[ILUG] Re: [ILUG] CONFIDENTIAL - From Nigeria with love (gearán beag)
mrudge at hcs.ie
Fri Oct 18 12:45:04 IST 2002
McGahon, Dermot wrote:
> these emails are coming from? If they are being sent within Irish legal
> jurisdiction, again, is anyone legally adept enough to know whether it might
> be possible to stamp these out. Particularily pernicious and persistent,
> this strain of conmail.
Yes - although the IPs normally resolve to a Nigerian or satellite ISP.
The only thing I've found that can be done is to see which ISP, or
web-based e-mail service, they're using and forward the full mail and
headers to the abuse address.
> Reading through them, it almost feels like somebody is trying to mesmerise
> you by their stunning use of large nouns and verbs. Seriously, can anyone be
> falling for this? I suppose so, otherwise they wouldn't keep doing it.
According to the Crimes of Persuasion page on these 419 scams, they're
netting an estimated $1m per day through it. The pages make sobering
reading when you see the consequences of some peoples greed:
It's similar to people who've been scammed out of large amounts of money
by these so-called overseas brokers and boiler-room operations who phone
promising large profits for small investment. They seem to be
increasingly active, I've received at least 4 calls in the last week
from these operations - all originating outside of Ireland.
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