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Ridiculous Scams Require Ridiculous Responses

, , , | Legal | September 3, 2022

Several years ago, I was getting a lot of those “I’ve smuggled money from [Country] and need help moving it”-type emails. Spam filtering was not as good as it is now.

I finally got them to stop by replying with something like the following:

Me: “I am an official with [Country] government. We have set up email accounts to track down citizens who have illegally transferred funds and/or left the country. We are tracking the IP address of your email and agents will visit to return you and the funds. You will be sent to a re-education camp to ensure you will become a happy and productive member of our wonderful country.”

That was the end of annoying emails — for a while, anyway.