AMAZING SCAMBAITING EXPLOIT

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SCAMMER FOOLED BY FAKE HOTHEADS SCAM EMAIL

For many years, Hotheads has been running a honeypot email account to attract Internet scammers and it has been very successful. The prime reason for doing this is to learn exactly how the scams operate and keep an eye out for any new frauds and techniques that are designed to part stupid people with their money. There are many examples on the Hotheads website, but the most staggering and hilarious scambaiting exploit happened in July 2017.

To set the scene, here is a glossary of terms and characters in this exploit.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Dominion of Melchizedek

Even when a conman floats a scheme that is so transparently ridiculous and bogus that a complete imbecile would see it as being crooked, some people seem to be so stupid and gullible that they will fall for it anyway. There seems to be a never-ending supply of suckers with money, who are ripe for the plucking by conmen.

One of the most outrageous scams in recent times was perpetrated in Australia by George Balos, who conned nearly $11 million out of gullible investors by purporting to represent the Ministry of Finance of the Dominion of Melchizedek. Armed with very elaborate documents with crests and coats-of-arms, Balos was most convincing. However if you wonder where Melchizedek might be, you would have to get into the mind of Balos because this mythical country is nothing more than a figment of his fertile imagination.

Most amazingly, very few of the people taken in by the phoney investment propositions actually checked to see whether Melchizedek actually existed, but they just handed Balos millions of dollars on the strength of his persuasiveness and fancy paperwork. Of course Balos had no problem producing all the necessary documents to perpetrate his scams because he was already in the printing business.

It is hard to feel sorry for the mugs who were taken in by this scam because even a very cursory check would have exposed Balos immediately. Even though he wore expensive clothes, drove a Rolls Royce and as the Americans say, he "walked the walk and talked the talk", the very fact that his schemes were based upon a fictitious country with a preposterous name should have immediately triggered alarm bells in the minds of any person living in the modern world. George Balos was eventually exposed and jailed, but has rightfully earned his place as one of the more creative conmen of our time.

The Infamous Come And Carry Scam

One of the oldest and most prevalent scams is also known as the Come and Carry Scam, where the prospective sucker receives an email purporting to be from a bank manager, auditor or other bank official. The email states that this bank official has discovered an abandoned fund or the account of a deceased bank client and that this banking official wants to present the sucker as the next of kin of the deceased client in order to get this fund transferred to him. Of course the sucker will be required to pay fees in advance to get these mythical funds and it is truly amazing how many fools have fallen for this nonsense.

HOTHEADS SCAMBAITING IN ACTION

Having received many hundreds of these Dead Bank Customer scams over the years, I decided to have some sport with these African scammers. So I composed the following email and sent it as a reply to many scammers.

Attention Beneficiary:

I am sending this email with due respect, since we have not known or met each other previously, I am asking for your assistance if it will be possible for you to deal with a proposed investment.

I am Mr Goofy Dogface, Audit and Accounts Manager with the Bank Of Kreplechistan. I am writing to request your assistance to reposition the sum of $18 Million US dollars from my bank and transfer it into your account. This fund is the personal fortune of Mr Biggus Dickus, the head of the Ministry of Finance of the Dominion of Melchizedek.

According to my investigations, I discovered that Mr Biggus Dickus died of Recalcitrant Plebney with no next of kin and according to the laws and constitution guiding this banking institution, if no person makes a claim as the next of kin after the expiration of 7 years, the fund will be placed into government hands as unclaimed funds.

So I propose to put you forward as the legal next of kin to Mr Biggus Dickus and I will arrange all the paperwork so that we can appropriate this money for ourselves.

The total sum will be shared as follows: 60% for me, 40% for you and you will have to pay the transfer fee via Western Union. I can assure you that this project is completely risk-free and at the end, we will both be rich. Just follow my instructions until the entire sum is transferred to your account and then I will join you in your country.

Please provide your details as follows:

Full Name:
Full Address:
Gender:
Phone Number:

Please send the transfer fee of $250 right now via Western Union now so that I can get the process moving.

Receiver - Goofy Dogface
Question: Will We Be Very Rich?
Answer: Yes We Will.
Amount: $250
MTCN:

I am waiting to hear from you soon.

Mr Goofy Dogface
Manager, Audit and Accounts Department
Bank Of Kreplechistan

Nothing much happened for quite a while, but on the morning of 09 July 2017, I checked the Hotheads honeypot email account and saw this:

SUN TRUST BANK <"SUNBANK."@galaxy.ocn.ne.jp>
9:50 AM (7 hours ago)

Attention Beneficiary:

I am sending this email with due respect, since we have not known or met each other previously, I am asking for your assistance if it will be possible for you to deal with a proposed investment.

I am Mr GEORGE LUKE, Audit and Accounts Manager with the SUN TRUST BANK USA. I am writing to request your assistance to reposition the sum of $18 Million US dollars from my bank and transfer it into your account. This fund is the personal fortune of Mr Biggus Dickus, the head of the Ministry of Finance of the Dominion of Melchizedek.

According to my investigations, I discovered that Mr Biggus Dickus died with no next of kin and according to the laws and constitution guiding this banking institution, if no person makes a claim as the next of kin after the expiration of 7 years, the fund will be placed into government hands as unclaimed funds.

So I propose to put you forward as the legal next of kin to Mr Biggus Dickus and I will arrange all the paperwork so that we can appropriate this money for ourselves AND I ASSURE YOU THAT ITS ABSOLUTELY RISK FREE, i am the only one that manages his account so i wouldn't want to get involved on this , i have searched you on social medias and i am very certain that i can trust you , i want us to handle this matter very maturely , i will prepare the rest documents and paper works as soon as i hear back from you so we can discuss on the way forward ok

The total sum will be shared as follows: 60% for me, 40% for you and you will have to pay $250 usd for an attorney to stand in here for you and sign the papers on your behalf before the money will be approved to be transferred into your account . I can assure you that this project is completely risk-free and at the end, we will both be rich. Just follow my instructions until the entire sum is transferred to your account and then I will join you in your country.

Please provide your details as follows:

Full Name:
Full Address:
Gender:
Phone Number:

AS SOON AS I HEAR BACK FROM YOU I WILL GIVE YOU THE INFORMATION WHERE TO SEND THE FEE TO THE ATTORNEY

I am waiting to hear from you soon.

Mr GEORGE LUKE
Manager, Audit and Accounts Department

I could not believe my eyes. Here was this scammer literally commandeering my silly bogus scam email and editing it for his own purposes. This idiot purported to be a bank official with a Mr Biggus Dickus of the Dominion of Melchizedek as his now deceased client. Once I stopped wetting myself laughing at this amazing event, I started to wonder about the utter stupidity of a scammer who could not be bothered to get onto Google and see if there really was a Mr Biggus Dickus or the Dominion of Melchizedek.

But then again, quite a few fairly rich and allegedly intelligent people fell for the scam run by George Balos, who believed that he was the emissary of the Ministry of Finance of the Dominion of Melchizedek. So if a bunch of very wealthy Sydney Eastern Suburbs toffs fell for this crap, it is quite understandable that an African scammer would believe that there really was a Mr Biggus Dickus from Melchizedek, whose bank account was being handled by Mr Goofy Dogface from Kreplechistan.

SOME IDIOTS REALLY DESERVE TO BE SCAMMED

The one thing that I have found when running the Hotheads honeypot email account is that there are many stupid people who really do deserve to lose their money, especially with the Come and Carry scam. Essentially, this scam involves conning suckers into falsely misrepresenting themselves as legitimate next-of-kin or beneficiaries to a deceased estate. So when they are eventually fleeced by scammers, they cannot even complain to police about it, because what they thought that they were willingly doing was a very serious crime.

So with this exploit, Hotheads has well and truly succeeded in getting a scammer to put out something that is genuinely funny. Of course anybody who receives that scam email about Biggus Dickus really does deserve to be scammed for their stupidity.