Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Someone is dumber than me

I got this email today from Mr. John Stubbs:
Compliments of the day to you.
I represent UK IMPORT CORPERATION based in England, and we have a marketing quota for the year to meet.
For this we are recruiting representatives who can help us establish a medium of getting to our customers in Europe and North America as well as making payments through you as our payment officer.
It is upon this note that we seek your assistance to stand as our representative in your country.
Note that, as our representative, you will receive 10% of whatever amount you clear for the company and the balance you will be instructed on proceedings to come. We look forward to expanding worldwide before the year 2007 and do hope you could be part of the company's development.
Please, to facilitate the conclusion of this transaction if accepted, do send promptly via email the basic requirements provided underneath to commence registration processes:
(1) Your full names,
(2) Contact address and,
(3) Phone/fax numbers.
Thank you for your time.
Regards,
Mr. John Stubbs
UK IMPORT CORPERATION
Freight Fwdg. Svcs.

So I realize we all get these all the time. My point, while vague, is something like this:

1) How stupid do you have to be to believe that a multinational corporation is going to look for help from random people (people who subscribe to AOL, for pete's sake!), and that they're going to go about it with a spam email?
How desperate and gullible must some people be? This makes me sad, so I'm not going to think about it any more...

2) If you're going to do this phishing thing, why not learn to spell? Why not decide exactly what your CORPERATION does? Does it import or export? Does it have proofreaders?

3) What exactly are the Compliments of The Day today?

4) I'm glad that "...the balance [I] will be instructed on proceedings to come" and I look forward eagerly to this happening.

8 Comments:

At Wed Nov 30, 12:45:00 PM PST, Blogger mreddie said...

John Stubbs is probably not even his real name - it's probably Check Stubbs or something. :) ec

 
At Wed Nov 30, 12:55:00 PM PST, Blogger jay are said...

wow, what an opportunity. soon you'll be lazing about a tropical beach while those of us NOT picked randomly for such an opportunity will NOT be doing so. You can't ever say nothing lucky ever happened to you! Hoo-boy.

 
At Wed Nov 30, 01:17:00 PM PST, Blogger blogball said...

I always wanted to write a response to one of these letters. It looks like some one beat me to it
I came across this a while back in response to one of those Nigerian scam letters.

Dear .....,
I was so excited to get your letter and to know totat you put so much trust in me. I will surely not let you down, especially after you have shown your good faith in this proposed transaction by transferring into my bank account in the USA the sum of
$ .... ( ... thousand US dollars); this is only about 1% of the total sum you are offering me for my help, right?
My bank is ..... You don't need to know the account number; I told my bank to expect the money. They will know which account to put it in. I am already expecting a few hundred thousand dollars from many other persons like you, living on the African continent, who found my e-Mail address by chance and who, like you, are offering me hundreds of thousands [even millions (!!!)]of dollars just to help them with their financial predicament.
It is surprising how many people in Africa have so much "hidden" money. Anyway, as soon as I am informed by my bank that the transfer of $ ... is in place, I will get back to you we can work out the other details of your proposed transaction. Naturally, this has to be in strict compliance with all U.S. laws.
Respectfully yours in anticipation,
xxxxxxxxxxxx

 
At Thu Dec 01, 08:57:00 AM PST, Blogger bryan torre said...

More cool stuff like what blogball mentioned (link sent to me by my sister - thx, sis!)

http://www.419eater.com/html/letters.htm

 
At Thu Dec 01, 12:35:00 PM PST, Blogger blogball said...

Good grief, Is this for real or am I being scammed?
I just checked out this site and read the latest one. (Father Jack something )
Anyway, I know it’s a scam and these guys are not good guys but I couldn’t help feeling sorry for this kid.
I think this guy might be taking the revenge thing too far. (If it’s for Real)
I ended up having less respect for the guy trying to punish the scammers than the scammer himself. But maybe that’s jut me and my bleeding heart DNA.

 
At Thu Dec 01, 07:10:00 PM PST, Blogger Bonita said...

Maybe mreddie is right - Check Stubbs is probably his name; you could always send him a 'blank statement'...

 
At Fri Dec 02, 10:23:00 AM PST, Blogger unca said...

Wow -- I guess I have to agree with Blogball on this. Pretty nasty stuff going 360 degrees.

 
At Thu Dec 08, 09:49:00 AM PST, Blogger anya ransuns aka Roxy said...

Yeah, I thought the "revenge" was pretty hardcore; and my bleeding heart also felt sorry for them. However, when you consider that i) these scammers have (unbelievably, I know) bilked vulnerable folks out of lots of money, and ii)engaging them like this takes their resources from getting real victims, it's maybe easier to swallow...

 

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