Bootstrapping and the scam that eats itself

Normally I don't get to see scammers emails any more because they roll straight into the spam filters but this one got through and was good enough to share – here's a couple of paragraphs..

Attention 
 We are delegates
from the British High Commission to pay 104 identified victims of 419 scam. You
are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims. get
back to us as soon as possible for the immediate payment of your compensation
funds.

On this faithful
recommendations, I want you to know that during the last UN meetings held in
Abuja, Nigeria, it was alarmed so much by the rest of the world in the meetings
on the lose of funds by various foreigners to the scam artists operating in syndicates
all over the world today, in other to retain the good image of the country, the
president of the Country in collaboration with the British high commission is
now paying 104 victims of this operators. 

Due to the corrupt and inefficient banking systems in Benin, the payments are
to be paid through (Mr. Robert Dewar) British high commission under funding
assistance by the ECOBANK of Benin. According to the number of applicants
at hand, 84 proved victims has been paid, half of the victims are from the
United States and Asia, we still have more 20 left to be paid the
compensations.

Your particulars was mentioned as one of their victims of the operations by one
of the syndicates who was arrested, you are hereby warned not to communicate or
duplicate this message to him for any reason for what so ever, the US secret
service is already on trace of the criminal…

..and so on and so forth. I wonder how these schemes are thought up. Is it done by loners or teams? Do they have awaydays? Do ones that generate reasonable response get passed around or are results a jealously guarded secret. What are the legends from the side of the scammers – Who has managed to make a fortune? I just love the idea that the kind of person naive enough to become a financial agent with no credentials at all or who thinks they have won the lottery without buying a ticket might actually think they are entitled to compensation and goes round again. I love the recursion/bootstrapping – here's a scam to compensate scammers. Grudging admiration is the word.  I also wonder when the Nigerian government is going to recognise an antibranding campaign and try harder to put a stop to it. It is doing nothing for the credibility of their image as a trading community.

While I'm on the topic I should make clear to anyone who has read thus far who is in the habit of leaving a comment and then including a URL to a spam site. If the site bears any relationship I may tolerate the link but a folksy 'love this blog" type comment won't wash and will get you reported for spam. So if you want to leave comments then make sure its clear it is driven by the content of this blog not by the content of your link. Otherwise I'll take the link down and report you. That clear now?


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