Now it’s personal
I’m pissed off today. Scammers nabbed a single mother of two little girls, causing her to lose her job and their preschool spots. (I know from experience: those spots are like hard currency!) At least she didn’t lose any money. Read all about Greenblogger’s experience here. (It involves Careerbuilder—something to be aware of.)
And remember Snoskred? She posted here a few weeks ago all about fake check scams. Today I also learned her motivation for doing what she does (from the comments in the Greenblogger thread linked above):
One of the reasons that I do this is because in December 2004—not long after I got into scambaiting—a scam victim travelled to South Africa and went missing. The victim’s brother reported it to the police. At the time scambaiters had an association with the South African Police so fellow scambaiting friends of mine were asked to help out and try to find out more about the scammers from the little information the victims brother had. They were able to get quite a bit of info, all of which was passed to the police. Three days later after following up on some of the info given to them, the police found the victim. He had been murdered and not in a nice way. In a way that gives me nightmares. I won’t tell how because it is just too horrible.
We do what we can here at I’ve Tried That, but every time I hear about a victim like this mother of two, I realize we can never do enough. I’m no saint, mind you: I’ve LMAO more than once at some moron who forks over a cool grand to claim his prize in a contest he didn’t enter, or sends his life savings across the world via Western Union to get his share of an African princess’s fortune. I have little to no pity for them. (Is that wrong?) Don’t take yourself out of the gene pool or anything rash like that, but geez, man! Stay indoors and keep your helmet on before you really hurt yourself.
But most victims are innocent, reasonably intelligent folks like you and me who are vulnerable in a moment of fear or need. That’s what these scammers count on, and they’re very good at what they do (despite the idiotic, poorly written letters I’ve received from many).
Snoskred is on the warpath
And she’s someone you don’t want to piss off. Or rather, you want her angry in this battle, but you want to be on her side! She and Sephy have built a new anti-scam site, Scam Warning. It automatically posts scam emails online. Many potential scam victims are saved from being scammed because they search for the email address, telephone number, name, or other information that appears in emails they receive from the scammers. Scam Warning makes all that information easy to find. Check it out!
Also let your friends and readers know about the Scam-O-Matic. Enter a suspicious email in this Web form, and it will be analyzed to identify typical scam components. And what’s really cool is that all scammer email addresses and messages submitted to the Scam-o-Matic are added to a blacklist that can save other people from being scammed. All scammer emails are baited by scambaiters. All the emails you submit will end up appearing on Scam Warning. How cool is that? Kudos to Snoskred and Sephy for giving us this important weapon—putting the power of networks to work against assholes all over the world.