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Friendly Advice for Sharketers: Don’t Scam the Cops

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We all know that some scammers are not too bright, right? I mean, most of them can’t even proofread their own lying emails. The misspellings and incorrect grammar make anyone with a brain cell engaged think, “Waaaaaaait a minute! This guy wants my bonk accont information? Something’s not right here…”

But sending a fake check to the POLICE? You’ve gotta be kidding me…

Richland police could use another $4,000, but the department wasn’t tempted by the cashier’s check it received Friday in the mail from the country of Benin. [Comment by Joe: I’d never heard of it, either. It’s a country that borders Nigeria in west Africa.]

Officer Erica Tungesvik (TUNG’-gus-vik) says officers immediately recognized it as a bogus attempt to learn bank account information if the check were deposited.

Seriously, how does that happen if you’re a scammer? “Dude, I just got gold contact info for some dumbass named Richland Police. I’ll bet you my oldest daughter that this one pays out!”

What did the cops do? Filed a report, naturally. Sadly, that’s probably as far as it will go.

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  1. Just last week, my mother-in-law’s best friend was the ‘love object’ of a scammer in Nigeria. He contacted her on one of those free dating sites. This is a 66-year old woman, whose husband died about a year ago & left her with a boatload of money. This lady received e-mails, and pictures & phone calls — all about how much he loved her — WITHOUT EVER MEETING HER. (I’ve read the e-mails and seen the pictures.) He said he was a business man that dealt in diamonds. We kept warning her that he was a scammer after her money. She didn’t believe us.

    This went on for about a month. We told her that he wanted money. And, lots of it. Don’t know how he knew she had money. (Maybe she told him?) We told her to just wait and he would ask for money. She was upset and crying and said that he ‘loved’ her. He finally DID ask for $10,000.00 (US). She was crushed, but had been warned and did dump him immediately.

    How can a beautiful (smart?) woman allow this to happen? My mother-in-law said that her friend had always been married and was desperately seeking someone to replace her husband. Doesn’t she know that we can NEVER replace our lost husbands??? We just figure out a way to survive without them & then, maybe, maybe — someone special will come into our lives.

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  2. Joe in Vancouver, Canada says:

    Hehehehehe!!! I just read your post about the scammer sending a cheque (Canadian spelling btw, lol) to the police! Very funny story fellas, and I’m still laughing over it!

    You make a couple of very good points in your post. First is that of all the people or organizations to scam, an individual would pick a police department!! C’mon now! Dumb is as dumb does eh! How much gray matter does it take to figure out, that one isn’t going to work, and could in fact quite possibly land somebody in a whole lot of trouble they didn’t expect. As you said in the post, the cops probably filed it someplace and don’t intend to follow up on it……..but if they did!!!

    Second point you made is probably more important I think. That is the bad English people use. I see it all the time when I am doing things on the internet, and I know you guys do too! For starters, grammar and spelling are atrocious in a lot of cases. Some of the articles and other types of text you read online are by people who should have a better command of the language, or at least have better writing and proofreading skills!! I understand that English is not the first language for a lot of people, but if they are writing in English, they should remember to have someone check their writing for them before submitting the document or posting text someplace on the internet. Who’s going to buy your product if the spelling and grammar and syntax are all wrong in your article? Who’s going to believe your scam if you can’t spell “account” properly?

    I could go on and on about this topic, but I don’t have time and you don’t want to read a book either, I am sure. The point is though, that if you are going to write something, and you want the world to read it for whatever reason, then take the time to check the grammar, spelling, punctuation and anything else that constitutes good English writing skills. It’ll be worth it in the long run, (except for the scammers, hopefully).

    Happy New Year 2010 fellas! Keep up the good work this year!

    Thanks,
    Joe in Vancouver, Canada

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  3. Thanks Steve and Joe,

    I love the stupid scam stories and good way to end the week on this note. I had to laugh for as soon as I read the country name Benin, I was all ready to google it when I saw Joe’s comment.

    I regularly check my spam file and the mispellings alone make you wonder why these scammers bother–I suppose they must be making money for they are never ending.
    Thanks

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