Scams

  beansix 14:44 16 Aug 2004
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I and two others have just received the lastest version of what I remember as the 'Nigerian' scam ie 'we want you to help us get money out of the country - we will give you a cut'.

This latest one is supposedly from:
Mr. Joseph uzor
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT
FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPT.
ECO BANK.LOME TOGO

email [email protected]

Note that in his email, although he claims to be very senior, he does start his surname with a lower case letter (it is upper case elsewhere) and put a stop between bank and Lome.

My question is whether it is moral or legal to try to teach him a lesson by signing him up to all the spam that I can - including logging him on to the various chatrooms where the spammers harvest email addresses?

What do the rest of you think?

  Graham ® 14:48 16 Aug 2004

:-) I'm all for it!

  johnsims 14:50 16 Aug 2004

What a delicious thought!

  xania 15:04 16 Aug 2004

I'm more interested to note that his e-mail address implies that he works for .Mac. I doubt whether this company would be particualtly keen to receive all that spam. No the correct response is to advise [email protected] just in case it is a genuine address, but I suspect its a spoof

  plsndrs3 15:10 16 Aug 2004

Let me think about this: I can enter these details all over the place, with no traceability to me and the address will be inudated with rubbish [just won't cost anything, unlike the poor targets]. Yep, I've already started ;o).

Just to add salt to the wound, I have also emailed from one of my 'dead end' email addresses with Yahoo that I no longer use saying that my friend has mentioned that he needs some help & I will be happy to oblige for a good percentage of the money - just to make sure he HAS to keep the email address live ;o))

Wonder how long I can keep this up before I get bored or run out of spamming rubbish?

But is this ethical-Aad should I care?!

Anyone else wanting to join in?

Paul

  cga 15:15 16 Aug 2004

I have a little concern.

This sucker deserves everthing he gets but... It is not only hime we are hitting but :-

His ISP (maybe complicit but who knows)

The general clutter on the net.

I agree it might be very satisfying to hit such a person but, on balance, I don't think the negative impact is worth that little bit of glee.

  pj123 15:31 16 Aug 2004
  beansix 15:33 16 Aug 2004

To plsndrs3

To check what he says, you might like to know that his original email offers 30% of USD12 million!

  VoG II 15:35 16 Aug 2004
  GANDALF <|:-)> 15:43 16 Aug 2004

Ther eis no point in clogging up his mailbox, he does not own it and .mac.com will be less than pleased. Just report him to abuse at mac.

G

  waamo 15:46 16 Aug 2004

It's a waste of time signing him up, e-mail addresses are disposable and he will just ditch it.

Check ou click here to see what to do with him (the Trophy Room section is particularly good)

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