Nigerian Princes: Scientifically Designed to Identify Idiots

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JohnnyCNote

There's one going around now where they call and say you're going to get a lower interest rate on your credit card. I played along 'til she asked for my Visa number "starts with a 4".

"Don't you already have that?"

"We need to verify it"

After a couple more questions, I informed her that I don't have an credit cards, and that this proved it was a scam, and I started a tirade. She hung up and I reported their number to the Do Not Call list website. I like to lead them along like that.

There was a similar one from the "account department", or something similar, offering to lower my mortgage rate. I called back and started asking what bank they were with because I have several mortgages. I led them on and then informed them I don't have a mortgage, and what was their scam, etc. They hung up.

I worked at British Airways for awhile and there was a list of cities where passengers had to pay for any changes in person, instead of over the phone with a credit card. All of the cities in Africa where BA has service were included, along with Tehran and Islamabad (or another city in Pakistan) . . .

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Baer

Dear _citibank Mebmers,

This leter was sennt by_the Citi_Bank serevr to veerify your E-mail addres_. You must clomptee this psrecos by clicking on the link below and enntering in the litle winddow your Citbiank Debit_ full card nummber and PiN that you_use on_the Atm Machine. That is done for your pocetrtion -m- becourse some of_our memebrs no lengor have accses to their email addseesrs and we must verify it.

(Actual Nigerian Scam letter)

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Belboz99

What's funny from my perspective is that I used to know a Nigerian Prince...

No, I'm not trying to be comical, and no I wasn't scammed. The Catholic Church I attend had a Priest there who came from the royal line in Nigeria, and he left that life to become a priest.

It's not something he talked about often, and he had nothing to gain by claiming to be a Nigerian Prince, it was just part of his personal history that we simply grew to accept as a parish. He was a genuinely nice guy, even for a priest, and great with kids.

I imagine that the corruption within the Nigerian govt had some influence on his joining the priesthood.

Dan O.

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jonnyohio

When I worked in a real estate office years ago a woman was looking for a house and said she would be paying cash, because she was getting a big inheritance. The agent who was dealing with the woman said she needed to provide proof before making a bid. The next day I came into the office and the agent asked me look over the woman's proof and asked if I ever saw anything like this before. I busted out laughing so hard it took me almost 10 minutes to explain to her what a Nigerian Scam Letter was and how it worked. The agent quickly contacted the woman and I think they got to her before she sent the scammer any money. It amazes me how gullible people are. Now if you'll excuse me I just received an email telling me I won $1 million dollars and I need to find my bank account number so I can give them the "taxes" I have to pay in advance before the funds can be released. See you suckers in the Bahamas!

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szore

Actually, the fact is, since the early 90's billions of dollars have been moved out of Nigeria by corrupt politicians and military dictators and their familys. Where there is smoke, there is fire... All this money was moved as cash, through diplomatic consignments and safebox's.

http://www.efccnigeria.org/

http://www.nairaland.com/880358/list-nigerian-looters-kept-all

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KenLV

I ALWAYS respond (through dummy e-mail accounts setup for just such a purpose) to these and to the ones I routinely get in my direct sales business.

I have a whole set of premade e-mails I send to them to string them along for as long as possible – I’ve got a drawer full of “certified checks” and an inbox full of RAGING “Nigerians” and such, threatening to notify the authorities if I don’t return THEIR money! Now THAT’S some LULZ!

The finale, when they just won’t respond anymore (sad face) I have to admit I borrowed from David Gerrold’s article http://www.maximumpc.com/article/columns/future_tense_spam_lot and thank them oh so kindly for their generous donation to the LGBT cause. Read David’s, as always, amusing and interesting article for why.

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aarcane

I just forward them on to the FBI when they don't hit my spam filter, so that on the off chance that a REAL Nigerian prince contacts me, he can get the assistance he needs.

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tom_stone

I read about one scam that went so far, the victim was so embarrassed they did not go to the cops, the victim or greedy person was buying $1mil in funny money for $10k, they met at a posh hotel, showed him the money, told him to let it dry in the bathroom and left. It was of course newspapers, now how do you tell the cops they stole your money and gave you only $1k out of the $1mil in fake bills lol

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spacespeed

Does this mean that everyone should start baiting scammers just for fun?

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Maximum Defiant

I replied to one of those e-mails about a year ago. I thanked them for their kind offer, then went on to explain that since I had recently inherited a FAR larger amount than they had, I felt no need for me to participate. I then suggested that no further contact was necessary, and wished them good luck with their scam.

Have never had one of those e-mails since.

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NavarWynn

I always wondered just how many Nigerian princes there really were... Apparently quite a few... But not that many have 2.5 million in USD that they just need an American ID and bank account to xfer too... Luckily I found the one actually rich guy, my cut ($250,000) should clear in the next day or two... I know mine isn't a scam cause all I'm getting is a 10% finders fee... ;P

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livebriand

You know, I never thought of it that way.

On the other hand, my grandmother once fell for a scam ("microsoft tech support"). At least that one wasn't too bad (she didn't get her bank account info taken or anything, and all I had to do was reinstall Windows on her computer). After that, when she got a call about some problem with her passwords, she hung up immediately.

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Belboz99

Once was on a call with tech support for the web host that the company I worked for used...

The Tech support guy asked for my username, and then password, I told him I don't give out my password, not even to tech support, and he should know better.

He stammered a bit and continued on, it obviously wasn't required to solve the problem.

Dan O.

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Damnlogin

lol! You're not the only one.

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