Origin of Nigerian Scam
The origin of the Nigerian scam is still not known. There are lots of confusions and opinions
about its origin. Some say that the scam was introduced by Nigerian
Petroleum Companies in the 1970s and 80s. There are also assumptions
that some criminal gangs were also involved in the process.
There is also a presumption that the scam is
of more than a hundred years of age. The spammers were located
in the regions of Lagos, Aba, Owerri, and Nigeria till 2001.
The spammers have recently set up their base in many countries
and places other than Nigeria. It includes Netherlands, Togo,
Canada and many more.
419 Guestbook Spamming
Scammers sometimes largely depend upon the
guestbook entries to harvest usable mail addresses. The 419
guestbook spam is a type of scam in which spammers attempt
to mark their guestbook. The spammers thus generate plenty
of entries in various thus searching a search engine on a
particular topic would give number of results.
419 spammers use this code word to collect addresses from
website guestbook. They use invalid entries to mark guestbook
already collected for spamming. The main motive behind this
venture is to prevent other scammers from doing the same spamming
which would cause victims to raise doubts on the same. If
you search for email@example.com,
or firstname.lastname@example.org, it would show
thousands of entries in various guest books. If you have a
guestbook on your site, it is always advisable not to display
the addresses to other visitors. If your website has any log
files for guestbook entries, then it is better to find out
the IP addresses of mugu postings and block them in your website
using .htaccess file.
in simple words, is wasting the precious time of a spammer pretending
that you are interested in their schemes. It is a method of entertaining
the baiter and pretending as if you are ready to perform some ludicrous
tasks. Thus indirectly you are keeping the spammers from potential
victims who may fall in trap with the spammers.
Many internet groups have now started to do
this process. But this process involves risks too in the sense
if the spammers are criminals or problematic people; there
are chances of revenge once they come to know about the baiting.
It is always advised to keep all the information imaginary
so that there are fewer chances of risks.
Methods Scam baiting is usually done simply by gaining access to an e-mail address that
has already been targeted by scammers, which given the prevalence of the spam is not a
Once access is gained the baiter imitates a person that is receptive to the financial
hook that the scammer is using. The purpose once the scammer is convinced is to keep
the scam going as long as possible, costing the scammer time and energy.
Secondary goals include gathering as much information as possible to share with the authorities.
Enjoyment that the baiter may get from the interaction include fool the scammer into falling for
claims just as ridiculous as one ones that the scammer is using to bilk the victim of money.
Books related to Scam Operations
Title:419 scam : exploits of the Nigerian con man
Author: Charles Tive
Tags:Scam419, Scammers, spam emails , scam operations
Release Date: 27-09-06
Description:This book portrays about419 scam,
Spam operators, and operations. You will get to know the local and the International 419 Scammers.
Local groups work within their country and International groups look for victims from other countries.
Title:Scams & Swindles: Phishing, Spoofing, ID Theft,
Nigerian Advance Schemes Investment Frauds: How to Recognize And Avoid Rip-Offs
In The Internet Age
Author:Silver Lake Publishing
Tags: Identity Theft, Credit Cards, Credit Repair, and Credit Reports
Release Date: May 30, 2006
Description: Phishing. Spoofing. Spyware. Swoop and squat. Malicious spam.
Chain letters. Ponzi schemes. ID theft. The Internet age has created a whole class of frauds
and schemes that separate people from their money. It's also given new life to older cons and
scams. This book organizes various rip-offs by type and severity.
Title:Scam-Proof Your Life: 377 Smart Ways to Protect You & Your Family from
Ripoffs, Bogus Deals & Other Consumer Headaches (AARP)
Tags: Scam-Alert, Scam-Proof, Protect yourself from scam
Release Date: March 1, 2007
Description: The "Scam-Alert" columnist from the AARP newsletter, Kirchheimer has
authored or edited 12-plus Ralph Nader-like salvos aimed at taking out consumer-directed fraud.
Kirchheimer interviewed "nearly 100 reformed scammers" for this compendium of recent bilking schemes
and corner-cuttings. His advice covers most major mid-life expenses, from buying a new car to buying a
home to paying for college to booking a cruise.