General chatter - Sgt. Billy Monroe Ingle - another fraud




cbmare
11-19-2008, 04:48 PM
Honestly! He claims is a US soldier with a Carribean background. Poor baby has $17 million US. He needs my assistance getting it into the US. We've all heard this line before. It just irritates me that he, if it is a he, is claiming to be a US service member.

Some man called in to Clark Howard recently telling about how his wife has practically bankrupted them because she responded to one of those emails. He told her, the bank told her and others told her it was a fraud. She wouldn't listen. I think I'd have denied her access to the checking account if she were my wife.


Haley8203
11-19-2008, 04:51 PM
ya i get daily fraud emails its so ANNOYING and ya to impersonate a US soldier thinking it will pull the right nerve to scam people is so disgusting! as ridiculous as these emails are i can't understand why anyone would listen to it! seriously c'mon how could anyone think this is legit.

ANOther
11-19-2008, 05:14 PM
Yeah, Prof. x got it from Robert Summer T SSG MIL USA US "This Is My Life In Your Hands"! I collect all the spam he gets just because it's such a riot to read!

Less funny: Here, read this story about a woman who took the bait and ended up $400K in the hole to the scammers: http://www.katu.com/news/34292654.html#idc-container


mazza
11-19-2008, 05:21 PM
Man these are annoying. Like spam.

Notice his name stands for B.M.I? .... probably has nothing to do with anything ...

ANOther
11-19-2008, 05:24 PM
Notice his name stands for B.M.I? .... probably has nothing to do with anything ...

Fathead? :D

mazza
11-19-2008, 05:27 PM
:lol:!

Glory87
11-19-2008, 06:09 PM
Here's a great article from the New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/05/15/060515fa_fact) about a minister who fell for one of these scams and how insidious they are.

Be sure you talk to your loved ones about these scams. Most of us are pretty net-savvy (I mean, we're posting on an internet message board!) but we probably have friends and family who aren't as knowledgeable about the dangers of the internet.

Another good scam to warn about is the one where the scammer sends a fake check that the bank says is "good" but it eventually bounces. If your loved one is selling something on Craigslist - the only option is CASH on pick up. Keep repeating it to them! CASH ON PICK UP.

shelby897
11-19-2008, 07:03 PM
There's a website I found a while back that actually "pretends" to take the bait and does crazy things to these people by leading them on, setting up meetings, etc. I'll have to find it for you guys amusement -- I LOVE the idea of someone getting back at the scammers!!

bargoo
11-19-2008, 07:21 PM
Another variation on the Nigerian scam. I get these all the time , from vaious countries, Nigeria, Great Britain, Spain, etc. and from an assortment of people. widows, people with terminal illnesses, lawyers, barristers, etc They are phony and will cost you big bucks.Do not fall for these scams.

cbmare
11-19-2008, 07:27 PM
There's a website I found a while back that actually "pretends" to take the bait and does crazy things to these people by leading them on, setting up meetings, etc. I'll have to find it for you guys amusement -- I LOVE the idea of someone getting back at the scammers!!

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE(!) to read that.

shelby897
11-19-2008, 07:42 PM
They call themselves "scam batters" --
http://www.scamorama.com/

It's a bit cumbersome to navigate the site, but if you have some spare time -- some of the stories are really funny. They have actually gone to other countries just to record the idiots waiting on the curb for them!!

Glory87
11-19-2008, 10:26 PM
Here's another one:

http://www.419eater.com/

just keep swimming
11-19-2008, 10:35 PM
I am a big fan of Snopes (http://snopes.com) when it comes to determining what is and isn't legit. Plus, it's pretty funny to hear how weird rumors get started in the first place, and how so many people end up believing them!

bargoo
11-20-2008, 12:07 PM
These scams are not rumors, and gullible people will fall for their lies and will lose a lot of money.

mayness
11-20-2008, 12:23 PM
Scam baiting websites are so funny... I try to avoid them, because I'll just read them for hours and hours!

zeffryn
11-20-2008, 01:58 PM
There is a wonderful book, Fleeced, that is a great read about scamming.

ANOther
11-20-2008, 05:11 PM
Who wrote it, zeffryn? I Googled the title and the only two books that came up with it are one bashing Obama and liberals, and a thriller by Carol Higgins Clark

cbmare
11-20-2008, 05:46 PM
I only know the Carol Higgins Clark book by that name.