Wednesday, April 04, 2007

I send the scammer the official Induction form

Hmmmm... now what?

From: Roscoe Coltrane <>
To: james ekhumalo <>
Date: Tue, Mar 27, 2007 at 10:53 PM
Greetings in the name of our favorite Apostle, Bartholomew!
Brother James, it is indeed delightful to hear that you would become of our order. It is good to hear that you are already a Christian. This truly will make it easier for us to help you do business, and I feel sure we can come to an agreement about the transfer the 20 million US to the United States.
Last week I was able to help one of our Nigerian members, I sent him $18,000 in clearance fees and expect to establish a trust fund for him here in the US in the next month or so, as soon as the transfer arrives.

Please to finalize your membership in the Order of St. Bart, I am attaching the very simple induction form. Simply sign this form, scan it, and email it back to me.

I will need a HIGH Quality photograph of you, holding the symbols of St. Bartholomew, which is simply 5 loaves of bread and two fish. Please make sure that they are the largest fish you can find, so as to appear better in the picture.

After these two things, you will be a member of the Holy Order of St. Bartholomew! I will then forward any necessary bank details you may need.

Remember always-
One Fish
Two Fish
Red Fish
Blue Fish

Father Roscoe

Does he go for it?

From: james ekhumalo <>
To: Roscoe Coltrane <>
Date: Tue, Mar 27, 2007 at 8:57 AM
Thanks you for your mail. Give me the form and otherinstruction. I will sign the form immediately.Yours truly.James Ekhumalo

I decide to do a little phishing of my own....

From: Roscoe Coltrane <>
To: james ekhumalo <>
Date: Mon, Mar 26, 2007 at 9:14 PM
Bless you for your prompt reply and may the lord God almighty send you many blessings (Amen).
My brother, it is wonderful that you are considering joining our church, you will be most welcome in our Holy order.
My brother, of course you will have to prove your commitment to our ministry. This will require you to send us a photograph of yourself showing part of the commitment ceremony that we will require (this is very simple), and you will also have to sign our Order of St. Bartholomew induction agreement form. The agreement form is very simple and only requires your name and signature.
If you are in agreement to our terms above, please signify it to us as soon as possible and I shall arrange to give you the complete instructions for the photograph and agreement form.As soon as you have been inducted to our order then we can proceed with your business proposition immediately. Please note that we cannot agree to any form of communication other than email until after you have been inducted to our church.

Many Blessings,
Rev. Coltrane

The scammer writes back!

From: james ekhumalo <>
To: Roscoe Coltrane <>
Date: Fri, Mar 23, 2007 at 9:13 AM
Attention: The Right Reverend Roscoe P Coltrane,I have received your mail with thanks. Please if you are willing to assist me in this transaction I will not have any option rather than to be your member. Tell me in details what it will take to be your member. Already I am a Christian, will that serve?Also there are arrangements on ground regarding the most convenient way to accomplish this transaction.
This is already made by my lawyer. I will give you the hints immediately I receive signal from you that you are willing to assist me complete this transaction. I wait for your urgent response.Yours truly,Mr. James Ekhumalo.

Baiting the Scammer

From: Roscoe Coltrane <>
Date: Mar 22, 2007 3:43 PM
Subject: Highly Confidential
Dear Sir,
I have received your letter of 3/10/2007 from a colleague who thought I might be better able to help you. My name is Father Roscoe Coltrane, and I'm the Director of Charitable Outreach and Donations for our church here in Los Angeles, US. Our church, the Holy Apostolic Arminian Order of St. Bartholomew, has offices all over the world including London, Los Angeles, Paris, and the Netherlands. We are a part of many efforts to bring about the end of violence and conflict all over the world. We are able to advise people on business ventures of all types, the profits of which are then turned over to various charities and beneficiaries. Currently we are seeking to donate between $200,000 and $400,000 US dollars to various refugees from all over the world.
I have read your letter and found your idea very interesting.
Unfortunately this money is already slated for existing members of the Holy Apostolic Arminian Order of St. Bartholomew. I'm afraid I am unable to help you, as our church has strict rules governing donations. Unless you were to become a member of our faith, there is nothing more I can do for you.
If you ever decide to join the Holy Apostolic Arminian Order of St. Bartholomew, then of course I would be delighted and honored to help you in any way I can.

The Right Reverend Roscoe P Coltrane
Charitable Outreach and Donations
Holy Apostolic Arminian Order of St. Bartholomew
United States

I take on the 419 scam....funny!

So I get one of those "419" scam letters, this time from Zimbabwe. (Read about 419 scams here: )