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February 11, 2008

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.

December 27, 2007

10 Top Funny, Odd and/or Interesting Images of 2007

Some pictures are worth 1,000 words, but others are worth 1,000,000. By (subjective) category, here are 10 of the most amazing viral images of 2007. Undoubtedly some of these you will have seen before, but some will be new as well. Click on the images below to go to the full-sized originals. Enjoy!

 

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Most Touching: Loyal to the End


 

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Most Geeky: Why We Love Firefox


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Best of Technology: 1 Gigabyte Then and Now


 

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Best of the Web: Why Net Neutrality is So Important

 

 

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Photoshop Humor: Photo With and Without Flash

 

 

 

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Religious Humor: God’s Inbox


 

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Religious Satire: Satan Goes to Sunday School


 

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Commercial Humor: FedEx Pwns UPS


 

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Gaming Humor: Carmen Sandiego Finally Found


 

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Celebrity Humor: Chris Farley Found Alive

 

 

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Honorable Mention: Do Not Take This Flyer Down

 

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Greatest Image Collection of 2007: 56 Wonders of the World at WebUrbanist

December 14, 2007

Bad, Better and Best of YouTubed Choreography

There are a lot of hilariously bad videos on YouTube, some bizarre but good ones and some that are downright amazing. This set of videos progresses from one end of the spectrum to the other with no stops in between so hold onto your hats because this is going to be ugly to begin with but don’t worry you’ll love the last one!

One has to wonder if these guys dance this badly just to be funny.

Some work clearly went into this crazy light-sabering.

Wow … now that puts even Jackie Chan to shame!

December 11, 2007

Some of the Top Top 10 Lists of 2007

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There is something about the end of the year that brings out the Top 10 lists all over the interwebs. Instead of trying to come up with one here, how about a compilation of some of the good ones that are floating around right now? Always better to start with an exception rather than the rule, so here are the Top 15 Winners of an awesome photoshop contest. We’ve all seen these way too many times, but here they are all in one place: the Top 10 cliche dorm room posters. There is some serious wow to be found in these Top 10 astronomy posters of 2007. The Top 10 hottest women in tech can only really be followed by the sequel. A much more soothing compilation, here are the Top 10 sites for colo(u)r lovers. And to round it all out, a few videos:


Top 10 unsportsmanlike plays – some seriously dirty stuff.

Top 10 Tetris-related TV skits – some hilarity to balance out the pain

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