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(Cleveland Plain Dealer)   Be wary when the mystery man you're having an online romance with asks you for your Social Security number and driver's license. And then electronics start showing up at your house and he asks you to ship them to Ghana   (cleveland.com) divider line 62
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2013-05-07 01:29:53 PM
I thought that was just part of the mating rituals of Ghana?!
 
2013-05-07 01:49:11 PM
Girl, you is D-U-M, dumb.
 
2013-05-07 02:05:25 PM
You Ghana get raped!
 
2013-05-07 02:07:31 PM
The Farce is strong with this one.
 
2013-05-07 02:10:44 PM
You DENSE motherfarker
 
2013-05-07 02:13:04 PM
Some people are just too damn stupid for their own good...
 
2013-05-07 02:13:07 PM
But to Burkina Faso should be on the up and up, right?

A friend wanted me to ask.
 
2013-05-07 02:15:41 PM
I hope she never hooks up with the guy who blew his life savings on a carnival game. That's how Idiocracy becomes reality.
 
2013-05-07 02:16:46 PM
Ohio. Land of pure genius.
 
2013-05-07 02:19:36 PM
Meanwhile I can't get laid.

/sigh
 
2013-05-07 02:19:49 PM

theknuckler_33: You Ghana get raped!


we're done here.  Turn out the lights.
 
2013-05-07 02:20:51 PM
Unless she's 80, too much dumbs to believe.
 
2013-05-07 02:20:57 PM
Our company's UPS account number got hijacked by one of these scammers earlier in the year. All of the sudden multiple packages were being dropped off at UPS facilities all over he country with our account number on them for delivery to Ghana. It was so bad we had to get a new account number.
 
2013-05-07 02:21:36 PM
Nigerian prince, to boot
 
2013-05-07 02:21:51 PM
Oh man, this.

I used to work as a relay operator for the deaf. You pay for it as a tax on your telephone bills, and the providers get to bill the government for providing the service,paid for via those phone taxes.

We were instructed to be "human telephone wires", and we were not permitted to involve ourselves in any way in the conversation. We had to, HAD TO, read everything that the Orig typed, verbatim.

Frequently, as in MOST of the time, the calls were from Nigerian scammers attempting to buy 50 laptops, 100 pairs of "soccer boots", a thousand blank white t-shirts, or occaisionally plane tickets or cars via classified ads, and they would use stolen credit card numbers, or would do the old no-good-cashiers-check routine, and request the change be wired back via Western Union.

They would have the goods shipped to either Accra, or to some patsy here in the states who would either keep the goods as "payment" for their part in things (sometimes they thought they were gifts) or ship them on to Africa.

See, the company I worked for got paid whether it was a scammer, a drunk prank-calling college kid, or some legitimate deaf person. If we contacted the destination number, we would be breaking privacy laws or some such, or that is what we were told. We still did it, though, to try and save some idiiot victims, who often as not would get pissed at us and yell at us, especially when we refused to identify ourselves or how we knew what we knew about their business dealings.

We calculated it up one time, that we all had particpated, unwillingly, in hundreds of thousands of dollars if  not MILLIONS of dollars in attempted credit card fraud by scammers.

Second worse job I ever  had.

/CSB
//THIS IS IP-RELAY OPR ####M DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE RELAY QQ GA
 
2013-05-07 02:22:00 PM
Buying someone gifts with their own money is pretty bold.
It might even have bought him more time. I wonder if he thought it over to figure out which result would end in the most money.
 
2013-05-07 02:32:26 PM
I can't believe people continue to fall for this.  Serioulsy, WTF?
 
2013-05-07 02:33:58 PM

blackminded: Meanwhile I can't get laid.

/sigh


Seriously.  The stupid people all get lucky.
 
2013-05-07 02:36:11 PM

Goodluckfox: We were instructed to be "human telephone wires", and we were not permitted to involve ourselves in any way in the conversation. We had to, HAD TO, read everything that the Orig typed, verbatim.


I once got a call from a delivery person using such a relay system.  Unfortunately the relaying person was almost unintelligible due to crappy phone lines where I worked and took their position far too literally.

"(gibberish)"
"...Please repeat your last, I couldn't understand."
"(tippity tappity ...other end retypes their message...same gibberish)"
"...You, human I am talking to, my phone line sucks, repeat what you just said, but slower."
"(tippity tappity...pause...) I am typing, I can't say things slower."
"Okay, got that message clear.  What can I do for you?"
"(tippity tappity...pause...) Already said twice.  I'm (gibberish)."
"....sonofa... Repeat your last please?"

etc etc, I'm sure you see where this is going.  Five minutes later I was able to get enough intelligible communication out of the system to realize he was at our back door waiting to deliver the package.

Whether or not he was doing his job "correctly", it was obnoxious to say the least from my end.

/very cool system though, was impressed that such a thing existed
 
2013-05-07 02:38:36 PM

porcupine tree: I hope she never hooks up with the guy who blew his life savings on a carnival game. That's how Idiocracy becomes reality.


They're like the Gatekeeper and the Keymaster. "There is no Dana - only DE'RP."
 
2013-05-07 02:40:33 PM

zabadu: blackminded: Meanwhile I can't get laid.

/sigh

Seriously.  The stupid people all get lucky.


I've even had to resort to dating women with sharp knees!

/the horrors
 
2013-05-07 02:41:11 PM

NkThrasher: Goodluckfox: We were instructed to be "human telephone wires", and we were not permitted to involve ourselves in any way in the conversation. We had to, HAD TO, read everything that the Orig typed, verbatim.

I once got a call from a delivery person using such a relay system.  Unfortunately the relaying person was almost unintelligible due to crappy phone lines where I worked and took their position far too literally.

"(gibberish)"
"...Please repeat your last, I couldn't understand."
"(tippity tappity ...other end retypes their message...same gibberish)"
"...You, human I am talking to, my phone line sucks, repeat what you just said, but slower."
"(tippity tappity...pause...) I am typing, I can't say things slower."
"Okay, got that message clear.  What can I do for you?"
"(tippity tappity...pause...) Already said twice.  I'm (gibberish)."
"....sonofa... Repeat your last please?"

etc etc, I'm sure you see where this is going.  Five minutes later I was able to get enough intelligible communication out of the system to realize he was at our back door waiting to deliver the package.

Whether or not he was doing his job "correctly", it was obnoxious to say the least from my end.

/very cool system though, was impressed that such a thing existed


As stated, this is a free service for the deaf, although you don't have to prove that.  And they basically have to say whatever is said.

Which lead to a friend of mine years ago telling me how he used to use it to call himself, and he waiting until he got a female voice on the other end, and then typed in phone sex messages for her to say back to him.
 
2013-05-07 02:42:42 PM
Visit  419eater for all your scambaiting lulz and to help combat scammers like this mugu.  You might even get a few cool African-crafted Star Wars sculptures out of it:

i63.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-07 02:47:04 PM

Goodluckfox: //THIS IS IP-RELAY OPR ####M DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE RELAY QQ GA


Ahhh, the memories.  As a Deafie, I'm getting a kick out of these replies.  The slowness of typing speed (as opposed to speaking speed) was annoying, but it was even more annoying when trying to call a business and they'd assume I was a scammer, or at best a telemarketer, and hang up on me.  Thankfully Video Relay has kicked in and the system is much faster and smoother these days.  (And scam-proof until the Nigerians learn ASL and somehow get videophones.)

/Thank you (and others) for your service
 
2013-05-07 02:47:12 PM
"Now Solon police are seeking to identify the culprit."

Have they checked Ghana yet?
 
2013-05-07 02:52:48 PM
You can thank people like this woman for the continued abundance of internet scams, from obnoxious chain emails all the way up to viruses that attempts to 'sell' you AntiVirus programs. After all, if nobody fell for these scams, nobody would employ them to make money.
 
2013-05-07 02:55:47 PM

Frozboz: Visit  419eater for all your scambaiting lulz and to help combat scammers like this mugu.  You might even get a few cool African-crafted Star Wars sculptures out of it:

[i63.photobucket.com image 576x265]


What is the story with those?
 
2013-05-07 02:56:45 PM

abhorrent1: Ohio. Land of pure genius.


Yeah it's horrible here.
Stay out.
 
2013-05-07 02:57:06 PM

buckeyebrain: Goodluckfox: //THIS IS IP-RELAY OPR ####M DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE RELAY QQ GA

Ahhh, the memories.  As a Deafie, I'm getting a kick out of these replies.  The slowness of typing speed (as opposed to speaking speed) was annoying, but it was even more annoying when trying to call a business and they'd assume I was a scammer, or at best a telemarketer, and hang up on me.  Thankfully Video Relay has kicked in and the system is much faster and smoother these days.  (And scam-proof until the Nigerians learn ASL and somehow get videophones.)

/Thank you (and others) for your service


The time I worked a call from a deaf college kid called home for Christmas from Galludet made it worth it. :)
 
2013-05-07 02:58:38 PM

BigNumber12: You can thank people like this woman for the continued abundance of internet scams, from obnoxious chain emails all the way up to viruses that attempts to 'sell' you AntiVirus programs. After all, if nobody fell for these scams, nobody would employ them to make money.


Well they would still try.
Some guy in Nigeria with no real life who has nothing else to do will still try to scam people even if he is unsuccessful in the hopes that he gets that one hit... like the lottery.
 
2013-05-07 02:59:14 PM
There's another scam to worry about. There's a group calling themselves the IRS and every April they have a data harvesting push, insisting you send them your SSN's and sometime even large checks to one of their sister organizations, such as the Department of the Treasury.
 
2013-05-07 03:05:19 PM
OH CRAP
 
2013-05-07 03:07:07 PM

justanotherfarkinfarker: Frozboz: Visit  419eater for all your scambaiting lulz and to help combat scammers like this mugu.  You might even get a few cool African-crafted Star Wars sculptures out of it:

[i63.photobucket.com image 576x265]

What is the story with those?


I scambaited for quite a while before burning out on it (largely due to cases like this one, and worse).  I went from getting silly photos, to getting my scammer "pets" to commission artwork for me.  All on their dime (with receipts for proof).  If you want to read about one specific story about how I tricked one into sending (to a dropbox) a custom-carved AT-AT, you can read the whole story here.  It's long.

I wound up with 5 AT-ATs in total (4 wooden, one bronze) and one Stormtrooper helmet.
 
2013-05-07 03:08:55 PM
Jerry Moore, Jerry Moore
Dum dum dum the night
Jerry Moore, Jerry Moore
Dum de dum dum plight
He steals dum dum dum
And dum dum dum dee
Jerry dum, Jerry dee, dum dum dum
 
2013-05-07 03:10:15 PM
A fool and their money are lucky to get together in the first place.

static6.businessinsider.com
 
2013-05-07 03:17:29 PM

Goodluckfox: Oh man, this.

I used to work as a relay operator for the deaf. You pay for it as a tax on your telephone bills, and the providers get to bill the government for providing the service,paid for via those phone taxes.

We were instructed to be "human telephone wires", and we were not permitted to involve ourselves in any way in the conversation. We had to, HAD TO, read everything that the Orig typed, verbatim.

Frequently, as in MOST of the time, the calls were from Nigerian scammers attempting to buy 50 laptops, 100 pairs of "soccer boots", a thousand blank white t-shirts, or occaisionally plane tickets or cars via classified ads, and they would use stolen credit card numbers, or would do the old no-good-cashiers-check routine, and request the change be wired back via Western Union.

They would have the goods shipped to either Accra, or to some patsy here in the states who would either keep the goods as "payment" for their part in things (sometimes they thought they were gifts) or ship them on to Africa.

See, the company I worked for got paid whether it was a scammer, a drunk prank-calling college kid, or some legitimate deaf person. If we contacted the destination number, we would be breaking privacy laws or some such, or that is what we were told. We still did it, though, to try and save some idiiot victims, who often as not would get pissed at us and yell at us, especially when we refused to identify ourselves or how we knew what we knew about their business dealings.

We calculated it up one time, that we all had particpated, unwillingly, in hundreds of thousands of dollars if  not MILLIONS of dollars in attempted credit card fraud by scammers.

Second worse job I ever  had.

/CSB
//THIS IS IP-RELAY OPR ####M DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE RELAY QQ GA


I was a inbound sale rep with a very well know software company. You are absolutely correct. We would receive at least one per month from you guys and we could even tell from your voice that you knew it was fraudster on the other end. I hope the FBI can find a solutions to this almost perfect crime.
 
2013-05-07 03:19:42 PM

zabadu: blackminded: Meanwhile I can't get laid.

/sigh

Seriously.  The stupid people all get lucky.


It may just be very low standards rather than luck. No matter how ugly, smelly, stupid, or socially awkward someone is, there's someone out there just as horny and desperate.
 
2013-05-07 03:21:16 PM

wildcardjack: There's another scam to worry about. There's a group calling themselves the IRS and every April they have a data harvesting push, insisting you send them your SSN's and sometime even large checks to one of their sister organizations, such as the Department of the Treasury.


Go ahead and tell us that income tax isn't in the constitution.
 
2013-05-07 03:22:06 PM
Anyone that stupid deserves a punch in the vaghana.
 
2013-05-07 03:23:34 PM
i2.kym-cdn.com

Wanted for questioning
 
2013-05-07 03:23:57 PM
My mom damn near fell for one of these farkers.  His story was that he was a French jewel trader in Africa on business, and needed to have his financial manager send my mom a check and wire him back money due to unexpected expenses on the trip.  He worked her for about a month before the actual check came.  I at least convinced her to talk to a bank manager about the check before going through with it (she agreed it sounded fishy when I laid it out for her, but was not entirely convinced that the person she'd been talking very intimately with for a month was trying to scam her), and the bank manager confirmed what I already knew; that the check was bad and this was a giant scam.

/be careful with the online dating stuff, ladies and germs.
 
2013-05-07 03:25:08 PM
I read an interesting article on how deeply entrenched in Nigerian culture 419ing is.There are businesses (like printers who fake documents) that dependent on it, rap songs written about how cool it is to gull stupid Americans, etc.
 
2013-05-07 03:54:55 PM

buckeyebrain: Goodluckfox: //THIS IS IP-RELAY OPR ####M DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE RELAY QQ GA

Ahhh, the memories.  As a Deafie, I'm getting a kick out of these replies.  The slowness of typing speed (as opposed to speaking speed) was annoying, but it was even more annoying when trying to call a business and they'd assume I was a scammer, or at best a telemarketer, and hang up on me.  Thankfully Video Relay has kicked in and the system is much faster and smoother these days.  (And scam-proof until the Nigerians learn ASL and somehow get videophones.)

/Thank you (and others) for your service


Geez, maybe that should be my next job.
/Typing over 100 wpm. Suck it, texters.
 
2013-05-07 04:04:25 PM
mama2tnt:

Geez, maybe that should be my next job.
/Typing over 100 wpm. Suck it, texters.


You had to do 70WPM to stay hired. Our keyboards had programmable hotkeys for stuff we heard a lot. When the drunk college kids were just trying to see how fast I could type, one of them said "supercalifragalisticexpealidocious" which was one of my custom hotkeys. /supercalif. I felt so vindicated whenever I got to use it. The kids on the phone were amazed and whooped and hollered and hung up, so I guess I "won" that round.

How I got out of that job without a drinking problem i will never know.

If they've done something about the scammers and prank callers, I highly HIGHLY recommend working as a relay operator. It's good and noble work, you get to read between calls, nobody cares what you look like, it's all about your accuracy typing and speed. If there were a call center around here and I needed the extra money, I might be inclined to do it part time for extra cash.
 
2013-05-07 04:37:24 PM

Begoggle: BigNumber12: You can thank people like this woman for the continued abundance of internet scams, from obnoxious chain emails all the way up to viruses that attempts to 'sell' you AntiVirus programs. After all, if nobody fell for these scams, nobody would employ them to make money.

Well they would still try.
Some guy in Nigeria with no real life who has nothing else to do will still try to scam people even if he is unsuccessful in the hopes that he gets that one hit... like the lottery.


Pretty much you don't need actually make money. All you need is a steady supply of new suckers who THINK they can make money spamming and/or scamming. Yes the ones trying to scam you are often being scammed themselves. Stupid is as stupid does.
 
2013-05-07 04:50:44 PM

Goodluckfox: If they've done something about the scammers and prank callers, I highly HIGHLY recommend working as a relay operator.


If you don't mind my asking, how is the pay? I'm not sure I want to write code for the rest of my career.
 
2013-05-07 04:51:00 PM

mama2tnt: buckeyebrain: Goodluckfox: //THIS IS IP-RELAY OPR ####M DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE RELAY QQ GA

Ahhh, the memories.  As a Deafie, I'm getting a kick out of these replies.  The slowness of typing speed (as opposed to speaking speed) was annoying, but it was even more annoying when trying to call a business and they'd assume I was a scammer, or at best a telemarketer, and hang up on me.  Thankfully Video Relay has kicked in and the system is much faster and smoother these days.  (And scam-proof until the Nigerians learn ASL and somehow get videophones.)

/Thank you (and others) for your service

Geez, maybe that should be my next job.
/Typing over 100 wpm. Suck it, texters.


It's a dying (almost dead-as-a-doornail) industry now, since most Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing folks have moved on to Video Relay.  The only people that still use TTY's are oldsters and/or people in rural areas that don't have a good broadband net connection (necessary for the streaming video both ways), plus the aforementioned scammers (who tend to more-or-less use the web version of text relay instead of dedicated equipment).
 
2013-05-07 04:54:19 PM

Thank You Black Jesus!: But to Burkina Faso should be on the up and up, right?

A friend wanted me to ask.


And Benin, right next door.
 
2013-05-07 05:00:01 PM
I like to string the bastards along and waste their time.

I have a lot of phony checks made out to "CHINGA SUE MADRE" (ask someone who speaks Spanish what that means) living at 3764 Puto Street, Cabrona City Texas. It costs about $40 to overnight a fake check via FedEx, so it is a joker worth playing.

I also play dumb: BANBK ACCOUNT NUMBERS?  Answer: (2), checking and savings.

Then of course who could forget the redoubtable "Miss Solomon Part Zento?" (google it)

We Farkers had a ton of fun with that old girl, fer sure.
 
2013-05-07 05:00:13 PM

umad: Goodluckfox: If they've done something about the scammers and prank callers, I highly HIGHLY recommend working as a relay operator.

If you don't mind my asking, how is the pay? I'm not sure I want to write code for the rest of my career.


See my above response about the health of that particular industry.
 
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