Wednesday, March 16, 2005

so a list has been made of the top five internet scams people fall for. except for the first one which involved buying something online and never receiving it, the rest are absolutely fucking ridiculous, and it's hard not to say that people who fall for this kind of shit get what they deserve. my personal favorite, number 3....pay close attention to the "what you should ask yourself" part:

3. Nigerian 419 Letter
The setup: You receive an e-mail, usually written in screaming capital letters, that starts out like this:
"DEAR SIR/MADAM: I REPRESENT THE RECENTLY DEPOSED MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE FOR NODAMBIZIA, WHO HAS EMBEZZLED 30 MILLION DOLLARS FROM HIS STARVING COUNTRYMEN AND NOW NEEDS TO GET IT OUT OF THE COUNTRY..."
The letter says the scammers are seeking an accomplice who will transfer the funds into their account for a cut of the total--usually around 30 percent. You'll be asked to travel overseas to meet with the scammers and complete the necessary paperwork. But before the transaction can be finalized, you must pay thousands of dollars in "taxes," "attorney costs," "bribes," or other advance fees.
What actually happens: There's no minister and no money--except for the money you put up in advance. Victims who travel overseas may find themselves physically threatened and not allowed to leave until they cough up the cash. (FYI, "419" is named for the section of Nigeria's penal code that the scam violates.)
The risk: Serious financial loss--or worse. Victims of Nigerian letter fraud lose $3000 on average, according to the FBI. Several victims have been killed or gone missing while chasing a 419 scheme.
The question you've gotta ask yourself: Of all the people in the world, why would a corrupt African bureaucrat pick me to be his accomplice?

good fucking question you jibbering slugmonkey grundlesmuggler! go die! here's another fucking question, how the hell did you manage to make the 3,000 bucks to begin with seeing as how you obviously have trouble with breathing and other basic concepts. fucktards!

6 Comments:

Blogger Brian H said...

Yes, it's a puzzle. Maybe there is nothing much more to say than, "A fool and his money are soon parted." But this appears to be the classic greed scam, with the excitement of foreign "gold" thrown in. The bad English, BTW, is apparently a put-on, just to give that little touch of "authenticity".

But why all the rage and profanity? What skin has been shaved off your nose? ?? :)

March 17, 2005 at 2:08 AM  
Anonymous ~girl~ said...

i represent a foreign faction. i am from the island of long, and i need you to send me a few things, otherwise i will surely die in the monotony and everyday dumb shit which is this island of which i speak. please send, one sketch pad, Bristol and a number, 2 pencil. the entire works of Mr James Joyce, and Marlboro lights. thank you.

March 21, 2005 at 6:45 PM  
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February 5, 2006 at 9:11 AM  
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February 5, 2006 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger TekWiz said...

I say more power to the Nigerian scammers--if they can get crooked dumb fools to give them their money, they deserve it.

Basically the way I see it, a person who actually agrees to a deal as "I'm so desperate so transfer my $10M and I'll give you $1M" is pretty corrupt to begin with--that is not a fair transaction--Western Union charges like $20 to wire money. So some dumb dude who gets some email deserves to get Millions to help some poor soul transfer money? Besides, it should be clear to anyone that if someone needs to do things this way, then something must not be so perfectly on the "up and up" in the deal.

So these crooked, greedy, dumb victims do deserve all that's coming to them. The Nigerians are just teaching them a lesson in life--they should thank them for the learning experience. What's $3000 for a bit of "life-education" that you need to use common sense, be ethical, and that you don't get something for nothing in this world.

Tek.

February 5, 2006 at 9:15 AM  

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