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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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  1. Hollerith


    As a Canadian, I disavow this person.

  2. muttley

    What a moron.

    Mine's the one with the deeds to London Bridge in the pocket...

  3. Ad Fundum

    So basically

    His whole family fell for it. There wasn't one person who was bright / cyncical enough to think, "fudge that, you never know what people are going to do with my money". They deserve to lose it, basically.

  4. Richard

    oh dear

    you got to feel sorry for the poor old sod, but its quite fitting to remember "a fool and his money are soon parted"

    If it wasn't for the supidity of the one, the many would never have anything to laugh at

    Mines the on with a Nigerian passport in it

  5. Ben Mathews

    No sympathy.

    Even if unfamiliar with the scam, you'd think you'd check some credentials before handing any money over...


  6. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse Silver badge

    It always makes me laugh...

    I always snigger when I read about the different scams these guys pull.

    But it makes me almost burst with incredulity when I hear that some idiot has actually fallen for one of them.

    I have no sympathy for him.

  7. Edwin

    Thoroughly depressing

    particularly since parents & uncles happily stumped up cash as well

    what were *they* thinking?

  8. Steve Kay


    I hope El Reginald's vitriolic correspondents will show this guy a little compassion in their commenting. He doesn't need to be told he's a chipstick, he has enough people round him reminding him of that fact. He could well see these comments.

    Go easy. He is still the victim of a crime (as much as of his own naivete).

  9. Carl


    "I never get calls anymore from my friends."

    I'm pretty sure that once they actually get up off the floor and can breathe properly again, he will be at the top of their list of people to call...

    And this guy was Canadian you say?? I wonder how long ago he decided to make the move to north of the border...

  10. Anonymous John

    And a bit nearer to home.

    "A LONELY postal worker has landed himself in huge debt – after handing over £130,000 to a string of internet scammers."

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Before everyone says how stupid he is...

    ...note it runs in the family. Not only did he fall for the scam, but so did his parents and uncle!

    Paris, because even she isn't that...oh hold on, yes she is....

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Hope he didn't expect any.

    Mwah ha ha ha ha.


  13. M

    It is hard to find sympathy

    It is hard to find sympathy for such a stupid and greedy individual. However I do feel sorry for his poor, erstwhile family who must be thinking of disowning him.


  14. Mark Edwards

    Just goes to show...

    That the stupidity of the human race knows no bounds.

  15. Anonymous Coward


    Those 419s don't really deserve that money, but this plonker deserved to lose his. On the down side, he compounded his stupidity by cleaning out half of his friends and relatives. Dear god, is there a financial version of the Darwin Award?

  16. Michael

    I word springs to mind...

    ..... D'OH!

    Mines the one with common-sense in the pocket!

  17. Anonymous Coward


    You owe me a new computer screen!

    Someone fell for that, to the tune of $150,000? Anyone would think they're a uk taxpayer or Paris Hilton.

  18. Ozwadi Ogolugi

    what a complete


  19. chundermonkey

    tut tut

    Is this guy possibly the most stupid person on the face of this earth?!

  20. Dave


    Why do people keep falling for these things? The amount of times advance fee has been covered in the media you'd think most people would know better.

    I guess it just highlights how greedy people can be - especially when it looks like an easy way to get money. *sigh*

    Suppose we just have to wait for next months article about the next idiot who's lost $90K to 419's......

  21. Anonymous Coward

    What a 'tard.

    Who was it that is supposed to have said "It's too bad that stupidity isn't painful"?


  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Be(e) afraid

    It's damn hard to say what you want to say when in the back of your head there's this niggling feeling that Ms. Bee may well reprimand us holier than thou wise men (and women) for being slightly less than sympathetic towards the bozo.

    55k from uncle + 60k from family leaves 35k of his own money. How does a 22 year old idiot manage to accumulate 35k to lose?

  23. Slik Fandango

    Some people...

    As soon as money is mentioned greed takes over!

    My brother in law was telling me about how he was going to make lots of money on e-bay... cos he found someone prepared to buy his cheapo digital camera for lots more than he put it on at.

    I gave him the obligatory withering look - when he told me that he had shipped it to Nigeria... "but I can make loads".

    Never saw camera, or money, again!

  24. Johnny G


    what a fuckwit!!

  25. Anonymous Coward

    22 and ...

    with 150grand to blow through family and himself?

    A fool and their money are easily parted. (just look at how much comrade gordon clown gave the banks !!)

  26. Flugal


    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha etc.

    BTW, anybody got this guy's email address...might be worth contacting him in a few years (after he's had a chance to earn some cash) to try it again - I reckon he's thick and greedy enough to fall for it a second time.

  27. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Ms. Hilton

    Might get f***ed

    But won't get scammed.

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @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. They deserve no sympathy.

    If they were honest they'd do what the vast majority do with these emails, delete them.

  29. Bassey

    Sympathy? Are you Kidding?

    If it weren't for the fact that it was all a con, this guy would have quite happily taken part in a huge fraud to net himself money. It's only his and his families stupidity that is preventing this guy from being a criminal himself and facing jail time. He should be thankful!

  30. daily

    The Gene Pool

    Think of how stupid the average person is, then remember that half of them are stupider than that.

  31. dervheid

    @ Compassion

    He'd get compassion if it was just down to stupidity, but it wasn't.

    The prime motivator was, as ever, greed!


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  33. Edward Miles


    We can start a pool! "What's the biggest amount of money a 419 scammer is going to get out of someone by December 31st?" My choice? $334,126.87

    'Cos I like being precise!

  34. Luke Barton


    That people believe that someone tracked them down to pay them a large sum of money, to their email address, rather than postal address or telephone.

    I mean, seriously. I don't understand where people get the money to pay these things either. $6k CAS is 2 months wages for me.. This guy was splashing it out on flights so people could buy 'fluid' to 'clean' dirty money.

    Pro scammers, you can tell because they use so many scams, mixed into the bigger picture. E.g. some scammers sell 'dirty' notes and 'cleaning fluid' without the whole inheritence, fee-up-front, bit.

    I wonder if they offered him some quality speakers out the back of a van too.

  35. Steve

    @Edward Miles

    I'll hold the stakes for the pool. Just send me your estimate written on a $100 bill...

  36. Player_16

    And He's 22 !!

    What does (or did) he do for a living? Obvious he did not go to uni. He lived off air from his family and now he has no friends (they probably sponged off him and now word's out that he's truly a fuk-wit).

    Hey, where's my wallet? It had $419 exactly in it!

  37. Steve Kay

    @AC 14.48

    You blouse - post with your real name :)

  38. Anonymous Coward

    You mean that.....

    ...Dr Umga Banga from the Nigerian Rothschild Bank that I've been in communication with regarding my inheritance from a very very very distant friend of a cousin's wife's uncle "might" not be who he seems to be?

    Do you think I should stop making payments to claim this $18.3 million I was lead to believe I was entitled to?

    My God, I think I've been conned!

    Is there anyone here willing to lend me $100,000 while I claim the $500,000 I've recently just paid out, Of course I'll use your bank details to prove I'm genuine, just send me the details.

    Many good greetings and salutational thanks.

  39. Anonymous Coward

    Anyone got his email address?

    because I know Robert Mugabe's nephew's sister's aunt's brother's mother's half-brother's grandson's godfather has $78 million to get out of Zimbabwe before Easter.....

  40. Tony


    Albert Einstein is supposed to have said "Only two things are infinite; the universe and human stupidity - and I'm not entirely certain about the first one".

    Yes, the man is a plonker of the stature of a Rodney - it does make you wonder how he manages to navigate the streets of a major city without being run over and killed.

    However, there are very few of us that have never made a mistake, and sometimes they are absolute corkers. The next time that you screw up, just remember how you laughed at someone else for being a mug.

  41. PaulK

    Eugenics isn't all bad

    The problem is that our present day society nurtures defectives like this and prolongs the influence of their genetic preponderance to homerism. Prevention of natural selection defies the natural order of the universe. It must be stopped right now before we cause our own extinction.

  42. Trinity

    u wot?

    Is it that early victims of the 419ers didn't get reported, or is there a sudden upsurge in rich morons falling for this con?

    I just find it incredible, that with all the news reports, with full details of the kind of stories the scammers use, that anyone could still fall for these scams.

    Not sure that "stupid" really covers it. There must be a large component of "living under a rock" in there somewhere.

  43. Mike


    Stupid and greedy = lesson learnt (and it's a lesson to us all)


    Clever and greedy = he scammed his family (any proof the scammers existed?)

    If he genuinely thought the money was legit and was planning to spend it altruistically then I guess greed may not have been a motive, in which case he and his family get my sympathy (but Mr Occam is smiling with a very Sweeny Todd smile).

  44. Nick

    This is not a crime...

    It's a tax on stupidity!

  45. Matt W

    Pah ! Small potatoes

    *Real* marks get taken for GBP 130k

  46. Peter Kay

    Screwing up

    It's not that none of us screw up - everyone does. I will admit I have, once, almost clicked on a scam e-mail whilst tired and tipsy.

    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?

    I'd have difficulty believing it regardless of the source. Then again, whilst I wouldn't mind several million quid, I doubt it's ever going to happen except through hard work and a lot of luck.

  47. Glenn

    Sad day to be a Canuck

    Is it certain this guy is Canadian ? Is he from the Bush family tree perhaps ? Hmmm can I get his email address I believe he owes me some "legal fess" for tarnishing the reputation of Canadians.

    oh yeah, he'll pay ...

  48. Anonymous Coward


    When I got the email from the daughter of a diamond miner from Zimbabwe, now living in Lagos, offering me 10% of her dead dad's fortune for helping her get it out of the country (she needed a bank account in a different name at a Western bank for some reason) I thought it prudent to go there in person and investigate. While waiting for her one night on a suburban football field I was kidnapped by a gang of ruffians. They allowed me access to my email account so that I could email friends and family to request funds but unfortunately everyone thought it was some sort of scam and that it wasn't actually me. What a misunderstanding!

  49. Matthew

    @ Gene Pool

    If he was the *median* person then 50% of people are more stupid that him.

  50. raving angry loony


    The real issue is that this person probably votes. Why do people this stupid get to vote?


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