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A Canadian man who fell for a 419 scam was taken for $150,000 by advance fee fraudsters who conducted a textbook operation to fleece their victim. John Rempel of Leamington, Ontario, got an email back in 2007 from "someone claiming to be a lawyer with a client named David Rempel who died in a 2005 bomb attack in London", the …

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419alert

should have gone to www.419eater.com

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@ @Steve Kay

"This idiot (and all the others caught out by 419 scams) are quite happy to break local and international laws to get their hands on money that isn't theirs. They are attempting to commit fraud but end up being the victims."

Not all. Remember the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami? The scam charity appeals started within hours.

There are also lottery scams, pet scams, auction scams, orphan scams, contract killer scams, etc. None of which require the victims to believe they are doing anything illegal.

They may or may not be stupid, but so what? Nobody deserves to loose money to scammers.

Mine's the one with 419eater on the back.

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He should lose his Canadian Citizenship

I feel this guy should lose his Canadian Citizenship for being too stupid to be Canadian.

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I came here ...

from Canada, and they think I'm slow, Eeh?

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I Have located the Scammers!

Dear Mr J Rempel.

My Name is Special Agent Ghotya Dosh, I work with a private firm which recovers stolen or scammed money from across the world.

I have great news for you, During recent Investigations we have been able to track down a group of scammers, operating in Nigeria, we have recovered over $16 million dollars of scammed cash and according to thier finanace records, $150,000 of that money belongs to you.

I must inform you that we are not a free service and our normal operating charge of 10% of total money recovered is now due and payable up front.

This Fee covers the cost of recovery as well as the retun of your money using an armed escort service to a location of your choosing.

A 10% finders fee off $15,000 is now due and can be sent to our agancy account via Paybuddy

F.o.o.l@paybuddy.com

Financial Operations Overseas Logistics

F.O.O.L House

El Ray

Mexico

+52 555 419 419

Yours Sincerely

Ghotya Dosh

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Can't be true

I'm not going to go along with calling this guy an award winning moron, because I don't believe the story. There's no way in hell a whole family would be this stupid. One guy maybe, but not a whole family. People this stupid simply can't get access to this kind of money unless they're royalty. I doubt the story is true.

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Before you Reg people get all sanctimonious ...

What about the people who punted their money on Bernard Madoff ?

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He prolly desserved it anyway

A totally, completely and irrevocably clueless 22-yo able to fork out $35 000, with some family willing to give him $115 000, no question axed? Rich, greedy sucker. It's natural selection at work, I say.

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I bet he votes Liberal too

What a twit.

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Here in the States

We have Bush. I now wonder if this guy was trying to get the All Time IDIOT award for himself instead of Bush. Not an ounce of sympathy at all.

How come they don't just put him and his family out of their misery up there to prevent this happening again?

/mines the one with the bottle of "solvent" in the pocket

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EPIC fail

Some people really don't deserve to have that much money.

As the saying goes, 'a fool and his money are soon parted', I'm surprised this guy hadn't been parted from his before now if he is really that dense though.

Mine's the one with $150k in notes in the pockets.

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Wait... Oh.

I sometimes spend time with IT primitives as we no longer have asylums where we can point and laugh at lunatics. (Why can't we?) Many of them have no idea what horrors await them once they make the effort to join us.

However, we Reg-ulars take for granted all the knowledge accumulated over the last 20 odd years online. What destroys all chance of mitigation for this imbecil is that at the "ripe old age" of 22, he managed to escape all contact with IT.

If it turns out he is Amish and just wanted to be like the rest of us, he will not only have my sympathy but I will feel a little guilty for mocking him. We should have been there for him.

Paris because the Amish remark just made me want to watch Kingpin again!

(I always pick Paris, but sometimes it's hard to find relevance.)

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it's been said before, this scam works best on the greedy

the greedier one is, the lazier one is, the more appealing this scam is. If someone even *has* 150K lying around to lose in the first place, and are of the sort who either keep their blinders on and are so insulated they've never heard of this scam, then they sure as h*ll didn't earn it by hard work. Work gets you "out and about" where you hear things. Too arrogant to pay attention to the real word around them, perhaps? Then they made their money by manipulating others. Or inherited it without any sweat of their own. And for those greedy SOBs who hoped to profit large by exploiting some unfortunate situation? No sympathies there either.

It's been said it's hard to scam the honest, and I believe that holds to this day. With so much more dishonesty about, scammers get easy pickings.

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Da Nile: Biggest river in da world.

@ Peter Kay>

"However, there's a difference between a one off act of stupidity and repeated occurences over an extended period of time involving multiple people where not one of you questions what's going on. At some point these people must have been fully awake and sober. I mean, why?"

Never underestimate the power of denial. With every step, you dig yourself a deeper hole and the awful truth you have to face gets worse. By the end you'll do anything to keep your fantasy alive. C'mon. We've all fallen for that one, haven't we?

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No offense ...

... but the 419'ers still have something to learn from our 'legitimate' bankers - sell dodgy bonds from mate to mate, all taking a cut on the way, as if its pass the parcel or just plain fleece the rich and gullible (HSBC, the charities) like Mr 'Madeoff' and $50 BILLION - and then when it all goes tits up we get to refinance them with our taxes!

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God bless you

Use of the phrase "God bless you" or equivalent always seems to be the main reason these dupes initially trust the scammers for some reason. It's as if the mentality is along the lines "They mentioned God, they must be Christians, Christians are all good people, I can trust them." Only the first clause of that statement can be shown to be indisputably true.

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@PaulK

"Prevention of natural selection defies the natural order of the universe. It must be stopped right now before we cause our own extinction."

And you are in a position to decide that falling for 419 scams isn't a favourable heritable trait just how?

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Re: I Have located the Scammers!

Hey! You're missing one number on that Mexico City phone number! (make it +52 55 5419 0419 ;)

As for how this guy got $150k to spend ... well it seems that he himself ran into debt levels that no sane man would ever go into. It also seems he ran his own family into debt as well.

This guy was really stupid to believe this story. Even if I had fallen at first, I would've backed off at the "$2500 fee" they asked at first ... maybe because that's over my monthly income, but also because I don't need to pay anything to get "inheritance" to begin with.

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@ the compassionate suckers

Sorry mates, but he WAS actively trying to commit fraud. He WAS trying to bribe toll officers. He effing well *deserves* what happened to him. He is not a victim, he is an incredibly stupid wannabe crook.

Still nothing compared to the naked short-selling scum, the subprime crooks and other pathologically greedy brainless taxmoney vampires. And at least this particular idiot won't be "bailed out" of responsibility with our money.

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There but for the grace....

I used to get incredibly angry at the victims of these and other kind of scams where a tiny bit of due diligence or even common sense would have averted the expected outcome. What upset me was that while I took great care with my money and didn't even trust Government guaranteed banks, always splitting large sums I received amongst unrelated accounts, these simpletons enabled a thriving underworld of slimy con-men to flourish.

But putting all that aside, imagine being in this man's place. Imagine feeling the incredible sense of betrayal and violation. Imagine being the butt of jokes and being laughed at around the world. Imagine facing your friends and relatives - or just trying to live normally day to day. We all deny things to ourselves and sooner or later we all get caught by something large or small, however smart we think we are.

A bit of compassion is called for here.

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Really ...

You would think that humans in general had this one figured out.

This guy, apparently, is subhuman, at least in the brains department.

F-ing sad.

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one word

GREED

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Jack Bauer?

Now that Jack Bauer is getting involved in African nations, maybe Season 8 could be where someone really dumb, aka Kim Bauer, gets scammed by a 419er and Jack takes revenge and actually gets some credit for it this time...

(You need a Jack Bauer icon by the way... I think the Paris Hilton one is way out of date...)

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Re: Compassion

Chipstick? I had him down as a prize total and utter dyed-in-the-wool fucktard knob-end myself.

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DO NOT WANT!

see this is why stupidity detectors should be attached to all computers

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Naive

I think the banks should send a copy of this article every time someone opens a new bank account, to help enlighten (in a knowledge sense, rather than in a wallet sense) all those people who seem not to have heard of advance fee fraud.

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to the beat of the African drum

Well done the 419 crew. World needs a bit of wealth redistribution...half the kids in West Africa must be in the internet cafes tonight...good luck to them cleaning out the stupid fat rich kids

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Stupid is as stupid does

So unbelievably stupid, I'm stunned

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selfish selfish selfish

This guy is a Mexican mennonite who's family immigrated to Canada. They are not educated and have babies after babies after babies. Once the kids are old enough to help out in the fields picking cucumbers and whatever else they got growing, they hand the cash over to the parents. Education is not of importance to them. Then they sit on welfare sucking more out of the Canadian taxpayers and send the cash down to South America to relatives. They will name the kids the same names to run a scam on the government to get of more of the taxpayers hard earned money so they can continue collecting welfare while they are out of the country living it up in south america. This I have seen done for I lived in Canada in an area heavily populated by these people. Mind you not all of them are like that. Some actually separate away from the lifestyle they grew up in and do go to school and hold down jobs but that is just a very small percentage.

how in the heck can a family of uneducated people like these have that amount of money when there are people out there who work full time at decent paying jobs living paycheque to paycheque. These people have more luxuries than what a family with two incomes pull in at top wage. Don't let this guys tears fool you. These scammers living on the taxpayers dime just got scammed themselves. Serves him right to be so damned selfish

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Season Tickets

Well, at least he didn't lose his season tickets. Go Leafs go.

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