I’ve heard of the Nigerian 4-1-9 scam via email — numerous variations on the Advance Fee Fraud scheme — but this is the first time I’ve seen it carried out via instant messaging! Tonight, I received an IM from some random name on Yahoo! IM. Here’s the transcript:
[21:00] samuelmylove2008: hi
[21:00] samuelmylove2008: hello asl
[21:00] samuelmylove2008: <ding>
[21:01] samuelmylove2008: were are u from sweeti
[21:05] samuelmylove2008: <ding>
[21:05] dossy: ?
[21:05] samuelmylove2008: were are u from
[21:06] dossy: who are you and why are you IM’ing me?
[21:06] samuelmylove2008: are u there what can i do for u
[21:06] samuelmylove2008: am mary am from florida
[21:06] samuelmylove2008: u
[21:06] samuelmylove2008: ?
[21:07] dossy: how’s the weather in florida?
[21:07] samuelmylove2008: well am not right now in florida am in africa
[21:08] dossy: right.
[21:08] dossy: and I bet you work for a bank. or you’re the son of royalty. right.
[21:09] samuelmylove2008: what do u do?
[21:09] dossy: I avoid scams like this. Thanks.
[21:10] samuelmylove2008: what do u mean
[21:10] samuelmylove2008: i dont no much about u
[21:13] dossy: Where in Africa are you?
[21:14] samuelmylove2008: am in nigeria were the meeting was hold
[21:14] samuelmylove2008: i hope u dont mind?
[21:14] dossy: What are you doing in Nigeria?
[21:15] samuelmylove2008: a littel host by our boss
[21:17] dossy: Who’s your boss?
[21:18] samuelmylove2008: oh my managing director
[21:19] samuelmylove2008: we went there to cash a chekq but the chekq was not from nigeria is made from usa
[21:20] samuelmylove2008: sweety can u help me cash the chek only that my boss was not with us and even we dont have money to come back
[21:20] dossy: that’s a pity. Florida will miss you.
[21:20] samuelmylove2008: sweety can u help me to cash the chekq
[21:21] dossy: The Nigerian scam works better if you spell things right.
[21:21] dossy: And claim to be some Nigerian royalty. People really dig royalty.
[21:22] dossy: And you have to use really big numbers, like “TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY MILLION (250,000,000) DOLLARS” — need lots of zeros.
[21:23] dossy: You want to go create a new screen name and try it again? You should practice more and get better before you try this on anyone else, you know?
[21:24] samuelmylove2008: what do u mean
[21:26] dossy: *beep beep* That’s the horn of the turnip truck, leaving you behind. You’d better run if you want to get back on it!
[21:27] samuelmylove2008: what do u mean by that
[21:28] samuelmylove2008: <ding>
[21:28] dossy: So, where were you born?
[21:28] samuelmylove2008: am born in usa but my mom and dad bass in africa
[21:29] dossy: Where did you grow up?
[21:30] samuelmylove2008: i grow up frm usa
[21:33] dossy: Where did you go to school?
[21:40] dossy: You know, right now, I bet there’s a Nigerian village that’s missing an idiot.
I couldn’t make this kinda stuff up. I’m still laughing.