Feeds

Scambaiter persuades 419er to carve Commodore 64 keyboard

No, really

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

That wooden Commodore 64 keyboard in fullWere there a World Cup of scambaiting - the process by which net vigilantes "enter into a dialogue with scammers, simply to waste their precious time and resources" - then the following example from 419 Eater would surely lift the trophy.

It's the quite remarkable tale of how scambaiter "Shiver Metimbers" managed to persuade a hapless John Boko of the Ivory Coast to carve a wooden Commodore 64 keyboard in the belief that he was in line for a generous artist's scholarship. Boko incidentally also provided a fine representation of Trixie and Captain Cuddlepuss from Creature Comforts en route to his final humiliation.

We should point out that Shiver Metimbers had already rumbled "Boko" when he tried a classic 419 gambit under a different handle.

The "anti-scam" began when our mark switched IDs to become John Boko and sent the following email:

From: John Boko
To: Derek Trotter
Date: March 3, 2006
Subject: Special appeal

Sir,

I wish to write you this message after going through your company profile in the internet. I am a graphic designer and I am currently working with a group of four young men who are artistic and talented in art work.

After going through your web, I decided to write to know if your company could be helpful in the develoment of our career in art work design.

We are currently working as a team in a small village in Abidjan Ivory Coast, West Africa. At your demand, we shall be obliged to send to you some copies of our work.

Thanks and best regard
Mr John

Shiver Metimbers duly replied:

Dear Mr. Boko,

Thank you for your email.

Please note that we are not looking for work that has already been completed. If you require a donations/scholarship payment then you need to create a new piece of work to submit to us.

Before we proceed, let me introduce myself and tell you about my company. You may already have this information but I shall repeat it to you just in case not:

My name is Derek Trotter and I am the director of Trotter Fine Arts Dealer and Art Scholarships. We are dealers in fine art and ethnic art from all over the world and we supply many business and private customers we are a multimillion dollar company. We also offer scholarship donations to aid up and coming new artists who may otherwise not have the financial means to be able to produce or improve their work. Our scholarship payments range from between $25,000 and $150,000 depending on the potential of the artist.

The way our programme works is that we seek out new or up and coming artists all over the world who may not otherwise be financially able to promote or sell their work and then we help them to realise their full potential. We aid them by presenting them with a scholarship payment ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 which again is entirely dependent on their potential, but the minimum payment we award any artist willing to supply work for us is $25,000. Presently we are seeking artists who specialise in wooden sculptures...

And so the trap was set. For the truly luvvly jubbly, blow-by-blow account of how plonker Boko was ensnared, click here. ®

Bootnote

Ta very much to Ihar Filipau for alerting us to this scambaiting classic.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM
In the immortal words of Shaggy, it wasn't me us ... amirite?
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.