Naturenet savours seeing Nigerian scammers scammed themselves!

Matthew Chatfield
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It’s not big and it’s not clever to trick other people. And spam sucks. I know because we get about 600 spams every day. Yes, 600. That’s 250,000 last year. You thought you had it bad? No doubt you’ll tell me about how you know this bloke who swears his brother gets 1000 spams every day. He probably does – and if so he has my sympathies. Anyway – surfing today I found a teeny little consolation – Scamorama, where you can see some real 419 scammers getting their comeuppance at the hands of some worryingly overpersistent emailers. If you don’t know what 419 scamming is, then you probably will know exactly what it is when I give you the first few lines of a typical scam email:

Dear Sir,

Request for Urgent Business Relationship

I am the group managing director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and a member of the ad hoc committee set up by the federal government of Nigeria to review contracts awarded by the past military administration between 1985-1993. The members of the committee are interested in the importation of goods into the country with the funds presently floating in the Central Bank of Nigeria/Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) foreign payments account.Our request is anchored on our strong desire to establish a lasting business relationship with you and your company. We hence solicit your partnership to enable us transfer into your account the said funds.

Recognise it? Ha! I knew you would. Go and see how sweet a dish revenge can be. Oh, and by the way, this is what Naturenet does to avoid spam. It’s great, we recommend it. It costs, mind, but by god it’s worth it.

Matthew Chatfield

Uncooperative crusty. Unofficial Isle of Wight cultural ambassador. Conservation, countryside and the environment, with extra stuff about spiders.

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