November 28, 2008

419 spammers reach new low

Got this yesterday – it looks like the generic 419 scam, until you look at the numbers involved. Basically I could stand to make 10% of $7.20 dollars! Wow 72c – that seems far more my sort of financial transaction,

Seriously though – why do these people even bother? Surely no-one gets taken in by these any more?

From stella kone
Abidjan,Cote d’Ivoire

DEAR

I AM STELLA KONE ,24 YEARS OLD,MY FATHER OWNS A LIMITED OF COCOA AND GOLD BUSINESS IN REPUBLIQUE OF LIBERIA. AFTER HIS TRIP TO ABIDJAN COTE DIVIORE TO NEGOTIATE ON A COCOA AND GOLD BUSINESS HE WANTED TO INVEST IN ABROAD.ONE WEEK HE CAME BACK FROM HIS TRIP TO ABIDJAN HE HAD A MOTOR ACCIDENT WITH MY MORTHER WHICH MY MORTHER DIED INSTANTLY BUT MY FATHER DIED AFTER FIVE DAYS IN A PRIVATE HOSPITAL IN MY COUNTRY.

IT WAS LIKE MY FATHER KNEW HE WAS GOING TO DIE MAY HIS GENTLE SOUL REST IN PREFECT PEACE. HE DISCLOSED TO ME AND MY ONLY BROTHER THAT HE DEPOSITED THE SUM OF (USD $7.2)IN BANK IN ABIDJAN IN COTE DIVIORE THAT THE MONEY WAS MEANT FOR HIS COCOA AND GOLD BUSINESS HE WANTED TO ESTABLISH IN ABROAD.I AM SOLICITING FOR YOUR HELP TO TRANSFER THIS MONEY INTO YOUR ACCOUNT IN YOUR COUNTRY FOR INVESTMENT.PROMISE TO GIVE YOU 10% PERCENT OF THE TOTALL AMOUNT WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU SOONEST.

REGARDS.
STELLA


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  1. Sue

    I always have a problem understanding this sort of conundrum, it’s not immediately obvious to me why it’s a scam. It’s like when someone has had an incident when they’ve been locked out of their house or car and they try to explain to me what has happened, i always get totally confused. I get lost within all the details. A few times I’ve had people rush round my house and knock on the door in an exasperated state, spouting the sequence of events about locking the keys in the car and the other set are in a spare purse in the drawer in the kitchen and they’ve tried to get in a window but can’t reach it and I’m just left completely flumaxed as what to do. I can’t seem to grasp the exact state of play or what the best way forward would be. It’s the same at work, we have a safe and a drawer where we keep a key which opens a cupboard which has the safe key in, we also have five doors which have to be locked by three different keys and then these have to be put in a deposit box. For years I couldn’t work this out and I still have trouble to this day. I know it’s a definite weakness I have and it seems to be quite specific, I’m not sure what it is but I’m pretty sure it’s the same thing that would stop me ever being a computer programmer.

    28 Nov 2008, 16:35


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