Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The Winkowski Job
FYI, if you get an e-mail from Assistant Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Thomas Winkowski stating that CBP intercepted a diplomat carrying a sack of money consisting of your inheritance from a long-lost (and apparently foreign) relative, press delete.
Or, if you have some time on your hands, a sense of adventure, and promise not to hold me responsible, hit Reply and ask the person trying to scam you for some earnest money that you can use to make arrangements to receive the cash inheritance. Make it small, just to get started. If the scammer takes your bait, try and set up a meeting at a remote and expensive location. Maybe Grand Cayman. Don't show up. Repeat as desired. Remember, don't give out any real personal information (the fact that they have your e-mail address is bad enough).
For other ideas based on baiting Nigerian 419 fraudsters, visit The Scam Baiter.