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April 06, 2013

When Crooks Mess Up

Few things make me happier than seeing a crook self-destroy an attempt to con his spam recipients out of something valuable. Here is an example from a wayward 419 (advance fee) spammer who, for lack of one word ("million"), ruins his chance of catching the lazy/greedy/dreamy recipient in his snare:

Attention please!!!

We have registered your ATM CARD of (US $2.5) with dhl Express Courier Company with registration code of ( 9665776).please Contact with your delivery information:
E-mail: (dhl-service203@[removed].com)
Tel: +229-[removed]
We have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee.The only fee you have to pay is their Security fee only.Please indicate the registration Number of ( 022-82797457 )and ask Him how much is their Security fee so that you can pay it.
Best Regards.
Mr Stanley Brown

What I like about these attempts is that the mailing had to cost the sender something—not much, mind you, but something of value. By failing to proofread his scammy spam message, he greatly reduces the chance of hooking a sucker to recoup the investment.

On the flip side, I do hope that an email newby doesn't engage this guy in an email exchange, inquiring why there would be a security fee on a card worth less than three bucks.

Posted on April 06, 2013 at 09:27 AM