You might remember a time when deposed members of the Nigerian royal family roamed the web, offering random people millions of dollars if they’d only pay a little up front to help transfer the money. In recent years, the “Nigerian prince” scam has become both infamous and uncommon. But other cons of the same family – advance-fee, or 419 scams (after Nigerian legal code) – are as ubiquitous as ever. One fifth of these scams still originate from Nigeria. In 2013, the world lost an estimated $12.7 billion to Nigerian scammers. We wanted to know more about the life of a Nigerian scammer, so we sat down with “Ibrahim” – who used to be one. He was part of a large, sophisticated team of scammers who all lived together in a big house. There’s a sitcom premise if we’ve ever heard one.
Nigerian scammers don’t call themselves scammers. That’s not because they’re in denial about what they’re doing, but because they have a much goofier name: Yahoo boys (pronounced “ya-oo”). Ibrahim explained the origin of the name:
“When it first started everybody used Yahoo Messenger … but now it’s on every social network, so, it’s also called Game, or G. So they call them Gameboys, G-boys. People are proud of the name.
You can accuse Ibrahim and his fellow Yahoo boys of a lot, but not laziness. Most of the low-level work involves searching for marks, which, in a politically relevant twist of irony, they call "Maga.” (In Nigerian, the word means “dunce.” Say, “Hi.” You just met your new favorite fact.)
I don’t know what’s sadder, getting a spam email “GREETINGS TO YOU FROM FIRST LADY USA.” addressed from “Mrs. Melania Trump, <"www.”@oregano.ocn.ne.jp>“ about "Two million united states dollars 2,000,000,00USD that was assigned to be delivered to your humble home address by my husband Honorable president Donald John Trump the president of this great country this week by a delivery agent Mr. JAMES BOOMBERG” or it not being believable at all, not because it’s an obvious scammer email, but because Melania has barely been seen since the election and I don’t think she’s doing any sort of first lady work.
‘People get built different. We don’t need to figure it out. We just need to respect it.‘
Episode 2 (so many!)
'Is that why you stopped talking to me?’
'I like your handwriting. I think it’s really pretty. *BLUSHES*’ (PB: the only one who could make a 'cold and heartless’ vampire blush)
'I tried. I really, really tried. I just..I thought if I shut everything out and just focused on work, it would all be okay. All I managed to do was push everyone away. I pushed you away. I’m sorry Marceline.’ ‘Come on, what are you even apologising for?’ (Marcie being the best gf ever!)
'Promise to wake me up in 15 minutes.’ 'I promise.'
The Bubbline feels are real.
'Maybe you can pick up from a place you haven’t been yet.’ - Jake giving the best relationship advice ever
‘If you don’t like your job, it might be time to find a new one.’
‘Listen B-Football you seem like you might be feeling a little donked up in your head or your heart or both, and that’s okay.’
'Someday, when you die, I’ll be the one who puts you in the ground.'
’…That’s right, I forgot about Ooo’s extensive vampire community.'
'Honey, something weird might just be something familiar viewed from a different angle. And that’s not scary right?'
‘Old fashioned ideas have no place here.’ (Preach!)
‘Simon, you have to resist the empress!’ ‘But, she’s a woman!’ - can’t argue with that
‘Staking vampires. Protecting the last remaining humans. It felt like I was protecting you. It was the only thing that brought me happiness during those years.’
‘Dude was too old fashioned for his own good. He just couldn’t get with the times.’
‘I just wish I could do more for her.’
‘I believed in myself so much that I was blind to the possible consequences. Now, my best friend is dying of poison because of me.’
‘I dreamed about you while I was in my poison coma. I was all old and withered, and you were still nice and pink.’ ‘You think I’m nice?’ (Of course she does Bonnie. She’s freaking in love with you.)
‘No, it’s not fear. I know what fear feels like. So maybe it’s love?’
‘I love you Bonnibel.’ ‘Yeah, me too Bonnibel.’ (Awwwwwww…..)
‘We’re always the underdogs you and me, and we always pull through.’
‘There’s plenty of room there, if you don’t want to be alone.’ - PB (not so) subtly trying to get Marcie to move in with her
‘Now I’m a vampire with fresh mortal memories, and I don’t know, more empathy or something. More grown up. Bonnie, thank you for helping me grow up. Now I guess we get to hang out together forever.’ (PB blushes and I die)
SO MUCH BUBBLINE THIS SEASON. NO COMPLAINTS WHATSOEVER.
(Stakes was such a good arc!)
'But does growing up just change your body, or also your soul?'
‘Maybe the lesson is that, when you are grown, you won’t ever be able to tell when everything is going totally haywire. Or maybe, actually, if everything is perfectly fine.’
'I can see the world as it is. But your imagination, BMO lets you see the world how it could be or might sorta be like.'
'As you were built to give love, AMO was built to receive, but he could not think outside his programming, and was blinded by his need. Such is the cruel physics of love. That those who crave it will repel it, and only the dang rich get richer.’ (Damn.)
‘But I’m different! It’s not just Moe up here. It’s me too!. And if I cannot trust in Moe, I can trust in me. Oh boy, it sure in confusing being grown.’ (You got that right, BMO.)
‘Time is a slippery devil. Our lives are sudden. They come and go like a summer shower.’
‘Being a robot cowboy is a lonely job.’
‘Hey Jake, if you hear my internal monologue, I’m going to kill you!’
‘Sometimes I get lonely and need to hear the sound of other people talking.’
‘It’s like there’s this instruction manual that explains how to talk to people and everyone in the world got a copy except me.’
‘Dying together sucks a little less than dying alone.’
‘I say creepy is just another label we use to distance ourselves from stuff we don’t understand. Or that remind us of something in ourselves we’re not comfortable with. I mean, it just ain’t an actual thing you know, unless you choose to believe it.’
‘I will never know the pleasures of skinny dipping.’
‘Can we just take a moment to appreciate this moment?’
‘…But I only feel good about myself when I knock other people down.’
‘You should really stop and slow down more often.’ ‘Yeah, you get to hear life happening. Makes you feel good.’
‘If he doesn’t like his food, he’ll just spit it right back at you.’ ‘Ha-ha, Finn still does that.’
‘You scammed us into thinking we were spamming, You scammed us good! You’re a hero.’
‘It’s like the most evil heartburn!’
‘That must have been some cave!’ ‘(laughs) No comment!’
‘I want you to have a relationship with someone cool!’ (Jake being the most supportive bro ever)
‘Attracting forces come and go. It’s the way of the world.’
‘If I ever find what I’m looking for, I’ll become soft and I’ll cease to matter in this world. Fear of softness is what drove me to the mad and sad world of wizarding.’
‘But exceptional beasts like us cannot fall in love. That is the secret of ordinary people.’
‘I’m just a person. I’ve done things in the past. Things I’m not proud of. But, today I’m here to celebrate!’
‘Princess, I don’t have a special talent.’ ‘That’s okay too.’
‘Not in your everlasting lifetime, girlfriend!’ GIRLFRIEND
‘Imagine a pizza: Only half should be business, the rest should be personal. Personal pizza.’
‘Can you please try to get along tonight? (holds Bonnie’s hand) It would mean a lot to me.’ ‘I’ll try.’
‘Did you press the wrong button?’ ‘I never press the wrong button.’ ‘Yeah, you always know which button to press. I’m referring to the fact that you know how to annoy me.’ SURE YOU ARE MARCIE
‘So.. you got a boyfriend yet?’ ‘HA-NO.’ SUBTLE
‘It’s okay Simon. I’m just glad I didn’t destroy your world.’ ‘You are my world.’
‘I wouldn’t change anything. I’m a whole package.’
‘What to wear for my speech? Boss next door or hot president?’
‘I can’t believe I just believed Shelby cause he’s a nerd.’ ‘I know. It’s in his tone.’
‘Please don’t change. You’re perfect just the way you are.’ ‘Oh, I know! I just like to write sad songs.’
‘One can’t live on love alone. One must also have groceries.’
‘Being independent is awesome. You guys have any food?’
‘This’ll be fun. Like the opposite of a sleepover! I’ll stay up all night if you w–’ *falls asleep immediately
‘When we broke up I said sorry, but I didn’t fully understand exactly what I did wrong. I get it now. I shouldn’t have manipulated you. That was a really, really messed up thing to do, and I’m truly sorry.’ ‘You’ve grown up a lot, man. I forgive you.’
‘I could not go through with my vengeance. It would not have accomplished anything. Also, you and your brother are very sweet.’
‘Yo! Dogs didn’t use to talk, did you know that?’
‘You’ll outlive everyone you love.’ *turtle cries*
‘I’ve been here singing from the very beginning of Ooo. Since I can’t move from this spot, singing is my only outlet. I can neither participate in joy nor prevent disaster, so I sing.’
‘Only two kinds of people can hear my song, those who see the world with pure, childlike wonder and those with a deep sense of loss in their hearts. To everyone else, I’m just a period in a sentence in the book of Ooo.’
‘I’ve always wanted to be heard by everyone. That’s what friends are, right? Just people to observe you. People to enjoy your song.’
‘I at least need to unpack my last decade before embarking on my next decade.’
i just got an email from youtube saying my speedpainting channel was suspended
this is what the email said
“After review we determined that activity in your account violated our
Community Guidelines, which prohibit spam, scams or commercially
all my account was was…speedpainting?? like there was what, 5 videos of just me, recording my drawings with copyright free music. whats spammy, scammy or commercially deceptive about that??
edit: it also said “repeated” violations as in shouldn’t i have recieved an email before this telling me “hey we might have to delete your channel because of this” no this was the first email ive recieved from youtube in weeks. the last one was “yay you uploaded a new video!”
ATTENTION: IF YOU SEE THIS POST, DON’T REBLOG IT OR DON’T CLICK THE LINK
This post is a virus. If you click the link, it will send you to a website, which will require you to download something for the “personality test.” This will hack into your account and auto-reblog this post over and over again. You may have to delete; but so far, I’ve seen that you just have to delete the posts and change your password then you’ll be fine. So please, if you see this post, don’t reblog it.
Just now, I received a message I felt was pretty sketchy.
Upon further investigation via Google, I found two results with this exact same wording, but with different company names and abbreviations in the place of ‘PlayMag’ (which refers to, as far as I could tell, Playstation Magazine’s UK website). 'Game manager’ and 'game developer’ also seem to be interchangeable. Please take caution if you receive this message.Don’t respond to it, don’t go to any pages unless you’re 100% certain it’s safe to do so.
So I just got a message from one of my mutuals that I’ve messaged in the past that looked something like this:
I was a little put off by this at first but decided to click the link anyway (I trusted this blog from previous exchanges we’d had in the past). When I opened the link, it asked me for my tumblr login information. Since that automatically raised some red flags, I tried googling the blog’s username to see if I found any results and also messaged @slbodkin to see whether this was some kind of mistake. Not long after, they messaged me informing me that this was a scam and a potential virus, and that they didn’t purposefully send the link.
Since I clicked the link (like an idiot) in the first place, I feel a little worried. So if I or anybody else sends you suspicious messages like the above, DO NOT ENTER YOUR LOGIN INFORMATION. IF A TUMBLR BLOG ASKS YOU TO LOGIN TO VIEW IT WHEN YOU ARE ALREADY LOGGED IN, YOU’RE BETTER OFF STAYING AWAY.
Okay JSE community, Jack needs us now more than ever! My friend @missduckster found a channel with some asshole pretending to be Jack, impersonating him and stealing all of his content. Content that @therealjacksepticeye and @pixlpressplay have put a LOT of time and effort in making for us. They’re going by the username “JACKSEPTICEYES” and I’ve included the link above. The fact that someone has:
done this in the first place
done this and thinks that it’s okay
done this and think that they can get away with it
is beyond a fucking joke and just completely unacceptable! I wouldn’t have to make this post if the YouTube terms of service allowed everyone and anyone to report a channel for impersonation; but sadly that isn’t the case. From what I can gather, the only thing we can really do is spread the word about this impersonator (and issue on YouTube) and hope that Jack sees it so that he can sort it out himself. I made some tweets about this on my Twitter (@danophilion) if you guys wanna spread the word there.
If you made it this far through the post then please, please, PLEASE!! share this post around as much as possible so that hopefully @therealjacksepticeye or even @pixlpressplay see it and can sort it out from there. This shit really pisses me off and I seriously hope this is sorted out ASAP so that all content creators, not just Jack, are free of this bullshit. It might only be one channel that is reported; but that’s all it takes to make a big difference! Thanks for all your help guys!
I love love LOVE your blog! I am so happy you don't post spam or obnoxious online scams/advertisements....but can you post more Sims 1 stuff?? just anything on the game, I love videos and seeing all the cool stuff, thanks!!
thank you! I don’t get paid by anyone to post anything, trust me. I also don’t post scams, or anything unrelated to the Sims, so no worries there.
I will try to post more Sims 1 stuff, the game is on an old laptop of mine that is very slow and I do not have much time lately to go play it as easily (since it takes forever for the laptop to boot up and etc) but I will do my very best!!
I love it when spammers get their scam templates mixed up. Like, you’ll get an email that’s all “hey, I’m a hot Russian blonde who wants to send you nude pictures for no reason - this isn’t suspicious at all!”, but the From line on the email is, like, “Larry Berkowitz”.
ATTENTION: There is malware that may compromise your Tumblr account.
I just got two fanmails in a row from people I don’t know with the following message:
Hi there Darling! For summer job I am working in a employment company. I have to create a paperwork about young people careers in US… May You please enter your dream career, hit continue & put your e mail there? This will be an empirical part of the statistical survey for my work and its totally anonymous! :) Site url is under the recent reblog on my blog. You could not imagine how useful it is to finish this paperwork! :) Then I would enjoy my summer :) Thanks a lot! :)
The opening line can vary from “dear” to “darling” to any number of polite greetings.
I strongly advise you NOT to click or enter anything. Whatever it is looks like it’s phishing or doing something to people’s accounts to make them spam this message around. If you did what it said, change your Tumblr password immediately because your account might be compromised.