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#1 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 06 July 2016 - 07:35 PM

The other day I received this gem, allegedly from one JAMES B. COMEY, JR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBI. It's one of the longest of its type I have ever received, nine paragraphs in total but having consigned it to my spam folder I feel like repenting and keeping it for posterity, among others it included these two wonderful paragraphs -

 

 

More so, we were advised to warn our dear citizens who must have been
informed of their contract payment from Bank of African, to be very
careful prior to the on-going internet irregularities, so that they would
not fall victim of ugly circumstances. In case they are already dealing
with anybody or office from the Bank of African are strictly advised to
STOP further communication with them in their best interest and thereby
contact the real Wood Forest National Bank via the below information:


NAME: MR. Timothy Hicks
OFFICE ADDRESS: Wood Forest National Bank Ohio
Central Business District,
Cadastral Zone,OHIO
Email: simplystor_xxx@gmail.com

 

Apart from being amused at the thought that any officer of the FBI would address me as 'dear citizen' - friendly alien possibly - I really feel that a presumably international bank would have their own email address system rather than depend on Google.

 

Incidentally, has anybody else  noticed a trend in 419 type emails to include the complete text in the subject box while leaving the message space empty ?  I have had several like this in the last couple of months and wondered about the significance.

 

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Edited by Chris Cosgrove, 06 July 2016 - 07:38 PM.
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Posted 07 July 2016 - 01:54 AM

I get two or three a day. Years ago I stumbled onto a web site that had people on it that gave thes 419'ers a good roasting. They would send them a letter that perported to be interested in subscribing and then had them runnng around doing all sorts of things. If I had more time I would have a go at that. I don't think there is any reason for the messages being put in the wrong place as these are uneducated crooks. They probably do hundreds a day.


Edited by georgehenry, 07 July 2016 - 01:56 AM.


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Posted 07 July 2016 - 03:34 AM

I get a different type of spam, which is always highly hillarious to read:

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I've also been threatened to have my identity handed to the FBI as a co-conspiror and the police for taking money from the state even though I know my research is fake.

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Posted 07 July 2016 - 04:15 AM

What is the point of it?



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Posted 07 July 2016 - 07:17 PM

I too wondered that but at least as much to the point - who is expected to read it long enough to get to any payload ?  I went cross-eyed before the end of the first paragraph. I suppose you could use it as an example of how not to write an essay for teenaged school children.

 

Possibly the web-site you were thinking of is -  http://www.419eater.com/ .

 

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Edited by Chris Cosgrove, 07 July 2016 - 07:19 PM.


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Posted 07 July 2016 - 07:27 PM

Well the end-goal is obviously to get G.F. the nobel price :wink: I don't think there's financial gain involved, even though he usually does imbed links to his server into his emails, so he collects IPs of all people reading the mail (with a referer identifying the email to which the mail was sent)

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 06:46 AM

Chris,

 

Possibly the web-site you were thinking of is -  http://www.419eater.com/ .

 

This is not the one that I saw, but very similar.






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