Suggested answers
Miss Young

Stopping all fraud letters is not possible. When you receive yet another of these letters, you can react in various ways.

Sending an angry answer will not stop the fraud, but can give you a little relief.

Sending an answer that explains that you do not want to be part of their criminal activities is another possibility.

Below are some suggestions.

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W.F. suggested this to me:

Greetings Miss Young:

I reviewed your site and found it very interesting.  I goes without saying, I was spammed by scammers and, here is my reply I created and have sent to them.  

This reply has resulted in their never sending another e-mail or attempting to contact me, again.  I have given my 'Standard Reply,'  to several friends who have also received bogus e-mails and they advised the people never sent another e-mail to them, as well.

I hope it will help your readers.

Attention:  Who Ever You Really Are:

To stop internet fraud, which your e-mail appears to be, the following agencies, (ICPO-Interpol, Europol, RCMP, New Scotland Yard, FBI, Secret Service, EFCC, Australia Westpac Banking Corporation), have combined their resources and created the NW3C and its complaint center, commonly known as IC3.    

This Joint Task Force is responsible for investigating, charging and prosecuting con artists who's sole intent is to obtain funds illegally, via the internet, Western Union and, MoneyGram.  

Your communique appears to violate the task forces statutes and is being forwarded to the IC3.  YOU HAVE COMMITTED A CRIMINAL ACT!  The criminal act is "Impersonation of an institution or trademark (like a bank, government agency or charity) also known as Phishing." This criminal violations carries a mandatory 25 years in prison and a $250,000.00 USD, Fine!  

You will be prosecuted, in absentia, and arrested on site!  Law enforcement agencies will begin triangulating your location, within 24 hours, from the time and date of this e-mail.  You must remit: (a) your international passport; (b) Domestic or International Drivers License; and, (c) Your Bank, United Nations, Insurance Company and or Government Identification Badge.  In the event of non-compliance or non-remittance, you will be contacted by the IC3.  Time is not on your side! 

Have A Nice Time In Jail

H.W. sent me this letter:

Dear Ms. Young:
Let me say that I am delighted by your site. I visited it with a sentiment of pure joy. I have some experience with Nigerian and similar crooks. I am prominent on the Net and must be on many of their address lists. Since months, I am getting 3 to 7 'Nigerian' messages per day. I always answer my mail and do this in this case with a certain enjoyment. It may interest you what I use (or used) to answer. Note that I have some knowledge of the Yoruba and Kikongo languages).

  1. General purpose: Drop dead; fry in hell; hang yourself (the latter reply was not appreciated by some).
  2. To a Moslem: May the thrice-stoned Sheitan may get you (or break your neck)! (The Sheitan is the Devil. He was stoned thrice when he rebelled against Allah. This is a standard imprecation in Moslem countries).
  3. To a Nigerian:
    • Dear Jaguda: (This is an all-purpose starter. In the Yoruba language, a Jaguda is a crook, thief, any criminal).
    • May Ogun break your neck!
    • May Ogun Mileni give you the whip! (Ogun is a warrior spirit who hates criminals. 'Mileni' means whip in Yoruba. One guy got infuriated and called me 'Ogun lover.' Another wished that some bush spirit - I do not recall the name - would break my knees.)
    • I am a 'babalawo' of Santeria and will do a ceremony for you! (A 'babalawo' is a priest in Nigeria and the Yoruba-derived Santeria religion.)
  4. To a guy who signed 'John Bunda': May the police kick you often and hard into your bunda! (Bunda is 'ass' or 'behind' in Kikongo. I wonder what the guy thought.)
  5. To people who propose me an investment: I tell them that I have retired and have no money. Then I send them, as e-mail attachment, a list of addresses of 'international investors', all Nigerian-type crooks who wrote me earlier, so that they can try their hand.
  6. My current favorite is "Send me your right ear in a little plastic bag and I will see what I can do for you." This can be combined with 'Dear Jaguda.' I think I will now ask them for money.

May I suggest that you forward some of these ideas to your readers?

and Dr.G sent me this:

Dear Miss Young, Here's what I am now sending the scammers:

I am forwarding your interesting letter to Mr. A. K. Karant-Set at the FBI Special Unit for International Securities Fraud. I'm sure they can help you sort it out.

Since I started doing this type of thing I seem to be falling off some of the lists; the deluge of mail is abating. Karant-Set is a transliteration of the French for the number 47. Think they'll get that I'm sending it to Mr AK-47? Or waht about a Russian version:

I am forwarding your interesting letter to Mr. A. K. Sorok-Syem at the Interpol Special Unit for International Securities Fraud. I'm sure they can help you sort it out.

My friend G.A. used one of the suggested answers, and very quickly the scammer sent this angry answer:

You are the worst idiot. FBI and CIA are not competen so forward my mail to hell with u.I wish you are here with right in my prsent.You red neck Ogugu go kill u.Bastard

B.D. used a different approach. He received the following (typical 419 fraud) letter:

From The Desk Of MR karmin buhahi,
BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER
BANK  OF AFRICA(B.O.A)
OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO

ATTN friend ,
I am MR karmin buhahi,the Bill and Exchange Manager of  Bank Of Africa (B.O.A),I got your contact from a very confidential source and I wish to maintain this confidentiality.

Actually,I decided to send you this proposal directly.for your appraisal on bussiness opporturnity for you & for our overall mutual interest.I need your assurance to help conclude a very good transaction wish i feel you will be very much interested,In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $17M US Dollars ( SEVENTEEN MILLION US DOLLARS) In an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entire family in November 2002 in a plane crash.

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died along side with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I  decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don’t want this money to go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed Bill.

The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after FIVE years, the money will be transferred into the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund.
The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkina citizen's cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.

We agree that 30 % of this money will be for you as foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account, 10 % will be set aside for expenses incurred during the business and 60 % would be for  me. There after I  will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated. Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged, you must apply first to the bank as relations or next of kin of the deceased indicating your bank name, your bank account number, your private telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and location where in the money will be remitted .

Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of the application. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer . You should contact me immediately if you are interested and ready to transact with me. Then I will request for some vital information  from you first before we could proceed. In your reply do remember to include your full name and your direct Telephone/Fax number for easy communications between us.

Waiting for your soonest response.
Yours faithfully,
I am MR karmin buhahi,

Bill and Exchange Manager,
Bank Of Africa ( B.O.A )

B.D. sent this answer. Maybe you can get some inspiration for a similar answer. The scammer never replied.

Mr karmin bahahi,

Please don't refer to me as your friend, I have never met you that I know of, nor have ever before written nor spoken with you.

I don't wish to take part in any robbery under any guise!

A bank treasury is a part of any economy that that bank participates in. Hence the reason for laws to curtail or at least limit inter-economy economic paths of inequitable social balance. Your proposal to me if carried out would interfere with the intent of such laws. What you have not seen is that these funds that you refer to have come under the control of the country within which your bank operates. Your country has rightly laid claim to such treasure because there was intent by the depositor to transfer this amount of economic benefit into your economy, whether or not this depositor would have later changed his mind and transferred it back into his own country's economic treasury would have been his choice and to some extent the new caretaking economy's management's choice only. Should these funds go into the bank's treasury, then it is hoped that because it then becomes permanently attached to the beneficial bank of funds within that economy, these unclaimed funds will become eligible for redistribution. Remember that money is normally just a means that's accountable for equitably sharing common wealth within an economy, and South Africa surely and sorely needs more of such funds freed up equitably!

My severely disabled wife and myself are very privileged to live perhaps in the best place and at the best time in recorded history. Here we are in 2007, living in rented government accommodation and with a welfare system that perhaps is second to none! We are very thankful for this situation even though we no longer have any reasonable life savings, nor any prospective future employment prospects, cannot travel or stay anywhere for holiday vacations because of health issues and struggle to live economically. Now this situation is very relative. If we lived in South Africa, my wife would not have been able to survive her ongoing health ordeal because I wouldn't have been able to properly look after her after such time that we had spent our share of the economy that you are proposing that we steal fifteen, no, seventeen million American dollars from.

Sure you could say that we would be much better off financially from such a “business venture” with you, and this may or may not be true in reality, but as reality hits hard, how hard would the South African economy be hit, or Germany's, for that matter? Germany would survive because of its more sound economic position and its people would probably not feel the pinch, but even that does not justify such a venture.
Feel for the poor South Africans! Have you no feelings?

I suggest you get your hands on a bible and start reading it to seek out the truth. You might just be astounded by what you stand to learn as good news! Read what Jesus did for people like me and you and you might be motivated by forces much greater than money from which you might stand to benefit from! You might read about a good Samaritan. You might read about a rich young man. You might read about treasures in heaven! You might decide to “take the plunge” of changing your ways and become a member of a church, your having repented and having got baptised. You might find out what true friends really are and what real motivation is! You might find out what life is truly all about! Who knows? Me?

I don't intend to progress with your business proposal.
Do you wish to follow up my suggestions?
B.D.

My friend V.V. is a scambaiter. He uses the following picture to end the conversations. Feel free to do so too.

moogu

[Mugu means fool. Scammers use this term amongst themselves to describe their victims.]

   
 

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