Stupid Punts!

Stupid Punts!


Examples of the "Nigerian scam" that flood my email box everyday.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Straw Scammed

It seems that even intelligent people can be scammed by the scammers, according to this article from The Times.

The phones began to ring in Jack Straw's constituency office late last week, and the questions that the callers asked were always the same: was the Justice Secretary really stranded in Africa with no wallet? And did he really need $3,000 to get home?

No, and no, replied baffled officials. It was some time before they realised the truth - that Mr Straw, who as Home Secretary once launched a National Hi-Tech Crime Unit to crack down on computer hackers, had himself become the victim of Nigerian internet fraudsters.

The culprits had gained access to a Hotmail account that Mr Straw used to reply to questions from voters in his Blackburn constituency, by the simple expedient of sending a phishing email claiming that the email account would be suspended unless a reply was sent.

Perhaps unwisely, somebody in Mr Straw's office fell for it and sent a reply last Thursday. This gave the fraudsters enough information to hack into the account and glean the names of hundreds of Mr Straw's contacts in his online address book, ranging from Labour party members to council bosses.

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Soon afterwards, bogus emails with the official heading The Right Hon Jack Straw MP began pouring into e-mail inboxes around Blackburn.

Startled voters found themselves reading a personal plea from the Justice Secretary for help after finding himself stranded while visiting Lagos, the Nigerian capital, for a project called Empowering Youth To Fight Racism.

“I misplaced my wallet on my way to the hotel where my money and other valuable things were kept," the fake Mr Straw wrote.

“I would like you to assist me with a soft loan urgently to settle my hotel bills and get myself back home.”

This week Mr Straw confirmed the incident, in an interview with his local newspaper, the Lancashire Telegraph, but attempted to make light of it.

“I started getting phone calls from various constituents asking if I was really in Nigeria needing $3,000.

“It was an issue for constituents, not the Government. We are checking all that and I am assured there’s no evidence that confidentiality of constituents was affected.”

He added that there were no security issues relating to his Cabinet post as the attempted fraud related to addresses stored in his Blackburn email account rather than a ministerial one.

“A lot of work goes on by the serious organised crime organisation in this country," philosophised Mr Straw.

“The internet is wonderful in many ways, but these gangs put a lot of effort in because they make money from it.

“In a lot of cases they do get people to cough up. But I think it was so obviously ridiculous that I could go off trekking in Africa and I would lose my wallet.”

One constituent is believed to have replied to the email, but - in what may be a blow to Mr Straw's self esteem - nobody offered any money.

The account was later suspended by Microsoft officials.

Friday, February 20, 2009

How these scammers keep trying.

Suffice to say, Miss Cynthia will not be hearing from me!

Hello With Love.
my name is Cynthia I saw your contact today,and
i am interested, please i would like to know you more
remember age or distance does not matter but what matters is true love,for further communication contact me enable me to explain myself well to you and as well send my pictures for you to know whom i am. Thanks
And Remain Blessed. Yours New Friend
Miss Cynthia

Monday, February 16, 2009

This scammer claims to represent the UK National Lottery, and states in the subject line of the email that I have "won".

It is a pity his email is in poor English, and that the address shows that he has sent it to a list of many people. These "subtle" clues, that and the fact that I don't play the lottery, lead me to conclude that it is of course a scam.

Please find the attactment I send to you
I will be waiting for your favorable respond.
Yours Faithful,

Friday, February 06, 2009