Feb 6, 2007

A New Low for Email Scammers?

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I received one of those ubiquitous scam emails today, seeking my assistance in transferring millions of dollars from an overseas account.

Here is the opening pitch, supposedly composed by a grieving war widow in need of assistance:
My name is Jane Coxen,wife of a British Airforce (Wing Commander John Coxen) slain in Basra, Iraqi in the fight that deposed Saddam Hussein. Before his death and while the fight continued, he ran into a vault containing US$12,500,000:00 twelve Million, five hundred thousand united states Dollars in one of the presidential palaces. With tact and luck my husband was able to take this fortune out of Iraqi through Jordan and finally deposited with a finance and securities company in Europe. My late husband however, gave the details of the lodgement to me before his death.

This scammer, however, even provided a link to a BBC news article that provided information about RAF Wing Commander John Coxen, the most senior British officer killed in Iraq. Here, supposedly, was "proof" of the legitimacy of this particular offer.

Now, there is nothing particularly unusual about this scam, and it follows the usual 419 scam patterns, offering the recipient of the letter a 30% cut of the $12.5 million for being stupid enough to fall for the pitch.

Wing Commander John Coxen, killed in Basra and exploited by email scammersWing Commander John Coxen, killed in Basra and exploited by email scammers after death

What caught my eye was the willingness of the con artist to exploit a dead British soldier and his survivors for illicit gains. No longer are these cretins satisfied with making up ridiculous claims about non-existent third world dictators or invented international lotteries, but now the center of the scam involves soldiers who died in battle.

If there is a Hell, and if there are eternal fires blazing to scorch the hides of the damned, may there be an especially torrid place for the likes of the twisted minds that created this disgusting email.

4 comments:

Billy Pilgrim said...

I whole-heartedly concur, History Mike. This is a gutless and immoral exploitation of a patriot's name and legacy, and war politics aside, his family should be spared this sort of unnecessary strife. One hopes these scammers develop a conscience...

On a personal note, I much prefer the cold honesty of outrage begging, like that idiot broad at www.savekaryn.com, than some elaborate attempt at narrative.

Oh what horrors capitalism has wrought us...

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately 419 scams and scammers are still going strong.

Luckily there is a group of people out there on the internet putting a damper on their scams!

Check out http://theScamBaiter.com

These guys get even with these crooks, and sometimes even get them arrested even though they are in Nigeria.

They are also avidly fighting eBay scammers as well, a terrific group there.

Last year at one time they got a group of scammers arrested; I think the count was around 50 or so.

There is a lot of funny stuff there too, you have to see what they make these scammers to so get "paid", check out their "mugu museum"

http://thescambaiter.com/forum/vbimghost.php?do=userlist

Johhny D

MP said...

Don't forget Snopes.com...

This is a new low, but with these scammers, I really think there is no floor.

Hooda Thunkit said...

"If there is a Hell, and if there are eternal fires blazing to scorch the hides of the damned, may there be an especially torrid place for the likes of the twisted minds that created this disgusting email."

Mike, Mike, Mike...

Are you telling me that you are somehow prejudiced against hard-working prison inmates and other soon to be incarcerated "entrepreneurs" from reaching out and fleecing those who have no right to hold on to their hard-earned "wealth," because of their overwhelming gullibility and/or inherent stupidity?

You HATE MONGER...

Oh, darn, forgot again..., Sarcasm Alert, Sarcasm Alert, Sarcasm Alert!

;-)