Lex Talionis is one of many brain children sharing the hive mind that brought us APOSTROPHE NOW, BLEAK LAD and WHAT THE DICKENS.
LEX TALIONIS - existential opponent of scammers
BEN JOHN - posing as a Western Union employee, then switching to his pastoral persona
In a message dated 6/12/2013, tamas1@EUnet.rs writes:
The first $5,000.00 was sent today. our working partners has helped us to send the first $5,000.00 to you through western union. So contact our Western Union claims Agent to pick up this $5,000 now: Contact person: Pastor Benjoes C. john, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Ask them to give you the MTCN, Sender Name to pick the $5,000.00. we told them to keep sending you $5,000.00 daily until the payment of $1.500,000.00 is completed. Again forward him your details,so that he will be sure.
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Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2013
No, thank you. I never do business with people who are called "Pastor". I find them universally deceitful.
WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER
It saddens my heart a great deal when people from you country take every thing that is from here as a hoax. My dear i will not blame you, you have the right to believe so because some people from my country here have made it look like everything is now hoax. My Good friend i was so shocked when i can back form my vacation and find out that your check is still here on my desk. Please get back to me and let me see how i can help you receive your fund.
I know why you dont want to make this payment for your fund to be transferred the reason is simple, we are from Africa, and so for that you don't feel comfortable doing anything with us. You are one of those people who think that you don't have to touch anybody from here with the longest pole. But I want you to know that it is too bad for you to think that way too ,we know that people from here has made a lot of millionaires out of people in Europe and America, though it is a pity that we got to know about all this very late. i also want to let you know that Life its self is all about trials and risk. Give this trial, you will never regret you did. I also want to let you know that we are a VERY rich country but with a VERY bad government, in this situation that's why people take us to be bad, but be rest assured that there is no risk involved in this, we work with the government and therefore are not permitted to do any form illegal business while in office.
I advise you make your payment and have your fund released to you without anymore delay from us.
Do this unfailingly, we will have your released to you and your fund transferred to you on or before 12: pm your time tomorrow, I guarantee you that.
Your urgent respond is highly needed to enable us to release your first transferred $5,000 within an hour, include your telephone number as you reply with your payment MTCN for the transfer fees. We hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (WUMT-824), call me for any question +234-703-897-7614
Await your response.
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2013
I'm not very worried about your emotional state. I don't take everything that comes from Nigeria as a hoax, just things like the one you're sending me.
And do you think this is one?
Your urgent respond is highly needed
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2013
As a matter of fact, I do. It has all the earmarks of the "advance fee" fraud. Why should I think differently?
Never give up on your dreams.wake up trusting God and knowing that you are going to accomplish what others are too afraid to do.
Have a good time my beloved.
There is no God. We live in a random universe governed by probability and we make up these gods because we can't face our own fleeting, momentary lives.
This was apparently too crushing a blow to "Ben John's" world view.