Scammers who can't spell



  • Got this in my email today. Looks like the scammers are getting less and less serious about being convincing. Or their spell check is broken. It's just hilarious to read through.





    FROM THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENCY!

    No1 CONUTRY HOME PLACE WAY OFF

    MARRY LAND JUNCTION ABUJA.

    TELL +234-8025-037-145

    TELL +234-7099-510-495



    ATTENTION: ATTENTION:



    THIS INSTRUCTIONS IS FROM OFFCE OF PRESIDENCY FEDRAL REPOBLIC OF NIGERIA”WE ARE HERE TO APOLOGIZED FOR THE FUND YOU LOST SOME MONTHS/YERS AGO BY SOME OF BAD CITIZENS OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY



    WE ARE TO LET YOU KNOW AND UNDESTASND THAT THE NEW GOVERMENT HAS CONCLUDED TO PAY YOU BACK SUM AMOUNT OF MONEY WHICH YOU LOST BY OUR FRAUD STARS CITIZENS IN WHICH WE ARE WOREKING VERY HARD TO GET THEM INTO OUR NET.



    PRESENTLY’A PANEL HAS SET AND THERE IS NO HIDEING PLACE FOR EVIL ONCES, PLEASE YOU HAVE TO BEAR WITH US, AND CONTINUE HAVEING YOUR GOOD TRANSACTION WITH THE GOOD CITIZENS OF NIGERIA



    AT THIS PONITS THE FEDRAL MINISTRY OF FAINCE IN COLLABRATION WITH/ECONOMIC FINANCIAL CRIME COMISSION (EFCC) HAS AGREED TO PAY YOU BACK THE SUM OF ($2,000,000.00) TWO MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLERS, AS COMPENSATION “SO YOU ADVISED TO PROVIDE A PROVE WHICH WILL CONFIRM THAT THE FRAUD STARS ARE FROM NIGERIA:



    AS SOON AS YOU SEND THIS LISTED PROVE, AND YOUR PERSONAL DATAS TO US, THEN YOUR MATTER WILL BE ATTEND TO UNDER 72Hours AND YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR COMPENSATION CHEQUE OFFER QUICKLY FROM THIS OFFICE OF PRESIDENCY





    BELLOW IS THE PROVE INFORMATIOMS:



    (1) A copy of First E-Mail Proposal You Receive, (2) Western Union Money Transfer Pay Slip, (3) The Bank Payment Slip”



    HERE IS ALSO YOUR PERSONAL DATAS REQUESTED IT TO THIS OFFICE BELOW:



    Full Name------------------------

    Address---------------------------

    Occupation------------------------

    Telephone Number---------------

    Age/Sex----------------------------

    I.D Card----------------------------



    Thanks As waits to hear from you and

    Best Regard,

    DIRECTOES OF PRESIDENCY MATTERS OF NIGERIA

    MR.JOHNSON JACK.



  • They have never been able to spell correctly, as far as I can recall (together with the I HAVE NO CAPS LOCK AND I MUST SCREAM syndrome). What else is new?



  • I am missing the bit where it says how much I need to pay in order to receive those 2 Megadollers.



  • Lately I keep getting a scam email from "nypd.com" informing me that I received a speeding ticket in the state of New York on July 2nd, 2011 for going 55 mph in a 35 zone. They helpfully included a zip file to download and print, fill in my plea, and mail back. I'm not dumb enough to download the zip file. Plus I've never been to the state of New York in my life.

    I also recently got one from Jagex informing me that my RuneScape account received an infraction due to major real-world trading. I shrugged it off since I haven't played that game in years and thought it was funny my account was finally compromised. I took a look at the email a couple days later and noticed the link to their login form was at runescape.com.cm

    I occasionally get something similar about my WoW and BattleNet accounts which I just chuckle at since I've never played a Blizzard game in my life.



  • "Fraud Stars".

     Is that what they call them in Nigeria?  Awesome.



  • I got this a few weeks ago:

    From: MS Hele Nakin
    Subject: I am Ms Helen Akin. A computer scientist with central bank of Nigeria......
    Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 09:51:27 -1200


    I am Ms Helen Akin. A computer scientist with central bank of Nigeria.


    I am 26 years old, just started work with C.B.N. I came across your file which was marked X and your released disk painted RED, I took time to study it and found out that you have paid VIRTUALLY all fees and certificate but the   fund has not been release to you.


    The most annoying thing is that they cannot tell you the truth that on no account will they ever release the fund to you. Please this is like a Mafia setting in Nigeria; you may not understand it because you are not a Nigerian.


    The only thing I will need to release this fund is a special HARD DISK we call it HD120 GIG. I will buy two of
    it, recopy your information, destroy the previous one, and punch the computer to reflect in your bank within 24 banking hours. I will clean up the tracer and destroy your file, after which I will run away from Nigeria to meet  with you.


    If you are interested. Do get in touch with me immediately, You should send to me your convenient tell/fax numbers for easy communications and also re confirm your banking details, so that there won't be any mistake.for phone
    converstion.

    Regards,


    Ms Helen Akin.

     



  • @fatbull said:

    I got this a few weeks ago:

    From: MS Hele Nakin
    Subject: I am Ms Helen Akin. A computer scientist with central bank of Nigeria......
    Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 09:51:27 -1200


    I am Ms Helen Akin. A computer scientist with central bank of Nigeria.


    I am 26 years old, just started work with C.B.N. I came across your file which was marked X and your released disk painted RED, I took time to study it and found out that you have paid VIRTUALLY all fees and certificate but the   fund has not been release to you.


    The most annoying thing is that they cannot tell you the truth that on no account will they ever release the fund to you. Please this is like a Mafia setting in Nigeria; you may not understand it because you are not a Nigerian.


    The only thing I will need to release this fund is a special HARD DISK we call it HD120 GIG. I will buy two of
    it, recopy your information, destroy the previous one, and punch the computer to reflect in your bank within 24 banking hours. I will clean up the tracer and destroy your file, after which I will run away from Nigeria to meet  with you.


    If you are interested. Do get in touch with me immediately, You should send to me your convenient tell/fax numbers for easy communications and also re confirm your banking details, so that there won't be any mistake.for phone
    converstion.

    Regards,


    Ms Helen Akin.

     

    Awesome!



  • @dogbrags said:

    Got this in my email today. Looks like the scammers are getting less and less serious about being convincing. Or their spell check is broken. It's just hilarious to read through.


    FROM THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENCY!
    No1 CONUTRY HOME PLACE WAY OFF
    MARRY LAND JUNCTION ABUJA.
    (snip)

    Pretty sure this is a joke. I don't think even Nigerians write this bad.

     



  • @@Deprecated said:

    "Fraud Stars".

    Coming this December on The History Channel!



  • @fatbull said:

    I will buy two of it, recopy your information, destroy the previous one, and punch the computer to reflect in your bank within 24 banking hours.

    Clearly, I still have a lot to learn about how banks work.

     



  • I always thought they deliberately misspelled the scammy words to circumvent the phishing scanners.



  • @Pim said:

    I always thought they deliberately misspelled the scammy words to circumvent the phishing scanners.

    I always figured they did it that way so that they can avoid spamming themselves by accident.



  • Enjoy your mug!
     



  • I think the most interesting thing here is the meta-phishing nature of the email.  Look closely at the actual letter, and you'll see that this is an attempt to hook people who have fallen for a 419 scam in the past.  "We know you never got your money because the person you were working with was a scammer.  But we're the good guys!  Now if you will just send us your personal information, we'll make sure the money gets to you."



  • @Mason Wheeler said:

    I think the most interesting thing here is the meta-phishing nature of the email.  Look closely at the actual letter, and you'll see that this is an attempt to hook people who have fallen for a 419 scam in the past.  "We know you never got your money because the person you were working with was a scammer.  But we're the good guys!  Now if you will just send us your personal information, we'll make sure the money gets to you."
     

    I thought that was the most interesting part too. For one, that's a smaller target for them, which seems counterintuitive.

    For two, fool me once...



  • @heterodox said:

    For two, fool me once...
     

    ...and you have a better probability of fooling me the second time than if you hadn't fooled me the first time. ;)

     



  •  It may be worth pointing out that the official language of Nigeria is...English!

    So it's not like they had a bad experience with translation software or anything.



  • @da Doctah said:

     It may be worth pointing out that the official language of Nigeria is...English!

    So it's not like they had a bad experience with translation software or anything.

    So you're saying that they most likely fat-fingered the whole email?




  • @tharpa said:

    Welcome to the world of Scambaiting!

    I spent a couple days at work going through the letters archive. It's pretty epic.



  • @Ms Helen Akin said:

    I will buy two of it, recopy your information, destroy the previous one, and punch the computer to reflect in your bank within 24 banking hours. I will clean up the tracer and destroy your file, after which I will run away from Nigeria to meet with you.
     

    And I thought my afternoon was busy.



  • I got some snail-mail spam a while ago saying the warranty on my car was going to run out and I should send a cheque to renew it. I've never owned a car.



    I also recently got some junk mail made up to look important by means of things like "CONFIDENTIAL" stamped on the envelope. Sure seemed odd though that a confidential letter didn't have my name or address on it, that there were several more of them laying around the mailboxes, and that I could clearly see some sort of graphics through the window of the envelope. (It turned out to be a decorative marketing letter from a car dealership. I'd expect most important, confidential messages not to bother with fancy graphics...)

    @heterodox said:

    @Mason Wheeler said:

    I think the most interesting thing here is the meta-phishing nature of the email.  Look closely at the actual letter, and you'll see that this is an attempt to hook people who have fallen for a 419 scam in the past.  "We know you never got your money because the person you were working with was a scammer.  But we're the good guys!  Now if you will just send us your personal information, we'll make sure the money gets to you."
     

    I thought that was the most interesting part too. For one, that's a smaller target for them, which seems counterintuitive.

    For two, fool me once...

    And how many people got scammed out of 2 million? Pretty sure they're looking for people who think they'll be clever and collect this money intended for someone else.



  • @heterodox said:

    @fatbull said:
    I will buy two of it, recopy your information, destroy the previous one, and punch the computer to reflect in your bank within 24 banking hours.
    Clearly, I still have a lot to learn about how banks work.
    Well, maybe that just is how Nigerian banks work.

     


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

     So is it just me or are the two examples posted in this thread 419 scams targeting... Previous 419 victims?



  • @Weng said:

    So is it just me or are the two examples posted in this thread 419 scams targeting... Previous 419 victims?

    Exactly so. I guess the idea is that if they fell for it the first time, they probably wouldn't fall for the exact same thing again but they might be dumb enough to fall for one that looks like it's on their side.



  • @heterodox said:

    @tharpa said:

    Welcome to the world of Scambaiting!

    I spent a couple days at work going through the letters archive. It's pretty epic.


    Thank you for the link....

    Many wonders in there but .... i found this one hilarious.

    I'll definitely adopt this fight-back policy if an opportunity happens.



  • @toshir0 said:

    Thank you for the link....

    Many wonders in there but .... i found this one hilarious.

    I'll definitely adopt this fight-back policy if an opportunity happens.

     

    Yeah, that's my favorite too, hence my Busted! tag. However, note the disclaimer at the end of some of Shiver Metimber's archives like this one. What they're doing is not, in general, a good idea at all.

     



  • @heterodox said:

    @toshir0 said:

    Thank you for the link....

    Many wonders in there but .... i found this one hilarious.

    I'll definitely adopt this fight-back policy if an opportunity happens.

     

    Yeah, that's my favorite too, hence my Busted! tag. However, note the disclaimer at the end of some of Shiver Metimber's archives like this one. What they're doing is not, in general, a good idea at all.

    The disclaimer is really oriented towards that point : getting money from scammers. But why try to get money from them ? It was totally not my goal or idea. Making them drool like crazy on imaginary gold is a lot more epic imho.


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