Humorous Email scam /frauds

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  1. Sxotty

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    So I thought this was humorous.

    Now to all you other folks, in the US we use the "," for thousands deleniation right?

    Like $1,000.23. I found it particularly humorous that the scammer was too dumb to put it in the proper format.


    Add any other recent funny/inept scams you received.
     
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    When I was looking for a roommate I was contacted by a 419 scammer. It looked completely legit, I'm pretty in tune in terms of the type of tricks they have up their sleeve. They kept beating around the bush when I asked them to fill out a rental application, claiming they were from Australia coming to my city for a job they had recently taken up. I would have fallen for the damn thing hook, line and sinker provided they weren't complete morons and sent me an IDENTICAL email, with an individual under the exact same circumstances even their line of work, except under a different name. At this point the red flag was raised and I began fucking with them endlessly to the point where they were aware the jig was up and in a final attempt to scam me sent me a link to try out some casino game. This was actually really disappointing in the long run. I was having trouble enough as it was finding a roommate and was completely oblivious to the existence of 419 scammers who peruse housing ads. Like I said, I'm pretty savvy in terms of being aware of what is and isn't a scam. Thankfully scammers are as dumb as a brick and frequently make mistakes. To make myself feel better I watched "How to Catch a Con Man" with Chris Hansen who worked in part with Nigerian police. It was a nice segment where they'd bust a bunch of skulls in internet cafes.

    After dealing with this I did a little research on Craigslist scams. Apparently scammers have devised a scheme where they send you a fraudulent check for a massive amount of money then at the last minute have a "change of plans" and ask for the check back.
     
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    I never even heard of that. How does the check thing do them any good?
     
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    Funny, It Worked Last Time...
    I don't think this is particularly funny at all and I wouldn't be shocked to see this in a "real" email either. What if the email message was written by say, someone from Europe, working for an American company and that person just made a mistake? Because, that would be just it, a simple mistake.

    I am sorry, but if you found that particularly funny, you are probably the most easily amused person in the world. :cool:
     
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    They send you a big check with money that they don't have. Sometimes big checks takes 1-2 weeks to clear, especially foreign checks. Then, they will say that they want to bail out, and asks you to write them a check with the equal amount (using your own money).

    There was a Japanese drama series called Kurosagi (swindlers) that tells the story and techniques of those kind of cons.
     
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    A real email from the US government?

    The US government using a form email? They don't have some bloke type it up, such things are automatically generated...


    Ah that makes sense. I thought they sent it. Then said not to cash it... I was like ummm, ok that helps them how?
     
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    Then maybe the guy who wrote the software that generated the email made a simple mistake.

    :shrug: it is still not funny.
     
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    not funny to you perhaps, I got a chuckle.
     
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    They had me at "aggregate". Where can i sign up?
     
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    ROFL

    Aggregate and Machine Size both cracked me up. Seriously who types these things up? Can't they just copy and paste a Viagra ad or something? Maybe they copied an ad for a bulldozer or something.
     
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    Scammers wrote me a snail mail, trying to trick me. My name and address was found on the net, based on my work phone which said something like "(phone service owned by company X)", in addition to my name and work address.

    It was quite a hilarious mail, I won an uneven number of money like 638 291€ in a lottery i didn't even participate in.
     
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