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8/18/07

Poking a stick at a Nigerian Scammer

Okay I know I've posted in the past about different types of scams, mostly because I wanted to possibly warn a few people about them. Well, I am posting again almost on the same subject. See I decided to do something a friend of mine does. Every once in a while he will respond to a scam email just to see what type of nuisance he can become to the scammer. I found it interesting and funny. My friend then encouraged me to do my own version of his workl, so I did. Just for fun I am also showing the "View Source" of the scammers messages. His emails are in italics and my responses are in bold.
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HELLO FRIEND,
I AM DR.RICHARD STEVENSON, A SENIOR STAFF WITH THE
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN).I AM WRITING YOU THIS
LETTER BECAUSECOOL PENNY IS BETTER THAN MILLIONS OF
DOLLARS. IT IS BETTER FOR ONE TO LIVE AND DIE A POOR
HONEST MAN THAN A RICH DISHONEST ONE.I AND THE CHIEF
SECURITY OFFICER (CSO) OF OUR BANK HAVE ARRANGED
WITH AN OFFICER IN COMPUTER SECTION ENGINEER CHUKA
ILOH TO BRING OUT PART OF YOUR TOTAL CONTRACT SUM
AMOUNTING TO FIVEMILLION US DOLLARS.
WHY WE DID THIS,IS BECAUSE ACCORDING TO INFORMATION
GATHERED FROM THE BANKCOMPUTER, YOU HAVE BEEN
WAITING FOR A LONG TIME TO RECEIVE YOUR MONEY
WITHOUT SUCCESS. AS I FOUND OUT THAT YOU HAVE ALMOST
MET ALL THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS OF THE CBN IN
RESPECT OF YOUR CONTRACT PAYMENT,YOUR PROBLEM IS
THAT OF INTEREST GROUPS.
A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN YOUR PAYMENT AND
THOSE PEOPLEAREMERELY DOING PAPER WORKS WITH YOU AND
THAT EXPLAINS WHY YOU RECEIVE FAXAND PHONE MESSAGES
FROM DIFFERENT PEOPLE EVERYDAY.ALSO WE FOUND OUTTHAT
SOME OF THE OFFICIALS OF THE PARASTATALS HAVE BEEN
EXTORTING A LOT OF MONEY FROM YOU WITH THE PRETEXT
OF HELPING YOU RECEIVE YOUR MONEY,I CAN ASSURE YOU
THAT THIS MAY LAST FOR YEARS YET NOTHING HAPPENS IF
YOU DO NOT DO AWAY WITH THOSE OFFICERS THAT YOU CALL
YOUR PARTNERS.AND FOR SECURITY REASONS DO NOT TELL
ANYBODY THAT YOU HAVE YOUR MONEY UNTIL YOU RECEIVE
CASH AT YOUR DOORSTEP.

THE MONEY IS IN TWO SECURITY-PROOF BOXES WEIGHING
10KG EACH, THAT IS 20KG FOR THE TWO BOXES, YESTERDAY
WE WENT TO FOUR COURIER COMPANIES TOMAKE
ARRANGEMENTS ON HOW TO SHIP THEM BY COURIER TO YOU.
DHL, EMS,FEDEX, ISA ALL SAID THAT THEY MUST OPEN THE
BOXES FOR INSPECTION BY THECUSTOMS BEFORE SHIPMENT.
THIS IS SOMETHING WE WANT TO AVOID BECAUSE THEBOXES
WERE PADDED WITH MACHINE.
WE TOLD THE COURIER COMPANY THAT THE BOXES CONTAINS
PHOTOGRAPHIC AND FILM MATERIALS AND WHEN OPEN WILL
LOOSE ITS EFICACY.WE DID NOT DECLARE MONEY BECAUSE
COURIER DOES NOT CARRYMONEY.TODAY A FRIEND OF MINE
WHO IS A DIPLOMAT DISCLOSED TO ME THAT THERE IS
COURIER COMPANY THEY USE TO SEND DIPLOMATIC
MATERIALS AND INFORMATION FROM ONE COUNTRY TO
ANOTHER,IT HAS DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY AND CANNOT BE
INSPECTED BY ANY CUSTOMS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.THE
NAME OF THE COURIER SERVICE IS UNION DIPLOMATIC
SECURITY COURIER COMPANY (UDSCC).
I WILL MEET WITH THEM AS SOON AS I HAVE YOUR GO
AHEAD ORDER.THE DIPLOMAT WILL HELP ME SO WE DO NOT
HAVE ANY PROBLEM. WE HAVECONCLUDED THAT YOU MUST
COMPENSATE US WITH FIVE HUNDRED THOUSANDUNITED
STATES DOLLARS AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR MONEY. TO
THIS EFFECT, YOU WILL SEND US A PROMISSORY NOTE FOR
FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLAR ALONG
WITH YOUR ADDRESS FOR SENDING THE BOXES BY COURIER.
PLEASE MAINTAIN TOPMOST SECRECY AS IT MAY CAUSE A
LOT OF PROBLEMS IF FOUND OUT THAT WE ARE USING THIS
WAY TO HELP YOU,DO NOT EVER TELL ANYBODY ABOUT THIS
UNTIL YOU HAVE YOUR MONEY. I WANT TO HELPYOU BECAUSE
SOMETHING IN ME IS TELLING ME THAT YOU ARE AN
HONESTPERSON.
WHEN YOU CONCLUDE WITH THIS AND YOU SEND OUR
PROMISE, WE WILL HELP TO SHIP PART OF YOUR MONEY TO
YOU.

NB: PLEASE REPLY ME THROUGHMY PRIVATE E-MAIL
ADDRESS:rstevenson200@myway.com

GOD IS WITH US AS WE WAIT FOR YOUR REPLY.
YOURS FAITHFULLY,
DR.RICHARD STEVENSON
Ahhh, I love reading emails that have been squashed through a translator. Has this guy heard of indents? Oh well time to start the game.
-----Original Message-----
From: barrudaki@aol.com
To: rich_steve01@walla.com
Sent: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 3:13 pm
Subject: Re: HELLO FRIEND,
Hello Rich,

I have been waiting to here about this some of money for quite an amount of time.

The courts have been after me for pet support payments for my x-veterinarian. It's quite sad in the separation she got custody of my beloved Tabby Shubert and the courts of forcing me pay 20,000 a month. Now, she is claiming Shubert needs to go to a private Litter Box school and is forcing me back into court to pay for that too!

This money is a god sent for I love my pet and would do anything to ensure he had a problem free life. I am sure you are a pet parent and would agree. I have managed to pay for almost everything but I really need that money promised. My information should be up to date on in your systems and my $500,000 dollar payment has been marked for the past 3 years, please send payment immediately thank you kind sir, with this money Shubert will be able to have a fine education and become a pedigree.

When life hands you lemons, ask for the tequila and salt...


Okay, the guy has to think I am some sort of nut and maybe, just maybe he shouldn't respond.
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From: richard stevenson
Subject: Dear
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Dear

I received your email and the contents understood.Firstly,my name is Richard Stevenson,Chief security Officer in the central bank of Nigeria,(C.B.N.)Iam 56 years old,and having 5 kids - 3 girls and two boys. I am a full christian, I attend 'Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries' (M.F.M) I have been making arrangement on how you will receive the money on your doorstep as I promised, the money is in two security-proof boxes weighing 10kg each that is 20kgfor the two. I will be concluding with the Courier Company by tomorrow or next after which I will inform you with all the modalities on how to proceed.

I want to let you know that i did not just wake up one morning and decided to contact you.After having thought of who to do this business with, i was faced with confusion on how to choose the right and honest one.But i consulted my Prophet in our Church and he directed me to embark upon a seven-day praying and fasting exercise,which i did.Then on the last day of my fasting,the LORD reveaeled to me a certain web-page where i got access to your email contact and Name.So this business is of divine origin from the Almighty God.

Bear in mind that this has been a way by which all the top officials have been moving money out of the country without the knowledge of any body. Please do not worry yourself too much everything is under control all I need is your cooperation so that we can
achieve this.

Meanwhile, you can still call me on my direct no 234-805 392 6492 if you have any question or any other thing you may ask before my final arrangement with the courier company. You should send down your private tel.no and your house address where you wish the consignment should be delivered.

The other of my mail contains the Promissory Note you have to re-type and sign,if possible promising me as soon as you receive this money,you are going to give to me the percentage discussed.

Waiting to hear from you soonest,for you to tell me the preferable mode through which you want to recieve the fund.
Thanks,

Richard Stevenson
234-805 392 6492

N/B: ATTACHED HERE IS MY WORK I.D FOR YOU TO KNOW WHO
YOU ARE DEALING WITH.PLEASE DO NOT EXPOSE AND THIS BUSINESS SHOULD BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL(FROM WHOSOEVER) BECAUSE OF
MY SAFETY IN OFFICE AND THAT OF THE BUSINESS IN
QUESTION.



Wow, a photo, I'm impressed. I wonder what dead body he looted that off of. So our scammer has let his greed get the better of him and even decided to reveal some personal information about himself. Great looks like I will need to give some personal information too.
-----Original Message-----
From: barrudaki@aol.com
To: r.stevenson200@yahoo.com
Sent: Fri, 3 Aug 2007 9:25 am
Subject: Re: Dear

Hello Richard,

What a cawinkadink I am part Christian, part pagan with lettuce, tomato, and bacon on the side. You may have heard of my church ‘Mound of Fire Ants and Debacles Miniseries’ we are on Wednesday nights at 9 PM on the Sci-Fi Channel.

Funny you should mention my web page; it was shut down by the US Government last week, something about leaking classified information about aliens and not blacking out the Lee Harvey Oswald files. But, luckily you got to see it before it was shut down and my apartment raided. I’m using a McGuyvered computer put together with chicken wire, twine, and duck tape because my regular one was confiscated. But that’s
in the past my friend!

You will have my full co-operation unless of course it entails driving, I no longer have a car and the pet support payments leave me with no money to call a cab. I would love to call you however; in the separation agreement my x-veterinarian was awarded ownership of the phone and the number. I am currently on the do not call waiting list
until I can prove I won’t call anyone to complain about how my pet parent rights have been trampled on. After that I go on a 6 year waiting period and hope that some other poor sap loses their right to a phone in which I will be granted a new number and 3 years after that I’ll be eligible to buy a new phone. The US Government has gotten real strict with phone usage sighting The Patriot Act and unpaid long distance calls to The Prime Minister of Mars.

Luckily, I did retain an address after the separation. You can send the information via mail to:

Idant Exist III
1478 Lakeaskew pl
big tuntunton, ZE 0u812

I don’t really live there but I’ve been pilfering mail from that mailbox and no one has noticed yet, so it should be safe. Hope to hear from you soon.

When life hands you lemons, ask for the tequila and salt...


Okay, you would think the guy would have caught on by now or should maybe rethink corresponding with me anymore. But no......
-----Original Message-----
From: richard stevenson
To: barrudaki@aol.com
Sent: Fri, 3 Aug 2007 12:59 pm
Subject: Dear, / Fill the note and send the info needed

Dear,

You are requested to fill in the promissory note i forwarded to you,that will assure me that as soon as the fund gets to you via the Courier Service,you are going to use my own percentage according to my instructions.

On next response,enclose with your full name,delivery address and tel. no so i can use it to pay the courier company on your behalf as the 'Receiver' of the consignment.

Waiting for the information and the completed Note.

Sincerely,
Richard.

No attachments came with the email, nice to know even the scammers can forget to send attachments.
-----Original Message-----
From: barrudaki@aol.com
To: r.stevenson200@yahoo.com
Sent: Fri, 3 Aug 2007 2:36 pm
Subject: Re: Dear, / Fill the note and send the info needed

Hello Richard,

There does not seem to be an attachment to any of your emails thus far. Shall I tell you how much money I saved by switching to Geico?

When life hands you lemons, ask for the tequila and salt...

Okay, I couldn't resist shaking his tree again...just wanted to him to know I was still around to scam...

-----Original Message-----
From: barrudaki@aol.com
To: r.stevenson200@yahoo.com
Sent: Tue, 7 Aug 2007 2:09 pm
Subject: Re: Dear, / Fill the note and send the info needed

Richard,

I still have not heard back from you regarding the paper work, you were suppose to send to me. I have a feeling you are trying to keep the money for yourself. This is very unkind of you to do, Shubert needs new fur on his paws and that money is needed badly.

If I don't hear from you soon I will have no choice but to give your contact information to my x-veterinarian and have her harass you like she does me.

When life hands you lemons, ask for the tequila and salt...

-----Original Message-----
From: richard stevenson
To: barrudaki@aol.com
Sent: Wed, 8 Aug 2007 10:07 pm
Subject: Dear, / Fill the note and send the info needed

I MR/MRS/MS, ............., do hereby agree to pay
the sum of US $500,000.00 (Five hundred thousand
dollars US) to Dr. Richard Stevenson of Nigeria for
services rendered. This payment will be forwarded
within 14 days of receipt of the partial payment owed
on a contract. This partial payment in the amount of
$5,000,000.00 will constitute a debt to Dr. Richard
for his services to be paid within the specified 14
days upon verification of the funds enclosed in the
shipment.Dated, this day,9th August 2007.
Therespective shipment must be received within 14 days of this date.
If shipment is not received within 14 days this note
expires as unfulfilled.

MR/MRS/MS ...................

__________________________________________________

Dear,

You are requested to fill in the promissory note
i forwarded to
you(as above),that will assure me that as soon as the fund gets to you via the
Courier Service,you are going to use my own percentage according to my
instructions.

On next response,enclose your full name,delivery address and tel.
no so i can use it to pay the courier company for the airlifting on your behalf as the
'Receiver' of the consignment.

The promissory note you have not filled is the only thing holding us to commence progress in delivering this consignment to you via the Courier Service.

Waiting for the information and the completed Note.

Sincerely,
Richard.


You know I thought for sure this guy would have gotten somewhat of a hint that I maybe yankin' his chain a bit. I mean really pet support payments, my cat needing new fur on his paws, or needing to go to a private litterbox school to become a pedigree? My guess he didn't read the emails.Let's see if he notices the differences I made to his precious agreement.


-----Original Message-----
From: barrudaki@aol.com
To: r.stevenson200@yahoo.com
Sent: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 6:40 pm
Subject: Re: Dear, / Fill the note and send the info needed


When life hands you lemons, ask for the tequila and salt...
-----Original Message-----

From: richard stevenson

To: barrudaki@aol.com

Sent: Wed, 8 Aug 2007 10:07 pm

Subject: Dear, / Fill the note and send the info needed

I MR/MRS/MS, Idant Exist., do hereby agree that I've already paid
the sum of US $500,000.00 (Five hundred thousand
dollars US) to Dr. Richard Stevenson of Nigeria for
services rendered. This payment has been forwarded
within 14 days of receipt of the partial payment owed
on a contract. This partial payment in the amount of
$5,000,000.00 will constitute a debt already paid to Dr. Richard
for his services within the specified 14
days upon verification of the funds enclosed in the
shipment.Dated, this day,9th August 2007.
Therespective shipment must be received within 14 days of this date.
If shipment is not received within 14 days this note
expires as unfulfilled.
MR/MRS/MS .Idant Exist..................


__________________________________________________

I already told you I don't have a telephone, I already explained my
x-veterinarian got the phone and the number in our seperation. I am on
the Do not call waiting list. My full name you already know

Idant Exist
1478 Lakeaskew pl
big tuntunton, ZE 0u812

-----Original Message-----
From: richard stevenson
To: barrudaki@aol.com
Sent: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 10:31 pm
Subject: CORRECTION PLS


PLEASE FILL THE NOTE AS IT IS,BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT PAID ANYTHING YET UNTILL YOU RECEIVE THE PRINCIPLE AMOUNT OF 5 MIL.DOL COMING TO YOU IN THE CONMSIGNMENT. SO FILL IT AS IT IS BELOW:

I MR/MRS/MS, ............., do hereby agree to pay
the sum of US $500,000.00 (Five hundred thousand
dollars US) to Dr. Richard Stevenson of Nigeria for
services rendered. This payment will be forwarded
within 14 days of receipt of the partial payment owed
on a contract. This partial payment in the amount of
$5,000,000.00 will constitute a debt to Dr. Richard
for his services to be paid within the specified 14
days upon verification of the funds enclosed in the
shipment.Dated, this day, 31st July, 2007.
Therespective shipment must be received within 14 days of this date.
If shipment is not received within 14 days this note
expires as unfulfilled.


Wow, he actually read that email, but of course he would it pertains to him getting my money. Plus he replied in all caps, boy he must be getting MAD at me. I guess I should play it straight with him from now on.....Nah.


-----Original Message-----
From: barrudaki@aol.com
To: r.stevenson200@yahoo.com
Sent: Sat, 18 Aug 2007 3:51 pm
Subject: Re: CORRECTION PLS

Mr. Stevenson,

Did you not read my response to your first email. I think you may need
to read it again. Maybe you need to read it slower the next time
around. I already paid. I have been waiting for you to get in to
contact with me. I think I shall need to pass this information now,
since you have stolen $500,000 from me and now refuse to send the
package. You leave me no choice. I've corresponded with you enough now
I will contact an expert who can decipher your IP address and track
down where you live. Once I have that information I will pay you a
visit.

When life hands you lemons, ask for the tequila and salt...

Let's see how he responds to that one. My guess he is going to try and head off a misunderstanding and re-establish himself as someone who is a God fearing Christian and would never try to scam me and I must have him confused with someone else. Stay tuned I'm sure there will be an update.

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