A few years ago I was bored. I was so bored, in fact, that upon receiving a Nigerian scam email, I decided to screw with the guy. Mercilessly. My friend and renowned author Mike Williamson documented the majority of the exchange I had with this particular scammer, who claimed to be a widow with AIDS who was looking for someone to adopt her two children, and to whom she would pay millions of dollars. All they’d need is a one-time fee… $1,650
Yeah. What they wound up getting was a week-long exchange with someone who forced them to send a photo of themselves to prove authenticity, who offered to sell them a computer security system that was marketed as Affirmed Security Standardized Home Organizational Lookout Evader (Version 2.9), who claimed to be a researcher working on AIDS and recommended that she be anally raped by a camel as a cure. Oh… and I made him sign a contract, which I later explained to him – AFTER I got his signature and had him fax it to me.
Here is what you have agreed to:
1 – Adoption services and financial services. 2 – Jerking off for the
camera and saving the pictures (that means stroking your own penis,
spanky) 3 – Sucking the penis of a hairy rhesus monkey, taking pictures
and saving them for me 4 – Getting large objects shoved up your ass and
getting sexually abused with whips and chains …
You get the message.
Why did I mess with this idiot for a week? Well, first, as I explained before, I was bored. But secondly, it’s because these criminals take advantage of the weakest in our society. Yes, people should know better. Yes, I’m aware of the whole caveat emptor thing. However, these scumbags harass the most naive and vulnerable in our society. If you know anything about me, you know that abuse of children and the elderly makes me absolutely crazy, so these people really deserve to be sodomized with large cacti and tossed off a bridge somewhere!
They truly are scum, and they deserve horrible things to happen to them. What I don’t understand, though, is the attitude of our law enforcement authorities when confronted with the fact that they really need to do something about these sub-human shitbags! Here is an elderly gentleman who was trying to help… trying to prevent other seniors falling victim to these scamming slime… and what do the law enforcement agencies of our nation do? Not a damn thing! This man got harassing calls at his house, claiming he would receive millions if he just sent them several hundred bucks. How many elderly folks don’t know any better? How many of them surf the web on a regular basis and know about this stuff?
Corl was fed up. He asked the phone company about the phone number.
It came back as being from Jamaica. Corl decided it was time for the
professionals to take over the case.
He called the New Port
Richey Police Department. Corl lives outside the city, so someone there
referred him to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
Office said the matter was outside its jurisdiction and to call the
FBI. So Corl called the Tampa office. They told him to call the
Pasco/Hernando field office in Wesley Chapel. He did. Twice. He got an
answering machine and left messages.
Meanwhile, Corl kept getting calls. On Dec. 18 he got more than 20.
Dec. 19, another man called Corl. He said he was in Spring Hill and he
wanted to “finish the transaction while in the vicinity,” Corl said. He
told Corl to take a check for $500 to the Western Union near a Walmart
and there would be $5 million and a Mercedes in it for him.
An FBI agent returned Corl’s call the following week, after the Times
inquired about his complaint. That agent told him the field office
can’t do anything about an overseas operation, but suggested Corl send
in the information anyway, so it could be forwarded to the Washington,
“I’ll do that,” he said.
The calls have
tapered off now, but Corl said he was surprised that law enforcement
didn’t seem more interested in protecting the public from such con
artists, especially when those victimized most often are the elderly.
I’m not surprised. This kind of thing seems to be too small or inconsequential to them or something. I’m sure if their funding was at stake, they’d quickly act. And I’m sure if this gentleman actually met with one of these scammers and shot them dead, the “authorities” would be all over him like Oprah on a baked ham.
Mr. Corl rightfully asks,”What are we paying them for?”
They sure don’t seem to care about actually enforcing the law or stopping those who violate it! They sure don’t seem to care about protecting the most vulnerable elements of our society.
I’ve always been one of those folks who believed that law enforcement is one of the very few legitimate functions of any government – not that we should rely on them exclusively, but that they should be a viable option that serves and protects.
If they won’t do what we’re paying them to do, why do we even have them?