For years, when I would get those African email scams looking for bank account information so they can allegedly transfer millions of dollars into my account, I would respond with emails expressing great interest. I would talk about what a coincidence it was that they randomly contacted me since others had contacted me with such similar problems. I would always conclude by saying that the best people to help them would be our American FBI and Federal Trade Commission, and that I had forwarded all of their information to those helpful authorities.
But, after a while, there were just too many emails & I grew bored. I do, however, save all the incoming African scam emails for some reason.
Recently, I’ve been getting suspicious messages through the “English, Baby!” website. This is a site that looked like a place to help people learn English, so I was disappointed that that it was being used by people looking for email addresses of people to scam.
A few minutes ago, I got a new one that came to me through someone fishing around the “English, Baby!” website. It purports to be from a refugee in Dakur, who’s father happens to be a murdered millionaire. It was especially disturbing because she was writing in a flirtatious way, including her alleged picture. I looked around & saw that the text of her email had been used before in African email scams. So, I wrote back, but tried to pre-empt her: I said that my millionaire father had died as a result of the financial crisis and that he had 9.7 million dollars (the exact amount that I saw she would ask for in follow-up emails) invested in Lehman brothers, and that I had to to transfer the money to her bank account.
Her name is “Miss Stephanie,” and her murdered millionaire father, a close advisor to the former President of Senegal, is “Dr. Oliver Koneh.”
We’ll see if she (he?) recognizes my counterscam. I’ll keep you posted.