Let's Try Stalling A Scammer Forever (Scambaiting)

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okay so I've received this enigmatic email containing no body text only an attachment a Word document named good day now although this isn't a macro enabled Word document there are probably still risks involved in opening something from an unknown source to mitigate those risks a little bit opened as preview in the web version of word and here's what I found it's a pretty standard opener for an advance fee scam badly written by a character named sergeant alejandro first name dive asking for my assistance in handling a large sum of money promising that there would be no danger or risk and that the funds were not stolen I never asked for that information but when it's volunteered like this it's automatically a massive red flag so yeah this is obviously a scam let's go scam baiting again [Music] so before we get started let's take a quick look at the anatomy of a typical advance fee scam for the purposes here I'm gonna describe its successful scam where the victim does actually get parted from their money advance fee scams typically happen in two stages in the first stage someone tries to win the trust of the victim and convince them the scam is real once the victims on the hook the second stage is where the scammer sometimes a different individual works to extract funds from the victim often starting with a small amount then making excuses way further and often a larger amounts must be paid sunk cost fallacy will tend to keep the victim hooked until he's bled dry while we're here it's worth mentioning that the aftermath of a successful scam may involve a range of outcomes anything from the victim being scammed again to sadly the victim taking their own life in most of my previous efforts I tend to mess around in this part of the second stage but for today's session I decided my primary objective will be to stall the scammer in the first stage for as long as possible the bit where the scammer tries to get my personal info the secondary objective is to try out a couple of responses that people have suggested in comments on previous videos so let's get started I replied to the initial email with my usual response okay but don't worry we will be doing this a bit but not just this Dave responded with an absurd wall of text I won't read it all because it's several pages long but let's just skim a few highlights first I think it's pretty important to try and figure out who is we're dealing with the DES sergeant Dave alejandra who is a mechanical engineer for the USA elite special Activities Division Special Operations Group which is part of the CIA located in the US Embassy in Kabul which is part of the US Navy which is part of the force hmm good to know sorry missed a small detail there he's not a mechanical engineer at all he's a US special agent so the letter has a very long and sad story about adoption and bereavement there's an interesting part where he says he got my contact from Google's contact database that's interesting because firstly the email address where I received this is not a gmail account but secondly because there's no such thing as Google's contact database on the next page Dave reveals there's a box of money he wants to secretly move but he isn't allowed to do that because as a u.s. special agent he's being martyred but don't worry this is all legal and risk-free after very many more words about military service conflict and unfortunate circumstances Dave gets to the point he will give me 40 percent of the funds if I help him move the box he closes page three with some interesting words that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold one of those two things is the one truth that he learned from his life experiences I'm not sure which one but it is the one truth okay the last little bit was a reiteration that there is no danger or risk but if I was not to pursue this transaction I should keep quiet about it naturally I decided to make a video about instead hope that's okay Dave Dave had written far too many words so I've replied with just one okay the next reply from Dave was again very wordy but it was a very standard scam template rambling on and on about the supposed scenario but also asking for the sort of personal details that you should never share with strangers on the Internet rather than providing these details I just replied okay now let me remind you again we are doing a little bit of just say okay in this video but don't worry we're going to do something different in a minute Dave sent the same email template over again I replied okay again at this point I started to fear that perhaps this loop would never end but Dave broke the cycle by asking so are you in habits are hard to break but I couldn't bring myself to just reply with those two letters again so I said okay sadly Dave just sent the same email template again and Satre still I just replied okay again this must have begun to frustrate Dave a little bit because he asked so what now casting my mind back to the template email David had repeatedly sent me I picked out an interesting phrase that I thought needed to be clarified so I sent this to Dave as a question legal and risk-free okay Dave now started to write in whole sentences and he told me that if I wanted to proceed I should read the previous emails and then provide details I said I think about it Dave said take your time I said okay the next day I asked are you ready Dave replied still waiting to hear from you so I said I asked if you were ready Dave switched to shout he caps to say yes I am and I have sent you the next step I said okay hello Dave shouted what is it I said I'm ready Dave sent the template email again time to call him out on it so I told him I said I'm ready why did you send an automatic template email Dave said it's not an automatic template email and that he resent it because I didn't seem to read it properly and could I try again I said okay Dave said yes so I asked okay so what happens next now Dave sent the template email again but with one important difference he's changed the subject line to say in shout he caps read this email and you will know what is next I couldn't let him get away with that so I replied that's just the same template email you sent before am I speaking to an actual human or an autoresponder that seemed to hit the spot because Dave replied my friend listen carefully if you cannot read and know the next procedure with this transaction please fuck off you idiot he then sent the same template email again but this time he had it as shout he caps title the next step is below so read and understand you idiot now I have a rule that when scam baiting I always respond to aggression and hostility with righteous indignation so I demanded to know why Dave was being so rude when I was only trying to find out how to play my part I also asked why he just sent the same email template again at this point we are privileged to discover Dave's melting point here it comes you asked me for the next step regarding this transaction of which I sent you but you are not ready to settle down take your time to read my email how will you know the next step if you don't read my email yes I sent you the same template again because that is the next step and there is something inside the mail that is required of you to know and then provide listen carefully if you are here to waste my time sorry to say you can Goff now I have a lot over here on to think about do you even know what it is to be in a place like Afghan read through that same template again and then get back to me you idiot so I replied to ask so it is a template after all also you said there was something inside the mail I checked and there's no attachment maybe you forgot to attach it you seem a bit stressed and I know that can sometimes distract people from details like that Dave sent an extract of the same template again with the angry question so do you want to tell me that you didn't see this part of the so-called template I said I saw it several times you keep sending the same email over and over I didn't get the attachment however please could you send it Dave wanted to know why I didn't provide the details having seen it several times and asserting that he never mentioned an attachment I know that of course time to offer a little bit of emotional port I suggested that all this angry response isn't helping to move the conversation forward surely as a man with military training you must understand the necessity to maintain a clear head in stressful situations I also added okay if you don't know how to attach the instructions please just tell me clearly what you want me to do next but sadly dave was gone but never mind that was about three weeks of stalling and messing around and I never even told the scam on my fake name objective accomplished so that was a little bit short and sweet but I hope you enjoyed that thanks so much for watching and I hope to see you again soon [Music]
Channel: Atomic Shrimp
Views: 366,876
Rating: 4.958272 out of 5
Keywords: scambaiting, scan, 419
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Length: 8min 9sec (489 seconds)
Published: Thu Jul 18 2019
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