419 BaitingSo I'm sure loads of you have received this sort of email many many times before and simply discarded it as spam. It is indeed spam but a special type that, with a little effort and patience can be extremely entertaining and fruitful. In its most basic form, they tempt you to give them your whole set of bank details/passwords so that they can transfer x million dollars into your account to 'get it out of the country'. One they collect it from you they'll leave you with a percentage. Yeah right. So you string them along, make them think you're up for it, give stupid names, get them to phone your voicemail leaving random comedy passwords and, at its most entertaining, get them to send you photos of themselves doing stupid things - holding up signs etc as 'proof of identity'. For more info and some amazing scamming of the scammers, check out the wonder that is 419Eater.com.
This is my favourite ever bait featuring a complete fool called Gabriel Mukanabe who I had convinced I was a zealous squid lover and our financial dealings could help in my campaign to save the three-nosed and purple-helmeted squid!
Delivering cheese to the poor and needy of the world...
Greasing the gears of international scamming