Even the Brightest Fall for the Nigerian Scam

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  1. Chu Gai

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    Bigtime too. Read about it here.
     
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    Speechless.... Wow.
     
  3. Chris PC

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    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:

    http://www.419eater.com/html/okorie.htm
     
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    Unbelievable! No wonder we keep getting beseiged with scams. They work!
     
  5. Michael Varacin

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    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.
     
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    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. [​IMG]
     
  7. Paul McElligott

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    Anothe way of saying it, "book smarts" ain't the same thing as common sense.
     
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    Yup...pretty amazing.

    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.
     
  9. Chu Gai

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    Apparently he's an internationally known pioneer in Neuroscience. But, yeah, gullible as hell.
     
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    No sympathy. Like the article said, these people are "blinded by greed."
     
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    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.
     
  12. Chris PC

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    I have one word for what should be done with every email scam....

    Sting.

    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.
     
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    I don't have too much faith in the Nigerian authorities.
     
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    Yeah, now if Steven Hawking ever fell for one of these....BTW, 419eater.com is a great great site.
     
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    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.)
     
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    If I were his son I'd try to have him removed from control of the families "remaining" $8million trust too. [​IMG]
     
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    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.

    -paul
    BTW - Loved the Powerbook scam, tho that the seller basically disappeared is somewhat disturbing.
     

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