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Posted on Thu, Jun 21, 2007 20:07

So I was winked at by a major hottie. Besides smokin' good looks, there was a bit too much difference in our ages so I immediately suspected something was funny. But, I figured what the hell, and messaged back.

Her first response was very short, just a friendly hello. About an hour later I get another message from her. The writing style was completely different, as if someone else wrote the second message. It also included the huge red flag, "Nigeria".

I've been a computer professional for far too long too fall for a variation of the 419 scam.

I may be single, but I'm not so desperate that I'll fall for that bullshit.



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Posted on Fri, Aug 10, 2007 23:54

Got another scam artist wink. This time from sweetheart9026. Read the profile, it doesn't make any sense. She says religion is important and lists herself as Christian, yet is looking for a Pagan. Second red flag, she's seeking marriage, but wants a guy that is in a relationship. Third red flag, she's looking only for a Pacific Islander, nothing else listed. I'm caucasian, so why would she wink at me?

If she isn't a con artist, then she's a nut job.



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Posted on Thu, Jun 28, 2007 20:43

OgreMagic write:
So I was winked at by a major hottie. Besides smokin' good looks, there was a bit too much difference in our ages so I immediately suspected something was funny. But, I figured what the hell, and messaged back.

Her first response was very short, just a friendly hello. About an hour later I get another message from her. The writing style was completely different, as if someone else wrote the second message. It also included the huge red flag, "Nigeria".

I've been a computer professional for far too long too fall for a variation of the 419 scam.

I may be single, but I'm not so desperate that I'll fall for that bullshit.

I got one of those too... and I knew that when I answered it ,,, it was a mistake... LOL



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Posted on Sun, Jun 24, 2007 00:40

The number "419" refers to the article of the Nigerian Criminal Code (part of Chapter 38: "Obtaining Property by false pretenses; Cheating") dealing with fraud.

The classic 419 scam is an email asking for help transferring a huge amount of money (tens of millions of dollars) out of Nigeria where you cut a rather substantial cut (20% is typical). Typically the plea for help is from the supposed widow of an oil executive who had to flea the country. In the process of the scam, you are eventually asked to provide some money to facilitate the transfer of the funds.

In the past few years the Nigerian con artists have expanded their operations. The dating scam is often to get money for a life saving operation for a close relative, or to pay to come out and visit (with bribes being necessary so the amount is far more than a simple plane ticket).

The 419 scam is not limited to Nigerians. There are numerous variations in all parts of the world.



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