Most of us have already heard about the scam e-mails from an alleged Nigerian prince who needs our help to secure vast amounts of money. As German defense blogger and journalist Thomas Wiegold reports on Augen geradeaus!, the ones responsible for the scams have now begun to target the Afghanistan War as a possible new method to get money. Here is the mail Wiegold received:
This may be seen as another funny episode of the Nigerian e-mail scams, but the thing is "Lt. Andrew Ferrara" is the name of a US soldier who has lost his brother Matthew in Afghanistan's Kunar province in Nov 2007: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/1...n_1086991.htmlDear Friend,
Pardon my intrusion; my name is Lieutenant Andrew Ferrara, presently I’m on active duty in Afghanistan. Please, I have an obscured business proposal that will be of mutual benefit to both of us.
Few days ago, my colleagues and I intercepted a radical Taliban courier responsible for the transportation of huge amount of funds and on this unfortunate incident, we rounded up a total of US$11,5 Million United States Dollars.
After detailed discussion with my platoon, we came to a conclusion that if the funds are handed over to the Afghan Police, there is the possibility that the funds will be confiscated for their personal consumption. Therefore, it was my duty to find a partner whom will receive this fund for the benefit of us all.
With all due humility, I want you to be our partner in receiving this funds. The funds will be moved out of this country through a air cargo transport means and all you are required to do is receive the funds and an account will be provided to you, which you will use in transferring our share.
Sir, our word is our life, I personally assure you that this fund has been carefully contained and there is no need to worry about the source as we will not do anything that will bring problems to you or traced back to us.
For your honest participation in this deal, we are ready to divide the funds into three equal parts, one third will be for you, one third will be sent to my Late Brother’s young family, details will be provided to you as time goes on.
Not funny at all, in my opinion.
Last edited by Steak-Sauce; 07-09-2012 at 10:51 AM. Reason: typo corrected
I prefer the nigerian astronaut stranded in space ...
Someday one of these scammers will be caught.. I hope I'll see them lynched or something. Can't stand blatant assholery
There are many websites that actually scam the scammers or make fun of them.
One of the most famous stories is one where the scammers contacted someone and the contacted person replied he was a missionary in an African
country. He told them he would hand them the money personally... and so the scammer sent his son (or was it his nethew?) and someone else as far as I remember. The missionary (who was just some guy sitting in front of his pc somewhere in the US) directed them through half of Africa into a civil war zone... rumor has it that the scammers kid and the other guy were killed there as contact was lost and the scammer threatened to kill the contacted guy etc..
Let them be. I don't mind them. They keep giving me a good laugh whenever I read any of their new "ideas". Gotta give them credit for inventiveness.
The specific bait was titled "The Road to Chad/Darfur" and the main details of the bait are archived here (including photos, maps and some of the letters exchanged):
The entire bait took over 7 months to prepare. Basically, YeaWhatever first took the scammer out of his story line and then fed the same scam back to him in a slightly different manner (Link here for background story). It took a few months of emails before the scammer took the bait and the results are there to read. You should check out the section under "WEEKS ENDING" where the last few weeks of emails are exchanged. A few of the mundane emails that led to the bait are in the ARCHIVE section and most of the back and forth emails for 7 months were in another thread on the 419eater forum
Last edited by Angelino; 07-10-2012 at 01:49 AM.
We should create a "best of" scam thread
Some of them in my spam folder :
Dear Respecful One,
My name is Miss Rose Kone,The only daughter of late Mr. & Mrs. Martins Kone who was the Director of the diamond co-operation in Sierra Leone . He was poisoned and he died recently in the general hospital of free town Sierra Leone , However, before the death of my late father he asked me to move down to Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire with some important documents where he deposited one sealed trunk box containing the cash sum of ($18 million dollar) Eighteen million US dollars in a security company here in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire, and that I should look for a God fearing foreigner who will help me to retrieve this trunk box from the security company's custody and transfer the money into his/her bank account oversea for onward investment thereafter. Therefore, I decided to contact you for assistance. I am waiting for your response.
Miss Rose Kone.My Name is Sgt. Brenda Jordan, I am a British citizen of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82 Air Born Division FORT BRAGG [Martel : WTF !?!? ]and currently serving with the United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Libya . I assisted some opposition leaders in Benghazi to negotiate for an oil business worth $35 million (thirty five million US ). After the deal i was given the sum of $4.5 million as my share.
I quickly moved my share of the deal to a safe Security Custody with the help of a UN Diplomat officer attached to my camp here in Libya . I would like to entrust this amount into your care for the purpose of investing it into any profitable ventures, while i gradually dis-engage my self from the National Service to join you in the business. I am convinced that you will give these transactions the attention and confidentiality it deserves.
All i need from you is to indicate your interest and readiness to partner with me in this project, and then you accommodate the funds in your position on my behalf.
If you deem my appeal to you fit, i here by map out 30% to you as your bonus for your accepting this intention and 5% for miscellaneous/ minor expenditures.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Sgt. Brenda Jordan.WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER
MALAYSIAN PAY-OUT CENTER
You are entitled to receive a total sum of $1,500,000 USD which has
been successfully deposited at the Western Union Payment Center, Malaysia
by the United Nations. This payment is in conjunction with the Social
Responsibility Cash Aid Program of the United Nations in which e-mail
addresses are selected randomly by the Topaz Balloting System.
The Management of the Western Union Payment Center, Malaysia has designated
that the amount be remitted to you via our Daily Limit Payment of $7,600 USD.
Please provide your Full Name, Address, Age and Phone Numbers to
Western Union Co-ordinating officer:
Dr. Lee Yung
Miss Mariana Asrul
For: Western Union Payment Center, Malaysia