November 30th, 2005
|jimbojones||12:49 pm - wow|
I always thought that those Nigerian scammer-spammers who asked for your bank account information ( MY NAME IS DR IYKE MADU ... $15.5 MILLION DOLLARS ... BLAH BLAH BLAH) were trying to get hold of enough identifying information to rape your accounts electronically.
Turns out, according to BBC, the Register and the US Secret Service, that's not really the case - providing your bank account number is mostly just an identifier that you're a "live one". What the actual game plan is - after getting you to wire them as much money as possible before hand - is to get you to actually TRAVEL TO THEM, after which you can be kidnapped / ransomed / forced to completely empty your bank account in person.
Holy shit. That makes it a little more understandable why the 419 spammer busted by a Dublin sysadmin actually tried to eat his fucking USB drive when the cops showed up. A bit more was at stake than just "you sent some email that people didn't want."
Every time you think you know how nasty the world is, it just gets a little bit worse. =\
Current Mood: :: blink ::
Current Music: Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth
The object of the scam is not to appeal to the sense of helpfulness of the victim, it's to appeal to their sense of avarice.
That and their utter fucking stupidity, of course.
I remember it amazed me at first when I found out, a year or two ago, that it was actually Nigerians behind the Nigerian scams at all. Since they'd asked for bank account information, I had assumed it was random l33t h4x0rz just looking to e-rape people's accounts with that info and little or nothing else. Nasty, yes, but a bloodless crime at least.
Then I found out from scammer-baiting sites that, yeah, those really ARE Nigerians, which was amazing enough. But now finding out that they don't even USE the bank number info - that it's just a leader to let them know they've got a live one on the hook to entice close for physical violence and robbery... jesus.