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Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Chu Gai, Mar 7, 2006.
Bigtime too. Read about it here.
I have a special folder in my email-box called "Scams". I get them regularly. Never came remotely close to thinking even the earliest ones were anything but a ploy to try and rip people off. I also saw a show on CBC documenting the problem.
Here's something where the scammer doesn't do so well:
Unbelievable! No wonder we keep getting beseiged with scams. They work!
At the risk of being scrutinized, I wouldn't assume he is one of the "brightest" just because he's a doctor. I've met many doctors who could not find their way out of a box.
I cannot believe how many people fall for those scams...Especially that they have been so publicised.
I did love that website Chris. Awesome making him get the tattoo.
Anothe way of saying it, "book smarts" ain't the same thing as common sense.
I caught a person falling for the scam when I was auditing the e-mail system here at our hospital. This person is a professional addictions councellor and he fell for it.
Apparently he's an internationally known pioneer in Neuroscience. But, yeah, gullible as hell.
No sympathy. Like the article said, these people are "blinded by greed."
I work in the financial services industrry. I see it about once a year. Some people stop when we point out it is dubious, others don't. Those who don't will often try to be subtle about their participation - like they know it is wrong.
I have one word for what should be done with every email scam....
I found the "baited by shiver" link amussing, but I would much rather that the people who receive and recognize the scams for what they are go ahead and arrange a sting with the athorities. Perhaps pass along your email address to the police and have them do it. I don't know, there must be a way.
I don't have too much faith in the Nigerian authorities.
Yeah, now if Steven Hawking ever fell for one of these....BTW, 419eater.com is a great great site.
Those scambaiting e-mail exchanges at 419eater.com are hilarious.
I don't always get British humor but the Carving for Cash story almost gave me a heart attack from laughing so hard.
Especially when he revealed the death of Derek Trotter with the newspaper article.
(Edited to fix second link.)
Here is a great story about an internet scammer becoming the scammed. http://www.zug.com/pranks/powerbook/
Very funny stuff.
If I were his son I'd try to have him removed from control of the families "remaining" $8million trust too.
It's not just falling for it, but falling for it for ten years!! I don't know about you guys but I get these emails on a fairly regular basis, so this guy must have gotten several over the last few years... You'd think the lightbulb would have clicked on at some point.
BTW - Loved the Powerbook scam, tho that the seller basically disappeared is somewhat disturbing.