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.
LOL! That’s funny. I like responding to the emails and extracting as much information from the scammer as I can. Good entertainment :o)
Omg! That’s crazy (sweeti)!
Here’s another transcript from another scammer: Bola Papoose (suzzie55021):
Mike (11/12/2006 12:47:37 PM): hi
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:47:46 PM): hello love
Mike (11/12/2006 12:48:08 PM): hi
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:49:22 PM): how was ur week end ?
Mike (11/12/2006 12:49:29 PM): slow
Mike (11/12/2006 12:49:31 PM): boring
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:49:49 PM): oh!
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:50:04 PM): working with me will make it better
Mike (11/12/2006 12:50:11 PM): ic
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:50:22 PM): yes
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:50:39 PM): just try and work with me you will see what i mean
Mike (11/12/2006 12:51:12 PM): if u r real lucky
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:51:45 PM): look we are both lucky here
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:52:03 PM): so let me have your phone number and call you
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:52:09 PM): so we can start wotking
Mike (11/12/2006 12:52:23 PM): not til i meet u
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:53:18 PM): i am here with you
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:53:26 PM): dont you want to work with me
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:53:32 PM): we will make a lot of money
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:54:40 PM): i really need your cooperation to work with me
Mike (11/12/2006 12:54:59 PM): we’ll c
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:55:24 PM): i am serious
Mike (11/12/2006 12:55:56 PM): ok
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:56:10 PM): let work
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:56:21 PM): what we will be doing is this
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:56:54 PM): you will be the one posting and writing the checks
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:56:55 PM): okay
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:57:27 PM): you will post it by fedex i will give u my fedex account number you will post it with okay
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:57:34 PM): do u knw fedex?
Mike (11/12/2006 12:57:45 PM): some
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:58:14 PM): i will send some checks to your home address but they will all come in blanks okay
Mike (11/12/2006 12:58:22 PM): o
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:58:28 PM): yes
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 12:59:50 PM): i will not give you the names and address of my clents and you will write it and post it with the fedex account i will give you okay ?
Mike (11/12/2006 1:00:08 PM): o
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:00:19 PM): do u understand me now ?
Mike (11/12/2006 1:00:36 PM): what account # will u use?
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:00:55 PM): i have an account with fedex
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:01:09 PM): that account you will you in posting the letters
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:01:11 PM): okay
Mike (11/12/2006 1:01:27 PM): what is you account?
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:01:40 PM): i dont have it now
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:01:55 PM): but in my office i will give you when u need it
Mike (11/12/2006 1:01:57 PM): o ic
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:01:59 PM): okay not now
Mike (11/12/2006 1:02:02 PM): o
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:02:28 PM): so i will need your address to get the checks (BLANKS) to you
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:02:31 PM): okay
Mike (11/12/2006 1:02:39 PM): later
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:02:49 PM): why ?
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:03:09 PM): or let me give you my email you will send it to my email tonite
Mike (11/12/2006 1:03:17 PM): k
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:03:19 PM): email@example.com
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:03:24 PM): okay send it okay
Mike (11/12/2006 1:03:30 PM): k
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:03:33 PM): including your phone number
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:03:34 PM): okay
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:03:42 PM): so i can always call you
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:04:10 PM): then any money we get i will give u a 15% of it okay
Mike (11/12/2006 1:04:35 PM): o
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:04:51 PM): yes is that okay by you ?
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:05:16 PM): are u there?
Mike (11/12/2006 1:05:21 PM): no way
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:05:36 PM): okay how many % do u want?
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:05:45 PM): talk to me
Mike (11/12/2006 1:05:57 PM): none
Mike (11/12/2006 1:05:59 PM): zero
Mike (11/12/2006 1:06:04 PM): nada
Mike (11/12/2006 1:06:14 PM): what is your real name anyway
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:06:45 PM): am bola
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:06:48 PM): thats my real name
Mike (11/12/2006 1:07:02 PM): bola what?
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:07:12 PM): bola papoose
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:07:20 PM): that s my name
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:07:23 PM): bola papoose
Mike (11/12/2006 1:07:42 PM): ic
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:07:58 PM): come online here same time tomorrow so we can talk again okay
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:08:06 PM): i will tell you all you have to do
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:08:25 PM): and make sure you send the home address and phone number to my email okay
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:08:30 PM): i have to go now
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:08:37 PM): talk to u later
suzzie55021 (11/12/2006 1:08:39 PM): bye i love u
Mike (11/12/2006 1:08:57 PM): ok
Mike (11/12/2006 1:08:59 PM): bye
Please tell me,
How long do I have to tolerate all the following bulshit supposed to be originated from Yahoo? Isn’t there anybody responsible to bring those people to Court, for trying to deceiving me into revealing my password which should then be used against my will and without my knowledge to all my contacts for illegal purposes?
From: Yahoo Customer Service Add to Contacts
We are really sorry for any inconvinience this might cause you. Due to the congestion in all Yahoo! account users, Yahoo! will be shuting down all unused accounts. In order to avoid the deactivation of your account, you will have to confirm your e-mail by filling your Login Info below by clicking the reply button.
Full name: …………………………………..
Date Of Birth: ……………………………….
Country Of Residence: ……………………
After you must have followed the instructions on the sheet, your Yahoo! account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thank you for your usual co-operation. We apologize for any inconvinience.
Yahoo! Customer Care
Case number: 2641930
Property: Account Security
Yahoo! Account Services
We are really sorry for any inconvinience this might cause you.
WHT YAHOO CAN’T TAKE LEGAL MEASURES AGAINST THEM AND BRING THEM TO COURT?
Why can’t Yahoo! take legal measures? Because most of these people are outside of the United States, and our laws don’t reach that far.