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    ☆★☆★ silver trophy vgarcia's Avatar
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    Let's have fun with a spammer!

    I get a fair bit of spam to my various email addresses. I figured, why not have lots of fun with one? After a random search of my inbox, this one seems pretty worthy:
    Hello Friend,

    I wrote this letter as confidential one to you, please
    kindly read it carefully and send a reply to me.

    My name is Mrs Bellinda Katumura, former director of
    finance in the campaign team of Ex. President D Ratsiraka,
    of Republic of Madagascar, an island in the Indian ocean. I
    worked with him for years until he was ousted with violent
    protest by the opposition, and he went into exile in
    France. This protest erupted during the election period, it
    was bloody that several people died including my husband.

    Since the opposition took power in Feb 2001, many of us who
    served in the regime of the former president have been
    subjected to several intimidation and detentions, as am
    writing you now we have not totally regained our freedom. I
    have one thing that disturbs me. In the last days of the
    ex-president he took all the monies for the election along
    with him to exile. The one in my custody was properly
    hidden by myself, and I told him (the ex president) that it
    was gutted by fire in my office set by mobs of the
    opposition. Truely the office was razed down beyond
    recognition by fire, it is a fact he knows therefore no
    questions to answer.

    Immediately he left and the tensed atmophere beclouding our
    nation there was rush of foreign nationals leaving our
    country with their families and belongings for safety,
    under that cover I was able to send out the amount left in
    my custody to a country in europe through cargo, the
    consignment was disguised as personal effect. The amount
    involved is ( $16,000,000=) sixteen million dollars cash. I
    have contacted the company and they aknowledge receipt of
    the consignment they have also informed me to come forward
    for collection. I did not inform them that my freedom in my
    country is not total. I am not permitted yet to travel out
    of my country. I need somebody, who understands my
    situation to travel to the country in europe where the
    consignment was sent, with the informations I will pass on
    to him, to stand as my partner/beneficiary and took
    delivery of the consignment and lodge it into his account
    for safety.

    I write this letter to you, to seek your assistance in this
    issue, we shall discuss other informations as soon as you
    declare interest to assist me. All required information
    will be passed to you including the company name and the
    name of the country where the consignment is. If you have
    any question pls ask me. Expecting your reply soonest.

    Also treat as Highly Confidential.

    Yours Truely.
    Mrs. Bellinda Katumura.
    Antananarivo.
    So here's my response:
    Hello Belinda! This is great news! I could really use sixteen million dollars right now because I require a gallbladder operation. I also had to spend all of last month in the hospital and have no insurance so the bills are piling up, and my dog needs to be neutered before he overruns the neighborhood with cute little puppies. I can't believe this!

    Also, since you are the director of finance will you be able to help me manage my money? I am not so good with such things. Money and e-mail are two things that I do not work well with. Everybody seems to end up taking advantage of me with both, so my aunt usually handles such matters for me, but I trust you! Will you help me after I get this money? I will make it worth your while, and hopefully we shall become very good friends. I haven't had any friends since the accident.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely,
    Jack Handey
    I hope she responds.

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    I hope she gives you 16 million s.

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    It's just amazing what people do to scam others. The sad part is that some people for some incredible reason that is totally out of my comprehension, fall into this scams over and over again. I guess it must be greed.

    Vinnie, you shouldn't have said that you weren't doing ok with “your” money. She might not reply to you. They are usually looking for people that are doing great financially.
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    Hehe, nice reply

    I also have several emails of this type in my inbox, maybe I'll answer to Mr.Collins Robson afterall, cause I'm the reliable, honest and trustworthy person that he needs

    Keep us informed if you get a reply.

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    A book/site you guys may be interested in:

    http://www.thespamletters.com

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    LOL very good

    I read that if you reply to these you get more spam, as they know you're a real address then... is that true?

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    Hehehehe .... I also recived something cool
    ACCREDITED LICENSED AGENT MR. MARK VAN BLAAZ. TO BELGIUM UNIQUE LOTTERY
    SOFTWARE INTERNATIONAL
    Ref. Number: B62/756/4108
    Batch Number:U65890137-846G
    Sir/Madam
    We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on the 15th November, 2004. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number G4511465895-6410 with serial number 3772-510 drew lucky numbers R-14-88-23-21-45 which consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$ 1000,000.00 (one million United States Dollars) CONGRATULATIONS!!! Due to
    mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning
    information confidential until your claims have been processed and your
    money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
    claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
    All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
    over 20,000 company and 30,000,000 individual Email addresses and names
    from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every three years.
    This lottery was promoted and sponsored by Presidents of the World Largest
    software, we hope with part of your winning you will take part in our
    next year USD50 million international lottery. To file for your claim,
    please contact our FIDUCIAL Agent MR. MARK VAN BLAAZ,TO BELGIUM UNIQUE LOTTERY SOFTWARE INTERNATIONAL
    Tel: 0032-485-129-514,
    EMAIL:infoblsoftwarei@netscape.net
    Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 27th of
    December, 2004. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next
    stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications.
    Please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all
    correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible. Congratulations once more from our
    members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program. Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
    Sincerely
    yours, Mrs.Leonteen Garrett
    Lottery Coordinator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavwvin
    LOL very good

    I read that if you reply to these you get more spam, as they know you're a real address then... is that true?

    Yes I think that's damm cool right!

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    Hey vinnie, if you get the 16 mil, can you send some my way?

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    Some spam, maybe

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    Madagascar....the spammers are going further east of Africa now...greener pastures?

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    I doubt you'll get a response, it seems people are sending this things out with some automated software that does just that... sends them out. They never reply. What's the point?

    1. send out scam emails
    2. annoy the #(*$%& out of people
    3. ???????????
    4. PROFIT!!!

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    I got the reply
    The email is similar to vgarcia's.
    I reply to it:
    Hello Mr. Collins Robson,

    I've read your entire message and I have some good news for you. I can help you, I own a profitable company and the bank account transfer should be no problem.

    Waiting for your reply,
    Andrei *****
    And the response:

    Dear, Andrei *****

    As an official routine for a genuine claim in Ecowas, kindly fill this application below in a your company's letter headed papers (If any) and fax to Ecowas Contract Payment Bureau for processing and approval. Fax it immediately you receive this mail.


    Hoping to hear from you

    Regards

    Dr.Collins Robson
    =====================================================================
    ATTN:MRS JOY AJOVI
    PROCESSING MANAGER
    ECOWAS PAYMENT BUREAU
    VIA ECOWAS FUND HEADQUARTER;
    BLOCK 2 ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING
    ACCRA - GHANA
    FAX: +233 27 51 31 24
    ecowasheadquarters77@africamail.com

    APPLICATION FOR MY CONTRACT BALANCE PAYMENT:$45.5M USD

    ==================================================================

    DEAR MADAM

    I.........., your company name/address both email,fax and telephone number respectively WHOSE CONTRACT NUMBER IS 461/ICD/18-98/ECOWAS WISH TO APPLY FOR OUR BALANCE PAYMENT WITH YOUR ORGANIZATION . OUR COMPANY SUFFERED SETBACK HENCE WE DECIDED WITH OTHER DIRECTORS TO CHANGE ALL TRANSACTION TO OUR COMPANY INFORMATION.I REQUEST THAT THE SUM OF USD45.5 MILLION(FOURTY FIVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY)BEING OUR COMPANY OUTSTANDING BALANCE ON
    THE INVOICE NO.0082641 AND BATCH NO.XXX/125/ZECO/98 BE
    PAID INTO OUR COMPANY/PERSONAL ACCOUNT.
    Bank Details;
    ............ ......
    ....................
    ....................


    I AM SORRY FOR THIS LATE APPLICATION AS IT WAS DUE TO THE MANAGEMENT RE-ORGANIZATION REGARDING TO THIS CHANGE OF INFORMATION.WE REGRET ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MIGHT HAVE CAUSED YOU HENCE WE PLEAD THAT YOU SHORTLIST OUR COMPANY TO YOUR NEXT PAYMENT LIST.PLEASE COPY THIS APPLICATION TO THE AP! PROPRIATE UNIT WHERE OUR REQUEST WILL BE LOOKED INTO AND SUBSEQUENTLY PAY OUR FUND WHICH IS HIGHLY NEED IN OUR COMPANY FOR RESTRUCTURING.

    HOPE THIS WILL RECEIVE YOUR DUE ATTENTION.

    I BEG TO REMAIN.

    YOURS FAITHFULLY,
    ....sign/seal....
    ....name........
    PRESIDENT/CEO

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    Here's the part where you keep stalling them and asking stupid questions because "you're not that good with computer stuff"

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    Damn you people!! How come you're special enough to be graced with a reply? I reply to those type of emails all the time in the high hopes I get to toy with them, but they never answer me

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    Quote Originally Posted by OfficeOfTheLaw
    Damn you people!! How come you're special enough to be graced with a reply? I reply to those type of emails all the time in the high hopes I get to toy with them, but they never answer me
    I didn't get an answer either

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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia
    I didn't get an answer either
    She might not reply to you. They are usually looking for people that are doing great financially.
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    recently a friend of mine got this one:

    [spam]
    We recently received the mo r t g age application and it was appr o v ed
    with 3.5% ra t e.

    The application is pending at this moment

    If you authorize the process, please enter additional info using secure link below

    Continue => slfqlxco

    Thank you.
    Viola L. Schaffer
    [/spam]


    to which he replied (he never replied before, just this time) with this:


    [his reply]
    Thank you. I would like $1,000,000,000 please. I am from Nigeria the royal consul and may offer you a zillion for you assistance. Please advise.
    [/his reply]


    as far as i know he has not heard back

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    Not too long ago someone actually did this, with great sucess.
    He led the scammer on for a few months, but I don't remember the outcome.
    The scammer was from the UK if I remember correctly.

    There was a website for it, but the forum I found the story on originally is down atm.
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    Here's the e-mail I got from somebody:
    DEAR FRIEND,
    DO NOT BE ANGRY OVER OUR SUDDEN CONTACT WITH YOU WITHOUT BEEN INFORMED,MY
    MOTHER FOUND YOU 5 DAY AFTER THE DEATH OF MY FATHER, AND WHEN WE ARRIVED

    IN ABIDJAN,
    WE PRAYED TOGETHER AND ASKED GOD TO LEAD US WITH YOU AS A GOD SEND TO US,AND
    ERE WE DECIDED TO REACH YOU TO INFORM YOU OF OUR ABILITY TO TRUST YOU .
    I AM JOHN NAGBE FROM A CITIZEN OF LIBERIA AND MY MOTHER STELLA NAGBE.MY
    FATHER BEFORE HIS DEATH WAS A VERY GOOD GOVERNMENTAL CONTRACTOR DRING THE
    REGIMA OF THE ASYLUM PRESIDENT; PRESIDENT CHARLYS TAYLOR.MY LATE FATHER,HAS
    DONE SO MANY CONTRACT WITH THE GOVERNMEN?T THAT FETCHED HIM AMUCH MONEY,BUT
    DUE TO THE REBEL ATTACK OVER POWER IN LIBERIA,HE WAD KILLED, BUT BEFORE
    HIS DEATH HE TOLD MY MOTHER OF SOME FUNDS HE DEPOSITED IN ABIDJAN. BEFORE
    HIS UNTIMELY DEATH HE DEPOSITED THE SUM OF $15.5MILLION DOLLARS FOR FORIEGN
    INVESTMENT IN BANK ABIDJAN COTE D IVOIRE.

    THIS FUND IS WHAT I AM CONTACTING
    YOU TO HELP ME TO TRANSFER INTO YOUR ACCOUNT SINCE THE GOVERNMENT OF LIBERIA
    HAS SIEZED OUR ACCOUNT BOTH LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL. RIGHT NOW ME AND MY
    MOTHER ARE IN REFUGEE CAMP IN ABIDJAN WITH THE DEPOSITE
    CERTIFICATE AND AGREEMENT THE BANK GAVE TO MY LATE FATHER ON THE DAY HE
    MADE THE DEPOSIT.

    THIS IS ALL WE HAVE FOR NOW SINCE THE GOVERNMENT HAS SIZED EVERY
    THING THAT LIFT BY MY LATE FATHER AND ALL WE WANT YOU TO DO IS TO STAND
    AS OUR FORIEGN BUSINESS PARTNER SO THAT THE MONEY WILL BE TRANSFER INTO
    YOUR ACCOUNT WHILE WE JOIN YOU IN YOUR COUNTRY TO START A NEW LIFE.
    WE WILL GIVE ALL DETIALS AS SOON AS WE HEAR FROM YOU.
    THANKS AND REMAIN BLESS.
    PLEASE? ADDRESS YOUR RESPONSE
    Ha ha...what about that! They want to GIVE me $15.5 million! I e-mailed them back saying I'd glady accept their money. Still waiting for a response.

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    Check this out, I replied to an email similar to that one with a response similar to vinny's.
    their reply:
    Dear Friend,

    I received your mail, however I am very much interested to know whether you are capable to do this business with me in full confidence, trusting that you will never let me down in future. If you are really serious and have the facilities for effective communications, ability to set up a new Account under short notice, even an EMPTY ACCOUNT without any money in it will be better provided that the Account can receive this money we are talking about.
    This business will be completed within 14 Banking days from the date of the receipt of your Account details and subsequent approvals from the Foreign Exchange control division. You should not tell your bank that this money is coming until I finish the processing of all documents to show your bank that this money is clean and from a genuine source. This is to avoid your bank asking you early questions that you may not be able to answer, so you should not alert them.
    However it is my intention to be with you at least 2-3days ahead of the money going into your Account then we will sign the binding agreement, after your bank must have been satisfied with the original documents which I will bring along with me to your country to show your bank or it's correspondence bank that the money is legal. You should know that this opportunity can hardly come my way again in life and for 2 years I have planned everything very well with an insider in the bank so be rest assured that everything will work out fine.
    Frankly speaking from the bottom of my heart my fear now is the safety of this money in your custody once transferred into your Account because I don't know you before nor your capability and facilities to handle this large amount. What is your name, age and profession? Please send me your identification so that I can know more about you.
    I really need to know every detail about you and your personal profile like the type of work you do and your status in your society. I want you to keep this very confidential at all times and also to be maintaining constant communications with me knowing that this business should take precedence over any other business for the mean time. Now I need the Account information and your telephone number both office and at home as a need may arise either to call you in the day or night as occasion warrants.
    Finally you have to be following instructions that I will be getting from "OUR' insider' in the bank who is the main Key to the success of this business. Please respond without much questions until we see face to face because too many questions can sink a ship.
    You can call me directly on my mobile phone line +2348035500596 or +2348043333603. It's urgent you call so that I can brief you further regarding the foreign payment procedures.
    So Send the account information as follows
    A/c Name:
    Bank Name:
    Bank Address:
    A/c Number:
    Swift Code:
    I wait for your immediate response.
    Yours Truly,
    MAMMUD ABDUL ALI..
    NOTE: Attached is my identification and it's really important that I see yours so that I will know whom I am dealing with. pls i really need you to take this serious because I can see a brighter future ahead for both of us.
    What should I reply with?

    He really did include two pictures of a passport, too.

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    Rofl
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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh_
    Check this out, I replied to an email similar to that one with a response similar to vinny's.
    their reply:


    What should I reply with?

    He really did include two pictures of a passport, too.
    Tell him that you are on vacation now typing from a cyber cafe and that you were dreaming that something like that would happen to you one day. it must be good karma. Tell him you have to be brief since you sense people looking over your shoulder as you type. Assure him that as soon as you are back from vacation you will compile all needed documents/photocopies even if it means calling in sick for the first couple of days. beg him not to get impatient with you and/or give up on you and partnering with another trusted party from the West because of the stupid vacation and its timing. tell him you'll be forever grateful for his understanding and will buy him a pint during your next vacation in his country.

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    best spammer/fraud story ever
    www.p-p-powerbook.com
    It's long, but the outcome is hilarious

    EDIT: site is down, I'll try to find the sotry somewhere else

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    You left a p out genius:
    http://pages.sbcglobal.net/dumbmrbla...%20Scammer.htm

    And that's the story I was reffering to.
    It is HILARIOUS, but yes very long.
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