(Update: this post has been included in this comprehensive guide: Online Security Alters to Scams . )
Last time I exposed a cheating attempt : My E-mail Has Won a Lottery? No, My Liar Friend and a Funny Phishing Letter.
Today I got an interesting e-mail. Of course, I know this is a cheating attempt too.
Does somebody want to transfer millions of dollars into your account?Does someone want you pay you to cash cheques and send them the money?Has a dying person contacted you wanting your help to give his money to charity?Have you sold an item and are asked to accept a payment larger than the item amount? It’s scam. A good place for these scammers is Scambaiting.
So what is scambaiting? Well, put simply, you enter into a dialogue with scammers, simply to waste their time and resources. Whilst you are doing this, you will be helping to keep the scammers away from real potential victims and screwing around with the minds of deserving thieves. Some well-known Scambaiting sites are 419eater.com， scam-o-gram.com; scambusters;and Fighting Back at Nigerian 419 Advance Fee Fraud Scammers； Nigeria - The 419 Coalition Website .
Below is a typical scam letter.
I am Maureen Haughey, widow of former Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, Charles J. Haughey and daughter of former Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland and heir to de Valera, Sean F. Lemass.
The Press has written a lot about unresolved mysteries and corruption surrounding Charles’s dealings, but I tell you something, my Charlie was a good man. He was human and he did whatever he did. People marvel why I stuck with Charlie and didn’t speak during the mess that came with the exposure of his affairs with Terry Keane (I just hate to think of her). I had to stand by him through the tribunal times…. lt was to do with what I’m doing now. No one knew the details of all Charlie’s financial dealings but me. I remain the only one who knows all who got loans from Charlie and didn’t come back to pay when he was disgraced. I am the only one who knows about these monies and the other Ansbacher accounts.
I write to you, an old weary woman, sick and almost tired of living. My end is near but I will not depart until my final mission is accomplished and I also write this with an unshaken belief in the power of aspirations and dreams of a human being. The Irish government thinks it can shave and reduce me to a poor widow but I have the winning ace. A few years ago, when we weren’t sure if my Charlie would be convicted, he kept some money in trust for me in a Security and Finance company. He did not open the account in our names so it will not be traced to us to enable the past remain the past. The name on the account is Cedric de Vregille. I never thought Charlie would leave me so soon and it never occurred to me to ask if this name were fictitious or not or a name of any of his friends. I have tried to find this man but to no avail. The amount he deposited in this name is €30,000,000 (Thirty Million Euros). I want an honest person to come forward and lay claims to this amount, moreover to use the funds as instructed by me. I have all the documents needed, I just need a face for the name.
I have mapped out 10% of the funds for you, as you will help us (you and I) execute this job. As soon as I receive your acceptance for this work I shall give you necessary details of my solicitor who will facilitate the release of the funds in your name.Please reply me via my personal email:(firstname.lastname@example.org)
For my security and the sake of letting sleeping dogs lie, I strongly advice that you keep our dealings confidential. You can read more about my Charlie from:
Thank You.Mrs. Maureen Haughey