillion dollars.)to you for the good work of the lord.
Contact my lawyer with this email: Name: Peter James Wallace
Email:(ptr.wallace101@yahoo.com.hk) Tell him that I have WILLED 10.5M to
you by quoting my personal reference number JJ/MMS/953/5015/GwrI/316
us/uk and I have also notified him that I am WILLING that amount to
you.

God Bless


Wow. I have won ten.five million dollars!!11!

I love how they say something really stupidly broad like "I decided to will my money to you" and then send it to "undisclosed recipients". How do we coordinate the split? I've never met any of these people. How do I coordinate all of this?

Yet people still fall for them. Just boggles the mind.

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Re: Ridiculous Nigerian Scam Messages

Postby meep » Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:25 pm

reading that hurts my eyes, gawd.

LOL
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Re: Ridiculous Nigerian Scam Messages

Postby spamislame » Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:42 am

I'm seeing a lot of these with the first line being "I have a new email address!", which usually show up after I've successfully shut down a handful of them in a row.

Today's features what would have to be considered a less-than-ideal choice for a reply address:

I have a new email address!You can now email me at: mohammedattah18@yahoo.in


Really? Mohammed Attah? Are you high?

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Re: Ridiculous Nigerian Scam Messages

Postby meep » Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:10 pm

wow, Mohammed Attah? That's just stupid. Cannot find many words for that one.
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Re: Ridiculous Nigerian Scam Messages

Postby Asterix » Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:18 pm

spamislame wrote:I'm seeing a lot of these with the first line being "I have a new email address!", which usually show up after I've successfully shut down a handful of them in a row.


I've had many of those and I got the impression it was an email template available for (new?) users from yahoo.in or yahoo.jp. The 'new' email address in the body was the same as the sending address but there was a different (often yahoo.com.hk) address in the 'reply-to' header.
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Re: Ridiculous Nigerian Scam Messages

Postby spamislame » Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:18 pm

Asterix wrote:I've had many of those and I got the impression it was an email template available for (new?) users from yahoo.in or yahoo.jp. The 'new' email address in the body was the same as the sending address but there was a different (often yahoo.com.hk) address in the 'reply-to' header.


That's correct. And in this example he used a different one in the tail end of the copy:

westerntransfer1@hotmail.fr

I can't confirm that the ones I reported got shut down (with the only exception being Gmail, which I know takes my reports seriously) but it seems like quite the coincidence if this isn't the case.

Never mind that this guy sends me 18 of these per day now. It used to be anywhere from 3 to 7, never more than that each day. How is it possible that anyone would fall for these?!

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Re: Ridiculous Nigerian Scam Messages

Postby Asterix » Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:45 pm

spamislame wrote:I can't confirm that the ones I reported got shut down (with the only exception being Gmail, which I know takes my reports seriously) but it seems like quite the coincidence if this isn't the case.


Yahoo used to send boiler plate responses that while they couldn't disclose what they did, they did take action 'in accordance with our Terms of Service'. They don't appear to do that anymore.

Sometimes I'd forward those responses on to the scammers address, partly to let them know if they continued to send me their 419 emails, I'd make things a little tougher for them to scam others by having their addresses cancelled, but also to see if the email would bounce (indicating that Yahoo did properly terminate the account).

One can also check the status of a Yahoo account through:
http://profiles.yahoo.com/<user_name_of_account_in_question>

Terminated accounts would get a 'profile doesn't exist' message.

Don't know of any such methods for hotmail or any other freebie email accounts.
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Re: Ridiculous Nigerian Scam Messages

Postby Jim_P » Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:40 pm

spamislame wrote:

One can also check the status of a Yahoo account through:
http://profiles.yahoo.com/<user_name_of_account_in_question>

Terminated accounts would get a 'profile doesn't exist' message.


I do not believe this has worked for several months now. It sure was nice when it did work.
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Re: Ridiculous Nigerian Scam Messages

Postby meep » Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:04 pm

I do not believe this has worked for several months now. It sure was nice when it did work.


Yes, Yahoo turned off its Profiles last summer, 2008, I believe. I recall several people on some message board complaining about it. I think Yahoo was pushing the 360 Social Networking tool - or something along those lines.
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Re: Ridiculous Nigerian Scam Messages

Postby spamislame » Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:30 pm

Both Yahoo and Hotmail / MSN / Livemail are now completely unresponsive to abuse complaints. But I notice that one of my hotmail accounts got a notice popup asking to become some kind of spam / scam alert reporter. That was two weeks ago. Never heard anything since.

Their reputation for shutting this activity down is at rock bottom, and the criminals know it.

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Re: Ridiculous Nigerian Scam Messages

Postby Benzyl » Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:20 pm

Yahoo at least seems to be reasonably responsive, I registered a Yahoo.com forged fake mail header address for myself a month ago to see what would appear, thousands of automated bounces then a termination for being associated with spamming. Maybe all the complaints tipped it or could they be resonably on the ball?
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Re: Ridiculous Nigerian Scam Messages

Postby Red Dwarf » Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:25 pm

29/01/2009.

Hello Terry,

I know this will come to you as a surprise..I have been in search of someone with this last name "TERRY ", so when I saw your name I was pushed to contact you and see how best we can assist each other. I am Lambert Kagoono, a Banker here in GHANA. I believe it is the wish of God for me to come across you on skype now. I am having an important business discussion I wish to share with you which I believe will interest you because, it is in connection with your last name and you are going to benefit from it.

One Late Shafi Terry,a citizen of your country had a fixed deposit with my bank in 2004 for 36 calendar months, valued at US$18,400,000.00 (Eighteen Million, Four Hundred Thousand US Dollars) the due date for this deposit contract was this 16th of January 2007. Shafi was among the death victims in the May 26, 2006 Earthquake disaster in Jawa, Indonesia that killed over 5,000 people. He was in Indonesia on a business trip and that was how he met his end.
My bank management is yet to know about his death, I knew about it because he was my friend and I am his account officer. Shafi did not mention any Next of Kin/ Heir when the account was opened, and he Shafi was not married and no children. Last week my Bank Management requested that I should give instructions on what to do about his funds, if to renew the contract.

I know this will happen and that is why I have been looking for a means to handle the situation, because if my Bank Directors happens to know that Shafi is dead and do not have any Heir, they will take the funds for their personal use, so I don't want such to happen. That was why when I saw your last name I was happy and I am now seeking your co-operation to present you as Next of Kin/ Heir to the account, since you have the same last name with him and my bank head quarters will release the account to you.

There is no risk involved; the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. It is better that we claim the money, than allowing the Bank Directors to take it, they are rich already. I am not a greedy person, so I am suggesting we share the funds, 45% for you and /50% for me and 5% will be set aside for any expenses that you may incure, my share will assist me to start my own company which has been my dream. Let me know your mind on this and please do treat this information as TOP SECRET. We shall go over the details once I receive your urgent response strictly through my personal email address, kagoono_private22@hotmail.com .

We can as well discuss this on phone; let me know when you will be available to speak with me on Skype. Have a nice day and God bless.
Anticipating your communication.

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Re: Ridiculous Nigerian Scam Messages

Postby meep » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:43 am

Kagoono.

:lol:


really funny when they "shout" in email

Our Ref: FGN /SNT/STBYour Ref.

Notification of payment by ATM Master Credit Card.

DEAR BENEFICIARY

THIS IS TO OFFICIALLY INFORM YOU THAT WE HAVE VERIFIED YOUR FILE AND IN RESPECT OF YOUR INHERITANCE FUND RECOVERED BY THE CENTRAL BANK FROM THE DEPOSITED BANK.AFTER THE CENTRAL BANK AUDIT THIS ECONOMIC YEAR A TOTAL PART PAYMENT OF $2.6M USD HAS BEEN APPROVED TO BE PAID TO YOUR FAMILY.

RIGHT NOW WE HAVE ARRANGED YOUR PAYMENT THROUGH OUR SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTER ASIA PACIFIC THAT IS THE LATEST INSTRUCTION FROM MR.PRESIDENT,UMARU YAR'ADUA (GCFR) FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AND THE FBI.

THIS CARD CENTER WILL SEND YOU AN ATM CARD WHICH YOU WILL USE TO WITHDRAW YOUR MONEY IN ANY ATM MACHINE IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD, BUT THE MAXIMUM IS $5000 USD PER DAY, SO IF YOU LIKE TO RECEIVE YOUR FUND THIS WAY PLEASE LET US KNOW BY CONTACTING THE INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT CARD PAYMENT CENTER.

SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION DIRECTLY TO THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE:( atm.payment.federalministry2009@googlemail.com )

1. YOUR FULL NAME
2. PHONE AND FAX NUMBER
3. ADDRESS WERE YOU WANT THEM TO SEND THE ATM CARD
4. YOUR AGE AND CURRENT OCCUPATION

KINDEST REGARDS,
Dr. Usman Shamsudeen
Director (CBN, IRD, and ATM)
Dept. International Remittance
Swift Card Payment Center
Central Bank of Nigeria.
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Re: Ridiculous Nigerian Scam Messages

Postby spamislame » Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:15 pm

They seem to talk in circles. They have allegedly "verified your file", and yet they still need to know your name? Your occupation?

It honestly boggles my mind that anyone would fall for these. Th victims apparently seem to omit 99% of the text and focus on the "$2.6M" word only.

Ridiculous!

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Re: Ridiculous Nigerian Scam Messages

Postby AlphaCentauri » Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:28 pm

spamislame wrote:The victims apparently seem to omit 99% of the text and focus on the "$2.6M" word only.


Could be fun when they go through customs, having paid so little attention.
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