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Name: How you recognize male scammers.
Other Comments: I am Miss Marple and a contributor at this site, I have met many victims here at this site and I wanted to create an thread for those who are interested to find out how you recognize African male scammers. I met an scammer while ago, and he came from Nigeria and he tried to scam me, that’s why I created this thread so you can save some time and hopefully your Money by reading this general information I have written here.
I have made studies of African scammers in general and collected some stuff. I will represent here some basic information and some good advices what you can think about when you are out on the dating sites and online, which are the best ways to avoid scammers and learn how to spot them.
Are you an woman and have met the most wonderful, good looking and to good to be true man on the internet? He is also very smart, well educated, working probably as an constructor or engineer and travels a lot in his job, He tells you that he is an widower and has raised his child all alone, and he is now looking for true love. He falls in love very quickly and wants to marry you and wants to meet you soon. Suddenly he must travel to Africa. To Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory coast or another west African country for work and he will come back soon to meet you soon as possible. During his visit he gets in lot of trouble, he gets sick or have accidents. And he suddenly needs money, his credit card is not good enough or he’s has trouble to get his money from his account. Then he begins to ask for money.
Is this something you recognize?? You have probably met an scammer from Africa. Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory coast, Senegal and Dakar is the most common countries where scammers comes from, but they do operate with accomplices from European countries also as Germany, Holland and United Kingdom. Malaysia and China has also reported more scammers activities the latest time.
There is lot of different scams, Lottery scams, Charity scams, credit card scams and spams (Variation from the 419 scam)and other different types of scams, But this is page is only about ROMANCE SCAMMERS or DATING SCAMMERS
1.Scammers use templates before they starts to ask for money and there is variations in time in that also before they do that from 2 weeks until 2-3 years. Scammers use templates because they scam many people at the same time and have no time to write personal mails.
2.Look for the language, scammers has often very bad grammar and their skills in European language is bad, the templates are often translated by GOOGLE
3.They fell in love very quickly and talk about endless and undying LOVE
4.Avoiding your questions in the mails (typical for scammers who use templates) but variations do exist in this also.
5. Asking money from strangers is a scam, African, Russian, man,woman makes NO DIFFERENCE! http://ladies-russia.net/Scam.php 6.The scammer tells you to end your dating site account because you are the only true love for him (this is the way he can control the victim)
7.Scammers uses an +44 as an UK number to confuse victims with that they are in UK but they are in fact in Nigeria . ID Spoofing
8.If it sounds to good to be true it is often that also.
What can you do to protect yourself?
You must protect yourself even if it is not an scammer you are talking to. Never give out any personal information to somebody that you don’t know such your home address, telephone numbers no bank account/credit card numbers or other sensitive information as log in to your email addys or other accounts .Scammers asks for telephone numbers so they can convince people with their undying love as they asks for money, so don’t give out any phone numbers to foreigners. As scammers are criminal in the cyber world their knowledge in computers are very good .Get yourself an good Antivirus program to protect you from malware and spams, never click on links that unknown people sends you in mails, there could be an trojan waiting for you. As trojan is an malware and is created to steal and copy information from other computers.
How do scammers work out and how do you recognize them??
Maybe you are talking for the moment with an scammer but nothing is not what it appears to be as the wonderful man you talking to is an criminal sitting in a internet cafe and knows exactly what he is doing ,because he has done this so many times before that you can’t even imagine that your lovely man is only an criminal and wants to have your money, they are trained to be psychological and knows exactly what to talk and uses your weaknesses to get you into the trap. They send you gifts and talks poetry to you to get you really fall in love. And when you are enough in love then they starts to ask for money. They suddenly gets in to trouble and get into accidents and make up fake stories and involves other scammers also pretending to be doctors and lawyers or barristers that the story sound so real as possible, so that the victim feels empathy and open up the wallet to the scammer. They ask money for anything, from food to hospital bills, they can even send you fake documents that you have to sign your personal information that you suddenly can get involved in the crimes to without any knowledge of what you have really got involved into. As scammers are criminals they are involved in money laundry and drugs. They use most Western union to transfers to receive money from victims, but money gram is also more common now. Scammers uses stolen identities from other victims from another earlier scams or stolen from internet also. So the names they use to collect your money in are not their own names. So catch theses scammers are very difficult because of this.
The grammar is very bad as their skills are not good in English so they use templates translated by some translator and many time the scammers uses GOOGLE to translate their letters, so look for the language in the letters you receive from the scammers. Scammers uses much religion also in their scams they talk many times that they are GOD fearing and pretend to be very religious. http://www.delphifaq.com/faq/male_scammers/f3269.shtml?p=11#comments often the scammers has children and they are widowers also, because in this way they can affect the victims in a emotionally way to the single mothers, everybody can be scammed but they often seek for single women with kids and in the age of 40, as people has generally made carrier and has an stabile economic situation as that attract scammers of course.
What can you do if you suspect you talking to an scammer?
If you suspect that the person you are talking to on the internet is an scammer, there is sites where you can seek for photographs, as I have put an link in the beginning of this information, but there is others you can do also, if you have contact with an scammer through email, you can look up the IP address, that the person uses and see if the person uses forged IP or has been reported to an scammer site. If the IP address is forged it is absolutely an scam, no real and honest person uses forged IP address, and if they begin to start talking about Africa that they are travelling to Nigeria or Ghana for business or work it is an scam also. Even if they have not asked for money yet it can be an scammers as well, as they can wait with that question a long time. Look for information on the internet what your love is doing and report scammers to sites because only by reporting scammers you reduce the scammers to operate and scam other people. Talk to other people about scamming and inform your friends who you also are talking to on the internet. If you have been scammed you must of course report this crime to the nearest authorities in your hometown and country. And here I have some links where you can find also information what you can do if you have been scammed, but I must put out an warning if you want to report scammers to authorities in Africa be careful who you are talking to, and also find out if it is real people you have contact with, as scammers abuses also this and goes under fake persons and scams people by saying the helping scammed people, there is a lot of fake detectives, so be careful who you are talking to and who you leave your personal information to.
Police arrest internet fraud suspects for defrauding American
By Success Nwogu, Published: Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010
The police have arrested two young men suspected to be involved in internet fraud. The suspects are Chukwuedo Chukwuemeka, 25, and Edokpaye Isola, 23, both from Delta State.
Chukwuemeka had convinced an American, Mr. Howard Cockline, to remit $10,000.00 for an investment in Oceanic Bank by claiming to be an account officer of the financial institution and had presented some forged documents to his victim.
But luck ran out on Chukwuemeka, when his friend, Ishola, who had been monitoring the exchange of emails between his acquaintance and Cockline, forged documents and got the money deposited in his account.
Chukwuemeka, who is a certified web designer and also handles his late father‘s real estate business, had gone to one of the branches of Fidelity Bank in Lagos to collect the money, unknown to him that someone else had picked it. The Fidelity Bank officials suspected that Chukwuemeka had come to collect someone else’s money, alerted the police, and he was arrested.
According to the Lagos State Police Command’s spokeman, Mr. Frank Mba, the matter is a case of obtaining money under false pretence, outright stealing and impersonation.
He said that the command was doing everything possible to recover the money and return it to the victim.
He also said the suspects were involving in defrauding foreigners by presenting Nigerian ladies’ pictures to them, claiming that the women were searching for husbands or lovers.
Mba said, “One of the suspects in this case, Chukwuedo Chukwuemeka, in one of his routine browsing on the internet, stumbled on an American called Howard Cockline, based in California in the United States. Chukwuedo Chukwuemeka, who is also known as Chucks Edo, presented himself as an accounts officer with Oceanic Bank. He actually successfully designed a website that looks so much like that of the bank in question and managed to convince Howard Cockline to invest in the bank.
“He presented another person known as Chuks Edo, which is still his alias, as his secretary, to Howard Cockline. After much exchange of emails, Howard Cockline was convinced to invest in this fictitious bank and he remitted $10,000 through money transfer to him.”
He added, “In the course of investigation, we discovered that there was another suspect, Edokpaye Ishola, known as Barry, based in Benin who is a friend to Chuks. Of course, both are the same yahoo business. Both are in the same internet scam business and both have had interactions that showed that they are birds of a feather.
“Ishola had hacked into the email account and had been monitoring the entire exchange of emails between Chuks, who is also known as John Goodman, and Cockline. The moment the transaction was sealed, Ishola forged all the relevant documents, went to a branch of Fidelity Bank in Benin and cashed the money.
“Chuks has shown so much intelligence. He is a certified website designer. My interaction with him showed that he has a deep intellectual base. My concern is the fact that his intellectual capacity that ordinarily should have been utilised for positive things is being channeled into criminal activities.”
Chukwuemeka, who told our correspondent that he regretted his action, attributed it to greed. He said he was a first offender and promised that he would not be involved in any other fraudulent activities in the future.
Ishola, who also told our correspondent that he would not be involved in fraud again, attributed the act to the devil. According to him, he got the password of his friend‘s email address when he forgot to sign out.
Almost 400 Canadians complained they were victims of international ripoff schemes involving “romance” last year, according to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
Victims reported losing almost $3.5 million, with over a third of the money lost by victims between the ages of 40 and 49. One octogenarian victim reported losing $20,000.
“It’s the kind of scam that’s not reported …,” said Cpl. Louis Robertson of the fraud centre. “The victim can feel ashamed, scared or stupid.”
Robertson said 586 people complained to the fraud centre that they had been approached in a romance scheme, with 390 reporting they lost money.
The corporal said that likely reflects only a tiny portion of actual victims, perhaps as few as five per cent of people swindled by Internet romancers. He said that given the nature of the crime, many feel too embarrassed to come forward.
Durham Regional Police issued a warning recently about online dating scams, saying at least a dozen people reported being scammed so far this year in the region, immediately east of Toronto.
Det. Sgt. George Demytruk of Durham’s major fraud unit said con artists post profiles on legitimate dating websites, and then attempt to romance unsuspecting victims out of thousands of dollars.
The warning describes suspects claiming to be involved in “work-related charity efforts, out of the country,” and requested female victims send money to them in Nigeria.
The victims gave out financial details, discovering money missing from their personal accounts soon afterward.
“These suspects will work people for months,” said Demytruk, describing false romantic relationships that are built with unsuspecting victims. “With the vast majority of them we’re seeing money sent, generally out of the country.”
Demytruk cited a case from a year ago when a male victim who thought he had been talking to a woman lost $45,000 to a suspect, who turned out to be male. The man had been advised of the possibility that he was being scammed, but sent money anyway.
Editor’s Disclaimer: Whilst I am reporting an actual conversation, I have no way of verifying the information or details contained within. The interviewee contacted me voluntarily and anonymously claiming to be an ex-scammer who is now studying in the UK. I have agreed to tell his story but this is told ‘as is’ without guarantee as to accuracy or truthfulness. To protect our users we have agreed that the interviewee, who will be known by the pseudonym “John”, will not directly take part in discussions or comments and will not join our community. I do not know how long “John” will maintain contact and in the event that contact is broken, this series of blogs will be discontinued
Scam-Detective: Thank you for agreeing to talk to us about your experience ‘working’ as a scammer in Lagos, Nigeria. Tell us a little about yourself.
John: I’m 23 years old and was released from prison in Nigeria in October last year where I served two years for fraud. I am now doing a business studies course at college and am in the UK on a student exchange programme. As part of my rehabilitation I am also working with the EFCC in Nigeria to help them understand more about scams and how the gangs work. I don’t do scams any more.
Scam-Detective: How did you get involved in scamming people on the Internet?
John: I come from a poor family in Lagos, Nigeria. We did not have very much money and good jobs are hard to find. I was approached to work for a gang master when I was 15, because I had done well in school with my English, and was getting to be good with computers. The gang master was offering good money and I took the chance to help my family.
Scam-Detective: Do you think that your teachers at school had reported your talents to the gang master?
John: Yes. There is a lot of corruption in Nigeria and the gangs pay well to find people with good English skills to work the scams.
Scam-Detective: What kind of scams were you involved with?
John: Mainly advance fee fraud where we would tell people that someone has died and left millions in a bank or safety deposit box and that we needed help to get it out of the country. That is the most successful type of scam, but I also did Phishing to try and get user names and passwords for peoples online bank accounts.
Scam-Detective: How did you find victims for your scams?
John: First you need to understand how the gangs work. At the bottom are the “foot soldiers”, kids who spend all of their time online to find email addresses and send out the first emails to get people interested. When they receive a reply, the victim is passed up the chain, to someone who has better English to get copies of ID from them like copies of their passport and driving licenses and build up trust. Then when they are ready to ask for money, they are passed further up again to someone who will pretend to be a barrister or shipping agent who will tell the victim that they need to pay charges or even a bribe to get the big cash amount out of the country. When they pay up, the gang master will collect the money from the Western Union office, using fake ID that they have taken from other scam victims.
Scam-Detective: But where do the “foot soldiers” find the email addresses?
John: Lots of people sign guestbooks online and leave their email addresses all over the internet on forums and websites. We would just visit the guestbooks, forums and websites and harvest the email addresses. Some gangs have software that collects these emails automatically, so it cuts down on the work.
Scam-Detective: What percentage of emails would get a response?
John: Maybe 9 or 10 out of every thousand emails. Then maybe 1 out of every 20 replies would lead to us getting money out of the victim in the end.
Scam-Detective: And how much money would you expect to get from a victim?
John: On average, about $7,500 (£4,600) but the most I know about was $25,000 (£15,400). This would be taken in smaller amounts, starting with a couple of hundred, then there would be more “problems” with the transaction, which would mean that we needed more money to release the big payout. People would keep paying more because they were very small amounts compared to the big payout that they believed they would get in the end.
Scam-Detective: How much money did you earn from scamming people?
John: In the year before I was arrested I earned about $75,000 (£46,000) for my family. I bought my family a better house and drove a BMW. I had mobile phones and laptops and everything that comes with having lots of money. I lost it all when I was arrested and my family had to move away from Lagos because I gave the names of my bosses to the police to get a lighter sentence. My family were in great danger because of me and I am very ashamed of that. I am very ashamed of the type of person I became, and I know now that I should have got a proper, honest job instead of stealing from good people.
At this point “John” became very upset and I stopped the interview. “John” has agreed to contact me again next week so he can tell me more about his time as a scammer. I don’t know if he will call, but I hope he does, because I feel that his story may help to warn people about the techniques scammers use to garner trust and eventually extract money from their victims. If there are any specific questions you would like me to ask “John” then please leave a comment. Stay Tuned!
Ojas, i am not sure if you have this article in the threadfor the Australian visitors,some of the links are dead,so i will put it here incase you do not have it, and of course for whom are intrested to read this article .....
People looking for love online this Valentine's Day are being warned to be vigilant after a reported 30 per cent increase in online dating and romance scams.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a warning to the nation's romantics to be wary, with more than 550 consumer complaints about the scams in 2009.
People are warned to keep private details to themselves on dating websites and chat rooms, and to take safety precautions when meeting with someone they met online.
ACCC deputy chairman Peter Kell says scammers take every opportunity to prey on peoples' vulnerabilities.
'Scammers target victims by creating fake profiles on internet dating sites, chat rooms or introductory services, and they go to great lengths to establish a trusting relationship with victims,' he said.
'These scammers then prey on the victim's emotional vulnerability by representing that they wish to travel to Australia or are in urgent need of money and ask for help to pay for airfares, passport, family hospital bills and other costs.'
Mr Kell says people caught up in such scams can end up with more than a broken heart.
'We've seen consumers who have lost large amounts of money, a woman who exhausted her savings and even took out an extra loan to support an online friend through what he said was a series of urgent medical treatments,' he said.
'And after sending $95,000 over six months he cut off all contact and that was the end of it. She ended up losing her house.'
He said while the number of reported scams is significant, there are many more scams that go unreported, as people may feel embarrassed.
'This embarrassment factor is particularly true for dating and romance scams,' he said.
The ACCC has released a number of points to avoid getting caught by the online scams.
Only give personal details to people you know and trust.
Be wary of anyone who you have not personally met who asks you to send them money, gifts or your banking and credit card details.
Be very careful about how much personal information you share on social network sites. Scammers can use your information and pictures to create a fake identity.
Carefully assess people's profiles.
When you agree to personally meet, tell family and friends where you are going.
Keep your computer updated with the latest anti-virus and anti-spyware software and use a good firewall
Thank you for all the advises and information you are giving. I have found five scammers and thanks to this web I found their pictures here, but three years ago I met one man that stole my heart and I could not find information about him in any web (I mean as scammer) and I thought everything was OK, but months after knowing him he asked me to make a money transfer that I thought was not legal and even though he asked me not to talk with anybody about it I asked for advise for two people (one was a lawyer) they said there was something wrong on that and then I called to a national branch of the bank he wanted me to do the operation and they gave me a different procedure to do the operation so I never did it, of course it was the end of the dream but just a month ago I found that man, with his pictures and same letters in a Chinese dating page. My advise is that before doing all the things this scammers want us to do ask for advise of people that knows about that topics and try to get more information before loosing your heart and your money.
Miss Marple from United States
I hope my advices and articles will give people awarness what scams are to whom are out there on the internet and on the dating sites,i have my self once met an scammer on a dating site and that opened my eyes that how many people are actually in the danger zone to become scammed by these criminals and common thiefs that they are. Scammers are proffessionals in this what they are doing and have no empathy towards theire victims.And thats why i decided to start up this thread to all people especially women that are scammed and also to those who wants to find good information about scams and how scammers work out.
If i can atleast only save only one person from scamming it will warm my heart,so i will continue so offen i can and have time to make reports of scammers and support victims on this site,and you are very wellcome to make reports of scammers and support others here also,your help would be an unvaluable effort.
My advices to all ladys who are online ,when you make repports about scammers ,please provide all information you have of the scammers ,emailaddy,pictures of the scammer,mails from the scammer as they offen write templates,IP numbers from where the scammers do operate from, copys from the money transfers as Western Union and Money Gram and finally telephone numbers are important information also.This is the best way to reduce the scammers efforts by reporting them to known antiscampages!! Help others from scamming and make poeple aware of these sort of crimes!!
Be very carefull who you are talking to ,even authorities and wants to give you advices ,it can be an scammer that is pretending to be fake police,fake lawyer or whatever,never trust no one if it is advices you get from an person you have NOT met in real ,scammers creates even false websites to lure victims with,so my general advice if you are scammed, be very carefull when you are talking to authorities from the West-African countries so you do not get scammed again.......
Nigerian scammers con WA woman of $9000
May 13, 2010 – 3:44PM
A West Australian single mother is out of pocket by nearly $9000 after being ripped off by Nigerian internet scammers who impersonated the state’s consumer fraud regulator.
The woman, who did not want to be named, was conned into transferring the money overseas with the promise of a $US250,000 ($A278,000) windfall from the Nigerian government.
The hoaxers used fake emails from WA ScamNet, eBay, PayPal and the Nigerian Police, Customs and Central Bank in the elaborate sting.
WA ScamNet is the fraud advisory arm of the WA Department of Consumer and Employment Protection (DOCEP), which profiles scams targeting local consumers and businesses.
Consumer Protection Commissioner Anne Driscoll said the victim was targeted after selling a $250 portable PlayStation on eBay last month.
A bogus buyer made an offer, but asked for the item to be shipped to Nigeria, claiming to have transferred the funds via PayPal.
The seller received a fake email from PayPal confirming the funds had been deposited, and was then asked by the scammers to pay additional shipping costs and duty.
Fake Nigerian Customs forms and phony PayPal emails again `confirmed’ payment.
Suspecting a scam, the victim contacted WA ScamNet, which advised her to break off contact with the fraudsters.
But after forwarding the email to the scammers themselves, they sent her fake emails with WA ScamNet and WA government logos, advising her to co-operate with Nigerian authorities.
She then received a phony eBay email saying the case had been reported to the Nigerian police, who had arrested the fraudster.
Later, a fake police email told her the Nigerian president had awarded her $US250,000 ($A279,485) in compensation.
But there was a catch.
A false document from the Nigerian Central Bank said the woman had to pay a transfer fee of about $US7000 ($A7800) before the money could be released.
After losing about $8700, the victim went to the WA ScamNet offices in Perth and was told she’d been conned.
“I felt violated,” the woman said in an interview supplied by DOCEP.
“(I) just can’t believe that people could do this.
“When I actually said over time that I can’t afford this, I’m a single parent, well they would come back with, ‘Go get a loan.’
“It was nearly $9000 with all the fees.
“If I go on eBay again, I’m not selling anything to overseas.
“This was our first time – and it’s my last time.”
Ms Driscoll said it was very concerning that overseas scammers were impersonating official bodies.
“This was a particularly alarming scenario where scammers have actually impersonated the WA regulator,” she said.
“The thing to remember is that no overseas organisation is going to pay you a large amount of money for nothing – especially the Nigerian government.
“If you need assurance that you’re talking, emailing the correct regulator or bank or secure online transaction point, make sure you’re logged directly to the legitimate site.
“Don’t trust a link that’s sent to you by somebody you don’t know.”
Though 419 scams are often perpetrated by e-mail alone, some scammers enhance believability of their offer by using a sham website. They create these sites to impersonate real commercial sites, such as eBay, PayPal, or a banking site like Bank of America or The Natwest Bank for phishing. Others represent fictional companies or institutions to give the scam credibility.
Though phishing is a secondary interest of most scam operations, as the object of the scammer is to deceive the victim into sending the money through legitimate means, the use of websites for advance-fee fraud is common. For instance, a scammer may create a website for a fictional bank, then give the victim details to login to the site, where the victim sees the money the scammer has promised sitting in the account. The victim believes the scammer and sends the requested advance payments. Fake (or hijacked) websites are the centerpiece of false online storefront scams.
Another twist on scamming is where links are provided to real news sites covering events the scammer says are relevant to the transaction they propose. For instance, a scammer may use news of the death of a prominent government official as a backstory for a scam involving getting millions of dollars of the slain official's money out of the country. These are real websites covering legitimate news, but the scammer is usually not connected in any way with the events reported, and is simply using the story to gain the victim's sympathy.
Scammers recognise that their victim who has just been scammed is more likely to fall for scamming attempts than a random person. Often after a scam, the victim is contacted again by the scammer, representing himself as a law enforcement officer. The victim is informed that a group of criminals has been arrested and that they have recovered his money. To get the money back, the victim must pay a fee for processing or insurance purposes. Even after the victim has realised that he has been scammed, this follow up scam can be successful as the scammer represents himself as a totally different party yet knows details about the transactions. The realization that he has lost a large sum of money and the chance he might get it back often leads to the victim transferring even more money to the same scammer
Phonespoofing is something common among scammers to lure theire victims with and make people believe that thy are calling from UK ,USA and other countries but infact they are making theire phone calls from Nigeria or Ghana this is how the scammers work out ...
Caller ID Spoofing is the practice of causing the telephonetwork to display a number on the recipient's caller ID display which is not that of the actual originating station; the term is commonly used to describe situations in which the motivation is considered malicious by the speaker
Posted April 09, 2009Scam Busters: Caller ID Spoofing
If you have caller ID, you probably assume whatever shows up on the display is accurate and reliable.
That could be a big mistake—and a costly one.
How Spoofing Works
For tech savvy scam artists, caller ID is a favorite tool. Caller ID spoofing, where the caller manipulates the information that shows up on caller ID, making it seem like they are calling from anywhere they choose, is increasingly common. Scammers use it to trick victims into handing over their money or personal information
Caller ID spoofing doesn’t require a computer genius. In fact, it’s easier than you might think. There are lots of web sites that sell spoofing “calling cards” which make spoofing as simple as just punching in some numbers. Other sites enable spoofing via a web-based system.
“It’s as easy as making a phone call,” says Robert Siciliano, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com. “Most caller ID spoofing services only require a credit card to sign up and don’t care or police how the service is used.'
Scams Involving Spoofing
In one common spoofing scenario, the unwitting victim gets a call from what appears to be the local courthouse or law enforcement agency. The caller claims the person has missed jury duty, failed to pay their taxes or otherwise gotten in trouble. Naturally, the person receiving the call becomes upset and disputes this, at which point the caller helpfully offers to clear up the mistake—once the victim provides their Social Security number and other personal info.
Other variations of this scam involve crooks who appear to be calling from Western Union, a sweepstakes company (like those Publishers Clearing House scammers) or a bank.
Be warned: Spoofing can also be used by legit debt collectors and telemarketers. Although in the latter case, this violates federal regulations. The FCC prohibits telemarketers from blocking or disguising their caller ID information
Here is an another article about phonespoofing .....
Caller ID Spoofing offers easy Privacy Protection despite the Controversy
Posted: May 01, 2010
Although caller ID spoofing has been around for several years, it is still fairly unknown to most people. Caller ID spoofing is the act of changing what appears on a person's call display or caller ID when you place a call to them. You manipulate the phone number so that, instead of blocking your telephone number or revealing your real one, you choose any number you want to display.
Sites such as www.SpoofTel.com and www.FakemyNumber.com have brought caller ID spoofing mainstream. Now even regular individuals take advantage of its uses. In fact, a wide variety of individuals use caller ID spoofing including celebrities, bounty hunters and other law enforcement, VIPs, and professionals.
Bounty hunters and other law enforcement officials use caller ID spoofing to help track and catch suspects and criminals. Professionals use it to disguise the number they're calling from to that of the office, for instance. Celebrities and VIPs use it all the time to keep their real phone numbers hidden when placing calls. Even when calling people they may know well, there is always the chance someone could find the phone with their number on it. As well, regular individuals use it to simply keep their numbers private.
In addition to caller ID spoofing itself, some providers offer other related services such as call recording and voice changing during your call. Recording telephone calls is often troublesome but with providers such as SpoofTel, for instance, you can opt to record just one call or as many as you like. Each of your recorded calls is then available for easy download. Likewise, the voice changing feature offers a fun way to disguise your voice so the receiver of your call cannot recognize you.
Unfortunately, caller ID spoofing has received some negative reactions. For example, some opponents claim that caller ID spoofing makes it easy for scammers to gain personal information from you by posing as someone else, such as a reputable financial institution. There have been a couple of reported cases of people using the service maliciously although the numbers a very small. There are numerous ways that crooks and scammers take advantage but caller ID spoofing is not an easy way. Most providers take special care to prevent fraudulent use and, for the millions of users it does have, the scammers are far and few between.
Overall, a lot of individuals find it crucial to protect their privacy. Caller ID spoofing offers an easy and inexpensive option. No equipment is needed, just a telephone or, if placing calls via the internet, a computer
By Aaron Smith, CNNMoney.com staff writerMarch 26, 2010: 4:54 AM ET
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- To Internet fraudsters promising vast riches in exchange for advance fees: meet the scambaiters.
These self-described Web vigilantes go after alleged e-mail scammers claiming to be Nigerian princes, U.S. soldiers in Iraq or Chinese businessmen. They say they need your help (i.e. your money) to access fake multi-million dollar accounts or palaces full of gold
Most people recognize these e-mails for what they are and delete them without replying, but enough victims actually fall for these scams to keep them coming.
And then there are the scambaiters who answer the e-mails and feign genuine interest in sending money, as a ploy to send the scammers on a wild goose chase.
Mike Sodini, a firearms importer and owner of the Web site ebolamonkeyman.com, says he started scambaiting in 2001, when he worked at an Internet real estate marketing firm that got inundated with scam e-mails.
Sodini started writing back out of curiosity 'to see how the operation would go' and he said it soon became a hit with his co-workers, who would gather around his computer to read his farcical dialogue.
'I started it to make my friends laugh and see what was going on,' he says. 'I didn't have a motive of, 'Let's get these guys.'
In his responses, he would masquerade as characters that were 'crazier than the scammers,' he says, including a porn star and a racist rube. 'There were times when I would pretend I was a Nigerian scammer and I would say, 'Dude, what are doing? I'm one of you.'
For further fun, Sodini got alleged scammers to make fools of themselves by posing in photos and holding signs with offensive statements. He says he would get them to do this by claiming it was 'for tax purposes,' which was a ruse, since he never intended to send them money. He says he'd also convince them to make numerous trips to airports and Western Unions, lured by the promise of money packages that never arrived.
The name of his site comes from his first scambait, a long-running e-mail dialogue that ended when he finally accused his fraudulent pen-pal of being a scammer and said he wasn't good enough to win the scammer-of-the-year award, which was 'a cute Ebola monkey.' He has posted this exchange on his Web site.
Sodini says he 'retired' from active scambaiting about four years ago, when the fraudsters got savvy to his ploys and started identifying him as 'Ebola Monkey Man' within the first couple of e-mails. But he continues to run his site, featuring past dialogue with scammers and photographs of them holding signs, as well as fan mail and hate mail.
Death threats and witch doctors
'Rover,' a scambaiter since the 1990s who would not provide his real name, doesn't see his efforts as a joke, but as a mission. In stringing along alleged fraudsters, his goal is 'to take their eye off the ball' by luring them away from potential victims, because 'they're spending time with us instead of spending time with other people.'
Rover owns the scambaiting site 419eater.com, which is a reference to the Nigerian criminal code for fraud. He says many of the fraudulent e-mails originate in Nigeria, but they also come from England, the Netherlands and China. Some scams are ripped from recent headlines, with fraudulent appeals to help earthquake victims of Haiti and Chile.
'[The scammers] will go after anybody that they perceive has the time to
give them,' he says. 'They're obviously just sending out hundreds and hundreds of e-mails.'
Some of the scambaits are quite elaborate in their use of fake names, personas and situations. Rover's site chronicles a counter-ruse in which 'Troy McClure,' the recipient of a Nigerian 419 e-mail, accused the sender of being a scammer and then made a deal with him. McClure convinced 'Steven Okoma' and his accomplices to track down a GPS-equipped trunk with $600,000 in stolen cash floating off Namibia's Skeleton Coast. During weeks of Internet back-and-forth, Okoma complained of his failure in trying to locate this nonexistent cash box, according to Rover. He periodically asked for money, while McClure continuously berated and insulted him.
'Those poor scammers went through hell and back,' Rove says.
Once the alleged scammers realize that the tables have been turned and the joke's on them, the conversation gets ugly. Sodini says he's been threatened with trained assassins and a witch doctor's curse by his victims who realized they'd been punked.
'They spend every waking moment thinking of how to get your money out of you and if they don't get it, you get a death threat,' says Rover, who feels justified in baiting them.
'You've got to see what they do to their victims,' he says. 'We've heard of suicides, of families going into bankruptcies. All they're after is money. You could be lying on your deathbed, and your last 10 dollars has to go to them. I've got no remorse for these people.'
Rover says that he and the 14 moderators running his site are all volunteers. He says that he supports his site with donations, as well as advertising. Sodini also has advertising on his site, and he sells T-shirts, coffee mugs, clocks featuring the Ebola Monkey Man logo.
Fishing for strangers
Internet fraud has increased dramatically in recent years, as scammers take advantage of Americans rendered desperate by the recession. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it received 336,655 complaints in 2009, a jump of 22.3% from the year before and a surge of 45% from 2005. The bureau says that dollar losses doubled to $559.7 million in 2009 from the prior year.
CNNMoney.com replied to several e-mails that appeared to be scams and asked the senders why they were contacting strangers to partner with their solicitations.
One sender wrote back, claiming to be a lawyer for a terminally ill English multi-millionaire whose 'last wish' was to establish an orphanage 'to be managed by someone she did not know.' The sender then offered this reporter a job managing the orphanage, which would pay a 'very sumptous [sic] remuneration for you.' Another attempt to reach the sender for an interview went unanswered.
The Secret Service, which counts Internet fraud investigation among its duties, does not recommend that anyone engage in scambaiting.
'We don't encourage anybody to interact with anyone that they think is trying to perpetrate a crime on them,' says spokesman Ed Donovan. 'If you get an e-mail from someone you don't know, you should delete it. Anyone who's asking for money or personal information, you should just delete it.'
Another Secret Service spokesman, Malcolm Wiley, says his agency 'actively pursues' international scam rings, but it's hard to track the thieves and to recover losses.
'The reality is that once the money leaves the borders of the U.S.,' according to Wiley, 'it's very difficult for someone who has sent money overseas to get that money back.'
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