My friend Jonathan at Wrightway Computers recently had an interesting order from Uganda (no stores locally huh?), for 80 hard drives. Needless to say he had a bit of fun with them, especially when it was instantly noticable that it was a scam.
The covering letter they sent with the cheque should make it instantly clear to everyone;
To be honest, this comes as absolutely no surprise, bad cheque and all, as it's rather typical of the 419'ers to try and scam as much as they can, without getting noticed. Alas their Ugandan counterparts are a little less savvy, so are even easier to spot.
He doesn't have the original cheque anymore as the bank obviously wanted to keep that for investigation. They did however, give him a photocopy;
The e-mail addresses they used to contact him are;
He did send them the following (amongst others), asking for proof of identity in the form of a video clip, but disappointingly, they never sent one, instead opting to stop dealing with him and "Just faxed the copy to bank not to cash it" (how nice).
Alas poor Kidimbo didn't know what he meant, and was perplexed to have been asked for a video clip (claimed he/she had tried sending one but it hadn't worked), so my good friend Jonathan, being the helpful fellow he is, sent them the following to clarify;
I must admit, I've had my share of fun with scammers, but this particularly ticked me. Excellent work Jonathan, and a good lesson to the rest of you, especially on how to spot them (and of course, which of their e-mail addresses to avoid ;o)).