Aug 25 2013

The Sunday Funny

Why “The Sunday Funny” instead of the usual “Sunday Funnies”? Two reasons — first, I’m really busy trying to get the last sections of my book to my proofreaders and didn’t have time to go through my “Funnies” folder to pick out five for this week, and, second, this one “funny” is just so damn funny that it deserves its own post!

A big thank you to Paul Day (a.k.a. Billy Bob Neck) for giving me permission to post his hilarious handling of an “old friend” who contacted him on Facebook to tell him he’d just won a whole lot of money.



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    “The full force of hell be upon you!” will be how I sign everything now. I expect much “you too”s.

    The full force of hell be upon you!

  2. 2
    Chris Rodda

    @ nonsense … You too!

  3. 3

    ROFLMAO! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a chatbot used to run a scam before, but I don’t chat.

  4. 4
    Kaintukee Bob

    @stever: That wasn’t a chatbot. Seriously – I used to scambait quite a bit. 99% of the people who run scams don’t speak English as a first (or even 2nd or 3rd) language, don’t understand everything that you say to them, and are working from a strict script. Their bosses will look down upon anyone who deviates from the script, and they work so many different leads at once (due to extremely low turnover) that they have very little time.

    The guy who compromised the account knew he was looking at a short window of opportunity, which was closing quickly. They had to get as many of this guy’s friends on the hook as possible before Facebook blocked them. They’re told not to mess with anyone, and that they should push as hard as possible to get people moved up the ladder.

    Once you’re moved up the ladder (Johnny, in this case) you’re dealing with the equivalent of a senior salesman. These guys know more English, have a good amount of experience, The 2nd tier guys are usually the ones who do the actual scamming – getting you to send them money.

    If you want to know more, check out 419eater, at 419eater.com

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    Chris Rodda

    Yeah … that’s what it seemed like to me, Kaintukee Bob … that it was a live human being who was scrambling to try to pick the best responses from their scripted responses, but there obviously wasn’t any best response when Paul started asking them things like how Jeremy was doing without his colon. LOL

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    Kaintukee Bob

    @Chris: It seems to me that they’re told to ignore things that go off-script unless the victim makes a big deal about it. Most people, apparently, will drop things like that if they aren’t referenced.

    Some of the people at 419eater are experts at getting scammers off-script. Their hall of fame includes many pictures of people who’ve created signs saying ridiculous (from an American perspective) things, or posing in ridiculous poses (such as on one leg, wearing a fish as a hat).

    Baiting these guys is a lot of fun…wish I still had time for it.

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    Also, there is a reason the premises of these scams are as stupid as they are. This quickly weeds out the people not stupid enough to go through with the rest of it. As a scammer, you don’t want to invest time in a scam that doesn’t play out, so you want to make sure you only get the least savvy.

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