Haven't done this in a few years... but... just got one of those scam letters in my email...
Being bored and having a fried brain from editing fashion week photos...
Here is their letter and my answer below:
Dr. Bello Adams
7:12 PM (3 hours ago)
YOUR CO-OPERATION NEEDED PLEASE,
From: Dr. Bello Adams
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Compliment of the season to you; this message might meet you in utmost
surprise. However, it's just my urgent need for foreign partner that made
me to contact you for this transaction I am a banker by profession from
Burkina Faso in West Africa and currently holding the post of manager
auditing and accounting unit of the bank. I have a business proposal of
Ten Million ($10.000.000.00)United States Dollars which I want you to
handle with me from my bank as the beneficiary to the fund.
This fund is the balance deposit by one of our late customer from France
Mr. Paul Louis Halley, he was an importer/exporter and a shareholders in
telecommunication here in Burkina Faso. Firstly, you
will have to open communication with our bank by applying for the claim
as the (beneficiary) to the fund, I shall be directing you on process to
get this fund transfer into your account after applying.
All expenses incurred by you and me in this transaction will be deducted
out from 5% of the total fund before the sharing of the
money in ratio of 50/50.
From banking experience it will take up to fourteen (14) working days to
conclude this transfer, also this fund can be transfer to you in any form
of your choice. This matter should be a confidential between you and me
and please delete it if you are not interested;
If you are interested, please send me your full contact information as
below and thereafter I will send to you TEXT OF APPLICATION FORM to apply
for the fund. I will appreciate your kind gestures towards this fortune,
may the Almighty God who provide for everyone bless you.
Psssssssssssssst. Did I tell you that I am from West Africa too? Sure enough - Scammyland. Like Eddie Murphy, I have my own money too!'
Anyway, my other American cousin, Vinny Boom Bah, suggested I contact you. I don't want any money, but a few cameras and lenses would be nice. Send them over and I will conduct an auction. I will send you the proceeds right away. Really. I promise. Scouts honor.
I had fun with one a few years ago. Instead of just replying to the email I wrote a rather random reply and then ran it through a translator and then again...and again and again. Each time I had it translate it to a different language until what was left was almost as bad as the grammar used by the scammers. Of course they replied anyway! I kept it up through 5 or 6 emails. Me and my friends got more laughs out of the translated message than anything else.
Why not waste a little of their time as long as you don't give away any actual personal information of course.
Laguna Beach, California, US
pfft. i had numerous email threads (years ago, and i saved them for posterity) with nigerian scam artists that were epic. those dudes never gave up back in the day, and it was fun to play off their tenacity. nowadays, if you mention either the nsa or obama, they respond with the standard "who are you" emails and turn tail.
Subject: "Good Morning Mr Udor, This bello adams, cousin to Vinny Adams."
Good Morning Mr Udor,
Nice reading from you and i was very glad that you were able to recognise me upon reading from me in the first place, actually my cousin told me everything and how you people had a good and healthy transaction, concerning your documents and passports, my cousin gave them to me and assured me that you are highly professional and trusted. without much delay, i will like you use this information of my secretary to effect on the payment so that we commence on the transfer as soon as possible ;
Receivers Name; Mrs Diane Edjada
Country; West Africa Burkina Faso
Test Question; Yes
Answer ; Transfer
Upon the receipt of the fees with the payment slip and the mtcn numbers, probably consider the deal done .
Dr Bello Adams
My Direct Mobile; +226 645 86 986.
I could NOT stop laughing... made my birthday, big time!!!