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10 Great Scam Baiting Operations

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If you’ve checked your email anytime in the last twenty years, you’ve likely been subjected to appeals from mysterious foreign nationals promising you money for nothing. Or, more accurately, a whole lot of money for only a little of yours — wired internationally to someone you don’t know. Most of these scams involve you supplying seed money, or disclosing confidential data used to deplete your savings account. While these cons are usually recognizable and safely ignored, enough suckers are fooled to make the effort profitable for the criminals who have no fear of legal retribution. Fortunately, a new breed of counterspy, the scam baiter, has risen to our defense. Aware they can’t stop the legions of online con men, these brave souls do their best to waste as much of the scammer’s time and resources as is humanly possible. The results are often hilarious. Submitted for your approval are 10 clever and involved scam baiting operations. Be sure to follow the source links if you can, because the transcripts are too lengthy to publish in this format.

10

Maryam Abacha Letters

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Included because the online documentation of this full-on runaround is so user-friendly it’s a great introduction to scam baiting. Seriously, this guy could have taken notes in law school. Fully color coded email entries and annotated notes detail the plan of, and correspondence with, Maryam Abacha, wife of the late military head of State for Nigeria. According to her unsolicited email to a total stranger, she has $30 million in cash and needs to get it out of the country but doesn’t trust her family. She even includes hyperlinks from BBC.com to bolster her credibility. However, our scam baiter, Mr. “Dick Heyd” feigns interest and begins “the game”, as he calls it. Heyd proceeds to complicate a deal for a transfer of $20,000 from him in exchange for ‘the consignment’ (presumably the money), and he claims to have already sent $7500 to a Mr. Mbeki at Global Security in Amsterdam, who he believes is in the employ of Ms. Abacha. (Ms. Abacha has no idea who Mbeki is — Heyd made it up). The preferred drop site is London (where Abacha obviously has contacts), so Heyd fixates on Amsterdam and won’t budge. Finally they relent, but Mr. Heyd has security concerns. Appearing spooked in emails and using a fellow scam baiter in Amsterdam, he feigns travel to Amsterdam and concocts a last minute cancellation of the exchange, citing security protocols for him as the CEO of Bovine Excreta Custom Manufacturing. Via the fellow scam baiter in Amsterdam, he is able to describe the very people sent to fetch him from the hotel, since they were casing the lobby at the prescribed time and making ‘massive amounts of phone calls’. Heyd then plays Mbeki and Ms. Abacha against one another and swears to never work with Mbeki again or the deal’s off. The annotated notes indicate the scammers are now VERY confused, and they propose a new dropsite in China with new contact John Kuma. Heyd agrees but secretly emails Kuma with an offer of a 50/50 split and a Green Card for US citizenship. To top things off, he also fakes an email from Mbeki threatening Abacha, telling her to stop ruining his scam. Ms. Abacha (and I’m sure her whole scam gang) is now totally flummoxed, so Heyd slips her Kuma’s incriminating email response to the offer of US citizenship. Then he lets her know that Kuhn is trying to have her bumped off, with an itemized payment schedule for the assassins. After that, there haven’t been any more emails from Ms. Abacha. I’m worried for her…aren’t you? [Source]

9

To Catch a Con Man

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This scam baiting operation is unique in its scale—backed by an American network news budget, full camera team, and travel expense account, investigative reporter Chris Hansen decides he wants to follow a 419 scam all the way through, and expose the criminals in this ‘faceless’ crime. To do this, his team answers a lot of scam emails and send seed money early in the conversations. The scams are simple— the victim is promised millions of dollars for helping someone supposedly in need, but first the victim must pay thousands in processing fees (and of course the millions never arrive). Again, because Hansen sent money early in his communications, several separate scammers offer to do something they rarely do— agree to meet him in person. So Hansen and his team fly to London to meet their defrauders in public places, local bars, and even hotel suites, filming the confrontations in a fashion similar to his groundbreaking “To Catch a Predator” series.


8

Painted Breast

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“Prince” Joe Eboh, the purported chairman of the “Nigerian Delta Development Commission (NDDC)” promised millions to anyone who could help him siphon off excess revenues from the late head of state, General San Abacha (does he know Abacha’s wife is trying to do the same thing?). Using a familiar “church” theme, scam baiter “Father Hector Barnett” responded to the email, since he was looking to provide financial assistance for new converts. Barnett spun a story of how the ministry was founded in 1774 by Betsy Carrington, who spent years spreading the holy gospel to the Masai. In fact, they even initiated her into “The Order of The Red Breast” via a ceremony where she had to mark the top half of her nude body with red paint as a gesture of faith. As a result, she was immediately accepted, and remained one of the most trusted westerners known at that time. As a qualification to enter the Holy Church of The Order of The Red Breast, Barnett told Prince Eboh that all converts must also complete the initiation that Miss Carrington did. Barnett even included a photograph of four young men going through the procedure. Eboh predictably jumped at the chance and supplied a photo of himself with a spray painted ‘9’ around his nipple, and even sent $80 in processing fees for the promised $18,000 (which has never been sent). The $80 received (most likely stolen) was later sent to a children’s charity in the north of England. The email correspondence goes on to this day, even through the traumatic death of Father Barnett’s good friend Minny Mowse, his doomed plans to spend church money exporting snow to Siberia, and failed dreams of joining the circus. Since then, Prince Joe Eboh rockin’ his ‘9’ has become an icon in the scam baiting community. [Source]

7

Carve This

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The primary goal of scam-baiting is to distract the scammer so he can’t rip off anyone else. And that’s what happened when scammer “F. Williams Smith” from the “Special Committee for Budget and Planning of the Ministry of Petroleum” contacted scam baiter “Derek Trotter”. Smith offered 25% of $10.5 million in exchange for an “account in which the funds will be transferred.” What he got instead was a carpentry assignment from Mr. Trotter, who posed as an arts dealer. Through clever emails and the promise of $100,000, Trotter lured Mr. Smith into creating elaborate wood carvings–some of which were pretty good, and obviously took time to construct. In the end, after weeks of paperwork, disagreements over shipping fees, and the untimely “death” of Derek Trotter, the deal fell apart, and everyone parted ways. Later, scammer “John Boko” also fell for the Derek Trotter treatment and also submitted a wooden replica of the sample figure. But due to “shipping shrinkage” Trotter claimed the piece didn’t meet the agreed-upon specifications and the submission was refused. So Boko was given a second chance, only this time he had to carve a replica of a Commodore 64. Which he did. [Source]


6

Handwritten Harry

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After offering millions of dollars for a few thousands in advance, alleged attorney for “the late President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, Barrister Mussa Issah, fell deep into the clutches of mastermind “Arthur Dent.” Dent claimed that his company was conducting a research project on “Advanced Handwriting Recognition and Graphology systems”, and offered Mr. Issah $100 per handwritten page of any text. Dent demanded a strict minimum of 100 pages, and anything less would be rejected outright. Issah fell hard, and transcribed all 293 pages of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”, each page meticulously handwritten. Sadly, the deal fell through for some reason. [Source]

5

Skeleton Coast

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From July to August 2006, scam baiter “Troy McClure” weaves a story of ready cash at the NASA compound he cleans in Namibia. However, if the money were to go missing, Troy would be the first suspect. He needs a partner like Steven Okama–the scammer–to come and get it. A month of emails, Internet phone calls, and visits to a fake web page keep Mr. Okama breathlessly engaged, until the two decide to stash the money in a watertight GPS-enabled cashbox on a deserted beach. Okama’s brother-in-law, Tony, agrees to pick up the money using online GPS coordinates (from Troy’s fake website), and the pickup will be confirmed when the online location of the cashbox changes. Then Okama will deposit the money in a South African bank account for dispersal. Tony dutifully heads out to the beach and is horrified when he discovers that the box is not there. Okama is livid. Fortunately, Troy convinces them that the box was swept out to sea and he’s tracking its movement up the Namibian coast. Okama keeps asking for money to hire a boat, and begins complaining of medical problems that prevent him from retrieving the box. Eventually, the baiting loses steam as “Troy” plans to get the money himself now that the box is out of Namibia. And since Steven won’t spring for a boat, he’s cut out of the heist. [Source]


4

Mikel Bolton Loan Scam

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This elaborate bait is as complete as it is lengthy, and I confess to getting lost in places— which is why it probably worked so well. The scam baiter pretended to be “Calvin Huckle”, a naïve scam victim just ready for the taking. The original goal was to just run up a scammer’s long distance fees. But then Huckle (and many of his other online identities) came into contact with British banker “Mikel Bolton”, who was willing to lend him up to $150,000 without ever meeting him. Posing as a fellow scam artist making a good living sending fake checks, Huckle co-opted the scammer(s) into contacting former 419 victims. Unbeknownst to them, Huckle had the real victim’s permission to assume their online identity for the duration of the sting. Hollywood thrillers have nothing on this: the counterscam involved a boggling 11 separate storylines and several times Huckle contacted other scam baiters by accident, but they agreed to corroborate one another’s stories to the real criminals. Luckily, during the operation, our hero obtained a list of 86 intended victims, and he notified each of the plans to defraud them. Of course, some believed him, and others thought he was running a scam (which is progress, I think). [Source]

3

Mark of Respect

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Scammer Ahmed Sadiq first contacts scam baiter “Lance Myboyle” for airfare money to Mecca. However, Ahmed’s lie of attending Weister City University in London quickly fails — mainly because it doesn’t exist– and British citizen Lance tells him so in no uncertain terms. Oddly, Ahmed is unfazed and continues to ask for money. Their discussions ferret out that Ahmed lives, not in London, but Nigeria, and if he really needs money, he should contact Father Bruce Corbin, of the Church of the Tattooed Saint. Email exchanges with Father Corbin inform the scammer that a donation can only be made if Ahmed converts to the church and gets a tattoo of the Order somewhere on his body. I think you know where this is going. After many emails, Ahmed gets a BIG tattoo “Baited by Shiver” on his left leg (other scammers have used their arms). Tragedy then strikes, as Father Corbin passes away from a Tribble infection, and Ahmed is passed between a jive-talking pastor and a disgruntled ex-con volunteer. However, Ahmed’s demands for money continue unabated, even when he’s passed on to an “Inspector Morse”, who is investigating embezzlement by employees of the Church of the Tattooed Saint. Ahmed even sends a laughably fake passport to the Inspector, who insists on releasing the “owed” funds only after proper identification is presented. The baiting ends when the gullible Ahmed suspects the Western Union email receipt from Frank Sinatra of 221B Baker Street looks a little “iffy”. Realizing he’s totally busted, Ahmed first gets belligerent and then tries to play on sympathy. But make no mistake– this playa got played for four straight months, and even has a sweet “tat” to show for it. [Source]


2

Gold Scam

Who needs Chris Hansen and his NBC budget? Scam-baiter “Jack Ophten” doesn’t— he got the scammer to come to him! Ophten and his pals at 419hell love “being jerks to those who deserve it”, and no one deserved it more that Frank Owusu, who was using email spams to sell phony gold dust. Ophten was able to convince the scammer that he was a scammer, too, and needed help defrauding his aged father-in-law. In emails and phone calls, Ophten played the parts of fellow scammer and scam victim for Owusu and his partners in crime. Unbelievably, Ophten even convinced Owusu to pay for his own travel from Ghana to St. Louis, USA, to defraud Ophten’s father-in-law. When finally confronted in the lobby of the St. Louis Crown Plaza Hotel, Owusu bolted like a spooked racehorse. Too bad he was in such a hurry: he left his bag of real gold dust behind (appraised value: $200). Ophten documented the entire operation on both audio and videotape, and did everything he could to include cybercrime law enforcement. However, despite email death threats from someone he’s met in person, the Missouri state attorney’s office, the local sheriff, and the FBI politely refused to get involved at any point of the operation. [Source]

1

Anus Laptops

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The mother of all scam baiting operations has to go to scam baiter “The Failure”, who may or may not work in a New York computer shop. Too bad scammer “Cole” didn’t know his intended victim was a regular at www.scambaiter.com. What happens over the next several weeks was documented day-by-day online, and even involved many of the website’s readers. It all started when “Martin Cole” sent a fake check to buy some laptops for shipment overseas. Failure’s alias “Warren Turnbuckle” protested he could not ship overseas without all freight fees paid, in cash, up front. Since he was paying with a fake check anyway, Cole sends the cash, but cunningly overpays the $4000 bill with a $4500 check, and asks Turnbuckle to refund him the $500 overpayment within 45 minutes of receiving the check. Turnbuckle responds that he can’t cash the check for 5-10 days, but will sell the laptops anyway if Cole sends a shipping courier to pick them up. Turnbuckle also promises to refund the shipping costs once the check finally clears. Cole bites, and agrees to pay for freight for several “Anus” brand computers, arranging for UPS to pick up them the very next day (far ahead of the check bouncing). So Failure packed 7 large boxes with garbage, dead CD ROM drives, and two trashed laptops with “ANUS” scratched on the screen. Estimated shipping charges totaled $3,186.67. UPS was in on the sting, and agreed to not deliver until Cole paid them for shipment. Scambaiter.com readers wanted in on the joke as well, and when the shipment was suspiciously diverted to Manchester, UK, a reader posed as city worker offering to fix Cole’s house as part of an urban renewal project. Cole then proceeded to show the “damages” he did to his own house after receiving ‘a bunch of rubbish in the post”. Photos, audio recordings, shipping labels, and hilariously incoherent death threats from the ‘governor’ and the dreaded ‘Clique Mob’ can be found on a now-classic thread that spans 80+ pages. NSFW, but worth an hour’s reading all the same. [Source]



  • david

    nice list.

  • henrysmyagent

    Oh my god that is funny! Thank you for this great list. I plan to go into each of these and mine them for all of the laughs they have. I am not one to chuckle at some one else's misfortune, but watching scammers get scamed is just too delicious.

  • timothyjames

    Wow. That's awesome. I wish I had the resources and wit to scam the scammers. Mostly the resources.

  • brock

    i have no have no idea what is this list about

    • Chineapplepunk

      Have no have no?

      • oliveralbq

        porky pig appriciation day

        that's all that's all that's all folks.

      • It's easy Chineapplepunk, if you know brock.
        Besides having idea of what the list is about, brock has no. That is, brock is an empty an shell, an empty vessel, there is nothing there, he has no, nothing, nada, zip, zilch.

    • swapie

      lucky for you.

    • k1w1taxi

      Why are we not surprised.

      Cheers
      Lee

    • bsballbuster

      Brock, you are either a evil genius messing with all of us or one of the dumbest SOBs I have ever read a comment from on this web site. Either way, keep up the good work! I won't lie Brock, I look forward to your idiotic comments on a daily basis. Don't get discouraged and keep maintaining a low standard in literacy and content!

  • Chineapplepunk

    I wonder, are these people desperately trying to feed their families or are they the scum of the Earth? I find myself thinking the latter.

    • cqsteve

      definately the scum of the earth! Screw 1em.

    • xilebat

      Prince Joe Eboh looks pretty well-fed to me…

    • Brad

      Most of these scammers are well paid. For the average person to make $1.00 a day, and if these crooks can scam just one person out of $1,000, they they have had a very good payday. Some of them make tens of thousands a year.

  • I'm sure this is a very interesting and unique list… but I don't have the patience to read all the descriptions… too much reading for me

    • Jay

      Andyou felt the need to mention that?

    • mom424

      and you're not embarrassed by that fact?

    • xilebat

      and you couldn't hang around to click the video links? DECAF, @Das_Kollops. Lots and lots of decaf.

  • cqsteve

    Hey, ya gotta laugh when the tables are turned. I know that many people's greed makes them the pawn of these scammers, but at the end of the day, they are still ripping people off. I had an old man at my work who mentioned the fact that he had been the "lucky" winner of a car. All he had to do was send the transport cost (AUS $1000) and they'd ship him over the vehicle asap. He wanted to give the car to his niece who was newly married. Luckily we were able to convince him that it was all a rort. So let the con artists get screwed, blewed & tattooed, it's good to see & makes me laugh.

  • nathaaan90

    Very good list! Number one is brilliant!

  • P-P-P-POWERBOOK!!

    SUPER NSFW, but here's a link to a story that's similar to this list:
    http://encyclopediadramatica.com/Powerbook

    • Robin

      I was LOOKING for that.
      It certainly deserves a spot up there.

  • aletr
  • byjimini

    I remember when this all kicked when various eBay members collaborated emails – the P-P-P-POWERBOOK scam was the best ever, especially with Special Agent Pipski actually in the shop when the item was delivered to the scammer!

    Link to download the PDF: http://www.zug.com/pranks/powerbook/powerbook.pdf

    The scammer ran a barbershop in London, and later Pipski was awarded a James Bond avatar with the title "Lovely Barbershop; pity I wasn't invited" for his undercover work on the scam.

    Stuff of legend.

    • Tom

      I can't believe this one wasn't on the list. It's truly epic!

    • Robin

      Nothing tops that, in my opinion.

  • Arsnl

    These scam baiters hurt people that are trying to make a living and greatly affect emmerging economies. Check this news clip from the highly respectable news network ONN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f9oJikx0-I&fe
    I am from Popupistan and i know the evil that pop up blockers do. How can you meet your former college buddieswith out our help. How can you get new flashy emojis?

  • camo

    Simply Brilliant… I really enjoyed reading this list. Great level of detail and an interesting subject matter.

  • 83cab83

    http://www.ebolamonkeyman.com/

    This should be on the list!!!

    • xilebat

      Insanely funny, but making it SFW was too hard. Especially with the photos/puns.

  • Stefan

    i dont know whether the late time of night has anything to do with my lack of "knowing what the fuck was going on," but all the words in this list made no sense to me. It was like reading a dictionary.

    • Arsnl

      I wad confused by the names or facts that appear at random
      “Kuhn is trying to have her bumped off” who the hell is kuhn?

      • Lifeschool

        Kuhn was a spelling mistake??, read: Kuma.

      • xilebat

        Yeah, it's Kuma. My bad.

  • oouchan

    Interesting list. I like when the con men get conned. Number one was pretty funny as they gave that guy the run-around…..made me smile. :)

    • Arsnl

      Well if you write filthy filthy things of course you get sent to moderation

      • Lifeschool

        @Arsnl – Dirt! Mud! Slime! Grime! Putrid freakin' foul stench! – Is this filthy enough for you??

        • Arsnl

          You forgot scum, spit, rotten, gangrene, pus. Yuck

  • undaunted warrior 1

    Something different for a change enjoyed the read.

  • Lifeschool

    hi, an interesting and humourous list I thought. Nice tags for name checks too – ‘Dick Heyd’ etc – I was expecting an ‘Arthur Daily’ or a ‘Joe King’ by the end. I didn’t even know that these scammers were being baited until now. I suspect we’ve all had some email from a mystery guy offering us either money or viagra for cash, and reported it as spam, so seeing these guys getting the run-around seems sweet justice to me. However, I notice in the list that a lot of these guys get away (or run away) in the end; so what happens to the baiters thousands in baiting money?

    I like the way the country ‘Nigeria’ appeared over and over, perhaps somebody is trying to tell us something about this country? Is it corrupt perhaps?

    The videos are great too. I particulary got a kick from #2 where the guy starts talking about Ferenghi and Dilithium Crystals – to an American guy – who’s filming him for ‘training purposes’. Idiot!!!

    I also thought the #5 ‘washed out to sea’ gag was as absolute classic! – I can see it as a sketch in Flight of the Concords or something.

    Finally, hats off to the guy who carved a scaled Commodore 64 in wood; what thing is worth at least… ooh, $30 bucks.

    Cheers

    • Matt

      I’m not sure if anyone else caught some of the other names but arthur dent is from hitchhikers guide to the galaxy and Troy mcclour (but spelled right) is from the simpsons.

  • Gav

    "There were 361 million Internet users worldwide at the end of 2000. By the end of June 2009 this had grown to 1,669 million. This corresponds to a growth of 362.4%, or 38.15% per year. That's 1.74 million new Internet users per day, 72,685 per hour, 1,211 per minute, or 20 new users every second of the day worldwide." – (Internet World Stats, July 2009.)

    This is why these scammers still plug away at it. There's fresh meat every day.

  • Iâran

    Fantastic list! Different, original and a good laugh as well!

  • john5baldwin

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    • Lifeschool

      That's clever – any fool dumb enough to click on your link will ad-click you some cash. Yeah, lets all click on it and see how much we can raise your bank account… who's with me..?

      • undaunted warrior 1

        With you all the way pal – I have a bucket of tar if you have the feathers lets hunt him down.

    • swapie

      lol

  • Lisa

    I have a a good friend in grad school from Nigeria. Last semester some of the financial aid was messed up due to "new computer systems" and he was left scrambling for money to cover rent (so was I). To make a long story short, do you have ANY idea how hard it is to get a legitimate money transfer from Nigeria these days? No joke (well, it was sort of funny).

  • anadentone

    wasn't troy mcclure one of phil hartman's voices on the simpsons? :O

  • Wonderful list, funny, too!
    I can't tell you how many times I have "won" millions of pounds or dollars in lotteries I have never heard of. I used to at least read the e.mails, for a giggle, to see how much money I would have to send in to acquire my "winnings", but now I just hit the "report spam" button and move on.
    I got the biggest kick out of the Gold Dust scam. The names of everyone, and everything, just had me laughing out loud all by myself!
    "The SS Lollipop"?
    "Quark"?
    "Dillithiium Crystals"?
    "Captain Jon Luc Picard"?
    Really now, can't they even make up decent fake names?
    I noticed that in all of the scams, as well. The scammers had really bad names. It was almost like a kid in a classroom jumping up, waving his hand, yelling "pick me! pick me!"

    • fendabenda

      junk mail is sometimes funny… I've also won millions of dollars in all sorts of drawings that I never even participated in… and I get millions of offers on Viagra and penis enlargements every day… :D

  • TCor

    I pulled this up up on my phone, and for the first time I’m going to have to say:
    tl;dr
    It was just too long to be read on my phone.

    • xilebat

      Sorry, TCor. Scams get complicated (one was 80 forum pages long), and I only get a paragraph to summarize them.

      • Salad

        I read this whole thing earlier on my phone

    • k1w1taxi

      Get to a computer TCor. It is definitely worth the effort for this one.

      Cheers
      Lee

  • Bjornsdotter

    Arthur Dent?! LOL……

    • xilebat

      The one and only time where "Arthur Dent", and "mastermind" appear in the same sentence.

  • bassbait

    Am I the only one who noticed "Mikel Bolton"?

    (Insert Office Space reference here!)

    • Jay

      Hehehe, I noticed that one, bass. But there are a lot of cultural joke names here, aren't there? Who's next, Punky Brewster?

      • oliveralbq

        @Jay: ""Who's next, Punky Brewster?""

        hahaha — jesus, i hope so.

  • General Tits Von Chodehoffen

    Awesome list! There are some crazy people out there

  • hojin

    interestin list, but it was kinda confusing :S

  • Fu<k off

    So all you have is Nigerian scams??? Surely you can do better than this. The greatest financial scams are in the States by the way. Ever heard of Madoff?

    • xilebat

      You do realize that the category was 419 scams, right? And #2 was from Ghana.

  • HAHAHAHAHAHA these are awesome!

  • marsis

    this list was interesting, but umm, are the links safe from, eh, all kinds of shytware and bait?

    • xilebat

      the links are to scam baiting sites, and these guys have a code of ethics. others are to bbc.com and perimetec.com

      • marsis

        thanks for clarification. i like your lists, xilebat.

  • Chris

    I remember the Anus thing…that thing made my year!

  • anonymous

    This is disgusting, not funny. I used work as an internet / phone translator and had to process these calls. I felt guilty and would insult the conners. I still think this fraudulent behavior is unacceptable and probably unjustifiable, but I don't think this 'scam-baiting' is much better. People usually don't get tattoo's on their bodies to commit crime unless there's a form of desperation or coercion involved. And the first 'example' showed something that could have gotten someone murdered.

    There is a difference between trying to stop fraudulent activity and going out of your way to target people for psychological humiliation; no one "deserves" to targeted for humiliation. Just as many 419ers convince themselves their actions are justified, no 'scam-baiters' pretend their actions are about 'helping' others. This is about the pleasure people get from tearing others apart and dehumanizing them in order to make themselves feel better.

    And we don't need to do it. There are other ways. We can give in to the burning desire to rip others apart in order to feel like we're in control. But we can also create a world that honors us. If you hate these scams, then bait them. But rather than spending lots of time figuring out how to dehumanize them into 'trophies', volunteer to spend some time with lonely old people in your community who are probably most at risk. Since we are all connected, and we are as a species, basically good, find out about ways that Nigeria and your country are connected, and work on a project that can improve conditions for both of you because you share a mutual goal. This may not seem very direct, but we need to work not towards viciousness, but a better world. And not for those who would abuse us because it's our responsibility to love and cuddle them at night, but for US. Because we are all connected. Will we work towards revenge and viciousness, or better lives for OURSELVES?
    Again, pretty disgusting.

    • freiamaya

      I view this more as protecting those elderly and vulnerable people in our society. Every minute these con artists are diverted away from their disgusting activities, the fewer people they can target with their games. Your great-aunt or grandfather may have been one of those people whom have benefited directly from the scam baiters' activities.
      And, sorry, in some families/socialgroups/cultural settings, this form of activity is encouraged. AND one's race/ethnicity/country of origin doesn't mean a whole lot — there are plenty of scammers from all nations to go around. These people prey on the naive and the trusting. Time that they received a dose of their own medicine?

    • bsballbuster

      Are you kidding me? These pieces of shit prowl the internet preying on the naive and mis-informed and we should embrace them in some sort of world that "honors all of us!!!" What color are the clouds in your world? I suggest you get your idealistic ass out in the world and get some real life experience. These people that perpetrate these crimes don't give two squirts of piss about you, your family or what kind of financial dire straits they may leave their victims. If you really believe that these "poor" scammers are victims and should be handled with kid gloves because they may face *gasp* humiliation, you sir or ma'am, should be shot with a ball of your own shit.

    • eblo

      Someone give this twats email address to these fart heads and see how self righteous he/she is then… tossa….

    • Noumbs Kull

      Hi Anonymous. Thanks for your concern towards my plight as a poor cancer stricken farm worker from Nigeria. I have only 2 months to live according to my doctor so I'll make this short. I have 1 milion naira in a locked safety deposit box at the Nigerian National bank of Trust. If you may please forward me 1000 naira to have my outstanding account cleared and opened according to Nigerian Finance Minister law 5150. I will then forward you 25% of my money as I will donate the other 75% upon my impending death to the Peoples Institute of Social Sciences (PISS). Thanks for taking the time to read my correspondence.

      Yours sincerely,
      Noumbs Kull

  • k1w1taxi

    Thank You xilebat for the best start to Sunday in a very long time. I guess the biting to such obvious fake victim names means some of our much vaunted culture has not spread as far as we think. Or greed truly does blind all.

    Took me a while to work out who Derek Trotter is but well worth it. :) Hope there is a follow up list.

    Cheers
    Lee

  • sunday

    I have to say I have pity for #3, maybe I shouldn't but he looks young and now has to live with that ridiculous permanent tattoo. Well, I hope he learns his lessons.

  • herringswordoflucifer

    where. the. hell. is. p-p-p-powerbook!!!

  • starburstninja

    This list is freakin' hilarious… seems just punishment and funny as heck to boot. I wish I had the time, patience, and resources to put a scammer through hoops, but alas I don't. Gratzi on the list ;)

  • snoogens

    Top list! The names and aliases got me chuckling properly. Well done. I’m not too savvy on internet policing and law enforcement but aren’t there grounds to actually arrest these scammers?

    • Xilebat

      In their countries, these scanners have absolutely no need to fear criminal prosecution.

  • sqrm

    How could those scam artists not see through these scams?

    Some of the terms are so bizarre, how could they not see something was awry?

  • Hellcat

    Hey, I feel neglected now – I’ve never received an email stating I’ve won millions! Ah, bless g-mail :P Brilliant list, #1 made my day!

  • sam

    Cool! Very funny post…. love the bit about the C64 – mind if i link from my blog – this is great stuff!!!!!

    UK Scams

    Thanks again… Sam

  • Kaluriel

    wheres the p-p-p-p-owerbook scam?

  • samanthaf63

    Love it. Wish they could throw these folks in jail forever and throw away the keys. Scum of the earth.

  • jumblegirl

    I came across a 419 scam baiting website quite by chance a couple of weeks ago and it made for hours for entertaining reading. I'm impressed that the baiters have the time to go through it until the end, some of them went for nearly a year! Great list, and now I'm intrigued by this P-P-P-Powerbook one. I'll be looking that one up immediately!

  • Gotta be the biggest moron to fall for something like these. You deserve it if you fell for it.

  • eblo

    troll

  • mordechaimordechai

    This list is too Nigerian.
    Nigeria is upfront in this market. I also heard of the Black Cash Scam. "Black" here has no racial connotation whatever.
    They will sell you black paper rectangles looking like 100 euro bills or such, and a solvent able wash away the balck ink and give the money the right color, thus making them perfectly able to circulate.
    They will sell you 500.000 Black cash euro for 5.000 good ones.
    Sounds like a helluva bargain to me, uhu?
    Even here in Italy they made tons of lucky hits!!!
    So much for the italian "foxyness" in business…

  • JC

    TO #’s 30 and 32…You can make money w/ Clickbank…people are doing it everyday…will you make thousands daily? chances are ,no..to make that kind of money takes time, knowing your demographic market and the type of product you choose as well as knowing how to market…

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  • CHAOS

    p-p-p-powerbook surprisingly absent.

  • DavidCh

    Awesome list! I've been your reader for quite some time, and this is one of my favorites. Since the first item I've been hooked (I read the whole "Maryam Abacha" mail list on the link and I'm currently watching the whole episode of "To catch a con-man") and I'm just on number 9. This could be, hands down, one of your best lists

  • meh

    It's for the better they're not able to con the old, or their fellow countrymen when they fall for these traps. On the whole, though, it's a lot like spiders eating spiders.

  • jeux machine a sous

    If the principle of a communal network is to bolt with other people, you extremity a community network that has lavishness of members. And Facebook once has lavishness of members, in defiance of all the adversarial publicity it has received lately hither its clandestineness problems. want all 500 million Facebook users resettle to Google Me? I fear it — and those 500 million members are what makes Facebook so attractive.

  • I still have my first nigerian email from my first email account started in 1994,it's from Feb.2000

  • Alyssa037

    Just this on weekend concluded 300 tattoo artists mostly from Southern California studios gathered in Pomona’s Fairplex to pitch their ink at joined of the humankind’s largest conventions of its kind. In putting together to the clever artists, the Trunk Craftsmanship Expo in Pomona also featured plenty of amusement such as tattoo rank contests, energetic music concerts and MMA fights.

  • AJ

    How could you do a list on scam baiting and not have mentioned the p-p-powerbook story?

  • 06HCwynell

    black amateur porn amateur ass pic

  • “derek trooter” the guy from no. 7 is the charater “del-boy”from sitcom Only Fools and Horses!

    genius!

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  • wasd

    poorly written.

  • gory anus

    every nigerian i have met or heard about are scammers!

  • tjaywooder4

    Name

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  • ZaG

    I remember reading the Asus/Anus laptop scam as it came out, many nights were filled with laughing at the stuff that went on with it.

  • Kreyopresny

    A fine bunch of Master Baiters

  • henryThomp

    Name

  • Alex Zed

    How getting a scammer to set up a church with a rude name, take part in a baptism involving eggs and a burning stick with a made up church with a very rude acronym and build a temple for the aforementioned church? Or cross-dress for videos? Or go to another country for a meeting that never takes place? All this goes on all the time at the bilingual scambaiting site Scamtacular.com (oh, and posing as the human centipede)

  • Helen

    I seriously doubt Ms/mrs abacha has any idea scammers are using her name in these 419 deals. The abacha family is very rich,beyond ur imagination. And to think of it why would she use her real name if she was d one? Its just an alias being used by d scammers to get people to believe them. They went as far as to include credentials from bbc does it implicate bbc? These scams r perpetuated high school dropouts u come from poor homes

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  • Marcoscky

    Some scammers got my passport! I’m not sure what to do. Ideas?