{In this scambait I decide to assume the identity of Al Sharpton and type IN ALL CAPS, the same way many of these 419 scammers do. This style sort of meshes with the concept of someone who considers himself very important, as Rev. Sharpton seems to. It opens with the standard sort of fare:}

 

 

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2005 1:28 AM

Subject: United Nation Information

 

 Dear Sir,

 Please, l apologise for using this medium to reach you.

 

 My name is Mr Vincent Eta,i am a south-African National,I work as the Head of Logistic Dept to DIPLOMATIC SECURITY AND VAULTS COMPANY LTD here in Accra- Ghana.i decided to contact you, to be my partner in business so as to help me raise capital to invest in a profitable business abroad. I have been working with (D.S.V.C.) company for the past 6 years. Within this period, I have watched With meticulous

 intrest how African heads of states and government functionaries have been using DIPLOMATIC SECURITYAND VAULT COMPANY LTD to shift their money abroad.

 

 They bring in, these Consignment of money and secretly declare the content as, precious stones, family treasure Etc. The late Mobutu Seseko of Zaire, the late Gnassingbe  Eyadema of Togo, etc. These past heads of states and president have hundreds of consignments deposited with DIPLOMATIC SECURITY AND VAULTS COMPANY

 LTD. Their foreign partners, friends, and relatives, have claimed most of this consignments. Alot of them are still uncaimed for as much as 10years; nobody may ever come for them, Because in most cases, the documents of deposit are never available to any body except the depositor, and most of them are dead. Since the inception of the 2000 millennium, DIPLOMATIC SECURITY AND VAULTS COMPANY LTD ,

 management changed the policy/procedure of claims of consignments.

 That as on as you are able to produce all the secret information as contained in the secret file of any  Consignment, it will be released to you upon demand. The late Jonas Savimbi has over 7 Consignments, deposited with several names and codes. 4 of this consignment have been claimed in past (10) Ten months, after his Death in Angola. I have finished every arrangement as to the claim, for you to come and claim consignments, No.1201 containing $15 million Dollars and No.1202 contaning $22 million Dollars, My plan is

 to supply you with all the information and documents regarding the Deposit of the Consignment by Fax. Nobody will ever know I am involved in this deal in

 the company. I'll suggest upon conclusion, we share 50-50. I assure you that the business have been planned for 3 years now, and it is very secure.

 

 Please you can reach me as soon as you receive this mail vin_j003@yahoo.com because i dont hav id in this network so that i can furnish you with more details.

 

 

VINCENT ETA

 

     I AM PLEASED TO HEAR FROM YOU, MY AFRICAN BROTHER. I EXTEND YOU WARM GREETINGS FROM WITHIN THE RACIST HEARTLAND OF AMERICA, WHERE I FIGHT DAILY TO FURTHER THE CAUSE OF OUR PEOPLE AND EXTOL THE GLORY OF OUR RIGHTEOUS HOMELAND IN AFRICA - THE BIRTHPLACE OF ALL MANKIND.

 

    I AM MOST INTERESTED IN HELPING YOU WITH THIS PARTNERSHIP, ESPECIALLY IF IT MEANS I CAN GET SOME MO BLING BLING! WHAT DO YOU NEED FROM ME?

 

 

SINCERELY,

 

 

-REV. ALFRED SHARPTON

 

 

 

Dear Partner,

 Now that you have shown your seriousness and williness to assist me toward this noble transaction this is how we are going to go about it you are require to forward your full detail

1) NAME IN FULL?

2) OCCUPATION?

3) CONTACT ADDRESS?

4) PRIVATE MOB/FAX NO?

5) AGE/SCAN COPY OF INT PASSPORT?

 

information to enable the company lawyer process the relevant documents which he will send to you to enable you forward it to my head office for immediate claim and release of your consignment to any country of your choice.

 

with this document prepare by your name you will automatically become the rightful beneficairy to claim this funds.

 

Awaiting your respond. feel free to contact me so that i can furnish you with more details on how to go about it to enable us achieve our Goal. Bye

 

N/B

 

Always forward all your reply to my yahoo account ;

vin_j003@yahoo.com

 

Cheers

N/B

 

{N/B? I don’t know what this stands for but, as we’ll see later, it might be “No Brains”}

 

HAIL TO YOU AGAIN, MY AFRICAN COUSIN:

 

1) MY NAME IS THE DOCTOR REVEREND ALFRED SHARPTON. BUT MY FIRST NAME IS NOT "THE" OR "THE DOCTOR REVEREND" - THAT IS JUS TMY TITLE. MY PHD IS HONORARY, BUT THAT DOES NOT MAKE ME ANY LESS INTELIGINT OR EDOCATED.

2) I AM A FULL-TIME MAN OF GOD AND CRUSADER FOR RACIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS

3) MY ADDRESS IS 1270 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020 {This is the address & fax for the Rush Limbaugh show. Last scammer I gave the # and fax for the FBI fraud department, but didn’t hear from them again after that, so we’ll see how this one goes}

4) MY FAX # IS 212-563-9166

5) I AM 51 YEARS OLD AND I DO INDEED HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT, AS I AM AN IMPORTANT MAN OF GOD WHO TRAVELS. I HAVE BEEN TO MANY PLACES IN AFRICA, IN FACT - GUYANA, URUGUAY, JAMAICA AND MANY OTHERS.

 

     NOW LET US SPEAK OF YOU, MY COUSIN VINNY. I AM SO PLEASED BY YOUR OFFER AND THRILLED AT THE IDEA OF MO BLING FO MA THING. I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT YOU. ARE YOU IN FACT A BLACK MAN OR IS THIS A TRICK OF THE WHITE DEVIL?

 

 

-ALFRED

 

Dear Reverend,

   I dont understand what u r saying u r u ready to recieve the fund then let me give u more details to go about it or meet in chat room now on

jev_free03@yahoo.com

hope to hear from u

Eta vincent

 

 

JUNIOR COUSIN VINNY:

 

     I AM ALWAYS READY TO RECEIVE FUNDS, AND HAVE LARGE ORIFICES FOR JUST THAT PURPOSE. {think he’ll catch the misspelling?} IT OCCURRED TO ME THAT YOU MAY NOT BE MY AFRICAN COUSIN AS I THOUGHT, THAT YOU MIGHT BE A WHITE MAN INSTEAD. IF YOU ARE BLACK THEN YOU KNOW THAT WE ARE "SUN PEOPLE" - PEOPLE OF THE SUN AND OF SOLARITY. WE ARE BY NATURE SPIRITUAL AND TRUSTWORTHY, RIGHTEOUS AND UNDECEIVING. LO, YEA, THOUGH, LET IT BE KNOWN AND HENCETOFORTH PROCLAIMED THAT THE WHITE MAN DECEIVES AND THIS I KNOW. I AM ATTACHING A PICTURE OF MYSELF SO THAT YOU MAY BEHOLD MY BLACKNESS AND KNOW THAT I AM NOT LIGHT. {note the double-meaning – Al is kind of fat} I AM ONLY ASKING ABOUT YOU SO I KNOW IF I CAN TRUST YOU.

 

    ALSO, I BESEECH YOU TO ANSWER ME TRUTHFULLY, JUNIOR COUSIN VINNY: DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD?

 

 

 

-THE DOCTOR REVEREND ALFRED SHARPTON

 

 

{Behold, The Reverend Al}

 

 

These r the document backing this consignment all

what u will do now is to change it to ur name as the

legal beneficiary to Dr.Dan Adams.

  As u go tru it get back to me so that i can tell u

what to do next.

Eta Vincent

 



 

 

 

{Mr. Vincent makes a HUGE mistake with this email and with the above email includes on the CC line 7 other people he’s running the scam on. Talk about lazy or stupid – I can’t decide on which. So, I take it upon myself to create another Yahoo account (just in the off chance the response makes it back to Vinny, I don’t want my bait to be blown just yet) and email each of the 7 people the email below the following message:}

 

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 20:25:33 -0800 (PST) <blagragfag@yahoo.com>

Subj: Don’t be scammed

 

     OK, guys, we have a really stupid scam artist on our hands. How do I know you guys got a Nigerian Scam Letter just like me? He forgot to blind carbon copy (BCC) you guys when he sent me his fake documents (Dr. Dan Adams & $45.5 million) and instead emailed everyone at once. Jiminy Christmas, if that doesn't raise red flags. What a moron this guy is.

 

      Anyway, I don't know if you guys know about the Nigerian Scam Letter (419 scam) or not, but I wanted to pass on some web links just in case. Wikipedia, for example, has a good summary:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/419_scam

 

     You don't have to believe me, by the way, just in case you might be the paranoid type and are thinking right now "He wants it all for himself!". There is nothing to have. You can roam around on Google searching for Nigerian scam letters or you could check out the many varieties of scam letters and how people mess with these bandits:

 

http://www.419eater.com/

 

    Which is kind of what I'm doing with Mr. Vincent - I'm curious to see how sophisticated the scam really is so I'm playing along. And, as long as you guys don't reveal any personal information to him, then I think it would be funny if you did too. The reason it's important not to give them any information is that they sometimes have Nigerian nationals who live in major cities who contract for them - that is, they can offer them a split of what they rip you off for if they only come to your house/work and intimidate you into paying. So that motivates them to get in on it. But, if you stay anonymous, you're most likely safe (e.g. just how much personal data could anyone gather from your Yahoo profile?).

 

 

Take care,

 

 

-James

 

{I got a response from one of them in Australia, thanking me for confirming his suspicions. That’s my good deed for the day!}

 

EATIN VINNY:

 

      I THINK WE ARE EXPERIENCING A LANGUAGE BARRIER HERE. IT IS OK, THOUGH, MY COUSIN, IT IS NOT EASY TO UNDERSTAND A MAN OF MY STATURE AND EDOCATION.

 

      I MUST SAY THIS IS VERY EXCITING! I WAS NOT SURE THIS WAS FOR REAL UNTIL I SAW THESE DOCUMENTS WITH MY OWN EYES! I AM ALREADY THINKING OF HOW I WILL SPEND MY BLING. ON GODLY THINGS, OF COURSE, LIKE HARASSING WHITEY.

 

     BUT LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT, YOU WANT ME, A MAN OF GOD AND HONORARY DOCTORATE HOLDER, TO FORGE A DOCUMENT BY CHANGING THIS DON ADAMS NAME TO MY OWN ON THESE DOCUMENTS YOU SENT? HEY, ISN'T DON ADAMS THAT WHITE GUY THAT PLAYED IN THE TV SHOW "GET SMART"? IS THIS HIS MONEY?

 

 

-THE DOCTOR REVEREND ALFRED SHARPTON

 

Dear Reverend,

    Thanks for ur mail let me tell u some thing u r not forging document to ur name why am asking to help is bcos i cant claim the fund in the company i work there and when Dr Dan Adams is a black man from sierra leone who came to deposited the fund in the company he state and agreement that without a foriegn partner the fund should not be released to anybody bfor he died so that is why i want u to stand as the partner to recieve the fund.Then will can invest it wisely there.What we will do now i will give u the company lawyer contact to reach him so that he can change the document  to ur name but i want to let u know that changing the document to ur name will cost u documentation fees from the highcourt of justice if u want us to proceed get back to me so that i can give u his contact immediately.

  Thanks & God Bless

Eta Vincent

 

ETA VINNY:

 

     DAN ADAMS DOES NOT SOUND LIKE A BLACK NAME, ESPECIALLY FOR AN AFRICAN. WHAT TRIBE IS HE FROM? AND WHAT ABOUT YOU, MY DEAR COUSIN VINNY - I SHARED THE GLORY OF MY IMAGE WITH YOU BUT HAVE NOT SEEN WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE. WHAT DO YOU LOOK LIKE? I AM THINKING YOU ARE GREEK, AS "ETA" IS A GREEK LETTER, WHICH COMES AFTER "VEGA" AND BEFORE "FELCHA" IN THE GREEK ALPHABET. I KNOW THIS BECAUSE THE GREEKS STOLE THE ALPHABET FROM THE GLORIOUS BLACK EGYPTIANS. ARE YOU GREEK? VINNY ALSO SOUNDS VERY SICILIAN. YOU MUST UNDERSTAND - I AM NOT A RACIST BUT I HATE WHITES. {Al once declared that “A black man cannot be racist because racism = prejudice + power”. So I wanted to try that one out to see if I get a response}  I MUST KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY AFRICAN BROTHER BEFORE I CAN TRUST YOU.

 

    I UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE FEE - I HAVE PAID LATE FEES AT BLOCKBUSTER BEFORE, SO AM WELL-EQUIPPED TO DEAL WITH THESE LITTLE ANNOYANCES.

 

 

-THE DOCTOR REVEREND ALFRED SHARPTHONG

 

Dear Alfred,

    How many time u want me to tell u am black Adams is from sierra leone if u r ready to help tell me cos i hav no time.

Eta Vincent

 

VINNY:

 

       IF YOU ARE GIVING ME MONEY, I CAN TAKE IT UPON FAITH THAT YOU ARE INDEED A SON OF AFRICA. WHAT MUST I DO TO HELP YOU AND MAKE MYSELF RICH? SO THAT I CAN DO GODLY THINGS, OF COURSE, WITH THE MONEY THAT WE MAKE.

 

 

-THE DOCTOR REVEREND ALFRED SHARPTON

 

{Vinny didn’t reply for 3 days, so I sent him the following email}

 

 

EATA VINCENT:

  

        I HAVE BEEN AWAY FROM MY EMAIL FOR 3 DAYS, AS I AM NOW

RECOVERING FROM A HYSTERECTOMY. I AM SURPRISED I HAVE NOT HEARD FROM YOU, MY AFRICAN COUSIN. AM I TO ASSUME OUR DEAL IS PROCEEDING AND I WILL SOON  HEAR FROM THIS LAWYER YOU MENTIONED?

  I AM MOST EAGER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS 100% RISK FREE TRANSACTION.

  

  

  -ALFRED

 

{Unfortunately, it looks like one of the other people being scammed might have reported his email account to abuse@yahoo.com, as I got the error below. Looks like this one came to a quicker end than I had hoped.}

 

Hi. This is the qmail-send program at yahoo.com.

I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following

addresses. This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out.

 

<vin_j003@yahoo.com>:

67.28.113.19 failed after I sent the message.

Remote host said: 554 delivery error: dd This user doesn't have a

yahoo.com account (vin_j003@yahoo.com) [-5] - mta212.mail.re2.yahoo.com

 

 

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