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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, or, 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.

Scam baiting

Scam baiting 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.

Scambaiting Methods

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 difficult proposal.

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.

50 Ways to Protect Your Identity

Title:Scam-Proof Your Life: 377 Smart Ways to Protect You & Your Family from Ripoffs, Bogus Deals & Other Consumer Headaches (AARP)
Author:Sid Kirchheimer
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.

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