Chuckle of the day: Honest Spam

by Erica Sadun

This has got to be the most honest spam I have ever received. And polite to boot. It certainly made me laugh:

Hello, i am here to propose you a deal. I want to be fair, I have stealed Canadian Bank accounts, and credit cards. I spam evry day for credit cards and Bank accounts. Can you accept to send to you the money from these stealed accounts and you to cashout? After that you will send me via Western Union 50% of what i send to you. I can send up to 5k per day.. We can make nice profit... Please reply me if you are interested. Thank you very much.


Daniel Von Fange
2007-06-04 13:52:35
Even though it sounds honest, it's really just the old 419 scam going on.
2007-06-04 13:58:14
419ers are wonderfully entertaining.
Tim Trent
2007-06-04 15:20:26
Hmm. "honest spam" is not a term I'd use. This sweet person is also trying to rip people off, as any dishonest person who replies will find to their cost.

I do like the nefarious being ripped off by the nefarious, though

Erica Sadun
2007-06-04 15:26:33
It's a lot more honest than "Mrs. Tina Kulu" of the UK whose husband is about to pass on and who wants me to help her with all that money which might be used in an ungodly manner or "Mrs. Rabi Aliu" of Tunesia, whose funds will be confiscated if they are not deposited in a US bank account right away.

I kind of like the whole "Hello, I'm a crook" approach. (Although I do not condone having "stealed Canadian Bank accounts, and credit cards". Tsk tsk tsk.)

2007-06-04 15:50:27
It's possibly even an "honest" approach to laundering money stolen via identity theft. On the face of it, it would appear that the sender bears all the risk of loss (in the event you keep all the money-equivalents, and send then nothing), and the recipient (that would be you) bears all the risk of getting busted for money laundering and dealing in stolen merchandise and going straight to jail, do not pass go, etc etc.

The only reason that they would not be able to "cash out" whatever form of money they have (credit/debit cards, most likely, possibly gift certificates or things like that) on their own is that they either lack access to places that would accept such things (store credit) or that the items are hot and would likely burn whomever tried to use them.

While it has the form of the classic 419 scam, I see no way that you end up sending your money to them -- unless its something like the apprehended felon (that would be you) being held responsible for restitution of all the stolen funds. In any event, none of your out-of-pocket cash goes back to the perp.

Of course, this is just the "hook", the teaser, and there's no telling how things would unfold if you chose to play this game.

I did like the polite appeals to one's natural greed.

Erica Sadun
2007-06-04 16:01:35
Dave: I'm pretty sure the way it works is a combination of identity theft and forged checks/money orders/whatever. The mark deposits these forged items and their account at first appears as if they've been given credit for them. A few days or weeks later they bounce but the mark has already sent back all the money except for their 10% or whatever that they "keep".