A while back, I had decided on making an scambaiting website. I bought the domain name and made the blog, but never worked on it too much before allowing it to expire. But this time, I’m going to give it a more serious go part-time on my own personal blog. Lets call it The adventures of Tenille’s Scambaiting, perhaps lol.
Before I get started on scamming the scammers though, I wanted to get people aware of the popular scams out being used frequently today.
I will start with 419 scams. Ever heard of that?
If you have an email address, you have likely gotten an email from perhaps an Nigerian businessperson who has managed to secure a large quantity of money. They are willing to share the bounty with you, normally 10-20 percent of the total amount, if you help them sneak it out of the country.
You exchange the occasional email, and then it happens. You get a request from the person for a sum of your money, normally less than $10,000, for various purposes like bribes and filing fees. If you send them some, you will get a request for more and more, but you will never see anything from the other person.
This is the classic Nigerian 419 Scam. The 419 is the Nigerian Law Code for this particular scam. Essentially, desperate men and women buy and sell email addresses from people across the world and send mass emails hoping to ensnare someone in their trap. You, as the other party, will do nothing more than drain your own account and hurt your family in the long run.
Since most email programs have spam and junk filters, rarely do people see the emails any longer, but there are a few key items to be aware of if you think it is a scam.
1. Emails in ALL CAPS
2. Email from a stranger in Nigeria or another country
3. Promise of a percentage of an incredible sum of money
Should you get one of these emails, simply delete it and move on. Finding and capturing these would-be thieves is difficult if not impossible. It is best to leave it alone. In my case though, I’ll be trying to fool and play with the minds of some of them to see how far I can go. Continue reading →
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