Friday, March 20, 2009


The Scam Letter As it Arrived

[My replies inserted]

Subject: Hello
Date: March 17, 2009 9:55:28 AM PDT


My name is Jacob Klaas I work as an international auditor for the delta lloyd Bank (ALM) Asset Liability Managerial department monitoring five branches including Singapore, Belgium and Netherlands.

Hey, nice to meet you. Can I call you Jake? Wonderful of you to write to me and a presumably large number of 'unknown recipients' with this 'offer.' Don't you guys know that one of the tip-offs regarding scam letters like yours is the obvious fact that you're mailing the same thing to so many people?

Another clue is that you claim to have an important position in a bank that has several branches, but you forget to capitalize the name of your bank. "Hello," indeed.

And really, while we're on it, what's with an e-mail message subject: "Hello"?

Is that considered original? Congenial? Inviting? Everyone I know says Hello.

I have taken pains to find your contact through personal

Through personal what? That's all you're giving me at this time?

Is this the bait?

Come on... I am left to wonder: through personal... problems? tragedy? classified ads? space? hygiene?

'I just gots to know...'

I have a business proposal for you

Okay... I will take it.

You got me.

I'll bite.

How about you and I become partners immediately. Let's split everything 50/50. I don't know you, and you don't know me, but we've already got a rapport built on trust, so let's go for it.

Yours truly,

(as if you needed to tell me)

Jacob Klaas.

Any relations to "Santa?"

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  1. I got one from the same scammer, he's been targeting me for weeks under different names, but all from *.nl domains.

    I warned him repeatedly to stop sending me mail, to whit as he is using outlook express 5 as his mail client and I am a security nut Job on Linux!

    I tried contacting the hosting providers about it, but this guy is relentless, just keeps going even when you say stop. He must find peoples replies humorous!

    It is never a good move to bombard a computer security consultant with 419 scams.. When he opens his mailbox later, he'll have something new and unpleasant to contend with. I dont think anyones going to be hearing from this idiot for quite a while!

  2. Needless to say I forwarded him a dose of the clap, let's hope his anti-virus is more up to date than his email client!

  3. These Scamming idiots that can't spell have got to start to realize that NO means NO and when you tell them to go away and stop coming back that's not an open invite to send another Scam letter!


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