Scamming the Scammers: 5 Brilliant Reverse 419 Scams

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Countless people are victimized every year around the world by international scammers claiming to have access to fortunes through banks, royal families, business partners, deceased loved ones and more. Some clever crusaders, however, are fighting back in kind and hilariousy scamming the scammers. In some cases this ties up the scammers’ time with useless tasks and in other cases the result are downright hilarious, like a scammer baited into carving a Commodore 64 keyboard replica from wood. This sampling of scambusts is just a starting point and these are often quite involved and long, going back and forth for weeks, so read the descriptions and click the links if you want to read more!

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Scammer Shoots for MacBook, Gets Nightmare Computer

The nutshell: what started as a genuine attempt to sell a laptop resulted in a buyer (scammer) trying to get a free laptop and paying hundreds for a joke/junk one. The original laptop buyer realized right after his purchase he didn’t need the computer and attempted to resell it on eBay. The first responder was someone from the UK who asked about international shipping and the use of a seemingly sketchy Escrow service. The seller realized a scam may be in the works and kept the scammer on the hook. Eventually the scammer ended up paying fees in order to receive a package containing the hilariously junked “computer” shown above. He proceeded to send viruses and otherwise attack the seller but it didn’t stop his humiliating story from going public!

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Scammer Shoots for $150,000, Gets Scambait Tattoo

The nutshell: a fake pastor from Nigeria tries to con a stranger out of money only to end up with a horrific tattoo instead. In a supposed bid for financial assistance to help Pakistani earthquake survivors this scammer tried to trick the wrong individual. The scambusters write back that he could have up to $150,000 if only he were a member of the church. The scammer bites, of course, and is told that he’ll simply have to get a tattoo showing his devotion to the church. Sure enough, he gets the tattoo and sends pictures! At this point things get strange: the scambusters fake being another scammer who has hacked into the good church’s email system. They finally get the scammer to “work for them” and admit what he is doing. Before it is finished, the scambusters have the name and address of the scammer and leave him waiting (forever) for his funds).

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Scammer Shoots for Political Funds, Gets H.P. Lovecraft

The nutshell: a Nigerian scammer poses as a political candidate seeking funds toward his election, while the scambuster’s responses grow ever more creepy, surreal and insane. The scammer and scambuster begin discussing a transfer of money when the scambuster begins unraveling a tale that includes the discovery of a secret, ancient and still-active cult. While the scammer is asking him to send his passport, the scambuster continues with his story and cites furtive cult meetings and raises the possibility he is being followed. While the scammer pushes him to send some money via Western Union, he replies that a friend has died in mysterious circumstances while researching the cult. Eventually the scammer starts warning him to be careful, and even gets into the game: warning him what to do to play it safe and what to do with secret society objects he has accumulated. Then the hammer drops and the scambuster goes crazy before switching emails and sending the scammer information about the mysterious disappearance of the scambuster. The final response? The tables have turn and the insanity has spread as the scammer flips his lid and types – all typos and caps – a deranged warning to leave him alone.

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Scammer Wants Help Recovering Fortune, Gets Murder Plot

Nutshell: Mrs Marie Jeanne Keita, formerly of Saudi Arabia, now in Cote D’Ivoire, is supposedly dying of cancer and wants assistance in getting her late husband’s fortune – and winds up in a conversation with multiple personalities and faux-deadly consequences. The supposed money is secured in a “matalic” box at a security company, out of Africa and use it to fund orphanages and such. She also wants help taking care of and raising her son. New York ad executive Pete Moss has no time for Mrs. Keita’s problems unless of course she can help him solve some of his own – which she does. Adult movie producer, Dick Wadd and his sales manager, Hugh Jass, eventually get in on the act and when Mr. Moss is brutally murdered by British hit-men, Mike Rotch steps in, but only to try to steer him back to Mr. Wadd. In the end? The nice old lady sends photos of potential male models to be part of his non-existent pornographic films.

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Scammer Wants to Transfer Funds, Gets Hilarious Web of Lies

Nutshell: This one is too funny to even try to explain. In short: you should read it. This scammer stays on the line despite the scambusters repeated requests for him to use absurd code names, repeated abuse, bizarre requests for photographs, strange attached photographs sent to him and so on. Biblical quotes, sex references and nonsensical truisms are only the beginning. The Ebola Monkey Man starts out slow but once he takes the gloves off this is a no-holds-barred death match well worth checking out. Check here more scambaiting links and resources and this book if you are worried about getting scammed.

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38 Responses to “Scamming the Scammers: 5 Brilliant Reverse 419 Scams”


  1. Online scamming must be one of Nigeria’s top-five industries. That’s not how you develop an economy, people!

  2. 2Aaron

    You missed a good one where a 419 scammer was baited to hand-write a Harry Potter book:

    http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/16/419-scammer-scambaited-to-re-write-harry-potter-by-hand/

    (not my site)

  3. 3Maik

    Kids these days. That’s not a “C64 keyboard”. It IS the C64. All of it. Those were the times we didn’t have no stinkin’ separate keyboards. And we all carved our own keys from old oaks, stumbling through the snow with bare feet, uphill. Then we fought wild boars and.. hey, where are you going?

  4. 4vaportrail

    I once sent an amazonian voodoo curse on one scammer and he begged for his mercy I told him the only was was to admit he was a liar and scammer…. he did!

  5. 5coyo7e

    These are awesome, I hope that the Cthulhu-based one has a link that isn’t broken though, I’d love to see an account of that one in action.. The “Mr. Bukkake” emails made me laugh till I cried, then again & again & again!

  6. 6Bob

    I discovered 419 Eater ages ago and have had it bookmarked ever since. Make no mistake these 419 scammers are pure scumbags and deserve all they get.
    Check out the Monty Python parrot sketch. Comedy gold.

  7. 7Hugh Jarse

    Best I’ve seen in awhile, funny big time !!

  8. 8nobody

    this people are either too rich or too young or have issue themselves.

  9. 9@vaportrail

    post voodoo curse for recycling purposes

  10. 10ComaToast

    Awesome work!! Hey your site is great but a little plain. If you could just send $5000 to a super secure escrow acct. (That I use all the time) I would be happy to send you some examples of my work. Heck I’ll send you a wood carving of how I can pimp your site out. LOL Seriously I read all 5. Brilliant!

  11. 11Joe

    These guy got nuthin’ on Butch Driveshaft.

  12. 12Jack Meoff

    I’m glad everyone here likes this board. Kindly send your donations to help me keep up this good work. I have found that the best way to send me your donation is through the reliable Western Union money transfer service.

    Please tell the Western Union agent you want to send money to “Mister Jack Meoff”. You will need to say “MISTER JACK MEOFF” to the Western Union agent very loud and several times to ensure that they can hear you from behind the glass window.

    Mister Jack Meoff
    419-I812 Ramshackle Road
    Lagos, Nigeria

  13. I had one dig a hole outside his city and bury canned goods in it, then got him to give me photos of himself and the operation by posing as crooked Interpol scam buster needing more scammers in my opoeration…it was a room with about a hundred 419ers…there is a fool born everyday

  14. 14Hizzoner

    I got scammed online once – it was pretty embarrassing and caused me great financial hardship. I sent my social security number and bank account number to a gentleman in Nigeria who needed help securing his inheritance. Somehow, my information got into the hands of people who stole money from my account. I ended up penniless – so be careful!

  15. Dude, this was hilarious. I especially like the tatoo story, made me laugh out loud. I’m glad that someone teaches these scammers a bit of thier own medicine, they need to know that we’re not stupid zombies waiting for them to pounce on our fortunes. Cheers!

  16. Pretty funny in a sad way. Cant believe people fall for this stuff.

  17. 17Shawn

    Don’t believe any of these…

  18. 18natasha

    LOL Hizzoner you actually fell for one of those?!?!
    What made you think it was legit?

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  20. 20jj

    scamming is the 3rd largest industry in nigeria and that is why the nigerian government is not doing anything about it. it sky rockets their economy and helps them out.

  21. 21Patty

    Hey you want to mess with these scammers who are scamming my dad? We are wrapped up in legal process to take power of attorney. Until then maybe you can do something.

    —————————- Original Message —————————-Subject: Re: Your consignment is still available….From: “Airport immegration Agent” Date: Thu, November 6, 2008 12:17 amTo: “Norman McGivern” ————————————————————————– Your consignment is still available…. — On Sun, 4/20/08, Norman McGivern wrote: From: Norman McGivern Subject: Re: United State immigration security department New YorkTo: “Airport immegration Agent” Cc: “TUNDE MARTINS” Date: Sunday, April 20, 2008, 11:07 PM #yiv206943811 v\:* {} #yiv206943811 v\:* {} ATT.SUSAN BAER. I WOULD LIKE YOU TO EMAIL THE SENDER OF THIS CONSIGNMENTABOUT HIM PAYIN FOR THE FEES. HIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS BARRISTER TUDEMARTINS. Barristertunde_chamber@yahoo.com AS I DO NOT HAVE THEFEE OF $4500.00 ?. I TOLD HIM ABOUT THIS. HAVE A GOOD DAY. ——-Original Message——- From: Airport immegration AgentDate: 20/04/2008 11:58:54 AMTo: Norman McGivernSubject: United State immigration security department New York Attention Mr. Norman John McGivern What is the reason why we haven¢t here from youabout this consignment in question; if you know you are not interested inthis we want you to quickly get back to this so we can know if we are tosend back the consignment box or not. So below is our Address so you can locate us at the Airport.Susan M. Baer, General ManagerJohn F. Kennedy International AirportThe Port Authority of New York and New JerseyBuilding 14 Jamaica , New York 11430

  22. 22Wullie

    This is all fun, but remember the “Dark Side” of this. There ARE people – many older less savvy folks – who get taken in by these scambastards.
    The Baiters are doing great work at demoralizing the scammers, costing them Naira, and generally throwing a monkey wrench into their plans. Support your local Baiter!
    BTW, anybody know just WHAT part of the Monkey you’re supposed to use the wrench on?

  23. 23HEROLD

    thanks alot but will need to join and be part of your scammers. if that will please you then send me a mail now.

  24. 24jbrad1988

    The next time you get a scam letter from Nigeria, send them this:

    AGWO TUPIAKWA GI AMU!

    Translation is “may a serpent devour your penis”

    AH HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  25. Excellent blog with lots of useful information on wahm. Are there any forums that you recommend I join?

  26. Hi, just wanted to ask, is there a way to scam a scammer? i send him money via Paypal, he never sent me a laptop, PRIVATE MESSAGE pls, thanks

  27. 27Angelia Jolie

    Dumb Niggers

  28. 28Ben

    I thought I was the only one “dirty enough” to turn the tables on these poor people.
    Got one of these letters last year and knew what it was when I first looked at it. I replied with gusto and began trying to plot out just how “we” could best tranfer the 150,000,000 dollars into the U S. After severa weeks, I suggested we try a very simple step to “probe” the possibility of simply sending the funds in small units thru pay pal. With a little prompting, they bit and sent $10,000 to my account.
    Guess what, I transferred the money to several new bank accounts and closed that account real quick. Well, I have no idea what may have happened to these guys and don’t really care. I figure if they thought they were cleaver, they found out the cold hard truth.

  29. 29Bendoveran Spreddit

    Way back in 1990 these 419 scams were done by fax. I received one and faxed back suggesting he try my former psycho boss. I promptly forgot about it. I found out years later that my former boss fell for a 419 and lost his business and everything else. I am not sure if it was MY scammer who took him but I sure hope so.

  30. 30maggie

    scamorama.com. They’ve kept me laughing for years!

  31. this is hilarious… i have this scammer a university senior lecturer in texas who wants my phone for his daughters bday present who was just “transfered to Africa with her team on a research on Human
    development under world Health Organization.” also he wants to pay 60 dllrs extra… Im still thinking on what to reply to toy with the thief.

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