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Why are the Nigerian email scams so obvious?

WHY are the Nigerian email scams so obvious? Because they’re obviousness acts as a very good idiot filter.

Amazingly, this useful information comes from Microsoft: something of a first from that organisation:

“An email with tales of fabulous amounts of money and West African corruption will strike all but the most gullible as bizarre,” he writes. “It will be recognized and ignored by anyone who has been using the Internet long enough to have seen it several times. It will be figured out by anyone savvy enough to use a search engine [and] won’t be pursued by anyone who consults sensible family or fiends [that’s Microsoft’s typo], or who reads any of the advice banks and money transfer agencies make available.

“Those who remain are the scammers ideal targets,” the paper proclaims, as “A less outlandish wording that did not mention Nigeria would almost certainly gather more total responses and more viable responses, but would yield lower overall profit.”

The basic argument is this: in order to be able to scam people out of their money you need to be able to find the stupid and gullible people.

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Posted: 22nd, June 2012 | In: Money | Comments (4)


BBC Offers One Lucky Viewer £18m Licence Fee Rebate

THE BBC is paying back slices of its licence fee:

Ever wondered where it all goes? Well they are giving me a Christmas bonus out of it!!

ATTN: RECIPIENT,

THE BBC FINANCE DEPARTMENT HAVE PAID YOUR FUNDS OF £18,000,000.00 (EIGHTEEN MILLION POUNDS STERLING) TO YOU WITH YOUR REFERENCE NO: 90542282 TO COLLECT YOUR FUNDS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.YOU NEED TO CONFIRM YOUR INFORMATION BELOW SO THAT WE CAN ABLE TO SEND YOUR FUNDS TO YOU IN YOUR COUNTRY:

FULL NAME:
CONTACT ADDRESS:
GENDER :
OCCUPATION:
PHONE NO:
COUNTRY:

YOU WILL CONTACT THE BBC FINANCE DEPARTMENT UK THROUGH OUR EMAIL ADDRESS:(bbcdepartmentfinance@yahoo.cn) TO COLLECT YOUR FUNDS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

WE NEED YOUR URGENT REPLY TO RECEIVE YOUR FUNDS TODAY.

YOUR FAITHFULLY,
DR HELEN COLE
MANAGING DIRECTOR
BBC FINANCE DEPARTMENT
UNITED KINGDOM
0845 838 1815 (UK Local Rate)
+44 7024084948(From Outside UK)

The lads from the Room 419 graphics department are waiting::

scammers-photoshop

 

Posted: 6th, December 2011 | In: Money | Comment


419 Scammers Cannot Do Photoshop: Brilliant Gallery The Nigerian Con Gone Wrong

THE Nigerian 419 scammers cannot do Photoshop. You’d think that being the Commander of the Imperial Forces of his Excellency etc… the Nigerian contact sitting on vast pile of cash would be able to hire a decent web designer. It turns out they like to do it themselves. People wise to the scam invite the scammers to pose for photos. These snaps will prove that they are persons of fine repute, elevated jobs and impeccable dress sense. Want to see some of the results

scammers-photoshop

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Posted: 29th, November 2011 | In: Key Posts, Money | Comment


The Nigerian Scam Artists Release A Greatest Hits Album – For Charity

THOSE Nigerian scam artist and their 419 caper have released an album of their greatest hits. And it’s all for charity!

Spotters: @alex_chase @craigfots)

Posted: 28th, November 2011 | In: Music | Comment


The Honest Advanced Fee 419 Scammer

WORKING the advanced fee scam – the Nigerian 419 – is all about putting in the hard yards.

And honesty.

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Posted: 23rd, March 2009 | In: Money | Comment