Around a month ago a scammer left this as a comment:
get your cash back if you have been scammed.email at email@example.com
My internet alter ego loves winding up scammers, so using an email address reserved for emailing scammers, my alter ego contacted him to say she’d been scammed out of £250 that she’d sent to someone who told her she had won money. She asked if he could help her.
It wasn’t long before our intrepid investigator claimed to have tracked down the scammer:
i have been on your job for hours now very good I am close to nailing this scammer down,so your money and inconvience of scam fee of $1500 will be refunded to you immediately after he is apprehended.on jobs like this its a cross country. Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) fee needs to be paid by applicant
•Fully managed and monitored network protection service delivered by SecureWorks iSensor, which can be installed on networks up to 100 Mbps.
•Managed Intrusion Prevention System Service delivers one year of network intrusion protection services that includes SecureWorks countermeasures, management and 24×7 network security monitoring Includes a subscription to SecureWorks iSensor.
•intrusion protection appliance
Requires a $249 one-time set-up charge to be able to intrude the street and house location.
•paid to Zamboanga city only.
As you can see this fake investigator is already asking for money – $249.
Note that at this point this joker was offering $1500 compensation in exchange for his $249.
My alter ego still wasn’t convinced, so she asked several more questions. The scammer became increasingly desperate and magically raised the amount of compensation being offered to $1m.
I don’t know you might have gotten this or not
Good Day To You:
The Federal Government of Benin Republic Ghana and Nigeria through provisions in Section 419 of the Criminal Code came up with punitive measures to deter and punish offenders,The Advance Fee Fraud section deals mainly with cases of advance fee fraud ( commonly called 419 scam) such as obtaining by false pretense through different fraudulent schemes,It also investigates cyber crime cases.
This is to officially announce to you that some scam Syndicates were apprehended in Benin Republic and Nigeria few weeks ago and after several interrogations and tortures your email was among those mentioned by some of the scam Syndicates as one of the victims of their operations.
After proper investigations and research at Western Union Money Transfer and Money Gram office to know if you had truly sent money to the scam Syndicates through Western Union or Money Gram, your name was found in
Western Union Money Transfer database among those that have sent money through Western Union Money Transfer to Benin and Nigeria and this proves that you have truly been swindled by those unscrupulous people by sending money to them in the course of getting your inheritance funds in which you have not gotten a dime up till date.
Right now we are working hand to hand with Western Union and Interpol to track every fraudsters down, please do forward to us any of their e-mails,letters and phone numbers and you should be very careful to avoid being a victim to fraudsters any longer because they have nothing to offer you but to rip-off what you have worked hard to earn.
In this regards a meeting was held between the Board of Directors of The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Benin And Nigeria (EFCC) and as a consequence of our investigations it was agreed that the sum of one
Million US Dollars (USD$1,000,000.00) should be transferred to you as a compensation out of your inherited funds,The African Government set aside a compensation to everyone who have by one way or the other sent money to fraudsters in Benin Republic,Ghana and Nigeria.
Please note that we will NO LONGER be liable for any loss, cost or expense, whatsoever, suffered or incurred by you in connection with the fraudsters.
Be warned! We have deposited all the compensation fund to EFCC security agent location here for a fast online transfer or through Ecowas diplomat deliver to your destination,depends on your preferable means.
You are hereby advised to contact us back with your full contact details such as below:
(1) Your Full Name:
(3)Home Telephone number:
we have also insured your fund to avoid misappropriation, and you will receive your compensation amount of USD$1,000,000.00 within 72 hours,you are to send only usd$250 for your affidavit of claim which will allow your
funds transfer or deliver without any hitches, kindly reply immediately you receive this message so that I will give you our mode of payment for your affidavit of claim.
This is a 100% guarantee transfer/delivery Therefore comply with our instruction now if you are ready to receive your compensation fund.
Thanks for your understanding
Mr felix-okhah mascot
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
My alter ego became bored with this idiot and never replied.