Saturday, 25 January 2014

Playing with the scammers

Got a friend invite on facebook this morning from a Kelly Anderson.  Name was a bit familiar so I accepted the friend request and thought no more of it.  Later that evening I received a message from him on facebook messenger.  What follows is the conversation that we had with some contextual information from me.
  • Conversation started today
  • William Yates
    William Yates
    Hey. I got a friend request from you. Trying to figure out how I know you. Sorry I know that can sound rude
  • Kelly Anderson
    Kelly Anderson
    i don't really know you but i got through your profile in search of my old friend
    my name is General Kelly Anderson, i am from United State
    i lost my wife 6 years ago.. i have a son i just want you to know me much better as a friend
    its my pleasure to know you
  • Kelly Anderson
    Kelly Anderson
    i have a proposal for you
    i dont really know if i can trust you
    write to me pls its important
  • William Yates
    William Yates
    Sure what's up
  • Kelly Anderson
    Kelly Anderson
    i have been in Afghanistan 6 months now for peacekeeping
    and i have a son 11 years old in United State
    that is the only family i have
    we went for a mission some weeks back
    we found some cash which me and some four Generals shared
    but i have been looking for someone to trust
  • William Yates
    William Yates
    And you want to transfer it to my bank to get it back to the us
  • Kelly Anderson
    Kelly Anderson
    that is why i was searching for my old friend on facebook before i came across you
    yes i would love to do that
  • William Yates
    William Yates
    Shouldn't that money be given to the government or the UN not kept by 4 generals. It sounds very inappropriate
  • Kelly Anderson
    Kelly Anderson
    yes that is true.. but the money was found and shared in Syria after the mission was over, so i brought mine back to Afghanistan
    now i am looking for a trusted friend which i can send the money to because the money is not safe in Afghanistan here with me
 At this point we were just about to meet friends for dinner.  I only had my mobile on me so couldn't do the background searches I wanted to do but was absolutely sure that this was a scam.  I wanted to wind this guy up.  So I quickly unfriended him on facebook and carried on talking to him.  Thought I would give him a chance to confess about the true nature of his request.

I gave him his chance.  So lets help this man get some money to his son.

  • William Yates
    So how do we get this cash to your son?
  • Kelly Anderson
    Kelly Anderson
    the bank cant accept such cash so i am using a company to send it direct to you.. i am gonna pay all the charges
    all you have to do is receive it
  • William Yates
    William Yates
    What makes you think you can trust me
  • Kelly Anderson
    Kelly Anderson
    i dont really know for now, all i need is your word and i will believe you
    that is why i wrote to you that somebody i can trust
  • William Yates
    William Yates
    Would I get into trouble for doing this? Its just that last time with the Nigerians there was a lot of problems
  • Kelly Anderson
    Kelly Anderson
    no its not going to get you into problems
  • William Yates
    William Yates
    Ok cool
    So what information do you need
  • Kelly Anderson
    Kelly Anderson
    your full name, home address, email, and mobile number
    and a scan copy of your id
  • William Yates
    William Yates
    And my bank details I presume
  • Kelly Anderson
    Kelly Anderson
    that is what the company needs before the money can be sent, they have to know the receiver
    so they will not be any mistakes
  • William Yates
    William Yates
    The company I thought you were sending it direct
  • Kelly Anderson
    Kelly Anderson
    the money will be deliver to you in your home
  • William Yates
    William Yates
    What in cash?
  • Kelly Anderson
    Kelly Anderson
    the company will be sending a diploma down
  • William Yates
    William Yates
    A diploma down. Isn't that an educational certificate
  • Kelly Anderson
    Kelly Anderson
    its a united nation diploma
    and the photocopy of his id will be giving to you also
    that is how things work here in Afghanistan presently
    and the company name is Skynet company, it is all over the world
  • William Yates
    William Yates
    If I doing this for you can you do something for me in return?
    Skynet have you seen the terminator films
  • Kelly Anderson
    Kelly Anderson
    they have assured me there would be no difficulty
    yes i have
    i will be giving you 20 percent from the money
    just let me believe in you

OK he isn't getting my address, ID card, email address or anything.  But I'm not too keen on 20% plus lets throw some other words in there to see if we can throw Kelly off his script:

The address I gave was for the US Embassy in london, the phone number and email are fake.  Also dinner was nearly over so I left and then did some research when I got home.  A google image search for Kelly gave me lots of hits to scam warning websites and lots of other names for 'Kelly'

  • Kelly Anderson
    Kelly Anderson
    fuck of me now
    i am a citizen of US
    you can only report me when my money is in your hands
  • William Yates
    William Yates
    Hi Aaron Ramos
    that picture has been re-used by so many other scammers
    get a new fake picture dude
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