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Friday, July 16, 2004
  I've been one-upped, and I wish I'd of thought of it

You know, I kind of thought my little letter to the scammers was pretty good, "Thanks, but I think you have the wrong guy", but I've been totally out classed by Mike NLN. Via lies.com comes a link to this excellent article Turning the tables on Nigeria's e-mail conmen, which includes:
"He then tried to hit me for $18,000 for processing fees for transferring millions," Mike says.
He wrote back as Father Hector, saying that the church had plenty of money, but there was a withdrawal fee of $80.

"I persuaded him to send me the $80, which he did, inside a birthday card, by courier," Mike says.
Man, I should have thought to do the reverse sting, damn.
There are a couple of interesting points in the article. Ever wonder if such a stupid scam, w/ so many grammatical, spelling, legal and business errors could ever convince anyone to part w/ their account information? I did. But,
Police estimate that every year, US citizens alone are conned out of some $200m.
Man, I knew our education system sucked, and now I don't think we need any further evidence of an education system in crisis. Mike however seems to have the real reason:
I asked Mike why these people who are themselves scammers can't spot an obvious scam.

"I think it operates in much the same way as it does with real victims. Greed clouds their judgement. The guy obviously thought he was going to get $18,000 so easily, he was blinded by his own greed."

"Which is what happens to those who fall for the 419 scams; they just see all these millions."

This would all be funny if it wasn't for the millions of dollars being stolen and probably put into drugs or other criminal activities.

Mike and his friends send all their e-mail exchanges to the police in the UK, Nigeria and to the FBI - he says they've had no response. And even warning the victims does no good. Most of them don't want to believe they're being scammed.
Ah, though you wouldn't think that a good christian nation like ours would allow our greed to override the teachings of and our personal faith in Jesus, but I guess maybe it's Supply Side Jesus in which most americans believe. "Wealth means godliness" is probably the single worst mutilation of the teachings of Jesus, I can think of, but worse, as I said, I've been totally out classed:
Mike says that any money they get from these reverse stings to a children's charity in the north of England.
I would probably have kept the money, and set up business. Maybe not, but I don't feel much compunction toward 'christian charity'.




 
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