View Full Version : OT: Stupid people

03-06-2004, 03:56 PM
I received an e-mail this morning. This one definitely falls in the "How freekin stupid do you think I am?" category. If anyone bites on this they almost deserve to get taken.

Your credit card will be billed at $22.95 weekly and free 3 pack of child porn CD is shipping to your billing address. To cancel your membership and CD pack please email full credit card details to


L Webb
03-06-2004, 04:22 PM
That is pretty lame Evan.
But, some people may fall for it.


Mike Burdick
03-06-2004, 04:37 PM
Yeah, I got one the other day that asked me to send them my credit card and pin number so they could verify my email address. Half the words were misspelled.

03-06-2004, 06:55 PM
Very clever, threaten to take money, make sure you respond so as not to alarm SWMBO, and use an address style (abuse) which people are now becomming familiar with. Yes, very clever.

Neil Peters

Alistair Hosie
03-06-2004, 08:07 PM
I was getting this sort of rubbish as well as others virtually every day, for a while there.
They tried everything.
I stopped opening anything I don't instantly recognise who it's from, just send it to report spam box.
So I now live in relativen peace. Alistair

03-06-2004, 08:10 PM
Here is One I got Today:


PRIVATE EMAIL :vin_obiora2004@yahoo.co.uk


I crave your indulgience for the unsolicited nature
of this letter, but it was borne out of desperation and
current development. Please bear with me. I am
Barrister vincent obiora a solicitor at law. I was
the Personal attorney to Mr. Louis Whelan a
national of your country, who used own an oil servicing company
inNigeria. Herein after shall be referred to as my
client. On the 21st of January, 2000,my client, his
wife and their three Children were involved in a car
accident along sagbama express road. All occupants
of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. I know
that my client had no living kin but i went ahead and
made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of
my clients extended relatives but this has proved
unsuccessful. I only did so to be double sure of
this act. After these several unsuccessful attempts,
I decided to track his last name over the Internet,
hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to
assist in repatriating the money and property left behind
by my client before they get confiscated or declared
unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits
were lodged, particularly the Access Bank Nigeria Ltd
where the deceased had an account valued at about 18
million dollars has issued me a notice that in the event
that no next of kin comes up for the claim, the account
will be confiscated after four years if not claimed and
We have just about one month.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the
relatives for over 3 years now I seek your consent
to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since
you have the same last name so that the proceeds of
this account valued at 18 million dollars can be
paid to you and then you and me can share the money. 75%
shall be for me and 20% for you while 5% is
earmarked for expenses that will be incurred during the
process of Transfer of the fund. I have all necessary legal
documents that can be used to back up any claim we
may make. All I require is your honest co-operation to
enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that
this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in
touch with me by my private e-mail above to enable us
discuss further. You may also send your phone number so
that I can call you.please feel free to call me +234-802-3524299.
I look forward to your urgent response.
Best regards,


03-06-2004, 08:17 PM
You might see if Mr. Obiora is interested in some kiddie porn in trade. Might be a match made in heaven.
You can ship it in that ore carrier that is deadheading to Africa to pick up the 900,000 tons of iron ore.

03-07-2004, 02:10 AM
This is your last chance to send me $1 in cash. There will be other opportunity to take advantage of this great deal.

Thanks for your quick attention to this matter.

An add like this appeared in Popular Science years ago and many people sent $1. It didn't just start today.


Doc Nickel
03-07-2004, 05:34 AM
"Didn't just start today" is an understatement!

The above "Nigerian scam" is just a modern version of what they used to call the "Spanish Prisoner" scam, and dates back to at least the 16th century.

You've heard of a "Ponzi" scheme? Ponzi was selling his mailing cards and running his scam in the late 1890s- well over a century ago. "Get rich quick" scams like enevlope stuffing (buy a kit telling you how to get rich at home, and the kit just tells you to copy the kit and sell them to people as a way to get rich at home) were delivered by Pony Express, and were old hat even then.

Nothing new under the sun.


03-07-2004, 07:06 AM
Slickest conn scheme I know of is one where the conn artist, says "pay me 15 per cent of your wages all your life nd I will "give" you plenty of money later on".

Trick is the conn man spends the money, on wine women and song, plus enough cash returned (with lots of publicity) to keep an appearance of being a wise prudent investor of the entrusted funds. Then when the conn man's sins start to catch up with him, he simply announces that, "you fools should have saved more money cause we ain't gonna be able to pay and you are forewarned- at least start saving now. And- NO you still gotta send in your fifteen percent, plus more for other reasons (depending on your income from all sources), and if you have ANY money left to spend- I want five to ten percent of that too for each sale. And if you don't spend it- if you invest it, I want a percentage of that that investment return and HELL no I won't insure your investment will pay off. YOU folks gotta understand that, in this world, you pays your money and takes your chances"

Neat thing about this improbable scheme is that the victims want to continue to play even when the conn man 'fesses up. Works every time- only trick is getting started with enough customers to make it all worth while. History shows that it took a gun (or threat of one) to get the initial players involved. but once enough are playing, the conn goes on and on- as does the spending. Truthfully there is reason to believe the system, though started as a known scam, would really work- just invest wisely that small percentage for many years and beat inflation by a few percentage points and it might work. We will probably never know. Funny thing is- the initial investment was like three percent for the salary of participants (returns were also to be based on salary) then when the conn artist saw how well the scheme worked they announced they would need more money to keep it going- EVEN Ponzi lacked the audacity to do that. THen when the participants gave more- the conn man still spent the money and predicted his inability to keep the scheme viable.

Beat the hell out of any of the Spanish prisoner things or shipping iron ore around the world. And there is no risk to the conn man- he has "invested" in a "retirement" plan that pays even if is discovered and fired. No Enron type risks for these conn artists.

Send me one dollar for info on how to participate in the scheme- or for 100 dollars you can buy a franchise in my "we don't need education" company.

03-07-2004, 07:21 AM
Hey DocSteve, sounds just like the "Social Secruity" scam.

03-07-2004, 09:25 AM
Social security,biggest pyramid scam in history http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//mad.gifYou know growing up I was told in detail how the system worked and even at an early age I knew it was bougus.

People always fall for the "other guys gonna pay for it"scam.People wonder why children don't alaways care for their aged parents much anymore-just one reason Social security,oh no my friends we don't have to worry thou the government will save us!Ya sure they will after all you see what a job they did with the Infernal Revenue Service http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//rolleyes.gif