I reckon any story is a good story from an African point of view. ———- Forwarded message ———- From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> Date: 27 Oct 2008 14:03 Subject: COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN PAYMENT To: OFFICE OF THE SENATE HOUSE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN PAYMENT (RESOLUTION PANEL ON CONTRACT PAYMENT) IKOYI-LAGOS NIGERIA Our Ref: FGN […]
It must be my lucky day today. It’s just unfortunate that this is not for real. ———- Forwarded message ———- From: MR CLARK MORGAN <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 10:22 PM Subject: Greetings: Your ATM CARD Payment To: Greetings: This is to officially inform you that ATM card worth Five hundred Thousand dollars […]
Which e-mail is more successfull: the official looking scam e-mail or this one? What do you think? ———- Forwarded message ———- From: SENATE PRESIDENT <email@example.com> Date: 2008/9/6 Subject: IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF YOUR CONTRACT FUND VIA ATM SWIFT CARD1 To: OFFICE OF THE SENATE HOUSE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN PAYMENT (RESOLUTIONPANEL ON CONTRACT […]
The crooks obviously spent some time creating Graphics, the and the official Mumbo Jumbo in the text. I am sure it will impress a lot of people. ———- Forwarded message ———- From: Office Of Senate House Nigeria Date: 2008/9/6 Subject: *****Attn: Contractor! Your Payment Approval***** To: Cc: list not shown OFFICE OF THE SENATE HOUSE […]
The story is somewhat confused as this message talks about contractors and next of kin. Could it be I am the next of kin to a contractor? ———- Forwarded message ———-From: MR. GEORGE SMITH <firstname.lastname@example.org>Date: Sat, Aug 23, 2008 at 12:04 PMSubject: URGENT PAYMENT NOTIFICATION………To: undisclosed-recipients CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA TINUBU SQUARE,VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS-NIGERIA OUR […]
Apart from the fact that this message is all in capital letters, it’s just a copy of earlier e-mails on the same subject. Here’s an earlier David Marks scam e-mail ———- Forwarded message ———- From: ATM CARD DELIVERY SERVICE <email@example.com> Date: 2008/5/18 Subject: IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF YOUR PAYMENT VIA ATM CARD To: OFFICE OF […]
After more than 10 years following what African crooks are doing, I get to instantly recognise a 419 scam story when I see one. This is no different to any other scam e-mails doing the rounds, it just looks more believable.
This is a favorite ploy that the Africans use. Of course, they are targeting people who have already been involved with any of the crooks running 419 types of fraud. It doesn’t really matter with whom they have been in contact with, these crooks just adapt their story to accommodate anyone contacting them.
Sometimes Google does recognise 419 scam e-mails and flags the as suspicious. That is a good thing, as it does give pause for thought.