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Wow, I guess people still fall for this

matthias00matthias00 Registered User regular
edited November 2008 in Social Entropy++
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Oregon Woman Loses $400,000 to Nigerian E-Mail Scam

Monday , November 17, 2008

SWEET HOME, Ore. —
An Oregon woman who is out $400,000 after falling for a well-known Internet scam says she wasn't a sucker or an easy mark.

Janella Spears of Sweet Home says she simply became curious when she received an e-mail promising her $20.5 million if she would only help out a long-lost relative identified as J.B. Spears with a little money up front.

Spears told KATU-TV about the scammers' ability to identify her relative by name was persuasive.

"That's what got me to believe it," She said. "So, why wouldn't you send over $100?"

Spears, who is a nursing administrator and CPR teacher, said she mortgaged the house and took a lien out on the family car, and ran through her husband's retirement account.

"The retirement he was dreaming of — cruising and going around and seeing America — is pretty much gone for him right now," she said.

She estimates it will take two years to clear the debt that accumulated in the more than two years she spent sending money to con artists.

Her family and bank officials told her it was all a scam, she said, and begged her to stop, but she persisted because she became obsessed with getting paid.

The scheme is often called the "Nigerian scam" and it's familiar to many people with e-mail accounts. It still exists and it still works.

Spears first sent $100 through an untraceable wire service as directed by the scammers. Then, more multimillion dollar promises followed so long as she sent more money.

The scammers sent Spears official-looking documents and certificates from the Bank of Nigeria and the United Nations. President Bush and FBI Director Robert Mueller were also involved, the e-mails said, and needed her help.

They sent official-looking documents and certificates from the Bank of Nigeria and even from the United Nations, saying her payment was "guaranteed."

But it wasn't and now Spears is paying the price for her costly lesson.

"The hope is [other people] are not going to fall as hard as I fell," Spears said.

Seriously? I'm not even sure I feel bad for her. She had her entire family telling her the right thing to do and just ignored them.

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    The GeekThe Geek Oh-Two Crew, Omeganaut Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2008
    Didn't we have someone's mom from here fall for this just a few months back?

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    DefenderDefender Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    VERETAS

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    FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    The Geek wrote: »
    Didn't we have someone's mom from here fall for this just a few months back?

    MY MOM WON THE LOTTERY

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    SilmarilSilmaril Mr Ha Ha Hapless. Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    The Geek wrote: »
    Didn't we have someone's mom from here fall for this just a few months back?

    Veretas I think.


    Poor bastard got told they'd won the lottery.

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    DogDog Registered User, Administrator, Vanilla Staff admin
    edited November 2008
    gonna be rich dudes

    spanish sugar daddy

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    MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    you know what, fuck it.

    I'm going to stay single and not have any kids. That way no one but myself can blow my money.

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    Mr. Henry BemisMr. Henry Bemis God is love Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    yeah that was pretty radical

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    WeaverWeaver Who are you? What do you want?Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I hope she gets divorced.

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    LTMLTM Bikes and BeardsRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    That was a pretty good thread.

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    arod_77arod_77 __BANNED USERS regular
    edited November 2008
    hahahahahaha I remember that thread.

    It took one page until people started calling his mom a dumb bitch

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    satansfingerssatansfingers Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    wait this isn't the world of warcraft thread

    anyways, am i reading this right and she went behind her husband's back to tap his retirement account, thus dooming him to work until the day he dies? what a bitch

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    SilmarilSilmaril Mr Ha Ha Hapless. Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Mysst wrote: »
    you know what, fuck it.

    I'm going to stay single and not have any kids. That way no one but myself can blow my money.

    And you'll have to use that money to get blown. :)

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    Vann DirasVann Diras Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    poor Veretas

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    The GeekThe Geek Oh-Two Crew, Omeganaut Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2008
    matthias00 wrote: »
    ...says she wasn't a sucker or an easy mark.

    This is the best part.

    Why do these stories always include something about how the victim believes that they aren't easily scammed and that anyone could have fallen for it?

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    LTMLTM Bikes and BeardsRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    wait this isn't the world of warcraft thread

    anyways, am i reading this right and she went behind her husband's back to tap his retirement account, thus dooming him to work until the day he dies? what a bitch

    Proving yet again, women aren't to be trusted.

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    Darth WaiterDarth Waiter Elrond Hubbard Mordor XenuRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Mysst wrote: »
    you know what, fuck it.

    I'm going to stay single and not have any kids. That way no one but myself can blow my money.

    Word.

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    satansfingerssatansfingers Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    i also like that she believed george w bush was personally involved in this

    that's probably equal parts stupidity and ego

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    Mr. Henry BemisMr. Henry Bemis God is love Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    veretas is still going to an absurdly expensive school so his mom can't have blown too much of their money

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    arod_77arod_77 __BANNED USERS regular
    edited November 2008
    Part of the blame can be on the husband for marrying a dumb cunt though.

    Only marry a stupid woman if you are rich enough to waste money on trophy wives.

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    AnarchiaAnarchia Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Can the husband sue the wife for taking his money, or does marriage prevent that?

    Isn't there any way he could have restricted her if he and the bank both knew this was a scam?

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    MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Silmaril wrote: »
    Mysst wrote: »
    you know what, fuck it.

    I'm going to stay single and not have any kids. That way no one but myself can blow my money.

    And you'll have to use that money to get blown. :)
    at least I'll get it regularly and in a satisfactory manner!

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    Fuzzy Cumulonimbus CloudFuzzy Cumulonimbus Cloud Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    It's not that she was gullible, she obviously on some level of crazy wanted to destroy her and her husband's finances.

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    KilljoyKilljoy __BANNED USERS regular
    edited November 2008
    You know what's weird?

    I think I'm feeling a little happy for the Nigerians here.

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    The GeekThe Geek Oh-Two Crew, Omeganaut Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2008
    Anarchia wrote: »
    Can the husband sue the wife for taking his money, or does marriage prevent that?

    Isn't there any way he could have restricted her if he and the bank both knew this was a scam?

    Depends if it's a community property state or not.

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    DefenderDefender Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    The Geek wrote: »
    matthias00 wrote: »
    ...says she wasn't a sucker or an easy mark.

    This is the best part.

    Why do these stories always include something about how the victim believes that they aren't easily scammed and that anyone could have fallen for it?

    Well, I think there's actually a decent answer to this. You've heard that the first step in wisdom is admitting and fully realizing that you are unwise, right? The first step to knowledge is to know that you are ignorant? All that sort of thing. I think that it's that. It's people who haven't even taken that first step. They are so deeply foolish/ignorant that they don't even realize it. In other words, "they don't know what they don't know."

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    arod_77arod_77 __BANNED USERS regular
    edited November 2008
    The husband should get her a life insurance policy and then kill her probably

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    The GeekThe Geek Oh-Two Crew, Omeganaut Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2008
    I sometimes enjoy reading the stories of people who bait the scammers and make them do stupid things.

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    DefenderDefender Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    You know, here's the problem, though.

    She just funded more "Nigerian bank" emails for the rest of us.

    Well, not me, because I use GMail and my work email is pretty decently filtered. But, you know, lots of other people.

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    bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    419 scammers are so stupid they're funny somtimes.

    Also, I actually physically got one of these in the mail and I filled it in with Bogus information like this (first 4 are real, the next ones I can't remember):

    HI YOU'VE WON THE EUROPEAN SUPER LOTTERY, PLEASE SEND $2,000 AS A RELEASING FEE SO WE CAN SEND YOU $2Hajillion. MAIL THIS TO SOME SHADY PLACE IN LAGOS NIGERIA.

    Name: Bogus McFuckerpants
    State: New Asshole
    Zip Code: 90210
    CHECK #: '; DROP TABLE Accounts;
    Bank Account #: 7
    Routing #: )
    Social Security #: 1z$$-403-abc33-**4zz

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    DerLustigeBosniakDerLustigeBosniak Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I would choke a bitch.

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    bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    The Geek wrote: »
    I sometimes enjoy reading the stories of people who bait the scammers and make them do stupid things.

    http://www.419eater.com/

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    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
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    LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    man that is the start of a cliche detective story.

    Honey, I think we should get you some more life insurance, in case those scammers come for you.

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    LednehLedneh shinesquawk Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    bowen wrote: »
    419 scammers are so stupid they're funny somtimes.

    Also, I actually physically got one of these in the mail and I filled it in with Bogus information like this (first 4 are real, the next ones I can't remember):

    HI YOU'VE WON THE EUROPEAN SUPER LOTTERY, PLEASE SEND $2,000 AS A RELEASING FEE SO WE CAN SEND YOU $2Hajillion. MAIL THIS TO SOME SHADY PLACE IN LAGOS NIGERIA.

    Name: Bogus McFuckerpants
    State: New Asshole
    Zip Code: 90210
    CHECK #: '; DROP TABLE Accounts;
    Bank Account #: 7
    Routing #: )
    Social Security #: 1z$$-403-abc33-**4zz

    I'm such a hopeless nerd that I laughed more at your CHECK # than "Bogus McFuckerpants" :whistle:

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    Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood My baby's in there someplace She crawled right inRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    So does anybody want to buy some pills from me? They give you long lasting erection and you gain 2 inch!

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    bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Cloudman wrote: »
    So does anybody want to buy some pills from me? They give you long lasting erection and you gain 2 inch!

    Yes, I could use those 2 inch.

    I am not a sucker or an easy mark.

    Oh my god why is my penis turning yellow?!

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    FramlingFramling FaceHead Geebs has bad ideas.Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Ledneh wrote: »
    bowen wrote: »
    419 scammers are so stupid they're funny somtimes.

    Also, I actually physically got one of these in the mail and I filled it in with Bogus information like this (first 4 are real, the next ones I can't remember):

    HI YOU'VE WON THE EUROPEAN SUPER LOTTERY, PLEASE SEND $2,000 AS A RELEASING FEE SO WE CAN SEND YOU $2Hajillion. MAIL THIS TO SOME SHADY PLACE IN LAGOS NIGERIA.

    Name: Bogus McFuckerpants
    State: New Asshole
    Zip Code: 90210
    CHECK #: '; DROP TABLE Accounts;
    Bank Account #: 7
    Routing #: )
    Social Security #: 1z$$-403-abc33-**4zz

    I'm such a hopeless nerd that I laughed more at your CHECK # than "Bogus McFuckerpants" :whistle:

    same.

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    Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood My baby's in there someplace She crawled right inRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    bowen wrote: »
    Cloudman wrote: »
    So does anybody want to buy some pills from me? They give you long lasting erection and you gain 2 inch!

    Yes, I could use those 2 inch.

    I am not a sucker or an easy mark.

    Oh my god why is my penis turning yellow?!
    stupid american! ha ha ha

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    potatoepotatoe Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Anarchia wrote: »
    Can the husband sue the wife for taking his money, or does marriage prevent that?

    Isn't there any way he could have restricted her if he and the bank both knew this was a scam?

    well, assuming there is nothing stopping him from suing her, what good would it do?
    sue her for all she's worth? she's got nothing left.

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    Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood My baby's in there someplace She crawled right inRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    So what kind of person founds a new town and says to themselves, "Man, I've always wanted to live in a place called Sweet Home, Oregon."

    Can anybody explain this to me?

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    arod_77arod_77 __BANNED USERS regular
    edited November 2008
    Sometimes I think 2 more inches would change my life.

    Other times I realize I would still have the same personality.

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