Why People Still Fall for the Nigerian Email Scam

Why People Still Fall for the Nigerian Email Scam


I don’t want to spoil anything. No jinxies, or whatever, but… there’s a little bit of royalty. Might have a bit of money, eh for
a nominal fee be able to get a cut of a pretty big pie. Really?!>>Yeah.
You going through with that? Uh, Guy Fieri says so.
Guy Fieri? … yeah.
The, chef? I was trying to make a joke about eating an
actual pie, it doesn’t matter. ♫ ‘Cause I’m a Modern Rogue! ♫ [synthetic robot voice]
4-1-9 scams Nigerian email scams. 4-1-9, right?
Yes, you know why they call it the 4-1-9? That’s the uh, penal code thing, right? Like
the cop code? Like they kick in the doors, and they’ve got mustaches and pistols. They’re
like, “Looks like we’ve got another 4-1-9 over here.”
More or less, I like your version, it’s way more exciting.
It’s the Nigerian penal code for fraud. And these 4-1-9 scams, they call them that because
they originated in Nigeria, but a lot of them aren’t even in Nigeria anymore.
That’s the whole thing! Right? Everyone thinks that like, “Oh, I’ve got a Nigerian spammer
or whatever.” Like, sometimes I think there’s actually a Prince who’s just screwed, because
he’s in prison in Nigeria. And he’s like, “No, guys! I’m serious!” Why are they always speaking in broken English? There’s actually a very good reason for this.
This is a heuristic that maximizes their input. Keep in mind, 4-1-9 scam of course is, you
have a prince who claims that he’s imprisoned and he’s got 300 million dollars and he’s
got to move to the US. He doesn’t know you from Adam, but he just gots to get moving
over and he’s just happy to give you, oh I don’t know, a million or two million dollars, right? Not a sophisticated scam to begin with, which
means you don’t want smart people responding to you, because smart people will waste your
time, they’ll mess around with you, they’ll report you to the police. So the way you eliminate
those people, is by writing it in language just dumb enough that the only people to respond
are people who might actually believe that they’re about to become millionaires.
And a lot of people, when they read that broken English, they think, “There’s no way that
this can be a scam or that they can take advantage of me, because I’m clearly smarter than they are.” Which is the hallmark of all the best cons,
you let the mark feel like they’re the one driving things.
Yes, most of these originated in Nigeria in like the ’80s and they were written letters.
Of course, with the advent of the Internet, they became much more popular.
Holy cow! I remember the first time I got an email, and there’s that brief glimmer of
like, “Oh my god, is this my ticket?!” But I can’t imagine how much more valid it feels
when you get a telegram or something, or some kind of official correspondence that feels
like a Telex dispatch from the other side of the world.
Yeah. And of course, what is the one thing that all cons have in common?
That one moment where they say, “And that’s why I need the money, right now.”
>>Yes! You create the sense of ownership of something
bigger. You promise a big, big prize, and you act like they already have it. Congratulations,
you’ve won a trip to the Bahamas! Congratulations, you’ve inherited a billion dollars or whatever!
And only after you let people sit with that idea for a little bit, do you suddenly take
it back, “And all we have to do, little paperwork you billionaire you. Just, uh if you can just
wire over enough money to cover the transfer fee of all the billions of dollars, that’d
make things real easy.” Yeah, and usually it’s a long email with lots
of documentation, it sounds very official, and formal, and urgent.
>>Right. And they’re only asking for a hundred dollars
to get this paperwork moving, and you get two million dollars.
I think it was W. C. Fields that said, “You can’t scam an honest man.” And what this all
relies on is two feelings: number one, the feeling that you’re about to get a payday;
and number two, the feeling that you’re a part of something less than legal. I fell
for a proto version of this 20 years ago. Really?
So I’m at a Home Depot, there’s some guys in a van driving around. And then they’re
like, “Hey man, crazy thing happened. We went to this boobie club down the way and we installed
all these thousand dollar studio monitors. Well here’s a picture in a catalog of the
studio monitors, and you can see where it says they’re 1200 dollars each, anyway, turns
out we had two extra. You want to buy them for only 300 dollars?”
Keep in mind this was pre-Internet or whatever. I’m looking and I’m like, “Well, those are
the same monitors, that does say the word 1500 dollars or whatever.” I’m thinking, o-ho-ho,
you guys can’t fool me, these are stolen speakers. Also, let’s go to the ATM so I can buy these
stolen speakers from you. And of course what they are is just garbage speakers that they
go around telling a story that ropes you in, and I assume that’s pretty much why the 4-1-9
works? Yeah, there are hundreds of different variations.
Some of them, you’ve won the lottery, some of them they’ve bought a bunch of oil at below
market prices, some of them are inheritance and so you just need to pay a small fee to
get your inheritance and to unlock it. So it sounds like no matter what version of
the story that it is, there are three key elements. One, there’s a lot of money to be
made by you. Two, it’s slightly shady, which is why you should not tell anyone about our
conversation. And three, in order to complete the transaction, the tiniest little bit of
monetary transaction has to happen. Exactly. And that’s the most important part,
in there, this is just another iteration of what’s called an advanced-fee scam. So they
get this fee from you, and then they say, “Okay, we’re going to go ahead and move forward.”
And then there’s another slightly larger complication where they say, “We need this paperwork, and
it’s going to cost like a thousand dollars.” So what you’re saying is, they keep paying
dividends in terms of conversation, as far as moving things forward, but financially
they’re bleeding you dry. Yeah, you have these escalating investments
that you need to make, and that’s part of the problem, that they hook you for a little
bit and you think, “Well I’ve already invested this much, I need to keep going and see it
through.” So this is the hidden fourth phase of the
4-1-9 scam, the sunk cost fallacy. This idea that it’s like, “Well, I mean I’ve sent over
$5,000 so far, what do I walk away? Then I’d really be an idiot. The smart thing
is to just handle this next $200 payment and finally I’ll be a billionaire.”
And then to further entice you, they up the stakes on both ends. They’ll say, “Now, we need
$8,000 from you, but guess what? We’ve unlocked more funds, it’s actually 26 million
dollars that we can get to you.” I’m sorry, just real quick, what was the guys
name?>>You in? You in?! Let’s do it!
>>I was, I was. But then comes the con within a con, there’s
a threat to the entire operation. So, you’ve got the promise of money, you know
it’s shady, you invest, you get a little bit started, they keep stringing you along, you
don’t want to be a sucker so the way to not be a sucker is to continue to give them money,
and then the moment you want to stop giving them money–
Then they say the entire operation is in jeopardy, we need this much money for plane tickets
to go meet these associates to convince them. Or better yet, some “totally other person”
calls you, Detective So-And-So investigating a Nigerian 4-1-9 scam.
And they say, “Listen, we need this much money to bribe this guy so he gets off of our trail.”
That’s amazing. Now a lot of times they ask for your banking
information, that doesn’t really give them anything. They don’t use it! But, it lets
them know that they have a valid mark. Wow I never put that together! Because I always
wondered that, the bank routing information is on literally every check you’ve ever written,
because it’s 1987. But I was like, what can they do with that? That let’s them know that you’re willing to play ball. Oh that’s brilliant. Uh, okay, tell me some ghost stories. Terrify me.
Okay, I’ve got some little factoids. How many emails does a scammer have to send out to
get one response? In the early days, pre-Internet, to market
my stage show I would send out 2-4,000 post cards saying, “Hey, Brian Brushwood is in
Atlanta, Georgia. Would you like to book him at your show?” And I’d get four or five calls,
so usually in what they call direct response marketing, you would expect hopefully a one
percent return. I’m going to guess it’s worse and say one tenth of one percent, for every
thousand, two thousand you get a response? They get one response for every 12.5 million
emails they send out. I need to talk to their marketing team, because
that’s not great. There’s a lot I could do to up their return on investment.
But it’s emails, it doesn’t cost them anything. They send out billions per year, and these
larger organizations make around two million dollars a year.
After the fact, I have to imagine that virtually nobody wants to admit that they were suckered,
that they were scammed, and that they got taken for a ride.
Exactly. The numbers are actually much, much higher than the government knows, because
people are too ashamed to admit that they were taken advantage of.
So, famous magician Penn Jillette had a laptop stolen, and there were some sexy photos on
there. They tried to blackmail him, and he went to the, he was like, “Well what’s the
worst that could happen? There’s sexy photos of me out on the Internet–I’ll go to the
FBI.” He called the FBI and said they’re trying to blackmail me for the stuff on the laptop,
and he’s like, “Well how much money have you given them?” and he’s like, “None, I called
you.” And he says, “That, that doesn’t happen.” Like the FBI goes, “Uh, literally nobody calls
us before they’ve already given up too much money or whatever.” The moment you start,
is the moment you’re totally screwed. It ties back to that, I don’t want people
to know that I’m a sucker, and maybe I’m not so I’m going to keep investing money to prove
that I’m not a sucker. That’s the insidious, brilliant part of this.
Is you participate because you don’t want to be the sucker who had the chance to become
a millionaire but didn’t bother to send a hundred dollars in. You don’t want to be the
sucker who has spent $5,000 and gotten nothing in response, so you send a little bit more.
And you most certainly don’t want to be the sucker who goes to jail, because you’re being
told that you’re involved in an investment scheme that’s going to end you up in the Congo.
And you don’t want to be Janella Spears, a nurse who lost $400,000. Gave all of her money,
took out a lean on her house and her car, that were already paid for, and then finally
realized, “Oh, this is a scam.” So the crazy thing about this is that this
scam is actually growing. Even though you would think that people are–
No way! No way! Everybody knows it! The most recent number that I found, in 2013
for worldwide losses to 4-1-9 scams, guess. Worldwide? I don’t know, 20-30-40 million
dollars? 12.7 billion dollars.
Wait, in one year? Yeah, and it was increasing by hundreds of
millions of dollars every year. In spite of email programs filtering out most of this
spam, it’s still working, it’s still getting better.
Now if you want to have a little fun with these scammers, go to your spam folder, go
to your trash folder, your junk mail filter. This is a bad idea, it’s a bad idea.
It’s not! It’s so much fun, there are entire websites that communities have sprung up around
that all bait these guys to waste their time. And you’re right, that is the only way to
punish them so to speak, is to get them to invest heavily with their time and then give
them no reward. My favorite story was the p-p-p-powerbook
scam, where somebody got a Nigerian scammer on the hook and said, “Hey man, yeah no, I
don’t have money but I’ve got this brand new powerbook. It’s from Apple, it’s normally
$2,500, can I just send that to you instead of the $500?” And the guy was like, “Well yes!”
And then a little thing he said, “Oh by the way, uhm, you know just as a courtesy to me,
would you list it as something besides a laptop? Otherwise I’ll have to pay a big old value-added
tax when it comes in.” He’s like, “I’ll make sure to do that,” and sends it, lists it as
a full $5,000 dollar powerbook. Sends a box of rocks over to this guy, and the guy had
to pay like a giant duty fee in order to receive nothing.
Brilliant! Right?
I actually was corresponding with a couple of them in preparation of this episode.
Wait, whoa whoa whoa, you mean you personally? Yes.
All right, go on. I went in to my spam filter and I spoke to
the governor of a bank? I didn’t know they had governors.
Money’s got to come from somewhere. This is a billion years long, also it calls
you, “Hello dear.” I know, I was touched by that intimacy, and
he was very friendly. I apologize for sending you this sensitive
information via email instead of certified mail post mail. Which by the way, this is
something that they call anchoring. The mere fact that he said, “certified mail post mail”
and he said that’s how he should have gotten in touch with you lends legitimacy that’s
not there. Russel says you’re owed 9,850,000 United States
dollars, which he made sure to spell out for you, literally. What did you do?
I emailed him, okay, so first I emailed him back. Now there are techniques to bait these
guys that I learned after I screwed it up. To Russel Nelson, I said, “Mister Nelson,
this is quite a surprise. I had no idea that I had relatives in London. I will of course
do all that I can to assist with this matter, and I’m incredibly excited. Half of that money
is mine? What a fantastic bit of news! -Jason” Russel comes back with essentially what is
the first email re-worded. I want this information, full name, contact address, profession, nationality,
etc. Here’s where I ruined it. “Russel, this is all very exciting! I’m very
interested in participating. You said that this money comes from my deceased relatives
in London? At first I didn’t know who you were talking about, but now I’m thinking it
was my cousin, Dan. We haven’t heard from Dan in a long time, which is fine. After that
one Thanksgiving where he drank an entire bottle of Amarreto, we couldn’t be happier
that he disappeared. He always talked about going to London to open a fish and chips business.
I thought that was weird, until I found out that chips are actually french fries! Isn’t
that crazy?!” In this guys mind, all he heard was this giant
flashing neon sign, saying, “Smart! Smart! Smart! Smart!”
“Anyway, Dan was a drunk, and is probably the one who died, but if he’s got all of this
money that he’s leaving to me, then I guess the fish and french fries business really
worked out for him. So on to your questions, I see that you’re asking me for my profession.
That’s a hard one to answer tbh, I’m kind of a free spirit. I don’t appreciate the confines
of employment, I just consider myself something of a rogue. Should I just put ‘rogue’ there?
Thank you, Jason.” I did not think it was possible, but it turns
out you’re the bigger —hole in this story. How dare you! I lost my cousin to alcoholism!
He sends you a gift certificate from Amaretto, is that what it is? Russel’s so insensitive. — CC BY BIZARRE MAGIC —

100 comments

  1. Is there really no way to report these people and get law enforcement on their butts? But you mentioned a guy calling the FBI, do they handle such things? But latter you talked about the only option is to waste their time as a way to get back at them. I get plenty of scam phone calls. I have tried to report them to the FCA etc but it never seems to go anywhere and I think once was told it would never go anywhere.

  2. I never got any Nigerian Prince emails. (Maybe because I'm not from the US?) I kinda wish I had though so I could print and frame it on my wall.

  3. This is where your skills in English come in handy.  Scammer mostly operate from foreign countries where their English skills are NEVER EVER as good as a native born and educated American.  Therefore, no matter how skillful their English is, they will always make English mistakes or phrase sentences in awkward ways.  Example:  one scammer asked me to click on something I didn't order and it was from "Apple Tech Supports".  Notice the "s" in supports.  That's wrong.  It should be "Support".  Another example:  In another scam email, the email ended with "Thank's".  Notice the apostrophe ('s)?  That's possessive case.  It should be "Thanks".  NOT "Thank's".

  4. Guys idk know y people still fall for this just call my Nigerian uncle for tips to not fall for this he might even give u some money

  5. Just a few days ago a woman was arrested for fraud in the Netherlands because she send 1.1 mil euro in the last 3 years to someone she never seen in real life from Nigeria.
    People still fall for these tricks

  6. Google "sign up to Christian Newsletters" and if the email scammer is too stupid to use one that's not like 10 minute mail, put their email into the newsletter website, and select every single box.

  7. I dont thi k they think the poor English is done on purpose. It is they just have poor English. It is greed not think I g I'll be doing some thing illegal.

  8. in holland a guy came up to me with an empty petrol can….hey man i need 10 euro for benzine so i can ride my car to my mothers place…..so i gave 10 euro……a few minutes later in another street i see him going in a hash shop to buy some dope….hahahaha well the next week i'm in town and there he is again going round asking people the same thing……..the bezine can scam…….quite funny

  9. I got a letter (a real airmail letter) from a Nigerian prince in 1993.
    I used to get letters on this kind of airmail paper from my parents (who lived overseas) all the time, so I was willing to open the envelope because I didn't know what it was at first.

  10. Could you look into the Vaportech, and Vaporware Crowdfund, Kickstarter scams? I suspect some of them are duel Scam, and Money Laundering operations.

  11. Scams … it's not a scam … its just having fun with the stupid … and there's shitloads of them, which perpetuates it beautifully

  12. I once gave my credit card info so I could play the "hottest 3d sex game" all I ended up playing was a marvel hulk sidescroller… It was worth it.

  13. I was once almost scammed on Match.com about 10 years ago. Found this gal on there that I hit it off pretty well. The profile of "her" didn't have that heuristic technique going on. She actually sounded intelligible, seemed to have some consistency going on with the photos I was sent, and she'd presented herself with a bangin' personality, a well off family, and was pretty hot. She went onto say how she was an NGO worker in some African country (wouldn't surprise me if it were Nigeria 😛 ) and as communications persisted she eventually started to act kinda desperate. She eventually began to tell me that the hotel she was staying at couldn't let her stay much longer cause she was running out of money and that she needed help with some funds to pay rent (red flag 1) At this point I was still wanting to give her the benefit of the doubt (who wouldn't want to to someone that has a stable life and says their hooked on you, ya know? ) So I played along a little with a ounce of skepticism of course, and after some time and back checking their email address through google (which I wish I woulda done earlier) I found there was just one result to a website that had seemed to catalog all the known email addresses associated to these scammers. That and when I actually managed to get a hold of someone from a number "she" gave I was greeted by a deep sounding male voice and apart from saying hello to me I could barely understand what all he was saying.

    So yea, it appears the president of Nigeria needs some luvin to 😛

  14. Hey! I'm a Nigerian, so come, I want to do 419 on your head….. Wow! I can't believe that Nigerians are the only people on the planet who engage in scam…. This is hate!

  15. 1 RESPONSE FOR EVERY 12.5 MILLION E-MAILS SENT OUT BY THE 419 SCAMMERS..THATS DESPERATE, AND ITS NOT LIKE THEY GET RICH FROM THE ONE WHO RESPONDS

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  17. British chips (as in fish n' chips) are traditionally cooked in beef dripping (rendered fat) and have nothing at all to do with French fries which are essentially fried air in a crunchy dextrose shell and only suitable for Americans, the French of course preferring sauté potato topped with soft cheese or fine 'erbs or snails.
    Chips are traditionally served under a layer of mushy peas with battered fish on top and then flavoured with copious amounts of salt and vinegar, if left to cool and set overnight they can double as construction ballast or be used as temporary hull repairs during naval battles..
    During British winters Fish n' Chips are the only thing that prevent hypothermia on a Friday night when Northerners stagger home at 4am in flimsy party clothes in temperatures that would disable a sledge dog within minutes.

  18. I kept calling this one scamming outfit back about almost 40 times one day just to give them a hard time. It was fantastic fun ! I frustrated the tar out of them. I talked over them while they tried to talk. I pretended to be stupid. I asked them to repeat themselves many times saying I could not understand them….I yelled at them…I changed the subject several times…I insulted them…I gave them false made up info about me…I told them I was the FBI……I felt great, and why not ? I wasted a few hours of their time ! 😂😂😂. Oh, I'm retired …..great fun for retirees ! 😱😂😱😂

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  20. It's like playing a ftp game and you drop a bit of cash to build your account to compete with bigger players, and you have to keep spending more and more and suddenly you're out over $2,000 because you don't want to 'lose' and …. yeah … those things suck you in :/

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  22. Another scam to look out for: You receive an email, but the "from" address is yours. The email claims that the person has hacked your account and gained access to your computer and seen you accessing "certain web sites" and they threaten to expose your dirty little secret unless you send them money (often via Bitcoin these days).
    Fun Fact: Faking an email "from" address is trivially easy.

    If you click the "show full headers" link or button in your email, you can get access to all the technical routing information which shows where the email really came from. That won't be of much use to most folks since it's just numbers, but then you go to a "whois" web site which has an email source lookup section. Just paste the email headers in there and click the button and the site will tell you which country the email really came from and who the IP address belongs to.

    The IP address will usually belong to an Internet Service Provider. If they're a reputable provider (they might not be, though), you can find their email complaints address and forward them the email plus headers to complain about the person misusing their service. If they're even halfway competent, it should be a snap for them to find who it is and terminate their internet account.

    (Whether or not they will is another matter)

  23. You guys make a good point. Nigeria has lots of living princes from its much older, pre-colonial units. Kenneth Onyeneke Orizu III is the hereditary ruler of the Nnewi kingdom in Nigeria. Abubakar Shehu-Abubakar is another, the Emir of Gombe. These are real, living "Nigerian princes." So if they're in trouble and need help for some reason, what do they do? Are they just screwed?

  24. Ni dan Najeriya na aika da kudi don Allah ina bukatan dolar Amirka dubu goma don samun matakan da zan ba da miliyan daya

  25. if you want to chit chat with your buddy, don't do a damn video. Jesus Christ you are fucking irritating. next

  26. It's basically just theater managers. Come audition and we can get you jobs! Then you end up paying a billion dollars for random things you don't need and you never get a big job with disney like they promise. They hang the carrot on the stick and always pull it back before you can get it.

  27. It seems that nowadays tech support scams are pretty popular, someone will pretend they are a Microsoft employee and "remove viruses" for you for a fee, or they will "give you a refund" because some Microsoft product will be discontinued, but you have to pay a small fee.
    I have seen videos from hackers who target those scammers, waste their time and warn potential victims.
    Might be an interesting topic for a video, especially if you had one of those hackers on the show.

  28. Wire money? Man, I got sum cash, but it aint in no bank account. I'm kinda in an all cash business you see. I'm down to get in, but it's gots to be in person. You said $100 – but I only got bout 80g I can put down on that 2mil right now. I'm pulling 500 plus a night rights now so gonna be like a few weeks before I got the 100 for you. Can you get to detroit by then? If you can git the cash back there and turn it in to 2mil legit, dat would be ballerz.

  29. I got scammed by somone who said they worked with facebook. He said i had been selected by random along with many other individuals to have won 5000. The facebook help site had a number and connected me to a person who took the guys name and tole me i hadnt won $5000 but really it was$50000 and that the first person that had called was trying to scam my winnings. I then proceeded to do as the 2nd man asked and payed a large sum on itunes gift cards due to the fact people can cancel payments on checks, credit cards, and bank cards. So after having payed multiple times i dug in deeper and found out where the 2nd number was from I called the FBI local and in new york where the number originated from and they did nothing. It was all on itunes cards which should have been my red flag but like you said i was already in it thousands of dollars. Im still out the money i was scammed from and i know the FBI didnt check into anything or even care i got scammed.

  30. People are dumb as pets. American idol was the number 1 show for 3 years
    These are the people picking your president

  31. I totally fell for the guy-selling-speakers-out-of-his-van scam when I was in college. They were "left over from a home install" and had a price tag of $1000 right on the box so I though I was getting a crazy deal when I paid $200 for them. I felt pretty dumb when I realized it was a piece of junk.

  32. I fell for one of these but it involved an 'independent' gambling site and TF2 items
    I lost like £20 don't sweat, but i felt crushed and mentally deficient

  33. I totally love advance fee scammers and tech support scammers – they provide hours of fun. Just think: if they didn't try to prey on people, there wouldn't be so many awesome scam-baiting videos to watch and if they weren't total arseholes, we might actually have to feel sorry for them when they get played.

  34. Broken English should be the first give away that this is a scam. Most actual royalty tend to go to Oxford, Cambridge or an ivy league US university. Any real prince would speak English far better than I.

  35. Reminds me of the vine where a girl gave a fake credit card number and the scammer punched it in and was like “do you think we’re f-ing stupid??”

  36. 419 stands for Philippians 4:19. My God will provide me with all my needs. 😂😂😂 I learned this meaning as a kid in Africa.

  37. If the wording is poor and full of grammatical errors…you know its a scam…..If i see an add for a game that has poor grammar…i stay away…i have just had too much experience to put faith into poor grammar whether or not its legit…professionalism and proper grammar go hand in hand…and if the grammar is poor your not gonna be hearing from me….

  38. There was a dude who was trying to buy me bbc on roblox once and since I don’t like taking advantage of people (and because I’m not stupid) I politely told him nah turns out he was going to be malicious

  39. If say the word gullible slow enough it sounds like orange.

    People keep falling for that scam for the same reason people WILL fall for the above sentence.

  40. I had a guy that I knew that fell for about 9 of these scams knowing he probably got scammed before but all in all he got scammed for about 38k and 1 of these scammers actually sent some of his money back to sink him back in the hole it was horrible

  41. The ones I hear about most recently are those mails where somebody "hacked your pc and found porn or what kind of porn you watch" and try to blackmail you if you want them to keep it secret.

    The funny thing about it is, most people that call the place I work at because of this are old men that get worried because of this… soooo in other words: they DO have kinks that they don't want anybody to know about, lol.

  42. To anyone willing to try this: do keep in mind, the people that you are conversing with are actual criminals, who have no problems scamming people out of all their money, literally destroying their existence.
    I'm not saying, don't do this – I just recommend you don't get to comfortable. If these people decide to search retalitation, know that they have very low ethical standards, as they are literally criminals for a living

  43. I know a family in Montreal that lost around $20 million over 4 years to a 419 scam. It's no wonder why these scams are still around; sometimes they score big.

  44. Must be honest am a scam baiter (best when they can be fooled into giving me access 2 not just their laptop but admin to their system) its fun and wastes not just their time but crashes their systems bad me lol ….. 401's make my day and usually ruins their year…@10:48 would I do such a thingy who not I but back trolling scam files on ones email how would I put it > than fun

  45. I fell for the scam he fell for with the extra equipment but it was a projector and its actually real and full HD and I've been using it for years and I don't understand.

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