[funsec] I'm stranded in London! Send money!

Gadi Evron ge at linuxbox.org
Sun Jul 5 09:51:45 CDT 2009


Mike Cooper wrote:
> I met a guy at RSA this year that this same thing happened to involving 
> London (Bryan Rutberg). His daughter was the first to catch on, and they 
> tried to warn people using his wife's and daughter's accounts... who 
> were promptly "de-friended". Other attempts were reacted to very quickly 
> and in similar fashion. One of the two friends that was defrauded asked 
> some very pointed questions, and the responder was able to dig through 
> email history, friend info, etc. to pull out realistic enough details to 
> convince the friend to send $1200.
> 

Did he demand his money back from them?


> In that case it was surely a human, and this sounds similar enough (in 
> locale even).
> 
> ~Coop
> 
> 
> On Jun 22, 2009, at 5:58 PM, mark seiden-via mac wrote:
> 
>> it's interesting that they're going through the trouble of reading 
>> people's email enough so they
>> can add verisimilitude to an otherwise lackluster narrative.
>>
>> i don't think these are bots.  
>>
>> the key questions they have to get over are why they can't be reached 
>> by phone and why they can't
>> receive the money in their own name.
>>
>> On Jun 22, 2009, at 5:56 AM, Col wrote:
>>
>>> Same thing happened to a friend this morning, replace London for 
>>> Wales though.
>>>
>>> Funny thing was they said they were there with their husband and 
>>> baby, when the husband was sitting behind the person they were trying 
>>> to scam. The scammer instantly logged off when this came to light. So 
>>> I don't think its a bot.
>>>
>>> C.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> 2009/6/22 Imri Goldberg <lorgandon at gmail.com 
>>> <mailto:lorgandon at gmail.com>>
>>>
>>>     On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 12:47 PM, der Mouse
>>>     <mouse at rodents-montreal.org <mailto:mouse at rodents-montreal.org>>
>>>     wrote:
>>>
>>>         IMO the real news here is that a bot managed to pass the
>>>         Turing test
>>>         well enough that after an hour talking with it you had to
>>>         resort to
>>>         out-of-band contacts to be sure it wasn't the person it was
>>>         pretending
>>>         to be.
>>>
>>>
>>>     How do you know it was a bot?
>>>
>>>     -- 
>>>     Imri Goldberg
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