Monday, July 18, 2005

The 411 on the 419 Finally Getting A 911 - About Nigerian eMail Scams & Mac Users

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From Slashdot

"Almost all of us get those junk emails from someone in Africa usually promising millions of dollars if you give them your bank details. Finally good to know that they are being caught by the authorities and punished. These are also known as 419 emails named after the Nigerian penal code for fraud. As an interesting aside, fooling these scammers by responding to their emails is a fun passtime for quite a few who call themselves baiters. Check out the trophy pictures of these spammers.. pretty funny."

In fact, here is one (of the 6) in my inbox this morning when I woke up:

FROM THE DESK OF:
MR. PAUL ABRAMS
STANDARD BANK
CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA.

I am Mr.Roland Mabota, credit officer of standard bank ,cape town south africa. I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.

In June, 1999, a German property consultant and importer of used cars ,Mr Andreas Schranner made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$35,000,000.00(Thirty five Million United States Dollars
only) in my branch. It was to our utter suprise that we heard of his death, wife and children in an AF4590 plane crash in July 2000. See website below:



On further investigation,I found out that he died without making a WILL, and hitherto, all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless. Mr Andreas Schranner was residing at No 1 Rue de Avenida, pretoria south africa.

I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr Andreas Schranner did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$15,000,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at theend of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it.

Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin or business partner to Mr Andreas Schranner so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials. This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address,phone and fax numbers so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that will put you in place as the next of kin or business partner. I have two of my colleagues who are top officials of the bank involved in this transaction.

Your role in the transaction is to send an application for claim of the funds to our bank. Then, as top officials of the bank, we shall work behind-the-scene to make sure that your application is approved by the management of the bank, and the funds transfered to your nominated bank account.

Please note that there is no iota of risks at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done legitimately and with our positions as top officials of the bank would ensure a successful execution of this transaction.If you are interested, please reply immediately to my email box.

Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy communication.

You should observe utmost CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECRECY in this transaction,and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I will require your assistance to invest my share in your
country.

Note:Am in Netherland at the moment on a sabatical leave.

I look forward to your prompt response.

Thanks and regards.


Mr.Roland Mabota.

Alternative email address: (rolandmabota@excite.com)


I mention this on a Mac centric site for several reasons.

1) It seems, typically the people that fall for these emails, are those that are struggling financially - a lot of freelance graphic artists = Mac users

2) Older people - who tend to be more trusting and are have a weird understanding about Macs - that these type of emails wouldn't come to them on a Mac if they were not legit. Yes, I have had several older clients say that because of the security on Mac - they felt the emails were legit.

3) The people who have the "get rich quick mentality" - which seem to be a number of Mac users I have met in the 10 years I have been servicing Macs.

4) A friend of mine who fits #1, #2, and #3 actually fell for this scam and lost $25,000 +

I'm glad that this type of scam is getting out in the open and these criminals are finally being brought to justice.

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1 comment:

fixyourthinking said...

I would also like to add that it appears that these scams have recently started to turn to Instant Messaging.

Every time I turn on Yahoo IM or AOL IM - I am barraged with Nigerian women instant messaging me - they are real women too. Some ask you to see them on webcams.

They will talk with like it's just a friendly chat and then turn the conversation into this:

"I would love to come visit you, but i don't have the money for a plane ticket ... would you wire me the $2000 for the plane trip?"