Sunday, October 30, 2005


Circumstantial evidence of unintelligent life on our planet

So what do you think -- should I explore this business opportunity?

Dear Sir/Madam,
We are exporters based in the Taiwan, we export raw materials, such as Calcite, Barytes, Manganese Dioxide , Dolomite, Mica , China Clay,Mangnese Dioxide,Ferrous(Iron ) Oxide,Paints, Rubber, Plastics,Construction chemicals and we export from Asia and export into Europe,America and Australia. our company Solenoids Industrial Co. Ltd.was established in 2001.We are interested in employing your services, to work with us as our payment agent who can help us eastablish a medium of recieving payment on our behalf for Goods and raw materials we supplied to our customers in Europe,America, Canada and Australia.If you are interested in transacting business with us. we will be very glad. Subject to your satisfaction you will be given the opportunity to negotiate your mode of which we will pay for your services as our representative in Europe,America and Australia. Please if you are interested please email us on and forward to us your phone/fax number and your full contact address.
Thank you as we await your further response. Sincerely,
Mr.Xiao Jun.
Solenoids Industrial Co Ltd.
55 An Suing East 9th Street,
Taichung, Taiwan
Lately I've been getting one of these emails every couple of weeks. Someone purporting to be from Africa or Asia offers to make me rich if I were simply to serve as a conduit for their money. Would I be their payment agent? Would I be willing to hold their $2 million until they can relocate from Ghana to a more congenial country?

My question is this: if the rate of return on this particular email scam were zero, it would have ended by now, wouldn't it? So doesn't that imply that every now and then some poor sucker is being taken in?

The only way to keep myself from imaging an unbearably sad person is to consider that, in addition to being unimaginably stupid, he's also kind of sleazy or dishonest. He reads:
"If you are interested in transacting business with us. we will be very glad."
He thinks:
What an easy mark! This guy can't even speak good English!
I guess that's one strategy for an effective con: appeal to your mark's belief that he's conning you.

I wonder if it is necessary for someone, somewhere, to have bit the bait to explain why this scam continues. After all, this scam seems like it can be done quickly and on the cheap. It could be so easy that it might be enough for the scammer to just think and hope that someday, someone, will fall for it--even if that never happens.

When you look at it that way, the coin is flipped; the world turned upside down; and the conner is the conned--one of those wide-eyed, naive fools that delude themselves into believing that someday, somehow, things will just start working out and everything will be as easy as pie.
Oscar, you may be interested in this website: a fellow that strings these people along. (and BTW, "419" is the name of this particular scam - I'm not sure if it's named after a criminal statute or what, but that's what they call these things)
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