New variant on 419 scam
Got a new variation on the Nigerian Letter Scam.
This one is purporting to be from a SGT DANIEL who relates how he and STAFF SGT KENNETH BUFF found the money:
SOURCE OF MONEY: SOME MONEY IN VARIOUS CURRENCIES WERE DISCOVERED IN BARRELS AT A FARMHOUSE NEAR ONE OF SADDAM HUSSEINS OLD PALACES IN TIKRIT-IRAQ DURING A RESCUE OPERATION, AND IT WAS AGREED BY STAFF SGT KENNETH BUFF AND I THAT SOME PART OF THIS MONEY BE SHARED AMONG BOTH OF US BEFORE INFORMING ANYBODY ABOUT IT SINCE BOTH OF US SAW THE MONEY FIRST. THIS WAS QUITE AN ILLEGAL THING TO DO, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT? NO COMPENSATION CAN MAKE UP FOR THE RISK WE HAVE TAKEN WITH OUR LIVES IN THIS HELL HOLE OF WHICH MY BROTHER IN-LAW WAS KILLED BY A ROAD SIDE BOMB LAST TIME.
Of course, there's a real link to the Washington Post to give it that aura of authenticity.
Wow, this is really plausible. Except that I've never known a soldier who didn't pepper his speech with "motherfuckers" and "goddamns".
March 4th, 2007 9:13pm
If you send me all your money I'll tell you how to avoid getting taken in by those sorts of scams.
man on the stairway to heaven
March 5th, 2007 4:06am
Experience being the best teacher, and all.
Don't charge too much, especially at first.
March 5th, 2007 11:29am
I saw a news thingy on these scams on Dateline or something a short while ago, and I was surprised to see a heart surgeon or someone equally prominent get taken in by one of these. I was even more surprised that he would admit it on national television.
March 5th, 2007 1:08pm
I think I saw the same program -- didn't he get taken for some absurdly huge amount of money -- like $300k ?
March 5th, 2007 1:50pm
Well, of COURSE he'll talk about it on television -- how much do you think they're paying him?
He's behind $300,000.
March 5th, 2007 2:45pm
It was quite a bit of money, his whole life savings I believe. What was even more weird, if I recall correctly, he spent it on a bunch of money-shaped paper that was painted black, and they told him that if he washed it off with this special liquid, there would be money underneath. Guess what, no money underneath. I almost felt like the guy deserved to lose the money, the con was so transparent.
March 5th, 2007 5:09pm