Spammers look stupid when they don’t read the blog they spam on

Yesterday, I got a 419 scam via the contact form. This is a new low for spam stupidity. You'd think people who blog are more likely to be aware of Internet scams because they're reading the news, are clearly more comfortable with technology, and often make fun of news stories about 419 scammers.

But if you're for real, I have this to say to you: Be careful! I'm sure you are being completely truthful when you say you are the only child of Deposed Corrupt Dictator XYZ, but be aware that there are many unscrupulous people claiming the same thing! So watch out for Vivian, Pierre, Lama, Austine, Martin, Kabilla, Jean Paul, Farek, David, Curimbada, Cynthia, and of course, Dictator Junior. It's very disappointing that there are so many impostors trying to get their hands on the fortune that you stole and that by rights belongs to you.

Also watch out for XYZ's former Finance Minister, accountant, widow, brother, and hair stylist. They're after the same thing.

Good luck.

(I also find it impressive that you were able to embezzle $100 billion U.S. dollars, since your country raises less than $2 billion per year in tax revenues. How you managed to amass that much money so quickly is truly an amazing accomplishment of economics. If you returned even just half of that money back to the country in exchange for amnesty, that would fund your government for a generation. Think about it. Do it for the children.)

P.S. I was joking about the hair stylist. Please don't hurt him.

Comments (8)
  1. LOL, scathing, I love it!

  2. Ron Krauter says:

    Check out the trophy room.


  3. How about turning it back on them? :) [1]


  4. Norman Diamond says:

    This is a new low for spam stupidity.

    Surely not? For scam stupidity maybe, but for spam stupidity it has to be compared to all kinds of spams. For example, postings offering low-cost copies of software, posted to the Linux Kernel Mailing List.

  5. The new dictator says:

    Give me the addresses of these fraudsters, I will have them all shot!

  6. Jon Galloway says:

    It’s nice when they keep you up to date with current events, though. Here’s one from a prospective associate in Russia:


    Good day,

    I have an amount in excess of US$12M, which I seek your partnership

    in accommodating for me. You will be rewarded with 10% of the total

    sum for your partnership. Can you be my partner on this?


    I am Mr. Ivan Ruskov, a personal treasurer to Mikhail Khodorkovsky

    the richest man in Russia and owner of the following companies:

    Chairman CEO: YUKOS OIL (Russia’s Largest Oil Company)

    Chairman CEO: Menatep SBP Bank (A well reputable financial

    institution with branches all over the world)


    The documents of the above funds in question was handed over to me to

    be used in paying an American oil merchant for his last oil deal with

    my boss, Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Already the funds have left the shore

    of Russia to an European private bank where the final crediting is

    expected to be carried out. While I was on the process, my boss got

    arrested for his involvement in politics by financing the leading and

    opposing political parties (the Union of Right Forces,

    led by Boris Nemtsov, and Yabloko, a liberal/social democratic party

    led by Gregor Yavlinsky) which poses a threat to President Vladimir

    Putin’s second tenure as Russian president. You can catch more of the

    story on this website:


    All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the above

    quoted sum and I will arrange for the documentation, which will

    enable the European bank transfer the sum to you….

  7. Marc LaFleur says:

    Ron has made my day with

    We’ve been busting a gut over here for the last 2 hours.

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