The How It Works Summary
A scammer will express interest in your whatever and eventually offer to over-pay. This usually comes in one of two forms:
1. The scammer, usually from overseas, expresses interest in your item for sale. When you agree on terms, he indicates payment will be made by third party cashier's check (if your scam antennas didn't go up at that, then you need to adjust your scam antennas). In fact, the scammer has a friend in the US who owes him some money, so the friend will send a certified cashier's check that includes the amount needed to pay you plus what is owed the scammer.
For example, a $7500 check would be sent to cover a $1500 used car. These checks usually are drawn on a US bank but, strangely enough, arrive via an International Fed Ex! The scammer really needs the extra cash ASAP (i.e. before you find out that the cashier's check is a counterfeit), so he offers to let you keep an additional few hundred bucks for your time and trouble to arrange the wire. Well, you are no dummy, you think to yourself. You'll deposit the check, wait 4 business days, and then wire the money. The problem is that your fake check must travel all the way to the institution whose name appears on it before they stamp a big ole COUNTERFEIT on it. That will take at least a week and usually ten days. The funds will be subtracted from your account in full. The scammer will never arrange to have your silly item for sale shipped...
2. A scammer will contact you and offer to buy your $3000 car but must pay with a "refund payment" from another customer who cancelled their order. Again, a cashier's check for $9000 will be sent and you must immediately wire the difference... Yes, people have actually fallen for this stuff. I find it unbelievable!
I get contacted out of the blue by S. Jill from a Yahoo.com public mail account who is interested in buying my used Saab for $1400. My scam antennas pop up mostly because I don't have any used Saabs for sale. I write him back saying I would be honored to sell him my used Saab!
From: s jill Hello Scott, am really interested in purchasing your car and thanks for your mail......so i will like to know your name,phone number and address which you will use to receive the payment by certified cashier;s check payable in america funds. so am looking forward to read from you soonest. Regards. S. Jill
S Jill emails me back to explain the part about someone else in the US owing him some money (Jill's the nice kind of guy who lends thousands of dollars to his friends overseas, I can tell! I am honored to be associated with S Jill! Maybe someday he will loan me thousands too!). I agree completely to help him secure those funds - who knows, maybe he will give me a little something for my time.
From: s jill4/23
Hello, thanks for the response to my Purchase-Enquiry,and so i am ready to purchase the 1988 900 Turbo as soon as possible.The payment($1400 USD)will be made via Cashiers Check drawn on a US Bank,cos there is some-one in the United-State who is owing me some money,who i can instruct him to make out a check to you,but the funds he his owing me is $7,500 USD Which i believe is the fastest way the payment could be made,because if the check is to be sent to me,it will take about 30 days to clear here in my country,but if it's paid directly to you,it will take up to 2-3 days to clear and so i am willing to entrust you with the excess funds on the cost,which you must send to me via Western Union as soon as the Check clears in your Bank.My Shipper will be onground to pick-up the 1988 900 Turbo in your location to sign the relevant titles and papers on my behalf as soon as we seal the transaction and the paymentis made.So if my Payment terms is acceptable with you,you can go ahead and mail back to know. waiting to hear your fruitful responce. Thanks.
I reply: From: Scott Yes, I'm glad to help out in this way. If I understand you correctly, I'll keep $1,400 for the car and then I would wire you $6,100 after which you'll arrange for your shippers to come get the car. I'll include the signed-over title of the car in the glove compartment so that it'll arrive with the car.
If there's anything else you need, just let me know.
From: s jill
Hey,sorry for the late response i have send your data to my client and said you will receive the payment as soon as possible and he will mail me with the tracking number,so as soon as he mail me, i will mail it to you. thanks. S.
Well, I think to myself, let's start playing with this guy a little bit. I mean, really, he didn't reply for almost two weeks. I suspect that he had to make up his little checks and get all the Fed Ex way bills filled out, so my check is probably in transit.
And I reply...
From: Scott Sorry, I thought you had disappeared. I have another interested buyer at this time here locally so the car is no longer available. I will have another Saab available in a couple of weeks, same year and model and specs, but it is a different color, red. The mileage is 10,000 miles less. If you don't find the color you are looking for, you can let me know if red is okay. The price is a couple hundred more since this car has fewer miles. -Scott
The great day has arrived! My $7500 souvenir counterfeit cashier's check has arrived! I know what you are thinking, "but Scott, what if this is a real check and he really does want to buy your Saab?". Have no fears, gullible reader. I want a real souvenir. I race to the bank (okay, I was having lunch with a friend and it happened to be near the bank) and actually deposit the check. I figure sure, they could charge me a fee for depositing a bad check, but I'm more than happy to pay it. I want that big ole' COUNTERFEIT stamped on my souvenir scam check or it's no real souvenir, now is it!
In this day of heightened security, FedEx sure allows for some really lax way bill info. Take a look at the scan of the way bill. Where the hell did it come from? And I wonder how much an international FedEx costs?!
Here is also a screen capture from the FedEx web site for the tracking info:
I have not emailed anything back to Mr. S. Jill yet and I know he must be getting anxious. He knows he has only the time between when I receive the check and when it comes back marked counterfeit to try to collect his money.
I get the following from said scammer:
From: s jillOkay, first of all, it's a SAAB not a SAAD. Jeez! Du Calme, du calme!
Hello, did you receive my last mail concern the payment on the way to your location, i am very disapoint in you concern the car and also i am having bayer's mind on the transaction cos i have contacted my client and said you must have receive the payment by now and more so i will like you to mail back, how we are going to seal in transaction and to know if you have get another saad or the other one i order for is still available. Hey but i have send the down the payment to the address which you gave me to send down the payment to,so i will like you to advise me on how to do this when the payment arrive and i will like you to mail me back immediately.So i await for your quick and fruitful response. My regards. S.
Well, now I need to buy myself some time for the check to make its way to Arizona and then back to my bank and back to me. What to do, what to do? *Ding* I craft a fake Auto Reply saying that I am on vacation for one week. He doesn't know that I've received or deposited the check. I've kept the scammer in a vulnerable position with little information. Here's what I send back:
From: Scott Hello - this is an automated response: I will be away on vacation until Monday May 5th and will not be checking voicemail or email during that time. If you need immediate assistance, please contact my administrative assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will return all calls and emails upon my return. Thank you and sorry I missed your email! ;-) -Scott
Oh, you can imagine the fit into which this put the scammer. I then received numerous emails which you can read below. I didn't respond to anything because hey, I was on vacation. I was sipping Coconut Pina Coladas in Kauai... er, I wish I had been at least:
4/27 From: s jill
Hi Scott, Did you receive my last mail,I have been busy for the past few days,my client told me you should have receive the cheque by now,by via FEDEX COURRIER SERVICE.....he said the cheque would clear within 24hours because it is a Certified Cashier's Cheque.........once you cash the funds on Teusday, i will like you to do me a favour, i will like you to go and cash the cheque and send the fund to my secretary so i will like you to deduct $200 out of the fund as soon as possible for compensating you for the effort in helping me to send the funds. I want the funds sent out today by western-union money transfer to my Secretary, by going to any western union outlet store close to you. cos i was made to understand that outlet store charges is cheaper compare to bank western union charges.so i want it done in an outlet store. The funds should be sent in care of my secretary whose information is as follows: Mr. paul poker 15 rogers road, e167eh london, You will also need to provide me with the following information after the funds must have been sent out: Senders full name,Mtcn-control number,Text question & Answer. Also do not fail to contact me if you need more information from me or if you are not cleared on anything. Awaiting your response. Best regards S.4/29 From: s jill Hey Scott, what is going,what surt of business is this,why are you trying to let the third party to come in with this transaction, i will like you to mail me so i can know what i can do about it cos my client where i said you should send the funds to,they are waiting for it and that is why i said you should deduct $200 out of the funds for compensating you for the effort of sending the funds to them i will like you to do something fast on it as soon as possible. i will more greatful if you can do this as soon as possible. i will be looking forward your fruitful response. My regards. S.
Oh No! Here come the ALL CAPS! This guy means business! I mean, it's serious now! He even calls me a, heavens-to-betsy, a "frudster"!
From: s jill5/2 So, he gives up realizing that I just might be away and I don't hear anything else after the ALL-CAPS message. On 5/2, I eagerly skip out to the mailbox hoping to see a nasty envelope from my bank and am rewarded. My check has been returned in seven full days. My bank debited my account for the $7500, plus a $5.00 returned check fee. I now know that the check is counterfeit (as if I had any doubt whatsoever) and I can step up my little game a notch.
HEY WHAT SURT OF NONSENSE ARE YOU DOING WITH ME AM SORRY FOR YOU MR SCOTT, FOR WHAT YOU DOING WITH MY BUSINEES TRANSACTION, SO IT MEANS YOU ARE THE ONE OF THE FRUDSTER IN THE INTERNET? I THINKS YOU KNOW THE RULES AND REGULATION THAT DEAL WITH INTERNATIONAL TRANSACTION, OK IF YOU KNOW OR NOT,I DON'T WANT YOU TO SEE, WHAT YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE IN YOUR LIFE TRY AND MAIL ME WITH FRUITFUL MIND OR ELSE.......... I AWAIT TO READ FROMJ YOU SOONEST.
5/5 I'm Hooome! Vacation was really excellent and now it's time to tackle my email inbox and the regular mail. What's this, a fed-ex has been waiting for me this whole time I've been away - that's too bad (wink wink). I reply to Mr. Jill's first email:
From: Scott I got back from vacation today and your fed ex was waiting for me. Bad timing. I should be getting a new used Saab in my inventory in about a week. Should I deposit this check now or wait until then? It should be between $1400 and $2400 for the same year Saab with about half the miles and same color. Let me know how you'd like to proceed? -Scott
I figured, hey, this is monopoly money, let's just see how much of the fake money I can actually get the scammer to give up! Per our original agreement, I owe him the difference between the price of the car, $1400 and the check, which is $7500 = $6100. Of course, to his credit, he did offer to give me $200 for my time (what a sweet guy he is! The Best!). My email above yanks out an additional $1000 for me - cool! I can feel the money on my fingertips. Gosh, I hope he agrees.
From: s jill
Good day Scott, Yes, I agree and thanks for your aknowledgement,ok i will be expecting the funds tommorow. Am looking forward to read from you soonest. Regards to your family. S.
Well, you know, I can't let him off that easy and I've only got $1200 for my trouble so far. I'm catching up on the rest of my emails and now I find Mr Jill's accusation that I am a "frudster". I'm not happy about that so I send the following. At the same time, why not claim some more dollars for myself.
From: Scott Hey now, I'm catching up on my email and there's absolutely no reason to get huffy and begin threatening me with "or else's". There was a big delay between when you said you wanted the car and when you agreed to send payment. I thought you had disappeared. Now, I don't have time to deposit the check today, but I have plenty of funds to cover the whole amount anyway. I will deposit the check tomorrow. In the meantime, since the new Saab is coming and it could cost upto $2800, we should hold back that amount from the difference. I think since you've been very slow to complete this transaction and a little rude, an additional $500 should be held back for myself instead of the proposed $200. That equals $3600 that I should wire to you tomorrow or as soon as I hear back from you that this is agreeable. Thanks, -Scott
The astute reader will realize there is a problem with the email above. Yes, the math used above is, in a phrase, Messed Up Big Time! $7500 minus $2400 (car) minus $200 (my bonus-woo hoo!) minus $400 (I just decided the car should cost $2800 instead of $2400) minus $300 (more bonus for me because Mr Jill was not nice in his email - that was uncalled for, don't you think?!) which equals $4200 NOT $3600... That's $600 bucks I've miscalculated right into my own pocket. Boy is Mr Jill going to be furious. I wonder if he'll pull out the ALL-CAPS again?
From: s jill
Hi Scott, am very sorry or that i did not mean to call you that,cos there is a lot of frudsters on the internet now,am very sorry i don't know you are the kind of fruitful man. yes, that would be fine and in regards to the shipping for the saad when it arrive, don't worry about the shipping i have said it earlier that i have a shipping agent that will come for the pick up in your location as soon as will seal in transaction. so i will like you to wire the funds today,and as soon as you have done so i will you to provide me with the test question and the sender's name. so am looking forward to read from you soonest. My regards S.
Oh man, he still thinks he's buying a SAAD! Well, thankfully we got the 'frudsters' issue cleared up. But wait, did I actually receive his email with the apology... In this case, I decide that I did NOT receive it and I want it a few more times. I ignore this email and just pretend I have not yet heard from him:
From: Scott Scott, I'd still like you to apologize for calling me a 'frudster'. I think I've been very forthcoming and helpful. Please email before tomorrow so I can complete our transaction. Thanks, -Scott
He re-emails the same email as before so I wait until the 8th and again tell him that I am still waiting for his apology.
From: s jill
Hi Scott, i have e-mail you before, for apologising you for calling you a frudster, am very very sorry for that,i don't know you are the kind of fruitful man and someone to trust on am really sorry. so i will be looking forward to read from you soonest. My regards to your family. S.
Okay, I've gotten all my apologies and my extra cash and my souvenir counterfeit cashier's check... I have to let Mr. Jill down lightly. I want his IP address logged in case it is different from the one I find in his emails so I send him the following:
From: Scott Your Saab is here. The money is wired and pending your retrieval, but I'm not going to give you the details until I hear back from you. They said it could be held pending 10 days. Also, the Saab has arrived too, so we can arrange that at your convenience. -Scott
5/12 (apparently scammers take weekends off)
Scott, once again thanks for the mail please i am sorry for the negative mail i sent to you i apologise for that ,i tried your phone number this morning but could not get through ,i will like you to please send the infos you used in sending the western union transfer e.g text question and answer,senders name ,control number ,receivers name ,amount .i will apreciate it if you can do that right away ,you can send it to my e-mail box there is no problem i think it will be faster and safer that way so please send the infos to my e-mail box today . AWAITING YOUR RESPONSE JILL SCOTT.
Wow, another apology even. Okay, the final coup de grace:
From: Scott It's been great working with you. Email is not secure so I scanned all the wire info documents and posted them here: [LINK HERE TO LOGGING TOOL ON WEB SITE DISGUISED AS WIRE INFO]
I should point out here that the link above is to a jpeg
of the counterfeit check with the COUNTERFEIT
stamped on it. Once seeing this, I'm assuming any reasonably intelligent
person will know they've been had - as it turns out below, after Mr.
Jill sees this (not once, but twice), he never emails me again... Now
back to our regularly scheduled email
Let me know once you get it.
I doubt that I'll hear back from Mr. Jill, but if I do, you'll be sure to read about it. In fact, I've just yesterday started working with another scammer. One of my classifieds users emailed me a suspicious email and so I contacted the scammer right out of the blue. You can see that in the follow-on scammer section below.
Mr. Jill checked into my special link twice today. I think he looked once and then a few hours later, looked again because he just could not believe his eyes:
18.104.22.168 - - [13/May/2003:11:41:54 -0700] "GET [SECRET URL DELETED] HTTP/1.1" 200 50407 22.214.171.124 - - [13/May/2003:14:40:17 -0700] "GET [SECRET URL DELETED] HTTP/1.1" 200 50407I get nothing on an nslookup (no reverse DNS) and hence am not surprised that the follow-on traceroute does not work either after hop 19, but here it is for your information. It is indeed the same IP he uses when creating email.
Start: 5/13/03 7:02:32 PM Find route from: 192.168.10.75 to: 126.96.36.199 (188.8.131.52), Max 30 hops, 40 byte packets Host Names truncated to 32 bytes 1 192.168.10.1 (192.168.10.1 ): 1ms 1ms 1ms 2 ip-64-139-33-17.dsl.sjc.megapath (184.108.40.206 ): 3ms 4ms 6ms 3 ip-216-36-77-1.dsl.sjc.megapath. (220.127.116.11 ): 44ms 13ms 14ms 4 ve004.bbsr1.sjc.megapath.net. (18.104.22.168 ): 16ms 16ms 17ms 5 274.ge6-0.mpr1.pao1.us.mfnx.net. (22.214.171.124 ): 18ms 16ms 16ms 6 so-6-3-0.mpr3.sjc2.us.mfnx.net. (126.96.36.199): 15ms 16ms 18ms 7 so-5-1-0.cr1.dca2.us.mfnx.net. (188.8.131.52): 81ms 82ms 89ms 8 so-6-0-0.cr1.iad1.us.mfnx.net. (184.108.40.206): 83ms 82ms 90ms 9 so-7-0-0.cr2.iad1.us.mfnx.net. (220.127.116.11 ): 114ms 82ms 93ms 10 so-2-0-0.cr2.lga1.us.mfnx.net. (18.104.22.168 ): 89ms 110ms 85ms 11 so-6-0-0.cr2.lhr3.uk.mfnx.net. (22.214.171.124 ): 175ms 164ms 159ms 12 pos3-0.mpr2.lhr1.uk.mfnx.net. (126.96.36.199 ): 232ms 196ms 176ms 13 188.8.131.52 (184.108.40.206 ): 177ms 159ms 158ms 14 220.127.116.11 (18.104.22.168 ): 156ms 166ms 161ms 15 22.214.171.124 (126.96.36.199 ): 243ms 474ms 258ms 16 188.8.131.52 (184.108.40.206): 265ms 275ms 290ms 17 b2-tavi1br2.tlv.att.net.il. (220.127.116.11): 328ms 332ms 334ms 18 access-6.tlv.att.net.il. (18.104.22.168 ): 456ms 262ms 308ms 19 gilat-sat-att.route.att.net.il. (22.214.171.124): 270ms 274ms 297ms 20 * * * 21 * * * 22 * * * 23 * * * 24 * * * 25 * * * 26 * * * 27 * * * 28 * * * 29 * * * 30 * * * •Maximum Hop Count Exceeded!!•
U Ben Touk Strikes Again! 8/04
1/4/06 - still coming in but by regular mail now...
From: Rollex Cage (linuxmail.org) Hello, my name is rollex cage,i am interested in buying your 1989 Saab 900 SPG Turbo ,so i will like to know the price and also like to see pics,so if you are willing to sell it to me,i will like you to know that i have business partner who is owing me and he has agreed to pay me back in form of acertified cashier check or money order,so if you are willing to sell it to me,mail me back asap if the items is still available for sale,and also like to know this information from you......... YOUR FULL NAME--------------? YOUR ADDRESS----------------? YOUR STATE------------------? YOUR ZIP CODE---------------? YOUR PHONE NUMBER-----------? so i will be looking forward to your mail back ASAP.thanks. best regards rollex cage............
From: Scott Hi Rollex! The 89 900 is only $1200 and is still available. I've been paid by cashier's check for eBay items before and that has worked out fine, so I see no problem. I'd be happy to help you (and get my car sold). Thanks, -Scott
From Rollex Cage Hello, thanks for the mail,i am very greatful for the mail, as i was said that i have a business partner that is owning me and as agree to pay me back inform of check,so he is owning me the sum of $5,000.so he is the one that we issue you the check,and as soon as you get hold of the check take it to the banks and cash it,so the remaining funds you are going to wire that one will be for the shipping of the goods,i will be intouch with my shipping agents to be ready for the deals,so let me know nowthat you agree to wire the change,so that the shipping will not be delaying,so when he send you the check i will inform you that you should be expecting the check very soon so i trast in you don't fail me.thanks best regards rollex cage....................
Yadda yadda yadda... we wrap up the details and I await the cashier's check from the 'local' payer which comes, strangely enough, by international Fed-Ex. Here's some more interesting stuff. From the materials I've received, I'm guessing that someone in Nigeria is selling classes on how to scam Americans via the Internet. The packets all have a return address of 'Maryland, Los' and the checks all come in these long and slim brown envelopes like this one:
In this case, the scammer made a bad boo boo. He spelled my last name incorrectly (used an E instead of an A and two T's instead of one). I used that mistake to my advantage.
This fake is awful compared to the first one. No embossed signature. I can't believe anyone would think this check was real given the circumstances. Anyway, I wrote back to Rollex...
From: Scott Hi Rollex, The check arrived this morning. There is a small problem. You didn't spell my last name correctly on the check. This might be a problem at the bank. I will meet with my account representative and ask them if I can still deposit the check even though it has the wrong name on it. This might cause a small delay. I will let you know after the meeting. There might be a significant fee to correct it without having to issue another check. Or, you could send another check with the correct name if you do not wish to wait for me to resolve it on this end. For now, I'll assume I should try to get it worked out over here, but let me know if you wish to proceed in a different manner. Thanks, -Scott
I got Rollex to agree to a hefty $750 name change fee imposed by the bank and made it happen over July 4th so I had many days on which the banks were closed because everyone in the US knows that banks are closed from the Wed before July 4th until the Tuesday after July 4th. It took 7 business days for this check to be delivered back to me as a fake.
Rollex was clever, sort of... He had his 'shipper' contact me too and this is where he made boo boo number 2; he used the same computer and hence the same X-Originating-IP-Address was on the mail:
From: Smith John aka Johnson Edward (@hotmail.com) hi, i am mailling on behalf of mr Rollex my custormer , i will be the one to come for the picking up of it' goods and he has make me to understand that the picking up of it's goods at your location must be this same week 5th or 6th july at 10, oclock morning time couse of some other items that have to pick up for some of our custormers so five good difrent cuntry , and i will like you to forward the name of the person i am to meet when ever i am arround your location for the pick up , moreso the document that back it up aswell and i will like to know may bee it has alredy been insured .pls furnish me with the whole question that i am eager to know so that by the time i am arround your location i will be very glad to identify my self at your location in an apropriate way . pls let me know as soon as the funds is been wire today so that my arrangement could be able to start immideatly. thanks . johnson edward.
From: Scott I just have one question that I want the two of you to answer honestly. I've been working very faithfully on this project and have deposited the check today with plans to withdraw and wire it tomorrow. I'm sure you probably do not know this (like you didn't know that July 4th was our National Independence Day Holiday and that July 4th is a Friday not a Wednesday and that the 5th is a Saturday), but, your computer's IP address is affixed to your email. Johnson's email is coming from the computer with address: X-Originating-IP: [126.96.36.199] And Rollex's email is coming from a computer with address: X-Originating-Ip: 188.8.131.52 How is it possible that you two are using the same computer to send me emails? What is going on here? I have a sneaking suspicion that Rollex and Johnson are the same person. In fact, since Johnson is coming to pick up the items to ship. Why should I not wait until he arrives and just give the money to him and HE can go to moneygram and send it to Rollex. I want to hear back from both of you on this matter as soon as possible. I will not be wiring any money at all until I get a good answer to this question! -Scott
Williams Moore aka Johnson Edward (I wonder if they watch American porn in Nigeria?) was vey insulted by this and insisted that his IP address and Rollex's got mixed up in the mail system.
Message from Williams Moore aka Johnson Edward hello thanks for the mail, you said i am mailling on the same cyber cafe with rollex , which i never understand what you really mean ,mr to my own experience it migth happens that error comunication could occure on each other male may bee becoause he do mail me offen or maybee he is some were in africa too at this momment . mr scott no one is trying to not play an honnest to you and i will advise you to e-mail mr rollex for this aguiment to be solved , and regarding to the picking up i will not come to pick up the goods accept you and mr rollex is concluded . thanks , johnson edward. Message from Scott What is a 'cyber cafe?' I am not familiar with that term. -Scott Message from Williams Moore aka Johnson Edward Hello Scott, I would say this is not an aguement matter that could stop this tranasaction and you are not the first dealing with goods picking up.well a cyber cafe has to be a means of easiest communication to each other,probalbly like i said in my last e-mail that an error might occured within ip and may be resulted to mail delivery failure as well. Presently, the ip in which we brows mormaly broked down and is not too stable due to lack of wide coverage inter-net,once again mr rollex might be some where in west africa as now that our ip colliding with his and resulted to same ip adress as well pls bear this with us and i and mr rollex are not the same person for your information and stop it,he is my very good customer and i know is transaction is for real to say scott em! i will let mr rollex to be aware of this co's i don't like a suituation whereby you i'll be feeling so suspicion,i think there is no need for me and mr rollex concluding on a very simple matter that you are to send the money to us and let him comfirmed from yo that you have sent us the money. Actually,i would advise on a good and sucessful transaction of mr rollex to be,becaused our head of operational department of liftupones shipping agent say's payment would be prepayed to us first before we i'll be moving for a good transaction pls take.no problem with the ip add and et's move for pick up ok. i e-mail mr rollex and called him but he comfirmed to me he has already in bed time that he would get back to you first thing tomorrow morning and i think he would explaned to you better and understanding coud be reached at then.Hopping to read from you soonest as for pick up. With Warm Regards to you, Yours sincerly, JOHNSON EDWARD.
Now I know what a cyber cafe is and that they have them in Nigeria. I also now have received my fake check back. I decided to give Rollex a couple shockers. I send him an email indicating I'm leaving for the bank to get the money and wire it. Later in the day when he still doesn't have the money, he frantically emails me but I don't respond until later that night with this to both of them:
Message from Scott Rollex, Johnson, On the way to the bank, I was in a car accident. The car is a total wreck (but don't worry, it's not the car you bought). I have two broken legs, but my next door neighbor brought in my laptop so I could get my email. A drunk driver (ironically enough the guy was from Nigeria and he was wanted by the police for fraud) ran a red light and hit me. He prevented me from making it to the bank today. The banks close at 3pm today (in about 90 minutes) and are closed for the holiday until Monday. I won't be able to take care of this matter until then. Thanks for your patience. For your inconvenience, I'm lowering the cost of the car by $200. -Scott
After some back and forth, I assure them I'm taking mega doses of Morphine for the pain so that I will be able to walk to the bank to make the withdrawal on Monday. They are very relieved. However, they are also in for another big surprise.
Message from Scott Thanks for the good wishes. They are giving me a lot of morphine for the pain in my broken legs and it is helping and I will be allowed to go home this evening or tomorrow morning. Good news, I just got the following email from Coker Micheal. I'm going to end up with about $1 million and I'm going to reward you two for your patience with $10,000 each! It's like hitting the lottery. Coker Micheal, yes, let us help you move this money! This is a fantastic opportunity! Thanks, -Scott
[actual email I received that day is included in my email to them - this is the other most common form of Nigerian scam in which you reveal enough details of your bank account to allow a stranger to transfer funds out of your account - who falls for this stuff?!]
From: MIcheal coker (@yahoo.co.uk) Hello, I am a Private Investigator based in Europe. A group of Government Officials from an African Country contacted me with a Proposal. I am to Make contact with you and state their offer, if your Interest is Genuine, you will beContacted for yourAccount details to which will be transferred the sumof $45,600,000.00 USD. (20 of which is yours). You are then required to forward the remaining balance (Minus the Interest, handling and tax clearance charges, which Will be offset by Us & Deducted from the transferred sum) to a nominated Bank account in the Cayman Islands. I don't think I need to spell out the importance of Secrecy in this Matter considering the amount involved. Let me state clearly here that the account that you would be providing does not need to have funds in it and we have choosen a bank in the Phillipines where no questions will be asked about the source of the funds or any clearance demands made on it. It is only needed to be active and be able to receive funds. So, if I don't hear from you within three days I will assume you are not interested and will solicit for a new partner, but if you know you are interested let me know. List your phone & fax Numbers so we may communicate with you. This is important as we would Have to talk about the modalities of the transaction. waiting to hear from you. yours faithfully, coker micheal.
Rollex and Johnson are frantic! They are losing their mark to another Nigerian scammer, aigh! It's so important, here come the all-caps!
Message from Rollex Cage HELLO SCOTT, I GOT YOUR E-MAIL AND WELL UNDERSTOOD ALL CONTENTS,PLS AND PLS AND PLS IF YOU KNOW YOU LOVE YOUSELF AND YOUR FAMILY AND YOU WANT TO LIVE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE CUT OFF FROM THAT MR.COKER'S IDEAL SENDING YOU SOME FUNDS JUST GO AND INFORMED YOUR BANK NOT TO WITHDRAW ANY MONEY FROM YOUR BANK ACCOUNT OK SCOTT PLS UNDERSTAND THIS AND NEVER FALL INTO A VICTIM BE FAITHFUL WITH ALL YOUR DOINGS AND SURE CO'S ANY THING IS POSSIBLE OK SCOTT. FUTHERMORE,SCOTT I WOULD BE WAITTING TO RECIEVED FROM YOU TODAY MY CONFIRMATION RECIEPT FROM THE MONEY GRAMM TRANSFER, AFTER YOU MIGHT HAVE SENT THE REST OF THE FUNDS TO EDWARD JOHNSON MY SHIPPER WITH THE REFERENCE#,AMOUNT SENT,TEXT AND ANSWER QUESTION AND SENDRES NAME AND ADD.ASAP TODAY IS MONDAY. GREENEST AND BEST REGARDS SO FAR, YOURS FAITHFULLY, ROLLEX CAGE. Message from Scott Rollex, Holy crap, are you right or what. That Coker guy used my info to drain my bank account to zero!! I'm in big big trouble. Now I have to wait for your check to clear before I have any more money. I changed the numbers on the account so he can't take your money when it comes in. -Scott
Well, I have not heard back from Rollex. I think he felt he lost his mark and cut his losses. I'll post more here if I hear anything new. Check back soon for the next adventure with Smith John (Check Below)...