FAKE MILITARY SCAM 1

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DAFFY DUCK FOOLS ANOTHER IGNORANT SCAMMER

Literally every day, the Hotheads honeypot email account receives emails from scammers who claim that they are American soldiers or other military personnel deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea and other volatile areas of the world. They have all found boxes full of money or gold and they all want my assistance in transferring it from wherever they happen to be to me for safekeeping. Of course they offer me a substantial percentage of this non-existent loot and it is just another variation of the good old Nigerian advance fee scam. So this particular page describes such a scam in full detail, including the way I baited and eventually frustrated the scammer.

I received an email from a scammer who claimed to be "Commander Ronald Piret" of the Tactical Flag Command Centre on an American warship in the Caribbean. He claimed to have found a couple of boxes in the ocean that were full of money - $12 million. So he offered me 30% of the loot if I agreed to accept this fictitious cargo for him.

19 August 2016 - 5:13am

We discovered useful materials under the Ocean, which includes boxes belonging to dead passengers of the aircraft that crashed in January 2015 at Gulf of Mexico Caribbean Sea. Each of the two boxes contain Six Million Dollars, which we hid behind Caribbean Sea for more than one year. We cannot ship the boxes in our names because of our naval reputation. If you have the credibility to handle the boxes then forward your complete information for delivery schedule, also bear in mind that 30% of the total content will be yours at successful end of this transaction. Myself and my Colleague will visit you as soon as the boxes are confirmed in your hands. I await your reply to determine the necessary steps to magnificent success.

Regards,
CDR Ron Piret, 0002
Deputy Director, TFCC
Call me +1 470 673 0006

So I replied, using my Daffy Duck alias. My email profile even has a picture of Daffy, just to see if any scammers wake up to my little ploy.

19 August 2016 - 5:52am

Dear Commander Piret,

I will be happy to receive your consignment and safeguard it until you come to the USA and pick it up from me. Please have it sent to my address as follows.

Mr Daffy Duck
1714 Stone Canyon Road
Los Angeles, California 90077
United States of America

Unfortunately you cannot contact me by telephone because I operate in a very sensitive security environment and all calls to my office and home are monitored. This Gmail address is not even my official email account, but I can use it to communicate with you without risk to my position.

Obviously you must make all the arrangements for delivery. Please understand that I do not want any money, as I am already extremely wealthy and 30% of $6 million is not of any importance to me. If that is suitable for you, then we can proceed.

Yours sincerely,

Daffy Duck

It is inconceivable for any American to not know that Daffy Duck is a famous cartoon character, but this scammer did not question my use of the Daffy alias. That merely proved that he was not an American and so obviously not in the US Navy. But the scammer was very stupid and did not even look up the name "Daffy Duck", despite the fact that the profile picture on the Hotheads honeypot email account was of the famous cartoon character. And he did not check the address either.

The proverbial fly in the ointment for this scammer was that I I told him that I did not want any payment for doing him the favour of receiving and safeguarding his mythical boxes of money because I claimed to be immensely rich. It removed the notion that I would do something stupid to receive his portion of the non-existent $12 million, which was the bait that fraudsters use to entice gullible and greedy people to fall for their scams. It also hopefully made the scammer think that I was ripe for the plucking, being both filthy rich and appearing to swallow his baloney. But as expected, he sent this reply, complete with a phoney Shipping Invoice, where the receiver was the famous Daffy Duck.

20 August 2016 - 8:43pm

Dear Mr Daffy Duck,

Be informed that we have successfully handled the shipping protocols in your favor, the delivery officer must be arriving in your area soonest because he left few hours ago. However, you must expect further communication from "Dip. Laurence Andrew Gill" advanced delivery personnel, he handles deliveries with highest experience of which he has never failed in any international delivery. Kindly view the attachment to peruse your shipping invoice.

We advice you kindly drop a message to the diplomat email address at; dplgrcew@gmail.com also endeavor to keep us posted as soon as you receive arrival notification from Dip. Laurence Andrew Gill.

Regards,

CDR Ron Piret, 0002
Deputy Director, TFCC
Call me #678 405 3337.

The difference in the style of writing between the first email from the scammer and this one was obvious. Like nearly all non-English speaking scammers, this fraudster used a pre-written template scam email that was written in perfect English, but once somebody took the bait, he had to reply using his very limited English. His lack of proper grammar and punctuation was very noticeable, such as "We advice you", very typical of many African email scams.

The fake "Commander Piret" told me that the consignment would be sent by a diplomatic courier. This whole "diplomatic courier" ploy is used by many scammers, but many victims do not understand that diplomatic couriers do not deliver private consignments. They only work for their governments, delivering diplomatic pouches to their respective consulates. Of course this particular scammer hoped that I was just as ignorant. The phoney "Shipping Invoice" was attached to the scammer's email.

So the scammer even went to the extent of generating this rubbish. The whole idea of scambaiting is to waste the scammer's time and make him expend some effort for no gain and this scammer did exactly that with this phoney paperwork. I decided to ignore the scammer's instruction to contact his fake "courier" and I sent this reply.

20 August 2016 - 9:04pm

Dear Commander Piret,

Your courier has all my details as per the attached form, so after he delivers your goods to me, I will confirm this with you by email.

So now I will await notification as to the date and time of delivery and I will be ready to accept and safeguard your goods.

Yours sincerely,

Daffy Duck

But I reminded the scammer that I was not his partner, because I knew that his ploy was to try and force me to take responsibility for the non-existent boxes of money and pay some sort of fee to get them to me. If I refused to be his "partner", then he would have to find another way to persuade me to part with an advance fee somewhere later in his scam routine.

20 August 2016 - 9:07pm

Dear Commander Piret,

I notice that you describe this as a partnership. Again I stress that I am not a partner, bur merely trying to do you a favour. I do not want or seek any part of your goods.

Yours sincerely,

Daffy Duck

Then I received this email from the scammer, who was intent on forcing the non-existent $3.6 million onto me, to ensure that I would be tempted by greed to overcome my altruism in not wishing to accept any reward.

20 August 2016 - 10:23pm

Dear Daffy Duck,

Thanks for your kind reply, but bear in mind that we reached agreement which you accepted and provided your information for the shipment, it is fully agreed that you are taking 30% of the total amount and cannot go back to my colleague and inform him that you are doing us a favor because that is not the initial plans. You must handle the shipment as real beneficiary and update us immediately you confirm it in your hands. Therefore expect arrival notification from the diplomat and followup with him to have the boxes confirm your hands vehemently.

Regards,
CDR Ron Piret, 0002
Deputy Director, TFCC
#678 405 3337

So I decided to annoy the scammer and make him try to think of another way of convincing me to follow his instructions.

21 August 2016 - 3:27am

Dear Commander Piret,

I think that you are under some sort of misconception about my role in your matter. I quote from my first email in reply to you.

"Please understand that I do not want any money, as I am already extremely wealthy and 30% of $6 million is not of any importance to me. If that is suitable for you, then we can proceed."

I find it very strange that you are trying to push the sum of $1,800,000 onto me when I have stated that I do not want it. I would have thought that you would be very pleased with the fact that I offered to do you a favour for free. I cannot imagine that anybody would want to hand out nearly $2 million when they do not have to do so. It really makes me wonder what is going on here.

In any case, being a beneficiary to such an amount of money not only has taxation implications for me, but also could cause a massive problem.

As I mentioned in my first email response, I operate in a very sensitive security environment and the receipt of such funds could be construed as a bribe. In any case, I am very wealthy and that amount of money is of no consequence to me and I do not need it.

So that is the situation. I will not act as the beneficiary of any money. If you still want to send me your goods for safekeeping, that is fine and that is what I agreed to do - nothing else. If not, then you should tell your courier to return your goods to you and then you need to find somebody else who is willing to do as you want.

Yours sincerely,

Daffy Duck

As expected, a little emotional blackmail ensued from the scammer with this email.

21 August 2016 - 11:01pm

Sir,

If you read my messages carefully you will know that the boxes has been shipped on transit for more than 16 hours of which the international delivery officer must have arrived in your area. Also, i will advice you to make sure you read messages carefully before responding to it, i told you from the beginning that we discovered two boxes and each of the boxes contained six million dollars, which means that they two boxes are containing twelve million dollars, i also made it very clear that 30% of the twelve million dollars will be your reward for receiving the boxes for me and my colleague.

You must be steadfast to ensure our final success because the delivery officer must be contacting you hopefully before noon today, we have been wondering why the delivery officer his yet to send you his arrival notification, hence we hope that all is well and pray that almighty God guide the delivery officer to handover the boxes to you successfully. Finally, we advice your straightforwardness and honesty as you kindly update us immediately you receive arrival notification from the delivery officer hopefully today.

Regards,
CDR Ron Piret, 0002
Deputy Director, TFCC
#678 405 3337

I knew that despite my non-cooperation by refusing to chase this fake "courier", I would receive an email from the scammer posing as this bogus diplomat and sure enough, the actual advance fee part of the scam was put into play when this email arrived.

21 August 2016 - 11:20pm

Hi Mr Daffy Duck,

I am the international delivery officer assigned to deliver your boxes directly to your house. I arrived at George Bush International Airport which is my direct flight from the Caribbean. I was detained by the customs for over 8-hours because the weight of boxes are heavier than the content declared.

I have been pleading with them and i don't know the codes to unlock your boxes for customs verification. After series of interrogation the Area Commander instructed me to communicate you "The Receiver" for immediate clearing of your no verifiable boxes weighing 75.8KG. I need to hear from you urgently because i am stressed out and exhausted.

Note that network is not stable so it will be very difficult for my to check email, therefore kindly provide your cell phone number for constant conversation and text messages which is easier and faster than email.

Regards,
Dip Andrew Laurence
Please reach me urgently at: 713 597 6665.

So the phoney "courier" tried to make me responsible for this non-existent consignment by telling me that they were my boxes, not boxes belonging to the fake "Commander Piret". He also spun me this baloney about the Customs instructing him to contact me and not the alleged owner of the consignment. This was a stupid lie, but that is what scammers do. He wanted me to phone him, but I was not going to play his game. My aim was to frustrate him as much as possible. In the meantime, I stirred the pot a bit more with this email to the fake "Commander Piret".

22 August 2016 - 5:17am

Dear Commander Piret,

It is of absolutely no consequence as to what your boxes contain, because I do not want any of their contents for a number of reasons. I do not want any reward for assisting you and I am even more puzzled as to why you are trying to push me into accepting $3.6 million.

In any case, you said that the boxes were already on the way to me and that is fine. So when your courier contacts me with the delivery date and time, I will be ready. Once the boxes are delivered, I will email you that they are safely in my hands and I will have them stored in a highly secure environment.

Then after you arrive in Los Angeles and are ready to collect them, I will hand them over to you. That is all very easy.

Yours sincerely,

Daffy Duck

Telling the scammer that I did not want the $3.6 million under any circumstances had the effect of making him really wonder exactly how rich I really was. Of course this whole ploy was to get him thinking of the masses of loot that he could potentially scam out of me. I was softening up this fool while he thought that he could bully and emotionally blackmail me with this tag team of "Commander Piret" and "Dip Andrew Laurence". So I fired off a reply to the fake "courier" to annoy him with my lack of cooperation.

22 August 2016 - 5:33am

Dear Mr Laurence,

As I explained to Commander Piret, I cannot be contacted by telephone under any circumstances because of the high security situation that I am in. However, I monitor this particular email account frequently, so you can always reach me in this way very quickly.

I do not have any codes for unlocking these boxes, so you will have to contact Commander Piret, as he did not provide me with that information. The only thing that I received from him was a shipping invoice. If US Customs need to examine the contents of the boxes, they can break the locks and look inside. That is what they usually do if they cannot easily access items that they need to check.

As for the stability of the network, I presume that you are talking about the Internet. This is the USA and the Internet is very reliable. You will have no problem in communicating with me via email.

I have many consignments delivered to me and I have never had to communicate with the sender's courier and I am not going to start now. I am a very busy person and I do not have the time or the will to communicate constantly with you in regard to this matter.

You are a courier and presumably very experienced, so it is up to you to facilitate the clearance of your cargo and get it to me. My only role in this matter is to receive it. So just get the goods cleared by Customs and get them to Los Angeles and deliver them to me as planned.

Yours sincerely,

Daffy Duck

Having put the onus back on the fake "courier", I sat back and waited for the scammer to make his demand for the advance fee. But he sent me an email telling me that I was a lovely chap and that I was now his brother for helping him out of the goodness of my heart and not wanting any reward.

22 August 2016 - 9:10pm

Brother Daffy,

Your message is unbelievable because it is very hard to secure assistance from anybody without meaningful reward, but i must assure you that from this moment you have become my family member and whatever assistance you or any of your family member might need from me will be done at ease. Myself and my Colleague will visit you as soon as you confirm the boxes in your hands as the rightful receiver.

God bless you,
CDR Ron Piret, 0002
Deputy Director, TFCC
Call #678 405 3337.

The other member of the tag team, the fake "courier" then berated me for being such an uncooperative bastard. But as expected, this finally was the demand for the advance fee, but I was not falling for the scam. All semblance of politeness vanished and the scammer used belligerence and emotional blackmail to try and bully me into paying the advance fee.

22 August 2016 - 11:56pm

Listen carefully Mr Daffy Duck,

The ethics of my duty as international delivery officer does not permit me to contact the sender because this is non-verifiable items which was officially declared by the sender. I work under courier delivery agency and i cannot go against the code of conduct, as the rightful receiver of the boxes, it is officially your duty to clear the boxes because if any unlawful items is discovered in the box you will be arrested hence you must act impromptu to officially resolve this issue.

However, the Chief Watch Commander, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Houston, Texas Area indicates that official clearing charges for non-inspection boxes weighing above 75.8 kilogram is $5,785.00 which you will make available urgently for the clearing of your boxes today. Therefore, you will make the transfer directly to the below customs authorized receiving bank account.

Bank Name: CHASE BANK
Bank Address: 3904 Glade Rd.
Colleyville Texas 76034 USA.
Account No: 3567331870
Routing No: 11100061
Swift Code: CHASUS33
Account Name: Linda L. Arnett
Benef Address: 1211 Douglas st
Euless Texas 76039 USA.

I have spent more than 18-hours here for your sake, i was chosen to handle your delivery as advanced international diplomat knowingly that I have never failed in international delivery. I am 68-years and not a young man that will remain healthy at the customs custody for a very long time. You must act impromptu thereby transferring the customs clearing charges of $5,785.00 to the above authorized bank account and reply this message with the wire transfer slip. The customs officers are threatening to involve Anti-Terrorist Department if your boxes are not officially cleared today as instructed.

The fake "courier" again tried to emotionally blackmail me by telling me that he had spent more than 18 hours at the airport for my sake. He again demanded that I transfer the "customs clearing charges" of $5,785 to somebody called Linda Arnett, who obviously was the scammer's money receiver in the USA. Meanwhile, the fake "Commander Piret" tried to soften me up a bit more with this email.

23 August 2016 - 3:41am

Dear Daffy,

I understand your decision but you should have asked questions before deciding, the diplomat provided you a custom officer's account which is not a private account because after clearing the boxes he will have to secure "YELLOW " NON-INSPECT Certificate and purchase local flight ticket to enable him proceed to your house, he cannot have all the money into customs official account and asked for a refund. Before you take angry decision you must ask questions as a father, looking at your elderly responses from the beginning of this delivery my instinct made me believe that you're a ground father, therefore calm your mind and handle this issue peacefully because the diplomat is a British citizen and you can request his passport. he cannot deceive for a mere five thousand eight hundred dollars.

Myself and my colleague spent almost twelve thousand dollars to ship the boxes to United States and the ethics of our Naval Appointment does not permit us to make bank transfers, so that anything discovered at ocean basin will be report to the government accordingly. We do not keep cash neither operate any bank account around. I send money to my family in Cayman Island through a reliable agent that reside very close to my family which is mostly twice in six months. Anytime you accept to assist someone endeavor to render the assistance completely because the reward of every good deeds is purely from the creator which is God the might high, and he will reward you with good health, long life and peace. These heavenly rewards cannot be purchased with any amount of money which the almighty God is granting you for free because i have prayed for you and so shall it be. (AMEN).

Finally, you must feel free to deduct any amount you spend directly from the box or even take double of your expense out of the box before my arrival, my desire is to have the boxes released to your hands peacefully. As the breadwinner in my generation, if anything goes wrong my life will be ruined and my family including extended families will be frustrated. Thank you so much for your utmost understanding as a brother and ordained friend, hence may God grant your heart desires forever.

Your brother,
Ronald J. Piret

While I let the fake "courier" stew for a while, I sent this email to the fake "Commander Piret" in response to his "my brother" email, just to reassure him that I would do anything to help him - of course short of sending him any money.

23 August 2016 - 3:59am

Dear Commander Piret,

Those are very nice sentiments, but as I said before, I am happy to assist a fellow American, especially one who is serving our nation in our military, especially in such an important position as a highly ranked officer in the Tactical Flag Command Centre on one of our warships. I will let you know as soon as your boxes arrive and you will be welcome to come to my premises and collect them.

Yours sincerely,

Daffy Duck

I then responded to the fake "Commander Piret's" email that was completely packed with lies. He said that he could not transfer money to pay this alleged fee to US Customs because he had no access to his bank account. Of course he tried to convince me that the recipient that the fake "courier" provided for me to send the fee was not a private person, but a US Customs official and that was just baloney. So I replied with this email, but I did not want to completely scare the scammer off, as I wanted to see how long he would sustain his efforts before waking up to the fact that he was the one being scammed.

23 August 2016 - 4:04am

Dear Commander Piret,

Now you are really being very misleading and disingenuous. From the very start of my dealings with you, I have stated that I would be pleased to assist you by accepting and safeguarding your two boxes when they were delivered to me at my premises. I did NOT agree to clear your boxes with US Customs and if you think that I did, please send me a copy of my email that claims that I did so. I have all our correspondence and NOWHERE does it state that I would facilitate the clearing of anything. So please do not lie to me.

You better get one thing very clear. I am NOT delaying anything because it is not my responsibility to deal with this aspect of the matter. Clearing the boxes through Customs is strictly the responsibility of your courier and all fees in connection with this are YOUR responsibility as the sender of the consignment.

I am getting very annoyed at your efforts and your courier's efforts to try and place responsibility over your goods and make demands for me to pay fees for which YOU are fully responsible. I may be wealthy, but I did not become rich by being stupid. My responsibility in relation to your boxes starts only when they are placed in my hands at my premises - NOT BEFORE. How they get to me is not my problem and I will not allow you to emotionally blackmail me into paying fees or doing anything else on your behalf.

So you need to understand all of this, but I warn you now that if you or your courier make any more demands for me to pay any fees or do anything in relation to your consignment apart from me accepting them after they are delivered into my hands, I will cancel this entire arrangements and you can do whatever you like, but I will have nothing further to do with you or your boxes.

You mentioned our "great relationship" but I do not know you and I have never met you, so now you are inventing a situation that does not exist. Yes, you are welcome to visit me after your boxes are delivered into my hands and collect them, but as for your share of the funds, it will be whatever is in those boxes because I want no part of it.

Yours sincerely,

Daffy Duck

I then responded to the fake "courier" who had been trying to get me to pay the advance fee to this Linda Arnett and I literally told him to get lost, just to see his reaction. I used a belligerent attitude to make him realise that I was not quite as gullible as he first thought I may have been.

23 August 2016 - 4.26am

Dear Mr Laurence,

Let me straighten out a few misconceptions here. You have stated some things that are beyond being ridiculous, as well as being grossly false.

1. Your duty is certainly towards the sender of the consignment. He is your client and you are working for him. So when you tell me that you cannot contact him for some crazy reason, that is untrue. In fact you have a duty to keep him informed as to any problems that arise from your contract with him.

2. You are trying to push responsibility onto me for the contents of these boxes and that is something that is not going to happen. Until those boxes are delivered into my hands at my premises in Los Angeles, they are not my responsibility. It is certainly not my duty to clear the boxes at all and I will not be doing that. My only duty is to accept delivery of them. And I certainly will not be arrested.

3. As for this "Official Clearing Charge", that is none of my business. I stated right from the outset to Commander Piret that he was responsible for all fees and charges in connection with the delivery of his boxes to me, therefore if there is something to be paid, you have to arrange this with Commander Piret.

4. The bank account that you nominated has nothing to do with US Customs and Border Protection. It is a private bank account operated by an individual. All such payments must be made to US Customs and Border Protection as per the instructions on their website. Check these links.

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/604/~/writing-checks-to-customs-for-payment,-duty,-etc
https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/238/~/duty---payment-options

All payment must be made payable to US Customs and Border Protection, not some private person called Linda Arnett. I was not born yesterday and I am not stupid, so please do not treat me as a fool.

4. How you spent your time at the airport is none of my business. This is part of your job as courier. And please do not call these goods my delivery. They are Commander Piret's delivery. I am merely the recipient.

In conclusion, if you really think that I am going to pay $5,785 for this, you are very much mistaken. Even though I have the money, it is a matter of principle. I refuse to pay one single cent for something that is not my problem.

There is an old saying here that I have found to be the best guide to a happy life - DO NOT MAKE OTHER PEOPLE'S PROBLEMS YOUR PROBLEMS. In other words, these matters are your problems and I will not make them my problems.

So if you wish to get your matter resolved with US Customs and Border Protection, you need to contact Commander Piret and get him to wire you the required fee of $5,785 so that you can clear the boxes and deliver them to me. But understand this. These boxes do not become my responsibility until that time.

Yours sincerely,

Daffy Duck

The fake "Commander Piret" then tried some more emotional blackmail to try and convince me to send the advance fee, so that the fake "courier" could clear the non-existent boxes through US Customs. This scammer was again trying to make me take responsibility for the boxes by referring to them as my delivery and that I was not eager to receive my consignment. The scammer demanded that I had to quickly provide for the needs of the fake "courier".

23 August - 10.51am

Brother Daffy,

Information received from the cargo company that endorsed your delivery indicates that delivery agent has been trapped at the customs for 24hrs and has been contacting you for help, the customs in duty are threatening the agent since you the receiver is not eager to receive your consignment considering its weight and its content. The company expressed their worries and i felt that agent has suffered so much, therefore you must kindly followup with the agent and quickly provide his needs to enable him clear the boxes from the customs and proceed to your house.

God bless you,
Ronald J. Piret

I really thought that the scammer would have given up by now, seeing that I was not going to budge on sending the advance fee, but he still persevered in the guise of his fake "courier" and he sent this email. But I thought that I would have some fun and tell the scammer about his fake "courier" trying to scam me for the advance fee and warn him to beware - of himself, of course.

23 August 2016 - 11:15am

Dear Commander Piret,

I received an email from your courier, who demanded that I pay the sum of $5,785 for clearance of your boxes to a private person who has nothing to do with US Customs and Border Protection and whose bank details are as follows:

Bank Name: CHASE BANK
Bank Address: 3904 Glade Rd.
Colleyville Texas 76034 USA.
Account No: 3567331870
Routing No: 11100061
Swift Code: CHASUS33
Account Name: Linda L. Arnett
Benef Address: 1211 Douglas st
Euless Texas 76039 USA.

I know for a fact that all fees to US Customs must be paid into their official account, not the account of a private person, so there is no way that I would do that.

Now let's get something very clear here, because this nonsense has gone on for too long. I told you early on in our correspondence that I was NOT your partner and that all I was doing was a favour for you and that I did not want any reward for this. I also stated this in my very first reply:

Obviously you must make all the arrangements for delivery.

That means that you are fully responsible for any fees that are required to get your goods to me. That includes the fee to the courier and any of his expenses and more importantly, any fees to clear your consignment and get it to my premises.

Therefore that is what you need to do. You need to pay the required fee directly to US Customs and Border Protection and I strongly advise you to NEVER pay such fees to private people. I do not know what your courier is trying to do, but I suggest that he is trying to extort money from me by using some emotional blackmail and his hard-luck story, but that does not work with me. He may even try that with you, his client, so be very careful.

So that is where the situation remains. They are YOUR boxes and remain so until you arrange to get them to me. I do not have any responsibility to pay one single cent to anybody for their delivery. That is your job.

Yours sincerely,

Daffy Duck

The scammer replied with this email, trying to convince me that this Linda Arnett was an official US Customs receiver of payments, which was a load of nonsense.

23 August 2016 - 5:16pm

Dear Daffy,

I understand your decision but you should have asked questions before deciding, the diplomat provided you a custom officer's account which is not a private account because after clearing the boxes he will have to secure "YELLOW " NON-INSPECT Certificate and purchase local flight ticket to enable him proceed to your house, he cannot have all the money into customs official account and asked for a refund. Before you take angry decision you must ask questions as a father, looking at your elderly responses from the beginning of this delivery my instinct made me believe that you're a ground father, therefore calm your mind and handle this issue peacefully because the diplomat is a British citizen and you can request his passport. he cannot deceive for a mere five thousand eight hundred dollars.

Myself and my colleague spent almost twelve thousand dollars to ship the boxes to United States and the ethics of our Naval Appointment does not permit us to make bank transfers, so that anything discovered at ocean basin will be report to the government accordingly. We do not keep cash neither operate any bank account around. I send money to my family in Cayman Island through a reliable agent that reside very close to my family which is mostly twice in six months. Anytime you accept to assist someone endeavor to render the assistance completely because the reward of every good deeds is purely from the creator which is God the might high, and he will reward you with good health, long life and peace. These heavenly rewards cannot be purchased with any amount of money which the almighty God is granting you for free because i have prayed for you and so shall it be. (AMEN).

Finally, you must feel free to deduct any amount you spend directly from the box or even take double of your expense out of the box before my arrival, my desire is to have the boxes released to your hands peacefully. As the breadwinner in my generation, if anything goes wrong my life will be ruined and my family including extended families will be frustrated. Thank you so much for your utmost understanding as a brother and ordained friend, hence may God grant your heart desires forever.

Your brother,
Ronald J. Piret

The scammer decided to try the religious ploy on me. This is something that most African scammers do when they call themselves "Reverend" or they keep talking about God and other religious nonsense. But of course it was never going to work on me. But the scammer sent me a follow-up email to try and reinforce his position and use a little more emotional blackmail on me.

24 August 2016 - 3:41am

Sir,

You gave me the assuring that you will not hesitate to collect the trunks from the delivery agent upon his arrival in your area, now that diplomat have arrived peacefully i need to know why you are delaying to clear the boxes as agreed. Your delay to achieve our final success will attract top investigation agencies because the trunks are heavily loaded and very big in size, also every non-inspection delivery of such size must be cleared swiftly to avoid hitches. Please do not allow anything to destroy the great relationship that we have build because myself and my colleague is planning to visit you next week for the collection of our share of the funds.

Regards,
CDR Ron Piret, 0002
Deputy Director, TFCC
Call me #678 405 3337

So I decided to really give this scammer a good dose of reality with this response.

24 August 2016 - 4:04am

Dear Commander Piret,

Now you are really being very misleading and disingenuous. From the very start of my dealings with you, I have stated that I would be pleased to assist you by accepting and safeguarding your two boxes when they were delivered to me at my premises. I did NOT agree to clear your boxes with US Customs and if you think that I did, please send me a copy of my email that claims that I did so. I have all our correspondence and NOWHERE does it state that I would facilitate the clearing of anything. So please do not lie to me.

You better get one thing very clear. I am NOT delaying anything because it is not my responsibility to deal with this aspect of the matter. Clearing the boxes through Customs is strictly the responsibility of your courier and all fees in connection with this are YOUR responsibility as the sender of the consignment.

I am getting very annoyed at your efforts and your courier's efforts to try and place responsibility over your goods and make demands for me to pay fees for which YOU are fully responsible. I may be wealthy, but I did not become rich by being stupid. My responsibility in relation to your boxes starts only when they are placed in my hands at my premises - NOT BEFORE. How they get to me is not my problem and I will not allow you to emotionally blackmail me into paying fees or doing anything else on your behalf.

So you need to understand all of this, but I warn you now that if you or your courier make any more demands for me to pay any fees or do anything in relation to your consignment apart from me accepting them after they are delivered into my hands, I will cancel this entire arrangements and you can do whatever you like, but I will have nothing further to do with you or your boxes.

You mentioned our "great relationship" but I do not know you and I have never met you, so now you are inventing a situation that does not exist. Yes, you are welcome to visit me after your boxes are delivered into my hands and collect them, but as for your share of the funds, it will be whatever is in those boxes because I want no part of it.

Yours sincerely,

Daffy Duck

The scammer might have given up trying to extort the $5,785 from me for the bogus US Customs clearance fee, so possibly he had a backup scam for people who resisted being scammed. So I received another email from the fake "courier", telling me that he managed to get the consignment through Customs and wanted to contact me urgently.

25 August - 3:56am

Hi Daffy,

Congratulations I have cleared your trunks from the customs. I called my Wife and explained the situation to her yesterday, she was able to arrange the money which she sent at noon. Please call me urgently because I must speak with you before proceeding to your house.

Regards,

Dip Andrew Laurence.

Trying to keep this bastard on the hook for a little bit longer and give him false hope, I replied with this email.

25 August - 5:31am

Dear Mr Laurence,

Again I must clear up your misconceptions. You keep referring to these boxes as "my trunks" or "my consignment". They are not mine at all and I will never claim any ownership to them. They will always belong to Commander Piret, so please understand this.

I am very pleased that you managed to get through US Customs, however I am rather surprised that Commander Piret did not pay the clearance fee, as this was his obligation and that you had to resort to obtaining it from your wife. It is a very strange way for a courier to operate, but it is not my business to tell you how to operate - it is merely my observation.

As I told you and Commander Piret, I am in a very sensitive position and cannot receive telephone calls, as all calls to both my landline and mobile phone are constantly monitored for security reasons. This is why I use a Gmail account and not my official email accounts.

So this is the only way that you can communicate with me. However, I cannot see any reason for us to talk. Your job is to get to Los Angeles and deliver the consignment to me, as per your contract with Commander Piret. So please notify me of the date and approximate time of delivery and I will make sure that I am present to accept it and sign your receipt.

Yours sincerely,

Daffy Duck

By the beginning of September 2016, I had not received any more emails from the scammer, so I would say that he has woken up to the fact that I have been fooling him all along and he has given up contacting me again.