AND THEIR NEMESIS--- SCAM-BAITERS: THE 21ST CENTURY VIGILANTES?
Here is a new twist---The Scam-Baiter: a person who is dedicated to scamming the scammer. These Scam-Baiters antagonize, humiliate, and frustrate scammers who believe they an unaware victim.
The theory is that while the scammer wastes time and money trying to perpetuate their scam with the Scam-Baiter, the scammer can’t be scamming a real victim. Law enforcement can’t be everywhere, so the Scam-Baiter feels he does perform sort of a service---entrapment and public humiliation of the crook.
This is kind of like the recent NBC’s Dateline Show that engaged in a bait series on Nigerian scammers. This Scam-Baiter conduct is not recommended and is disclosed here for information purposes only.
It is also very interesting that one of the biggest cesspools of scammers is located in Nigeria. It seems that the corrupt economy of Nigeria relies to a large extent on the income derived out of scams rings: phony checks, and other ingenious method of extracting our hard-earned money from all of us. Here are a few new Nigerian twists on Con Games for you to steer very clear of:
a) “Trust me -- send no money”
Scam example: In London, England (or anywhere abroad) a USA renter is scammed into believing she/he is dealing with a legit owner of an apartment, who cons the renter into sending a Western Union electronic payment of $2,500 to any friend or relative to hold----supposedly just to make the so-called apartment owner comfortable that the renter has sufficient money to pay the rent. The con-artist spins a phony tale of a previous problem with a renter. He therefore claims that he’ll be happy to just receive a computer scan copy of the electronic payment as a show of “good faith”. The scammer is then able to use the scanned copy to cash the electronic payment at Western Union. Western Union claims they are looking into this con.
b) “Be my partner, please”
You receive an email. The sender claims to have a large sum of money that they need to transfer out of the USA. They provide you with a USA phone number---although these scammers usually originate in Nigeria with international phone links. Thus, you may think you are calling Texas, or anywhere in the US, but you are really connected to Nigeria.
The scammer will give you some well orchestrated bull as to why they cannot make the supposed transfer themselves. The scammer then requests that you help them make the transfer and for that “simple service” you will receive a percentage of the money for your help. Well here comes the greed and the hope for a “free lunch”--- the scammer will claim they need your bank info. Such as account numbers and other confidential data---DON’T DO IT! And never ever give anyone your bank information---period!
c) Scammer Tactics and Our Recommendations
1. Nigerian solicitations by phone, fax and mail, making all sorts of promises---their whole purpose is to empty your bank account not fill it!
2. Never, under any condition, provide your bank account or any other personal data to strangers.
3. Do not ever agree to travel anywhere to meet these scammers. They sometimes try to lure victims to meet them into Africa or other Countries. Victims have been robbed or even murdered.
4. These African/Nigerian con artists are hardened criminals who use the money they get from these scams to help finance other illegal activities such as drugs and credit card fraud, etc.
5. Again always remember, if these crooks get your money, it’s “down the drain---you cannot unscramble scrambled eggs”!!
Other avenues these Nigerian/African Scammers use that appear to be “business opportunities”---they are not. These can shroud various forms of cons and swindles:
Credit Card Offers
Credit Card Loss Protection
Computer Equipment and Software
Lotteries and Lottery Clubs
900 Numbers and other Pay-per-call Services
A really simple approach to all these scams is to be vigilant, vigilant, vigilant. Do not ever trust anyone with absurd glowing offers that sound or look too good. They are all phony scams. Throw away any and all emails and letters that seek to promote you for anything suspicious. Use common sense and your good judgment. If and when in doubt, ask Scamraiders at any time--- 24-7. AND ALWAYS ALWAYS REMEMBER, IF IT IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE---- IT IS----PERIOD!!!”