An interesting pastime has developed from the prevalence of Internet scams and that is - scambaiting. This is where people who receive scam emails don't just delete them, but respond to them and lead the scammers on with all sorts of ploys to make them waste their time, annoy them and in some cases, really get one hell of a reaction from them.
I decided to find out how prevalent Internet scams really were. My normal business email account gets occasional scam emails and other spam and the senders are immediately added to my Blocked Senders server facility and that stops them in their tracks. But to find out how quickly scammers would hit an email account that was set up as a honeypot, I did exactly that.
I set up a Gmail account using a fictitious name, a rather ridiculous one at that. I then visited to some websites that was known to be a target for scammers harvesting email addresses. I put up just one short message on them, saying that I had a large company and I was looking for new financial opportunities, nothing more than that.
Within 24 hours, that Gmail account in the name of Willy Wanker received no less than 630 scam emails. They ranged from the usual variations of the Nigerian Oil Scam to alleged substantial lottery wins, offers from allegedly dying widows wanting me to distribute their money to charity, begging emails from alleged religious people who claimed to be running orphanages, emails from supposedly beautiful women looking for love and many other very obvious attempts to con me into responding.
To see what would happen, I responded to a few of these Nigerian Oil Scam emails by pretending to be a wealthy American businessman who was ripe for the plucking. The scammers sent fake ID and other documents to try and convince me that they were genuine. Once I appeared to take the bait with my willingness to proceed, the scammers replied with their tales of mythical millions of dollars that were ready to be transferred to my bank account, but then stated that certain documents to clear the funds were required and the fees for these had to be paid by me up-front. Here is one of the requests from a scammer who thought that he had me hooked.
I have made some of these scammers go to a lot of trouble forging ID documents, fake bank documents, certificates and all sorts of material until the scammers ran out of patience. Then I would tell the scammers that they had been scammed and some of the reactions from these criminals have been absolutely priceless. Here is a nice fake ATM card from one of these fools.
Then there was the stupid scammer who wanted to make Willy Wanker the beneficiary of the estate of one David Brumley, who so very generously got himself killed in a car accident and left a wad of money to Willy. The only problem is that this very carefully crafted fake death certificate uses the word "Pupolation" in its title. Imagine a government department anywhere making such a stupid blunder.
A slightly more clever scammer invented a deceased relative for Willy. Very conveniently, Robert Wanker died in Nigeria and left all his immense wealth to Willy, his next of kin.
Of course the idea is to make scammers go to some effort to produce these documents and fake credit cards and after they have wasted their time making these forgeries, the scambaiter will inform them that they have been taken for a ride. For instance, one of the scammers, who falsely claimed that he was from the International Commercial Bank of Ghana was led on for a long time and conned into making all sorts of fake documents until I informed him that he had completely wasted his time. His reaction was:
That had the desired effect of both wasting the scammer's time and energy for a while, as he was hoping to land another sucker, only to be told that he was the one who got scammed. But the best reaction received by me was from a scammer claiming to be an official of the Banque Internationale de Abidjan, who went to an amazing amount of trouble forging a stack of documents, to eventually be told that he had been scambaited. This was his response, in typical African Pidgin English that I very appropriately call "APE":
This little gem came from an African dickhead who wrote this scam email that commenced like this:
The email exhorted me to accept a couple of boxes containing a whopping $30 million. There was a very badly-made fake UN identity card attached. After I told this Kevin Kerkula how bad his phoney ID card was, it seemed to cause this him to completely lose his alleged mastery of English and revert to African Pidgin English (APE), whereupon I got this reply, which I fixed up as best I could for readability, although I could not illustrate the frothing at the mouth of this dope.
The idiot's reference to 419 work comes from Article 419 of the Nigerian Criminal Code dealing with fraud. So I baited this imbecile once more and got this response.
If this stupid bastard only knew that I lived in a palatial house worth close to two million dollars and do not owe anybody a cent, he wouldn't be writing this crap, but the whole idea is to make these idiots froth at the mouth and lose the plot. Obviously this fool did exactly that.
Another great reaction came from a scammer purporting to be a financier. His scam email was in proper English and obviously written by somebody else, but after I challenged him about using a free Hotmail email account instead of having a website-based email account and called him a scammer, this was the reply in African Pidgin English (APE):
Again, I managed to really upset this scammer. His Pidgin African and Nigerian terminology, along with his rotten English, showed that he certainly did not compose his original scam email and he was certainly not a financier, however the bad news is that this bastard is probably still sucking desperate people in, those who really need a loan. He will extort an establishment fee out of them and of course there will be no loan, so those needy people will be even worse off after an encounter with this scammer.
This reaction came from "email@example.com", who wanted to start up a romance with me, for all the obvious reasons. These romance scams have the best hit rate for swindlers, but this one didn't like the fact that I had been baiting him - and yes, these alleged lovelorn females in Africa are usually unwashed Nigerian wankers sitting in Internet cafés who send out photos of pretty women and hope to snare some desperate males who are short on love and have money to be ripped off. Since I was not going to fall for the stupid scam and said so in my reply, this is what I received from the swindler in typical African Pidgin English (APE).
This was certainly not a pretty Nigerian lady looking for true love who sent photos of a pretty African lady, but a stupid and ignorant 419 worker who prays at a shrine to some mythical tribal gods. It did not take much to trigger a diatribe from him, but of course this is the entire object of scambaiting, to annoy these bastards until they crack. They must have had apoplexy writing their rants, but this is the whole idea of scambaiting - don't let them get away with their scams. If everybody did this, those scammers would be out of business, because they would be spending their entire lives forging useless documents and answering demands for more and more evidence.
I received a very well-written email purporting to be from a highly-placed executive with the JP Morgan Chase Bank, offering me the usual transfer of zillions of dollars to my bank account. So I toyed with him and eventually he got really angry and replied with this:
I baited him a few more times, with the same sort of responses. The scammer reverted back to African Pidgin English (APE), obviously proving that his original scam email was composed by an educated English-speaking person, but like most African scammers, he only spoke rudimentary English and his reply demonstrated this very nicely. But it was fun keeping this guy tied up trying to figure out whether I was really a candidate for his scam or not, before eventually waking up to the fact that I was scamming him into wasting his time, whereupon he became rather annoyed.
I received one email that stated, "We have received instruction and approval from the World Bank organization in conjunction with the United Nations office to transfer your compensation funds." It came from the usual free webmail account, so I replied, demanding that the sender use an official World Bank or UN email account in future. This was the response.
This was not exactly the sort of response one would normally expect to receive from the World Bank or UN, but my email had the desired effect of really pissing this scammer right off.
I baited an idiot purporting to be a lawyer in Belgium and told him that if he claimed to want to transfer millions of dollars to me, he could fuck off. Here was his response, but at least it was in readable and correct English and not the usual African Pidgin English (APE).
I received an email purporting to be from Dr Albert W.Morrison, the President of the Diplomatic Emergency Courier Delivery Unit, PO Box 101, Airport Residential, Accra Ghana. This idiot told me in perfect English about two sealed trunk boxes which was identified as my payment of the business or contract which I allegedly executed in Nigeria in the past years. After a couple of emails, he got to the scam and asked me to pay for a "Non-Inspection Certificate" for Customs.
I bluntly told him that there was no such thing as a "Non-Inspection Certificate" and laid on some truth with this response. "The email address that you gave for the Ghana Customs and Preventative Service is just a free Gmail account and has nothing to do with Ghana Customs. In fact this service has an official website - http://www.gra.gov.gh/index.php/divisions/customs - and the contact email address is - firstname.lastname@example.org. You are not very good at your scam when you tell a lie that is so easily disproven. Go and try and earn an honest living, because you will never succeed against people like me who are so much smarter."
The scammer could not hold it together after that and he sent me this short response.
I thought that this idiot was ripe for more baiting, so I replied with a few insults about him being a sub-human ape in Africa and advised him to climb back into the trees. He replied with this.
There he was, pretending to be from the government of Ghana and it was all too easy to expose him as an ignorant lowlife African scammer. It is an excellent thing to aggravate and annoy these scamming bastards, rather than ignoring them.
Then there was the very well-written email from a person claiming to be Desmond Edward, as follows:
So I performed a bit of scambaiting and the idiot fell for it with this reaction:
It was not in the slightest bit surprising to see the difference between the original scam letter and the response from the scammer, complete with terrible uneducated African Pidgin English (APE). What was funny was his threat to report me to the FBI. Imagine that - a scammer reporting somebody who baits him. So I baited him some more and this is what came back in his crappy uneducated English.
Unfortunately, this scammer was quite correct. African scammers will keep duping gullible fools on the Internet and there are plenty of those gullible fools out there, just ripe for the taking. No matter how often people are warned, the prevalent human nature is greed and there will always be enough people who will think that some African will transfer millions of dollars to them in exchange for that teensy-weensy up-front payment or that they have found true love in a Nigerian toy-boy who needs money to fly to meet them or who needs money to pay of a non-existent debt.
There are many variations on the above scams, but they have one thing in common - they are all scams. Whenever you get such scam emails - delete them on the spot or if you are confident and want to have some fun that will only cost you some time, engage in some scambaiting and screw with the heads of these bastards.
I really wonder about the extent of the utter stupidity and ignorance of people. Imagine receiving an email with the following nonsense in it.
"Barracks Obama"? "Ripe you off your money"? The email, written in African Pidgin English (APE), purports to come from a native English speaker "Stella Douglas, UN Undersecretary-General for Internal Overs", whatever "Internal Overs" might be. Presumably the idiot who wrote this meant Internal Oversight. Would even a totally uneducated and unintelligent person fall for this rubbish, let alone a reasonably intelligent First World citizen?
The answer is - YES. Every day, tens of thousands of morons around the world receive emails with ridiculous crap like this that is addressed to "Beneficiary" instead of their names and believe that somehow or other they will receive millions of dollars out of the blue. So they blithely send scammers huge sums of money by irrevocable funds transfer and kiss their money goodbye.
It has become very apparent that most scammers, especially those in Africa, are very ignorant. I have used many bogus names in responding to them, names that are so obviously fake, yet virtually none of the scammers have picked up on this.
For instance, some of the names I still present to these scammers are:
I have used many other really ridiculously prank names. But invariably, I receive replies from these idiots, usually in African Pidgin English (APE), yet the original scam emails are mostly in excellent English, which proves that they were not written by the scammers. Here is one example received in April 2014:
Or this response from an idiot claiming to be an American representing the Bank of America in Washington. I demanded that he tell me my real name, so he gave it his best shot.
One idiotic scammer went to the trouble of generating a fake cheque to good old Herpes.
Another African idiot was conned into Photoshopping an ATM card for good old Herpes Cockrash.
I changed my email name to Herpes Simplex. I thought that surely none of these scammers would be so dumb as to believe that somebody went through their lives carrying the exact name of a genital disease. But yes folks, there are dumb scammers out there, as this response proves.
Or this one in African Pidgin English (APE). This idiot attached a very badly made graphic of an ID card.
Obviously these colossally ignorant clods had never heard of the herpes virus or the fact that it gives the victim a rash on the genitals. None of those morons ever picked up on responses from me under the names of Herpes Cockrash or that other lovely alias of Sukmah Kokpal, when all they had to do was say that name out loud to figure out that no real English-speaking person would ever be stuck with it.
When people receive scam emails, they should bait these bastards, lead them on, make them waste their time and have fun at their expense. It is easy enough to delete those scam emails, but that does not achieve anything. The idea is to make those scammers run around and get them really angry.
I decided to have some fun and games with the scammers by changing my email username to the original name of famous Hollywood actor Ernest Borgnine. It didn't take long before the first scammer running the dying widow ploy swallowed my bait and generated a will naming Hermes Borgnino as the beneficiary of $12.15 million.
Obviously the African scammers don't watch cartoons, otherwise they would know that Elmer Fudd is yet another Warner Brothers cartoon character and the nemesis of Bugs Bunny. So I changed my email username again and sure enough, a scammer claiming to be a banker who was looking after the account of a deceased client, one Hector Fudd, wanted to transfer Mr Fudd's fortune to me, Elmer. This is what the scammer sent.
This scammer used this email account - email@example.com - which is a portal offering free email accounts. He certainly would never get access to a real Shanghai Bank email account and he is most probably not Chinese at all, but some Nigerian sitting in an Internet café in Lagos.
Elmer received another email purporting to be from Western Union in Benin, a nation that is as prolific as Nigeria for Internet scams. The moron stated this.
The Elmer Fudd scammers kept rolling in. Here's another one that purported to be from DHL Couriers.
This card is to "be delivery to you" - appalling English, despite the fact that the original scam email was in perfect English. That just proves that these scammers engage English speakers to concoct their scam emails, but have problems replying in good English to emails sent back to them.
For instance, one of my favourite ploys is to send a fake Western Union or MoneyGram MTCN number to any scammer who asks for an advance fee to be sent. I will respond with something like this, from that well-known sexual appendage, Mike Litoris (my clitoris):
More often than not, the scammer will reply, stating that he could not retrieve the money (that was not sent anyway) and ask for a scan of the payment slip. That's when I reply with this:
Here is a phoney bank document that a scammer sent me when I posed as Herpes Cockrash in the now infamous Bayford Lotto scam. This is where scammers claim to be lottery winners who wish to share their good fortune with whoever responds to their stupid and very obvious swindle. How anybody could believe that somebody could be named Herpes Cockrash is beyond belief, but most African scammers are uneducated dickheads anyway and so far, not one of them has questioned the name.
So good old Herpes Cockrash made this particular scammer waste his time with emails back and forth, as well as concocting up this fake bank statement bearing Herpes's name and all those fake bank numbers that Herpes provided. What is truly amazing is that the Bayford Lotto scam has been around for a long time and yet people still fall for it. A quick search on the Internet has a myriad of websites describing the scam and even that bank statement with the word "Telex" gives the game away, because nobody has used Telex for decades.
The idea is to keep these bastards on the hook and make them waste their time and also get angry. It's not hard and it's a lot of fun. Never let them get away with it - always make them suffer for their sins.
I have received emails stating that the scammers represent a government such as Nigeria or Ghana. The scammers invited me to submit a tender for the supply of his products to this government. This example is one that I received:
Has anybody ever heard of any government anywhere making an up-front payment for anything or paying a fee before shipping the goods? It just doesn't happen, so this alone indicates that the email is a scam. I decided to have some sport with these idiots, so I concocted a catalogue of completely fake products with illustrations, just to see if the scammers actually checked them out to see if these were for real:
Some of these scammers responded to my fake offer and ordered millions of dollars of these fictional products, which provided a good laugh. But the basis of the scam is to lure the prospective sucker into making the bogus tender application and paying the tendering fee up-front by Western Union or MoneyGram, so that the money can't be stopped or revoked. If the sucker does this, either he will never hear from the scammer again, or if the scammer senses that he has a real gullible mug in his sights, he will say that additional customs fees are required, needing another fee from the sucker. Of course all these emails from the scammers are sent from free webmail accounts and not from any official government email accounts.
The other fake order or tender email is just the old Phishing scam, where the bogus government or company tells recipients that it is interested in their products and asks for details. The next email from the scammer will ask the recipients to click on the link in the email to go and allegedly open the order document on a web page. The page asks the recipients to enter their email usernames and confidential passwords to open this bogus order and if they fall for this, the scammer will have their email log-on details and do whatever he wants with their email accounts.
I decided to throw out some bait via my honeypot email account to demonstrate how ludicrously crazy most of the scams are and how amazing that any sane person could fall for them. When I received an email purporting to be from a Dr David Mensah, the chairman of the Ministry Procurement Service and Ministry of Finance of Ghana, stating that he was "interested in our products and wanted to place an order", then this was too good to pass up. So I sent a reply, stating that the following "products" could be made available:
Obviously these non-existent devices were the product of my imagination and I wondered whether the fool who received this bogus order would even have the brains to check whether his leg was being pulled or not. But of course the scammer didn't care, because he wanted to actually place a bogus order in order to extract money from somebody he thought was going to be his next target.
As expected, an email from the alleged Ghanaian Ministry of Procurement came back quickly. The scammer placed an order for over $4 million of these imaginary articles, so I prepared a really great looking invoice on an official-looking letterhead and emailed it to the scammer. This was the reply from the scammer, complete with attached bogus documents with bogus letterheads and bogus certificates.
So there it was, the demand for $1000 for a Government Acceptance Approval/Tender Fee - the old Nigerian Oil Scam wrapped up in a slightly different package. To think that anybody would fall for this ridiculous crap is very hard to believe, but obviously scammers who send out these phoney requests for purchase of products are making money from gullible fools and this is just one example of how they do it.
To show how totally ignorant some of these African scammers are, I changed the name of the honeypot email account to Mickey Mouse as the owner. One would have thought that even African scammers would have woken up to the fact that Mickey Mouse is probably the most famous cartoon character of all time. But no, within one day, an email was received from an idiot who wrote, "Hello my dear, this is Barrister Ben, the one that is in charge of your compensation fund here in Benin Republic."
This cretin continued, "I want you to trust me and you will receive your fund today. I promise you that once you send the needed fee of $250 US dollars today within 45 minutes, you will receive your fund without any delay OK. Please remember that the amount you will be receiving per a day is 10,000 US dollars until the total amount of $2.5 million US dollars completed. Once you made the payment of $250 US dollars, kindly attach the Western Union payment slip to my email OK. Am waiting for your urgent response. Please I want you to open the attachment and you confirm the copy of your ATM card." (I fixed up this fool's appalling spelling and grammar because it was terrible).
Here is the attachment that this African ignoramus sent.
These ignorant idiots kept falling for my Mickey Mouse ploy. On 18 March 2015, yet another scammer was reeled in. This is what he sent:
Yet another idiot scammer sent an email to Mickey.
This scammer claimed that he represented the Bank of America and wanted to know everything about me, yet he sent his email from this firstname.lastname@example.org email address. Does that really look like a real Bank of America email address? Of course not, but there will be gullible fools who will believe that it is - and respond to the scammer with all their confidential information. No wonder these bastards are ripping off Australians to the tune of $1 billion every year.
I baited another scammer who sent me an email offering me $5.7 million. So I replied to him to elicit a response. I said, "How would just my email address indicate that I have been scammed? That is nonsense. State my real name to verify that what you say is true." He fell for the bait and responded with, "Mickey Mouse". Another dope fooled.
The ignorance of these African scammers is something to behold. Mr Mickey Mouse received this one.
I deleted the rest of this scam email because it was much the same as all the others. But here is the really rotten fake ID card that this moron attached to his email.
There have been many more responses to Mickey Mouse, so I won't keep posting any more of them, but Mickey will still be preying on the scammers, along with all his other mythical friends.
I really wondered how disconnected these idiots really were from civilisation, so I changed the username of the honeypot email account from Mickey Mouse to Darth Vader and answered a few scam emails Within a couple of hours, I received an email from one of these idiots.
I replied and demanded that the scammer verify my real name. Sure enough, I got a short response.
Obviously scammers don't go to the cinema and they have not seen one of the most well-known science fiction movie character of all time. But yet another one came back from an idiot claiming to be the director of United Parcel Service (UPS) in Cotonou Benin. Of course anything coming from that country is guaranteed to be a scam. So after I demanded that he state my real name, this is what he replied.
The African scammers kept replying to Darth Vader without the foggiest notion of how amusing it was. Some of the "Dead Bank Customer" scammers actually invented a deceased namesake, Engineer Fabian Darth, whose funds they wished to misappropriate by asking Darth to stand as next of kin. Here is a sample.
I am sure that Darth Vader would be thrilled to have a rich relative called Fabian, but of course the "Dead Bank Customer" scam is all fiction designed to swindle gullible people and there seems to be an abundance of suckers.
The ignorance of African scammers has to be seen to be believed. After fooling them with Mickey Mouse and Darth Vader, surely they would have woken up to the fact that nobody would be stuck with the name Donald Duck. But no, they were reeled in like a fish on a hook.
Then there was the scammer who went to slightly more trouble with Donald Duck, telling him that the bank's late customer, Mr Fischer Duck did not leave a will and the bank would confiscate the money if a next of kin, namely Donald Duck, did not show up to claim the loot.
That is the way the dead bank customer scam works, but unfortunately for the scammer, Donald is just a duck and has no need for money. Here is one more response from an African scammer to Donald Duck.
This was the old non-existent consignment box full of money and treasure that a diplomat was to deliver to Donald. Of course diplomats are not messenger boys and they do not deliver anything to cartoon ducks. In fact this particular scammer had sent around 20 emails to me and eventually I forced him into stating that my name was Donald Duck. I had achieved my aim of fooling him and wasting his time, so I then told him that he was an uneducated moron who had been living under a rock all his life and had never heard of Donald Duck, proving that he was not in any western nation as he purported to be.
The responses to Donald Duck kept coming in. Here is another one.
This scammer was obviously not a native English speaker, as his grammar and spelling were lousy.
Another Nigerian moron took the bait and responded with this piece of African Pidgin English (APE).
Donald Duck was retired for a while and I changed the email account name to Daffy Duck and immediately received an email from a scammer.
Would any British diplomat send an email like that, written in capitals and addressed to a cartoon duck? But right after receiving that email, in came another one.
Yet another idiot fell for the Daffy Duck ploy. This moron called himself Marvin Carraine and mis-spelled his scam name, but his email address was email@example.com, a typical scammer email account.
The name "Marvin Carradine" has been used by African scammers for many years and is still in use to this day. Then there was the reply from an idiot claiming to be the manager of Citibank, exhorting me to send a fee for the transfer of non-existent funds.
Some of the scammers asked for Daffy's ID card, so I obliged them with this one.
The suckers keep coming. This one purported to be from DHL.
Another moron went to the trouble of Photoshopping an ATM card with Daffy's name on it.
Then there was the fool who claimed that he was from ECO Bank in Africa and said that he had a MoneyGram cheque for Daffy, now one very rich duck.
Daffy was offered millions of dollars by a scammer posing as Maryam Abacha, the widow of Nigerian strongman General Sani Abacha, who looted his nation of many millions of dollars. It seems that this Maryam Abacha could not wait to transfer all that money to good old Daffy Duck.
As they say in Australia - come in, spinner - sucking them in with ease.
I decided to have a bit of sport with the scammers, so I changed my username to the famous cartoon character Fred Flintstone. Sure enough, those ignorant African morons fell for it and I received the first reply to Fred at the end of March 2015, literally the day after I started using that name. This idiot scammer pretended to be from the Federal Ministry of Finance of Benin.
It is amazing that these scammers use the same names over and over again. There are many pages anti-scam websites warning of this Jenet Dibor, yet suckers send money to these people without even conducting a Google search to see what is known. But straight after this idiotic email, in came another one to Fred.
Yet another African moron sent this one.
It's hilarious to see the change in literacy of these scammers. Their original emails were obviously crafted by native English speakers, yet their responses are riddled with obvious grammatical and spelling errors. But this email is the usual advance fee scam, where the sucker has to send a small amount of money to allegedly get a large sum of money released to him. These scammers get these small payments every day from gullible fools, but the scams amount to billions of dollars collectively that are lost by people who fall for the scams.
After using all the crazy cartoon character names, I wanted to see how really ignorant the African scammers were. So I changed my username to something that I thought would immediately be picked up as being bogus by even the dumbest African - "Cunt Licker". Surely even a the most stupid dickhead in an Internet café in Lagos Nigeria or in Cotonou Benin would realise what this meant. But no, in early September, just one day after I responded to a scam email under that dreadful username, in came this response.
A good example came from somebody purporting to be the eminent American judge Barbara Madsen, the Chief Justice of the Washington Supreme Court. Can you imagine Judge Madsen sending any email to somebody called Cunt Licker?
One stupid scammer pretended to be a female orphan who wanted to transfer millions of dollars to me sent this:
One of these idiot scammers went to the trouble of knocking up a fake ATM card in the name of Cunt Licker. Obviously he was not a native English speaker, as most of those scammers in Africa are French speakers and those in Europe are predominantly from Bulgaria and Russia.
It is difficult to believe that idiots fall for these really dumb scams, especially when they purport to come from people such as Judge Barbara Madsen and even the US president's wife Michelle Obama. You have to laugh at these guys for giving it a shot, even when they expose their abject ignorance. In short order, I received another one after challenging the scammer to state my real name. He replied:
Then there was the response from the bogus money lender.
Here is one that came from somebody pretending to be an English HSBC bank manager. Just imagine a high executive of an English bank referring to a client as Cunt Licker.
The best response came from an African idiot after I demanded that he explain to me why he would call me by such a disgustingly rude title. He replied with this.
So it seems that no matter how crude and disgusting usernames happen to be, those ignorant fools running these scams will just treat them as real names without checking them. The fun part is telling those idiots what those usernames mean and getting their reactions.
Just to see how far I could push the envelope with these African scammers, I changed my email username from Cunt Licker to Cock Sucker. I thought - there surely must be enough American movie influence in the media to alert these fools as to the fact that nobody on earth could have the name of Cock Sucker. But I was proven wrong, as this reply to my scambaiting revealed. The sender purported to be Godwin Emefiele, the Executive Governor Central Bank of Nigeria. Yeah, right. His pidgin African English wasn't too good either.
By this time, I could see that African scammers were either completely ignorant as to my terrible and obscene usernames, or they just replied to my scambaiting and hoped that those names were actually real. In any case, they certainly gave me some laughs with their replies.
Then there was the moron scammer who decided to respond to my baiting by addressing me by fictional character names from books. This idiot said that he was Bernard Otti, a director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, offering me a deal that I found very difficult to refuse, the transfer of no less than US$150 million to my bank account. It seems that these African scammers are becoming more stupid as the fictional amounts that they offer to transfer to me get bigger.
Some of these African scammers seem to be dumb as rocks. They obviously do not even understand what they have put in their scam emails. For instance, here is one with ridiculously and very obviously wrong information.
Apart from the abominable grammer, is there really a Wisconsin International Airport in Germany? If so, this airport is a long way from its home in northern USA. Of course this scammer stated that he required me to pay for the International Delivery Permit, whatever that was. The clown wrote:
The email came from w.@smile.ocn.ne.jp - a notorious Japanese free email portal and the return email was a typical free spammer account - firstname.lastname@example.org. Whenever somebody sends an email from one account, especially not a domain-based account belonging to the organisation that they claim to represent and they receive replies via a free webmail account such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, Outlook Mail and any of the free World Media Group or Russian Yandex email accounts, you better believe that they are scammers.
But this particular scammer is rather thick, going on the fact that he sent out this utter nonsense. What is worse is that he will receive replies and people will transfer money to him and he will laugh all the way to the bank. So I really wonder who is more stupid - the African scammer from Benin or the morons that will send him the $98 on the basis of this ridiculously bad scam email.
My honeypot email account receives many bogus offers from scammers to purchase goods using credit cards. One such offer came from somebody purporting to be Randy Mark in Oslo Norway. He asked for a list of products from the fictitious businessman created by me, who then sent him the list containing the imaginary items with freight paid for to anywhere in the world. The scammer immediately ordered two Kinetic Emasculators and one Girded Loinoplasker.
I waited for the scam to reveal itself and it certainly did so in the following exchange of emails. The scammer informed me that although freight was included in the order, he wanted his own freight company to pick it up. This is what he wrote:
The gist of the scam was to get me to believe that the scammer did not want to avail himself of the alleged free freight from my bogus company, but to use his own non-existent freight company and wind up paying $1955 instead of the amount quoted of $1405 including freight to anywhere in the world. What kind of legitimate businessman would contemplate paying around 40% over and above the cost of any goods for any reason?
Of course the scam was not about purchasing items from me. Just the fact that the scammer agreed to buy items that did not exist indicated that his scam relied on trying to convince me to send money via Western Union or MoneyGram to the scammer, while trying to process the bogus credit card details that the scammer then provided for the bogus purchase of goods.
The really stupid thing that the scammer stated was that there were no Western Union offices where he claimed to be in Sentrum in Oslo Norway. In fact there is a Western Union office located at Karl Johansgate, around two small blocks from Sentrum, within a couple of minute's walking distance. Another Western Union office at Smalgangen is located around one kilometre from Sentrum. So the scammer deliberately lied, presuming that I would never check this out.
To check on the credit card details that the scammer provided, I contacted Visa Global and ascertained that according to the credit card numbers, these cards were actually issued by the Chase Bank in the USA and that the name on the real cards did not match the details of the scammer, the bogus Randy Mark from Oslo.
I then emailed the scammer, informing him that he was welcome to purchase the fictitious Kinetic Emasculators and Girded Loinoplasker, but only by direct bank transfer to my fictitious bank account and that no money would be transferred by Western Union or MoneyGram to anybody. As expected, a reply was not received from the scammer, but this was not surprising, since his scam was exposed.
Incidentally, the methodology of this particular scam is much the same as the infamous Gumtree scam, where somebody offers to buy an expensive item that has been listed and wants to pay for it via PayPal. This scam is described in detail elsewhere in the Scams and Frauds section on this website.
We can all have fun by baiting scammers and making them not just waste their time responding to the baiting, but making them produce cards, certificates, photos and other material that is futile, because we know that they are scammers and they will never get money from a scambaiter. But at the end of the day, there is only one way that scammers will be stopped and that is by arresting them and throwing them into jail.
Unfortunately, as much as scambaiting can be very amusing, the scammers are very resilient and no matter how much we humiliate and fool them, they will just keep going and scamming people. Why? Because there will always be plenty of gullible fools out there that will believe that an African bank manager or dying widow wants them to receive millions of dollars just like that - for nothing more than paying a "fee" via Western Union or by sending an iTunes gift card validation number. Or there will always be lonely and vulnerable people who will believe a sweet-talking romantic who needs money for one reason or another.