"Having received a number of advance fee fraud emails, I decided to do something in retaliation. It?s a small gesture, but I decided to try and waste the time of these scammers as much as possible: to give them less time to defraud other people. I decided to scam the scammers: to string them along with bogus stories just as they string along others. I decided to try to get them to waste their time attempting to access money I said I?d transferred to them, attempting to contact me, or attempting to meet me in pre-arranged locations. And as you will read, it?s worked.
As well as wanting to waste the scammers? time, I also wanted to have a bit of fun: to play with them by inventing ridiculous personas and scenarios and see exactly how far I could go without the scammers realising that I wasn?t for real. So I invented the multi-faceted character of Gilbert Murray, and started to respond to the advance fee fraud emails I received. I hope you enjoy the results."
intro from the link:
"This website contains a wealth of useful information on 419 scams and advance fee fraud. However, most of the website is devoted to a number of email exchanges between ?Gilbert Murray? (in a variety of guises) and a range of advance fee fraudsters, all of them desperate to get their hands on his money... and all of them failing miserably to do so."
I came across this site few years ago after I received a scam from a rubber duck manufacturer.
a rather tenacious brit, tally ho
I forgot to send this on Dec. 14, 2007.
My Winnings get larger and larger.
[Add to Address Book]
Fri Dec 14 13:18:16 2007
I am Mr. Liu Yan a transfer supervisor operations in investment section
in Bank of China Ltd,Hong Kong.I have a obscured business suggestion
Before the U.S and Iraqi war our client General Mohammed Jassim Ali who
was with the Iraqi forces and also business man made a numbered fixed
deposit for 18 calendar months, with a value of Nineteen millions Five
Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only in my branch.
Upon maturity several notice was sent to him, even during the war early
this year. Again after the war another notification was sent and still
no response came from him. We later find out that the general and his
family had been killed during the war in bomb blast that hit their
After further investigation it was also discovered that General
Mohammed Jassim Ali did not declare any next of kin in his official
papers including the paper work of his bank deposit. And he also
confided in me the last time he was at my office that no one except me
knew of his deposit in my bank. So, Nineteen millions Five Hundred
Thousand United State Dollars is still lying in my bank and no one will
ever come forward to claim it. What bothers me most is that according
to the to the laws of my country at the expiration 5 years the funds
will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody
applies to claim the funds.
Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as
a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to General Mohammed Jassim Ali
so that you will be able to receive his funds.
Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning
this issue. Once the funds have been transferred to your nominated bank
account we shall share in the ratio of 60% for me, 40% for you.
Wonder when our Winnings will ever stop?
I just want to ask all here. Do certain people respond to this scam?
And if they do, How much are they out, concerning money?
Obviously these scammers make a living at this.
Wonder how much $?
So far I am filthy rich. It is too bad that I will not know how much I have inherited. I never answered back.
Ohh, darn it!
I wish Mr.Liu Yan could compose a better letter.
Let us all send him Microsoft Word to help him out.
I wish the FBI could nab all those scam artists and crooks once and for all.
Just as a side thought: The U.S. Military would have a rather large bunker hole in Mr. Liu Yan's property right now if they wanted to respond!
So easy to trace. The U.S. Government invented the internet.
True. Watch out!