I've had a scam message from a guy I don't know. Help me compose a reply

(18 Posts)
insancerre Sun 16-Feb-14 11:13:31

Got this in my inbox, it has made me laugh out loud, as they say
Conversation started Wednesday
Austine Opara
12/02/2014 16:52
Austine Opara

Hello pretty,how are you doing, You have a wonderful and lovely face that every man who knows something good must appreciate the good creature of Almighty.I must say you are an epitome of natural beauty look and I would like to know you better and hope to be your very good friend . Tender looking at his face with a nice smile pecked my interest that allowed me to contact you and I must admit that you are beautiful and you will not tell me you're still single ? ? lol Please , my new friend tell me more a out yourself , what is your nationality , I think I know about you and your good friend . Sorry if I ask too much question just want to know my new best friend , I am , Jerry Opara.i am 35 years old. But really I 'm hanging my hat this year and I'll tell you more about me too when I get your reply , please tell me more about your country. I would like if you can reply me to my private email to talk more about our selves , because I'm not always on site to talk . jerry4me@hotmail.com

You have a good day

what could I possibly reply? (feeling wicked)

VivienStanshall Sun 16-Feb-14 11:17:45

Tempting as it may be to reply (and I'll try to come up with one) it's always best not to, the same as for random texts. They're looking for a live one (lots of defunct email addresses and mobile phone numbers out there, I have at leats two of each) so you can go onto their list.

MissBattleaxe Sun 16-Feb-14 11:20:14

Yep, ignore. They want contact. It's likely to be automated anyway. Don't reply.

Preciousbane Sun 16-Feb-14 11:20:30

Don't reply at all. Just delete and block.

MildDrPepperAddiction Sun 16-Feb-14 11:21:48

Ignore, ignore, ignore

Reply Hi Oga, how's Nigeria?

I did that twice and was correct. grin

I spend a lot of time on soi 3 in Bangkok and know a lot of Nigerians.

Meglet Sun 16-Feb-14 11:29:19

ignore! If they know the account is live then you'll get more spam.

Mmm, replying and getting your email harvested and sold on on lists of live email addresses is definitely a good idea. No downsides there... (OK, if you want to set up a special email account just for this and then close it down, knock yourself out). No point replying on FB because he'll probably already have been banned by now.

PuppyMonkey Sun 16-Feb-14 11:32:25

grin it is a good message though. Thanks for sharing.

I don't think you should reply, but if you did : "fuck off, you twat" would be as good as anything.

insancerre Sun 16-Feb-14 11:52:10

I think you are right, I realy shouldn't reply- I wouldn't with my email address anyway, was considering using a new email and not my normal one
my normal email inbox is full of messages telling me i'm due a tax refund, or my paypal has been hacked or my ups package wasn't delivered and i have to pay a release fee
I might just block him after i've told him to 'fuck off'

ISeeYouShiverWithAntici Sun 16-Feb-14 11:55:16

Don't reply.

Just sign up the email for every bit of scam and porn you can find.

They then have to wade through all that, looking for people who might genuinely reply.

I always do that. It may do no good, who knows, but it amuses me.

ISeeYouShiverWithAntici Sun 16-Feb-14 11:55:28

spam and porn, that should read.

insancerre Sun 16-Feb-14 11:57:28

good idea, ISeeYouShiver

RedToothBrush Sun 16-Feb-14 12:09:44

I'd say that you might want to consider upping your privacy settings too.

insancerre Sun 16-Feb-14 12:19:50

I do have high levels of security on facebook, thanks RedToothBrush
only friends can see my posts and photos but anyone can send me a friend request or message
I do belong to a few groups though

GemmaTeller Sun 16-Feb-14 12:24:59

Don't reply, I think if you do you'll get inundated with spam from him (and others)

insancerre Sun 16-Feb-14 12:26:32

I've blocked him and reported it to facebook

RedToothBrush Sun 16-Feb-14 12:44:17

No one can message me who isn't a friend...

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