Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2001 01:17:59 -0800
Reply-To: "Karsten M. Self" <kmself@IX.NETCOM.COM>
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From: "Karsten M. Self" <kmself@IX.NETCOM.COM>
Subject: Re: BUSINESS PROPOSAL
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Charles_S_Patridge@PRODIGY.NET on Fri, Nov 02,
2001 at 09:31:25PM -0500
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on Fri, Nov 02, 2001 at 09:31:25PM -0500, Charles Patridge (Charles_S_Patridge@PRODIGY.NET) wrote:
> Hi Karsten,
> Thanks for your comments and helpful places to go to "turn in these
> culprits". I tried a few of them but no responses or did not work on
I forward the emails to the Secret Service email I list. I've not
received a response from same, but the mails don't bounce, and nobody's
told me to stop yet.
> In any case, I just finished playing one of these scam artists for the
> past 5 to 6 weeks until they stated I needed to come up with $25000
> for legal fees and "govt fees/charges" to transfer said "$24,500,000"
> to my accounts.
That's my understanding of how this works. The fees just keep coming
until you give up.
> I, of course, did not provide real account numbers or real names so as
> to keep them from accessing them to "withdraw money" using phoney
> checks or whatever.
This apparently isn't their MO, though I wouldn't count on this either.
> I really wish there was a responsive service out there that would act
> immediately on squashing these nasty devious people.
Best bet is to get the reply email account killed as quickly as
possible. This reduces the effectiveness of a given mailing. The phone
response letters are harder, particularly as the phone numbers seem to
Another possibility would be to create a semi-intelligent bot which
would generate a large number of responses to the scams. If the scammer
is not automating his/her own processes, this could tie them up -- it's
a back-scam concept. Essentially: make them waste their time.
> I am thinking I should write a SAS program that will collect these
> scammers' email accounts and then turn around and BLAST them with
> millions of email messages just to clog up their accounts but then
> everyone else would suffer from all those "emails I send" and I would
> become "ashamed" for doing it.
I generally don't recommend doing things like this, but that might
actually be a possible rememdy. They'd have to sort through various
responses to find the live ones, at any rate.
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