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A few weeks ago, (from when this goes online) Lena got an email from one Miss Becky Koulibaly of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in West Africa. Lena found the email amusing, so she forwarded it to me.
I decided to do a little research on how the types of email scams actually work, thinking it might be an interesting subject for a blog. I found something even more promising with the discovery of scambaiting.
Basically scambaiting is just replying to these people and getting them to waste their energies on you… while providing yourself with a little fun. It takes a bit of caution, as apparently some of these people have confederates stateside who could pay you a visit, and really I’d like to go on the record as not recommending that you do this.
Still, I am less smart than I am easily entertained, so after taking a few precautions, I sent out my reply to Lena’s email. I sent it from a different person than her, and from a different address, but it didn’t matter. Within an hour I had my first reply. Ironically it came from a different email address than the one I had sent to, as did the next two before they finally wised up and cut me off.
So, for the rest of the week, I will be relating my correspondences with young Miss Koulibaly of Côte d’Ivoire. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Tomorrow… Part One: Re: PLEASE I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE
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