Wednesday, March 31, 2004
Scamming the Scammers
The eminently amusing 419 Eater site gives you tips on how to scam scammers, specifically those guys who email you from Nigeria to tell you he need to send 25 million to the U.S.
Mostly the tips concern wasting the scammers' time and getting them to take ridiculous photos of themselves to prove their identity. But sometimes the scammees even manage to get money from the scammers. Now, that's what I call poetic justice!
Known internationally as 419, the number 4-1-9 refers to the section of the Nigerian penal code which addresses fraud schemes or Advance Fee Fraud (AFF).
BTW, That's supposedly a Nigerian scammer named Evangelist (!) Samuel Eze above. What's the bet he had someone else sitting in for the photo though.