I think it was on 419Eater where the scambaiter managed to convince the scammers to meet him (with the $150,000 from the Church Fund, of course!) in Singapore. And all orchestrated from a pay phone in a bar in Texas, as I recall.
But my all-time favourite 419 letter came from "Maureen Haughey, widow of the late Irish president Charlie Haughey".
She wanted some help with a financial transaction which is ongoing but which I am confident will, after a few unforeseen initial expenses which are minor in the overall context of the deal, prove to be extremely profitable.
The Internet World Stats claims that some 1,802,330,457 ( That close to 2 billion!) people use the Internet. That is a massive number of people, and with such large numbers of people, there will always be predators.
Organizations, legal and illegal, seeking to scam others out of money and sometimes their identity.
Back in 2009 alone, the number of people who made a complaint about a scam online increased to a whopping 336,655 complaints. And these are only the ones who complained.
I said organizations legal and illegal because there is a fine line here. Say you decide to take up an offer that ends in a few hours, seemingly saving you money and you decide to buy online. Hidden in the transaction may be the phrase “Have you read our terms and conditions” Tick here to continue.
That my friends is a legal contract, The terms and conditions may be that you are agreeing, not to a single sale but a lifetime supply at whatever price they decide to charge and, if you paid by bank debit or credit card, they will just take the money off you when they please. Some banks will do nothing about it. Buyer beware.
I posted about Jesse Willms earlier and he was one of the worst at this form of scam. It is worth a google search on him.
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