Peace out Suckers!

Friday, October 09, 2009

I just wanted to let everyone know that I will be away for a while. I was recently contacted by a woman from Benin with an offer that is difficult to refuse. Here it is:


Good day, how are you today? I am writing to inform you that I have paid the fee for your Draft. And I went to the bank to confirm if the draft has expired or getting near to expire and Mr. Ahmed Zafa the Director of the Bank told me that before the draft will get to your hand that it will expire.

So I told him to cash the $2,650,000.00 USD to cash payment to avoid losing this funds. However, all the necessary arrangement of delivering the $2,650,000.00 USD in cash was made with UNIVERSAL SECURITY COURIER COMPANY here in Benin Republic.

Mr. Ahmed Zafa the Director of the Bank here has to package the sum of $2,650,000.00 USD in cash for me. Then he also agreed to help me to register the Consignment with THE COURIER COMPANY. Infact I thank God very much for all the movement I made, every thing goes normally.

As for our agreement with the Courier Company they promised that your consignment will leave this Country on next week, But the Director of the COURIER COMPANY said that they need your contacts information’s to enable them meet up with you immediately the Diplomat Agent arrives to your Country. Please write a letter of application to the given address below.

ATTN: Mr. Moses Nwachukwu
Please, Send them your contacts information to enable them locate you immediately they arrived in your country with your BOX. This is what they need from you.


Please make sure you send this needed information to the Director General of Universal Security Courier Company Mr.Moses Nwachukwu with the address given to you.

Note. courier company doesn’t know the contents of the Box. It was registered as a BOX containing Film Materials. They don't know it contains money. This is to avoid them delaying with the BOX. Don’t let them know that is money that is in that Box.

Thanks and Remain Blessed.

Yours sister,
Ms. Mary Kitzman

There are really people that fall for this?


Bob 9:35 PM  

For a second there, I thought you were bailing on us.

I was surprised they didn't ask for your bank account. Maybe they just want a mule.

Smitty 10:55 AM  

What do you mean, steve? This looks totally legit.

steves 2:49 PM  

Well, if you say so. I sent my SSN and my bank information, too. I don't want to let this slip by.

Monk-in-Training 9:38 PM  

Well, Well, Br. Steves, perhaps I could interest you in a little donation to alleviate the suffering of some poor itinerant Friars....

Da mihi sis cerevisiam dilutam

steves 7:01 AM  

MIT, I grew up near a monastery that made the best jam and preserves, so I have no problem with those kinds of donations.

B Mac 8:16 AM  

People purchase Snuggies.

That is all.

Monk-in-Training 9:03 AM  

Send your check to the Lord, Steves, just use my address...


leighton 10:30 PM  

Which brings up the vastly amusing hobby known as scambaiting...

leighton 11:03 PM  

On a more serious note, the firm I work at contracts with a retired federal cop to do I-9 inspections. Back when he was with ICE and JTTF, he was a West African fraud specialist. Apparently there is a culture in that part of the world, especially prevalent in Nigeria, that lionizes people who don't have to work for their money much the same as entrepreneurs and "self-made" individuals are canonized in the U.S. Usually the most common victims of these kinds of scams are other scammers--the usual way to attempt a con is to put forth a front that you yourself would find persuasive. Hence the success of 419 baiters. The second most common category of victims are people who are a combination of desperate and not fully in control of their faculties--the elderly are especially vulnerable, not necessarily to something as silly as what you posted, but to a similar con job that looks like it's coming from a U.S. bank.

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