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    Nigerian Scammers are getting mean!
    This is hilarious:

    "A witness found Christian Julian Irwin, 48, around 3:30 p.m. Friday in a stream about a quarter-of-a-mile from his house, Capt. Ray Peavy said.

    Irwin was naked and apparently feared he was in trouble, due to his alleged involvement with a Nigerian Internet scam, Peavy told NBC4.

    The Topanga Canyon area resident, who has produced recordings for Carly Simon and David Bowie, among others, was sent to a hospital, but is in good health, Peavy said."

    Full story:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9091506/
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    The Nigerian Mafia strikes again!

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    WTH? He returned the check

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    WHat an Idiot

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    I saw this story, too. I think the guy is suffering from some serious mental illness. Hopefully, he will get the help he needs.

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    I wonder who it was chasing him. Was it Prince Farooq who's father, the king, was exiled or was it the son of the slain dictator?


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    The Nigerians are getting mad because they have all this money, and they need to get it out of the country, and NO ONE WILL TAKE THEM UP ON THEIR EXCEPTIONAL OFFER!

    If you ask me, they should have just sent the money over with the guys they sent to chase Irwin!

    It does sound like he might need some help, hope he gets it.

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    After reading the story I am not quite sure what was going on.

    I am guessing he took up one of these phony-baloney inheritance offers and was sent a check as bait to get him to meet up with scammers. In fear he fled and was being pursued, apparently with tracking dogs.

    Whoever wrote the story did not do a very good job.
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    Maybe they learned that in one of their classes?

    http://www.universityofnigeria.com/
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    I also read that, and can't understand why they have him locked up, even for observation. That is perfectly normal behavior for Los Angeles, especially those Topanga Canyon cliff-dweller types.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardwareGeek
    WTH? He returned the check
    Where's it say he returning the check? I checked a few other articles that were ranking in Google News, and they don't say he actually gave it back either--just that the Nigerians had *wanted* it returned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelColey
    Maybe they learned that in one of their classes?

    http://www.universityofnigeria.com/

    That's a good one Michael! From the site:

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    I think the spammers could make use of this euphemism as they face jail time!
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    I don't know why the Nigerians would want the check returned. The way that the scam works is that they provide you with a very authentic-looking rubber check and it takes time for the banks to reject it. Meanwhile, the mark (translates to sucker) has given them a percentage of the face value of the check in real money.

    Someone would have to be living in a cardboard box to not be aware of this scam. I am always amazed at the number of willing fools that get taken in by this one.
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    ok Tech
    heres the email, you tell me the scam.

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    ATT: Sales,
    My name is parblo del-mardrid i want to place an international order
    from your store of which will want to ship to Lagos state(Nigeria) but
    before that i want to know if you ship internationally before i proceed with
    the items i need to order.and also kindly get back to me with your website
    so that i can let you know the product i am interested in purchasing.
    I will be waiting to read from you as soon as possible so that we can
    proceed. Do you stock in large or small quantities?
    My payment method will be by Credit Card.
    Much Regards
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    I will like to inform you that regarding the aspect of shipping i will
    instruct my shipper to come and pick it up from your location as soon as we
    seal this transaction and payment reaches you.
    contact me direct via email.
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    Well, gee, I don't see anything wrong with that! I wouldn't recommened selling them more than $50,000 worth of product that they will have picked up by probably some unknown shipping company without a valid street address. The credit card will probably clear in a couple of days. Yeah, that's it. Probably.

    That's actually not the standard Nigerian scam. It looks like just another scam from some Nigerians. There are several variations posted on scambusters.org.

    This is a typical Nigerian scam message.

    Good Day,

    I am Mohammed Abacha. I need your assistance in taking custody of some funds and thereafter invest it into viable business venture in your country in partnership with me.

    Please view this site and read it's content carefully.

    *** sites deleted ***

    The funds is presently deposited with a security company abroad. All that is needed is for you to arrange to take delivery of the fund from the Security Company.

    Please if you are interested, contact me without any further delay so that i can give you more details.

    I am looking forward to your urgent and positive response.

    Please I will like you to send your reply to my private email address :

    *** email deleted ***

    I anticipate your prompt response.

    Best Regards,

    Mohammed Abacha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil
    heres the email, you tell me the scam.
    The word "Nigeria" starts off all sorts of alarm bells - when I worked for an international insurance company (branches in plenty of countries) they didn't deal with certain nationals - Nigerians were one of them. It was a business decision built on plenty of experience.

    "and also kindly get back to me with your website " why doesn't he already know it or look for it? - because he wants a "personal" contact to work on.

    "I will like to inform you that regarding the aspect of shipping i will
    instruct my shipper to come and pick it up from your location as soon as we
    seal this transaction and payment reaches you." - anything non-standard is a warning.

    I got drawn into answering a scammer myself a couple of days ago, the hallmarks:

    - Strange and vague request that he could easily have found out from my site.
    - Hard-luck story, he was a "motor accident victim" living in a care home with no family - ahhh...
    - Most of all though, he kept saying "this is not a scam..." - giveaway!

    Trust your instincts - if it smells like s**t - you don't need to stick your nose in it to find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leader
    Where's it say he returning the check? I checked a few other articles that were ranking in Google News, and they don't say he actually gave it back either--just that the Nigerians had *wanted* it returned.
    The MSNBC article linked to in the first post has this in it

    "That frightened him. All of the sudden it became a little bit scary," she told reporters, adding that Irwin returned the check.

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