Discussion in 'privacy general' started by ccsito, Jul 26, 2008.
From an email that I just received.
Looks like the FBI is trying to wiretape the Internet. LOL
Lol what a lame hoax.
Poor Nigeria, all the problems they have and still, after years, that Nigerian scam just won't go away, lol. I'm loving the completely random capitalization, "wiretape", and completely screwing up saying "Bank of Africa" (CBN), then later on getting it correct with Central bank of Nigeria. If you're gonna keep a world-wide scam going, at least make it look SOMEWHAT realistic.
does any one still fall for this crap,
Look how long this particular one has been going and you'll find your answer.
Spam is cheap. They need very few to fall for the scam to make their money back.
Aside from ALL the errors in the letter-
The FBI writing you about money? Naw..
The IRS tho.....hmmm..
An apt defintion of spam scammers.
"One dog yelping at nothing will set ten thousand straining at their collars."
Nevertheless, it's clever. I don't think many people fall into the Nigerian scam nowadays, but to uneducated happy-clickers, an email from the FBI saying that CBN is safe, can make the difference and maybe they'll actually fall for it.
These scams are so transperant. The grammer used in conjunction with the english language is so wrong in these scams that it would be hard to believe that a bank or the FBI would have written any of this crap. I still don't see how anyone would fall for this stuff.
Not to mention the FBI (unless part of a public awareness program, and how often does that happen?) doesn't email people.
Sure they do. All my fbi mail goes right to the spam folder.
Tsk tsk, throwing away collection agency notices is ok, and even applauded, but tossing away letters to you from the FBI? That's just, just, well tsk tsk!
I was trying to decide on a new email provider, and now that I see the FBI uses gmail, I'll have to give it a try.
They only use gmail because it sounds similar to g-man
Old people fall for this stuff like pins at a bowling alley. Its a sad fact actually
All these old folks taking out their pensions for a "lottery" win or something similar are completely oblivious to what is happening...
I agree. People get their grandmother/fathers new computers so they can keep family contact, and, well, our senior citizens 1. Had no clue up until now what a computer even was. 2. Grew up in a simpler era when conning out of money involved a well-dressed door to door salesman with a nice smile and a gentle voice. Without sufficient protection, these wonderful computers that let them see pictures of their grandchildren and let them talk to family members that are sometimes a country away, also turn into bots that help take over thousands of computers and/or allow viruses and malware to either steal or destroy their important files and sometimes their lives.
Us younger folks ( and the older among us who have at least dealt with computers in the workplace, maybe mainframes and such) have grown up in the technology age and have a bit of an easier time dealing with such problems. To those who were young in the 1950's on back, well, trying to explain even some of the basic problems we deal with here at Wilders daily is like trying to explain thermonuclear weaponry to a medieval-era peasant. It just does not compute.
You wouldn't believe the people that do take the bait for these scams. There is always one common denominator for those that do respond - greed.
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