RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Despite the warnings, people are still getting those scam e-mails from Nigeria offering huge sums of money, if you help someone claiming to be a banker, or political figure. While the scam continues, people are fighting back.
The Nigerian 419 scam has become so popular there are now websites, private and public groups, on a mission to fight the scam and embarrass scammers. One we learned about is called, '419 eater' dot com. It's kind of funny but, serious too.
What people will do for money is incredible. The '419 eater dot com website, is a photo-gallery of scammers who got scammed into taking hilarious pictures of themselves, having ridiculous things done to them; including holding signs -- some with captions that allude to their criminal ways. Scam baiters, intentionally lead the scammer on promising to send the money the scammer wants, if they pose for a picture and send it first.
The website manager says whenever they frustrate a scammer; make them look especially silly their pictures get posted on the hall of shame and their ludicrous claims, fake documents, phony come-ons are available for all to read. They're fighting crime.
The 419 scam refers to a section of the Nigerian penal code covering fraudulent schemes. The advance fee fraud is an international operation.
Victims get a letter or e-mail from someone claiming to be of Nigerian royalty. They are enticed into believing they were singled out to share in a windfall. It is amazing how many people wire and transfer money.
The tongue-in-cheek postings are entertaining and the website has a wealth of information. But, remember, these baiters, did 'not' send money. If you get a 419 message, the U.S. Secret Service says don't respond. You can contact their Richmond office at 592-3086.