Even if their English is filled with grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes, that doesn't mean they don't know what they're doing.They may keep contact with you, even if they know you're not going to wire them money, just to see how many other small nuggets of private information they can get about you.419offers tips on how to handle certain situations, such as if an email scammer wants to talk to you on the telephone (explain to the scammer that you're deaf), how to create a new email account to use specifically for scammer contact, and how to receive documents from the scammer without giving out your real address or fax number.It also shares strategies on how to string a scammer along, such as intentionally making mistakes on documents the scammers may ask you to complete, or creating fake bank names and account numbers. "Many times the scammers have refused me things - such as providing me with a photograph - and I have told them, 'OK, the deal is off, goodbye.' It's quite surprising how some of them will buckle and do almost anything you ask if they think you are serious about ending 'the deal.'" Bamboozled isn't recommending you give scambaiting a try -- there are real risks.DE DELPHI FAQ - scam chat transcripts FOREIGN OFFICE SPECIAL OPS DEPT 419 HELL JOE WEIN MES AMIS LES CYBER ARNAQUEURS NIGERIAN ANTI-SCAM NETWORK NOTTINGHAM: SCAMBAITING AND ME SCAMBAITER DEUTSCHLAND SCAM PATROL SCAMBAITING'S WORLD SIKKERHETSTJENESTE HEAR NO EVIL (deaf relay scams) WORDTRAVELS (forum, dating scams) This web site curates (hilariously unsuccessful) attempts at ADVANCE FEE FRAUD.[If you're already hip, skip to the scambaits] The sender claims to be a bureaucrat, banker or royal toadie, wanting to move vast sums into your hands, honestly or otherwise. Palms must be greased, imaginary legal documents must be acquired - with your money. eventually you get wise, and retire to lick your wounds. Most '419' e-mails come from West Africa, chiefly Nigeria, or Nigerian expatriates (who happily scam other Nigerians). That is scambaiting, and the raison d'être for Scamorama.] The 125 letters below introduce the literary genre of the Lads from Lagos. TROUBLE IN PARADISE - Lou Al S1ndor's 11-month bait, complete with conniving imaginary rival scammer BARGING IN - Tossov is invited to a conference! AMANDA RECKON WITH - from Rabbi Ben Zona's archives, Amanda the refugee STRAIGHT OUTTA EAST DOCKLANDS - OR NOT - Maryjane Bongresin vs. James (updated 8/26) CUSTOMER CARE - Rabbi Ben Zona hears from the U. TAKE IT ON FAITH - Nigel Ryan-Schama insists a scammer abandon his faith IMA NOTHER - Raynaz's friend was mugged and needs money to get home!Other versions of the scam play on your charity, loneliness, or naiveté (you can't win a lottery you didn't enter! Orphan, cancer patient, dead bank customer, phony job offer, overpayment with a cashier's check... Although 419ers have their own style, their emails, which smack of political satire, contain elements harking back to 19th century European literature. a struggling student with alien abduction issues YOU ARE NOTING BUT A FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL - Lou Al Sindor is anything but. THE BAIT THAT WOULDN'T DIE - Lou Sindor's five-month foray against phony bankers (another "we owe you money you've been scammed out of" scam OOZING CAPITAL - Rabbi Ben Zona in a "we owe you money you've been scammed out of" scam THINGS OF THE EARTH ARE CANAL - Beau D'Acious vs a Solomon Islands cancer victim SHARP AS AN ECHIDNA - Sheila the koala farmer looks for love in all the wrong places OIL ON TROUBLED WATERS - scammer poses as political militant MANY A SLIP 'TWIST CUP AND LIP - Charles Farnes-Barnes receives a grant! DEAR LANDLORD - Wheelchair-bound Lovey Howell answers bogus rental ad (updated april 29) NOT IN THE CARDS - Filthy Mc Nasty and an ATM card loaded with moolah! FINAL FALLACY - Sephiroth Crescent versus scammers - and Strife! A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDY - Naz tries to help an orphan claim his inheritance ONE LUMPUR OR TWO?Village ruined by scam What A Nigerian Facebook Scam Looks Like Palm Beach airport sting nabs scammer Outo petos käräjillä (3 Nigerians charged for counterfeiting money; Finnish) Lads impersonate UK Justice Secretary Canadian women fleeced Wash-wash cleans out Canadian youth Lads from Lagos target Facebook Woman sentenced for aiding check scam Detenidas 87 personas en Madrid Scholarly publishing scam UK arrests in Nigerian fake cheque scam Scammers on Shutterfly 419 scam over Skype (private blog) Scammers rent out other peoples' homes(private blog) NZ mum, son lose 0k EFCC raid on cybercafe (You Tube) Check scam victim jailed Politicians sold 'corruption-free' certificates Elderly Milwaukee man cleaned out Hard drive data milked by scammers Dating scam (KUSA, Denver) Victim shoots husband Politie pakt internetoplichters op Former CEO of credit union charged (USA) I Will Eat Your Dollars (LA Times) EFCC makes conmen repay victim (BBC) Scammers Keep Working- down, down in Festac Town we go, my Lad NZ grandmother sentenced Torture and murder by 419 gang (ZA) Australian embezzled for 419ers E-mailfraudeurs nog steids acteef Lads in Doom 3 Church of the Painted Breast (UK) Nigeria arrests 500 (OZ) Miljon-bluffaren - (Sweden) Busted in Pakistan Busted in Ireland Cyfaddef cludo offer i dwyllo - (Busted in Wales) Canadian TV exposé 52 arrests in Netherlands Chello helpt bij oprollen oplichtersbende CBN decries scams in banks PC builder takes 419ers for £171 Nigerian consul murdered in Prague Fraude bancaire Lad talks to Wired Cybertruffa alla nigeriana Foolscap All Babawilly's Dictionary Black Looks Elendu Reports The Guardian Kwenu Motherland Nigeria Nigeria Daily Nigerian Muse Nigeria Village Square Nigerian Blog Aggregator Nigeria Web Nigeria Weblog Ring Online Nigeria 419: Death of a Nation's Aspirations Sierra Leone Web Lad gender issues More to Nigeria than the Lads Who Isn't Who - real people impersonated Frontline: Links & Resources Czech it out: Podvodné e-maily - 419 scam The French Connection: Revue d'escroquerie (Vidocq) Spanish Prisoner sendup - 1910 POETRY! ) NORTIFIED - Lex Talionis & a Lad who won't take no for an answer plus update to the German Versions page (see right sidebar) YOU CAN CALL ME AL - a Naz tale in the making CAMMY vs THE CONTRACT KILLER - Goth supermodel Camille White and the Bad Samaritan THERE IS NO GOD - Lex Talionis is a skeptic about religion as well as million-dollar offers out of the blue MUCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING - Chat FB avec un fraudeur se faisant passer pour professeur.IAMBIC SCAMOMETER PITTSBURGH'S 419 LETTER WHICH NIGERIAN SPAMMER ARE YOU? Request for Urgent Business Relationship Son of Urgent Business Relationship Trust Fund for Alms and Ammunition We did over-inflate the contracts I am only trying my best not to be noticed by my government ... DO NOT ALLOW THE DEVIL STEAL YOUR JOY - Marty Mc Sorley, crooked attorney, vs. THE PAINFUL FACT or, Now You've Runed Everything - Goth supermodel Cammy White calls down the wrath of Freyja on a scammer - now with more jpegs! A MAN OF HIGHLY INTEGRITY - A moose stands betwen Nigel Ryan-Schama and a dead bank customer's riches I CAN KILL YOU IN SPIRIT - Lou Al S1nd0r's two-year joust with a fake ambassador! a scammer impersonating a science publication I ASK THAT WE SHOULD BURY THE HATCHET - Mal Reynolds vs one disposable Barrister after another IF YOU ARE STILL ALIVE - scammer vs. Scammer poses as teacher from old school HAND HELPS THE HAND TO MAKE IT CLEANER - Olamide needs money for a 'metal cutting machine' to open a Trunk Box - a Mal Reynolds bait HOSTEL WITNESS - Tushie Meshuganah & the Orphan's Inheritance (update) SOME DAYS YA CAN'T GIVE MONEY AWAY - Alotta Fosters in a 7-week chat with Eucharia Castle TAKE IT ON FAITH II - Nigel Ryan-Schama's four-month anguished love affair with Loveth Hutu SOMEONE'S LIFE IS ON THE LINE HERE - Lou receives a Lad's confession - updated with chat!
It could be your address, your bank account or credit card number, or anything. And while the fraudsters may seem slow on the uptake, it may be a ruse.
And next week, we're going to bring you the story of a Boonton man who was told he was the winner of a sweepstakes award of .5 million and a new Mercedes.
He didn't just hang up the phone, but lured the scammers into working with him over several weeks before he revealed his intentions.
It got so bad that the man had to turn off his phone at night, but the calls stopped after a week.
Because of reports like those, Scambusters doesn't recommend individuals play with scammers.