419 scam variant

I got an e-mail this morning from someone who somehow found the for-sale page I had up for my Accord (which I should probably take down now that it’s sold):

From: daniel4real@juno.com
Date: Thu Aug 7, 2003 5:52:22 PM US/Pacific
Subject: used car for sale

HELLO SIR
MY NAME IS MR DANIEL I AM A BUSINESS MAN FROM SOUTHAFRICA BUT
BASED IN NIGERIA .
WHILE BROWSING THROUGH THE NET I SAW THE ADVERT OF YOUR CAR ON
THE NET WHICH I WILL LIKE TO BUY ,
I WILL WANT YOU TO REPLY SO THAT I WILL KNOW THE NEXT STEP TO
TAKE .
THANKS AND BYE FOR NOW.(08023282972).please remember to send me
the last price of the car.

MR DANIEL

Now the first thing I think of when I hear “Nigeria” is 419 scams. The I noticed that this e-mail actually originated (or went through a proxy) at an ISP in Ireland. I’m sure the next step would be for “MR DANIEL” to ask me for my bank account information so he can wire-transfer me the funds (oh, and btw, can you help me with this $40,000 I need to move out of the country?)

Comments

greycat says:

Why do they always pick Nigeria? There are plenty of other hard hot countries and poor people in rich countries. Why don’t they realize that as soon as anyone says “Nigeria” everyone knows it’s scam time.

kchrist says:

By some reports, the Nigerian government is actually involved in this industry. And I do mean “industry”. From the 419 Coalition web site:

The Nigerian Scam is, according to published reports, the Third to Fifth largest industry in Nigeria.

It sounds like someone out there is making some pretty good money doing this stuff. I’m sure the e-mail I got was only relayed through a proxy in .ie, not actually from there.

angeldye says:

what you talkin ’bout!! he sounds like a FINE upstanding person to sell a car to!!! I think you should go for it!!!! And Im sure if he takes a lil’ extra cash from you by mistake he’ll repay it!!! YEAH!!!!