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Fake Ass Shit

Posted by glasscastle on March 18th, 2006

The classic internet scam involving the wife/financial
advisor/secretary of the Minister of Finance of Nigeria/Kenya/Uganda,
who needs access to a foreign bank account to tidy up the funds.The continued
variations on this scam must mean it’s sucking in somebody,
although its hard to avoid asking oneself "Why would a government minister
in Africa want to give ME millions of dollars?"

A
new wrinkle on this scam recently hit home.  Our
22-year-old
son
, who was out of work and looking for a job at the time,
received a US Mail Express Mail envelope from California printed with,
in large letters, "Extremely Urgent – please rush to addressee" and bearing
$14.40 in postage. This was clearly not conventional spam.

Inside were what appeared to be 9 US Postal Money Orders
for $950 each. He also got emails which followed the familiar pattern,
money in Africa, need to get it out, need help, God led us to you. He
was supposed to send 90% and keep 10%.

Of course, our son barely had enough in the bank to
pay the rent, he was foraging daily in our frig, so he couldn’t send
them anything.  Their emails, dripping in "Praise Gods!" and "Glory
to the Lords" and other evangelical balderdash, started asking for 50%,
30%, anything. Meanwhile, bereft of funding, our son decided to try cashing
a few of them.

Of course, they are counterfeit. He is probably lucky
he decided to deposit them in his bank account.  If he had tried
to go into some "Checks Cashed" storefront he probably would have been
held a gunpoint until the police arrived. As it was, he was given a good
talking to and charged fees as though he had deposited bad checks. They
closed his account, but opened him another one. The schmuck.

We say that only because he waited until after he had
deposited the first batch to tell his dear old Dad what he was up to.
One of the rare occasions on which our experience and knowledge of scams
could have aided a loved one, and it went by the wayside.

So how did they get his data stolen? Where did they
get his info to start the scam? Turns out a week before we had posted
his Resume on Craig’s List, and it had included his address and email
(not phone). That’s all they needed.

Of course, one has to question the judgment of criminals
who try to rob people who have no jobs, who in our experience
usually have no money, but they must have gotten enough suckers to send
them enough money to make it a worthwhile scam,The money orders were
certainly realistic enough, although the numbers must be fake.

The ad on Craig’s List did get our son a job, but it
also got him into trouble and cost him money. Caveat
emptor.

5 Responses to “Fake Ass Shit”

  1. Jacob Levy Says:

    Michael

    How were the bad guys going to make money on this scam? Were they depending on the counterfeit not getting detected long enough for your son to send them the money he’d cashed (90% of it)? How in hell were they hoping to get away with this, giving a mailing address that can be traced, watched, etc.? It seems very brazen and easily foiled…

  2. randy.f Says:

    Micheal: One part is easy to understand. Your son is in the category of the second most easily conned i.e. the financially desparate. [According to “The Rockford Files” the most easily conned are other con artists.] But I agree that the numbers don’t make sense. A scam like this could work if the ‘pitch’ were cheap enough. At $0.01/piece a return of 1 in 1000 would yield. $95 – $10 = $85. But @ $0.10/piece the same rate of return loses $5. So it is curious. Unless of course the person who send this thing to your son is desparate and bought a ‘how to make money through the mail/internet’ package from some con artist who actually knows what he is doing. A marginally related query. I ‘m a lonely old bachelor, so I don’t know nothin’ ’bout raisin’ no kids, but does publically humiliating your progeny in front of the world wide blogosphere qualify as ‘tough love’? 🙂 -r

  3. Mom Says:

    As Dowbrigade’s mother and #2 son’s Grandma, I gotta step in here.It so happens that Michael has a soft spot for that young fella as big as Brittany’s belly. But the best part is They both know it!!
    p.s. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. And, Michael, why not a print of that movie star print you gave me instead of the raw recruit?

  4. Devin Freese Says:

    Ha Ha fake ass shit!!!

  5. Paidmarketresearch Says:

    Yeah, same thing is happening with all the large online CV sites. People uploading their details to sites, say for example, Monster.com, and then scammers are registering as employers looking for potential workers. Details are everywhere once inside.

    Oh well, back to using the phone!