And so it begins…
From: Swiger Donald <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subj: Donald Swiger
iam the diplomat with your consignment,iam in new york call me on 716 810 4314
Ooh, a consignment! Does it make a noise when you shake it?
To: Swiger Donald <email@example.com>
Subj: RE: Donald Swiger
It seems that I’ve lost my cell phone whilst artificially inseminating a cow. Is there any chance that we can deal with my consignment via email?
I found the phone, but I’m sure as hell not going to use it now.
From: Swiger Donald <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subj: RE: RE: Donald Swiger
i have cleared the consignment ,i have to proceed to ur address.it will cost $850 to transport your consignment to you,waiting for your response urgently
Address.it, huh? Well, I’ll see your TLD and raise you a couple of my own.
If you were a domain reseller or smaller registrar, you would probably find that business today wasn’t quite what it was a few years ago.
If you were a domain reseller or registrar that lied to people, telling them that someone else was registering domains with your trademark in an effort to sell you every domain under the sun so they could protect their IP from an entity that didn’t exist….. well, then you’d be a shitbag. You would, however, be a shitbag that was making a bit more money than the other sellers though, so I guess there’s that.
Angela represents one such group of shitbags. How do I know this? Well see, the “research” that she mentions in her email somehow tied an email address that I only use for donations to a domain that I don’t have any form of trademark over. The scam is kind of old, but it doesn’t stop them from bringing it back every once in a while to try to grab a few people that are too stupid to breathe on their own but have somehow stayed alive long enough to have a credit card and a domain name.
From: Angela <email@example.com>
Subj: Notice of Intellectual Property-Trademark Name
We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On November,1st,2010, We received HUAXIA Company’s application that they are registering the name “husaberg” as their Internet Trademark and “husaberg.cn”,”husaberg.com.cn” ,”husaberg.asia”domain names etc.,It is China and ASIA domain names.But after auditing we found the brand name been used by your company. As the domain name registrar in China, it is our duty to notice you, so I am sending you this Email to check.According to the principle in China,your company is the owner of the trademark,In our auditing time we can keep the domain names safe for you firstly, but our audit period is limited, if you object the third party application these domain names and need to protect the brand in china and Asia by yourself, please let the responsible officer contact us as soon as possible. Thank you!
Shanghai Office (Head Office)
Registration Department Manager
3002, Nanhai Building 854.Nandan Road
Xuhui District, Shanghai
Office: +86 0553 4994789
Fax: +86 0553 4994789
Angela Zhang. Such a traditional Chinese name.
Good day to you, Angela Zhang.My name is Hao Chang Smith, and I just wanted to thank you for thinking of us before allowing any slant-eyed bastards to register a domain name that we have a ridiculously loose affiliation with.
We would most definitely like to register every domain TLD you offer to protect our assets, but it seems that you’re unaware of the American custom in which the first ten years of a domain is paid by the registrar. This is done to appease the ancient Gods of the intertubes. In the old days, registrars had to sacrifice someone over 6 feet tall, which is why you all are so damned short now. It seems the explosive popularity of the WWW has depleted the supply of Chinese citizens of normal height.
Please let us know when we can expect delivery of our domain names as we will wait for the UPS guy on the day of delivery. The last time they left them outside on the stoop, someone stole them. I bet he was Chinese.
A group behind a phone number originating in Delaware want to make me aware of a college degree that I can receive from them within hours.
What a bunch of maroons. Everybody knows there’s three b’s in unbbbivesity.
Subj: TOYOTA CAMRY INTERNATIONAL LOTTO WINNER
From: TOYOTACN <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: email@example.comTOYOTA INTERNATIONAL LOTTO (HEADQUATER)Customer Service Department Affiliate of Toyota Japan .3 – 4 Kojimachi Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083 Japan JP.We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made today, You are among the winners of the TOYOTA CAR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.As a result of your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions for. You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number 343-221-8756, with serial number 454-17 drew the lucky numbers 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41 and Bonus number 12 , Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/ 453L /GMSA and consequently you won in the Second Category of the TOYOTA FORTUNE LOTTO DRAW.Due to the Recent problem related to our product we have decided to promote our new Toyota CamryЈ¬to reconfirm our stand to the recent fault in our brakes and malfunctioned parts in our product.As part of this promotional statue we select you as a beneficiary of our Toyota Camry latest edition and a sum of (usd500, 000. 00). Five Hundred Thousand Dollars Only. Which will pay to you by swift card payment system? Or in any which way you want your money to be transferred to you as you may choose.CONGRATULATIONS!!Please be informed that your won fund of the sum of US$500,000.00 is now with the payee center. Contact our agent and give them your full names so that they will re-insure your winning fund under your full names. Together with the port where your winning car should be shiped to.To begin your claim, please call our claim agent or send email immediately to:-.Certificate Agent, Toyota Email Lotto.Huang lin,E-mail: – firstname.lastname@example.orgE-mail: – email@example.comPhone: +86 13430549241Fax: - +86 010 950507 / 12769906 or 010 80115555.NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, Please quote your: -1. Full name2. Address/contact number3. Country of origin4. Age5. Occupation6. Tel/fax.Sincerely,Mrs. Sarah Van DorcasHon Co-ordinator.
Subj: Urgent attention needed on your outstanding payment.
Notification of your outstanding Payment
File code: 00/WACP/00709.
Regards to your unclaimed Fund $950.000, I wish to inform you that an official instruction has been passed, which stated that your fund will be paid through category ©, this category strictly stated that your total sum will be remitted through WESTERN UNION.
But, due to Western Union transfer rules, you will be entitled to $5,000.00 install-mental payment every day till the above mentioned fund is completely paid off.
Note, that your fund is covered with a comprehensive insurance bond, as a result of the insurance bond policy covering your total sum. You will be responsible for the notarization fee of $105 as this will enable our processing Attorney to notarize your remittance Form since you can not fly to (Bank of Africa) to fill out the required processing form, but if you can that will be better.
Endeavour to contact Dr. Ahmed Cuma on the below information for further directives and also to put you in contact with the Bank Officials for the release of your funds:
Contact person attn: Ahmed Cuma
And never you fail to send to him the below requested info for proceedings;
Mr. Gracias Dare (Legal adviser on financial matters)
I can almost picture this person flipping through a Merriam-Websters dictionary, choosing words at random. Fortunately for me, it’s how I usually converse, so I am well-armed to fire back a volley of incomprehensibilities.
Subj: From Mr. West Oduduwa!
You have been selected for a confirmable Bank Draft of $950,000.00 USD, which await the outstanding payment of $150USD.Contact the TNT Courier Express Company for claims with your information. Contact person Mr. West Oduduwa,Tel;+2347033325490 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Damn it, bitches! stop bouncing my carriage about! I’m trying to draft an email!
Hello Mr. Oduduwapduwapshebop,
Wow! This is the second bank draft I’ll have been made owner of in the last month! Although I’m still living quite the lavish lifestyle from the last deposit made to my bank account, I would very much be interested in receiving these funds as well, since I’m a greedy and stupid American. I’m currently traveling the Midwest U.S. via a concubine-carried carriage and my cell phone lost it’s charge over a week ago, so we will have to handle this situation via email and the U.S. postal service.
From your contact, it seems that I owe you $150.00, which I would like to take care of. Please withdraw $150 from my bank account to pay the fee. In fact, withdraw an extra $10.00 and treat yourself to a cappuccino.
Subj: Your response is needed
This might be a surprise to you about where I got your contact address. But all the same, I believe we do not need to be of blood relatives before we can establish Cordial relationship.
My name is Mrs. zama Olds Martin, the wife of late Mr. Martin Olds Martin, of Masingo Province of Zimbabwe. During the current war against the farmers in Zimbabwe from the supports of our President Robert Mugabe, to claim all the white-owned farms to his party members and his followers, he ordered all white farmers to surrender all their farms and Lands to his party members and his followers.
My husband is one of the richest farmers in our country and because he did not support President Mugabe’s ideas.His supporters invaded my husband’s farms and lands and burnt everything in the farms, killing my husband and made away with a lot of items.For more details visit: http://www.rte.ie/news/2000/0418/zimbabwe.html
Before my husband’s death he made it known to me that he deposited a huge sum of money with a Security Company in Johannesburg, South Africa. Then after my husband’s death, we decided to move to the Republic of South Africa seeking assylum.
I decided to contact you to assist me to transfer this fund out of South Africa because as (Refugee) Asylum seekers we are not allowed to operate any bank transaction within South Africa.
I have spent months in trying to get an overseas reliable contact, it is worthy to note that people are unreliable these days and even derive joy in telling lies.
On this ground I request your unreserved but sincere cooperation devoid of greed in carrying out this transaction so that no one amongst both of us shall defraud each other at the end. I am prepared to split the fund at 70%—30% for you, provided that mine (70%) will be intact at the end.
I wait your co-operation.
Thanks and God bless you.
Mrs. Rosemary Martin Olds
Hello there, Rosemary!
I must admit that at first, I was very curious about how you might have come across my contact email, but then I read the news article you linked to prove that you are really are truly who you say you are and that I can trust you because a Nigerian scammer would never link to something to try to prove that they are someone that they really are not. After reading the article, it all made sense. You see, I’m one of the guys that killed your husband and took over your farm and I lost my wallet somewhere that night. I imagine you might not remember the specifics due to all the excitement of what was happening at the time, but I was the guy grunting like a baboon while hitting your husband in the head with a club crafted from one of those funny-face totems you can buy at the beach. Let me tell you, my wife really gave me hell over that when she found bits of your husband’s brains and hair all over it. In the end though, we both had a laugh over it, as you can’t stay angry when you’re looking at those funny faces.
Now that I have your farm, I see how very expensive it is running one and would very much appreciate 30% of your fortune. I can’t get over how expensive everything is. It’s admittedly getting cheaper every day, since I’ve eaten all of your cows, half of your goats, two of the slower running dogs and your daughter’s pet gerbil, but it’s still crazy expensive hiring people to do all the work around here(it’s very tiring and I’m more of a white-collar guy). If you would like to just bring the money by, I’ll be happy to meet you for tea. Just call and leave a message with the butler(your son) and he’ll schedule you in.
From: Advanced Finance <email@example.com>
Subj: Loan Offer at 3% (Serious Inquiry Only contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
DO YOU NEED A LOAN? IF YES THEN CONTACT US VIA EMAIL : advancedfinance1@gmail. com WITH YOUR INFORMATION.
Before you judge me, just keep in mind that my wife left me, I’ve got a sick kid and my car just broke down.
Subj: URGENT ORDER
This is Bob and I will like to order ( Radial Piston )Do get back to me
with the types and cost for the ones you do carry and let me know if
there is an extra cost when using visa or master Card.Kindly get back
to me with your name Are you the sales manager or the Owner?
Mr. Wilson, although it would seem that randomly spamming email addresses in search of radial pistons is an inefficient method of acquiring some, you’ve hit the lottery.
Hello Mr. Wilson,
We happen to have just under four billion radial pistons in stock, which you MUST purchase within the next four hours. We don’t accept credit cards, however we are willing to barter for illiterate and ignorant Nigerians. The way we’ve managed to create such a store of radial pistons is by having Nigerians shipped to us in exchange for past orders, placing them on the shop floor and telling them if they work really hard, they’ll get to meet a deposed prince’s wife. They are whirling dervishes!
I look forward to your order. You now have three hours, fifty two minutes and eleven seconds.
Head Sanitation Expert
Mark left this in my spam folder:
Mark Dulisse: I am the biggest internet marketing god alive http://holycrapIdeletedyourURL.com
You’re wrong Mark, you’re just a spamming piece of shit. I can only hope you come to pay me a visit when checking your spam penetration. I would love to discuss with you how you might have come to such a mistaken conclusion concerning what makes you so special.