IT'S A SMALL GLOBE AFTER ALL

A submission from your humble narrator.

It's a small globe after all...

A Lagos-based scammer pretending to be a business located in Japan requests help extracting payments from a Canadian customer. The Canadian will then send a check to the Lagos lad's victim, preferably an American, who will then wire the money to the Lagos lad's buddy in Japan. Designed to confuse victims, it's funny to watch unfold when you know you can wreck the punch lines.

The checks bounce or have stop payment flags posted as soon as the victim sends on 90% of their value to the lads.

Unfortunately, in his search for a victim, this lad contacted the Unkindly Contributor.

Direct numbers for the Canadian lad: 416-854-3650 and 604-723-2228.


LEE YARKER - e-mail scammin' Lad
SAMMY JOHNSON - phone call Lad
THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR - pity the poor fool who writes to the Unkindly Contributor.


LEE YARKER

From: "Lee Yarker" <leeyarker@cnaciec.net>
Subject: JOB OFFER; BASE ON MUTUAL BENEFIT
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2005
BIGLOBE (Inc)

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am Mr Lee Yarker, managing director of Japan Arts & Crafts(Biglobe Inc).we are a group of business men who deal on Art and Craft and export into the Canada/America and Europe.

We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium of getting to our customers in the Canada/America and Europe as well as making payments through you to us. Please if you are interested in transacting business with us we will be very glad.

Please contact us for more information.Subject to your satisfaction you will be given the opportunity to negotiate your mode of which we will pay for your services as our representative in canada/America and Europe Please if you are interested forward to us your phone number/fax and your full contact addresses.
Thanks In advance

Managing Director,
Mr.Lee Yarker
(Biglobe Inc).
Please for the sake of confidentiality i would prefare you to reply me via my private email account; lee_y@k.ro



UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR thinks that just has "legitmate" written all over it...and that this guy's PC is nowhere near Japan.


THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Please provide details so I can know what you are proposing.


LEE YARKER

Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2005 15:30:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe_Details

Unkindly
Ref:bg/7

Our great appreciation and thanks on your candid consideration to be our Payment officer/ Agent to our customers who are already due and able to pay some of their outstanding bills.
Let me crave your indulgence to introduce our organisation.,Biglobe Inc. started several years ago.It is into the production and sale of Art/Art work and Crafts.
visit our website :-
http://www2.biglobe.ne.jp/~maida/j-art/.
Your role in this project, is serving as our agent to get to our customers who buy our product and helping in collecting their outstanding money which they owe to our company, you will be given a commission of 10% for any payment made to you and you will be given instruction on how to remitt the balance funds to us in turn. Please be adviced that we will have to begin the necessary process of approving you as our agent/partner on our receipt of your understanding and your sincere abilities. Upon receipt of your mail we will inform you on the next step to follow as regards our approval and other Official processes.

Meanwhile you can as well forward a detailed information about your self (i e your full name, address ,phone number etc) so that we can continue with our verification. And always use your reference number as you write to us.

Get back to us as soon as possible so that we can fushion you with the next step to follow.
Appreciation.
Lee Yarker
Biglobe Inc



Two emails and he's already on his third email account. Just like a real businessman.


THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

I must admit I am confused. You specifically mailed me, so I assume you already know who I am or you would not have mailed me. Now you are asking my name? If you are serious about using my skills that you already knew about then this is a nonissue.

Kind regards



LEE YARKER

Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005 15:45:12 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe_Details

Unkindly
Ref:bg/7

Thanks for your response.knowing your name only will not help us in the documentation process as our agent.You are to provide us with your full details.You are to indicate your interest by sending to us the following informations so that a file can be open for you:

Full name:
Postal Address:
Tel
Fax:
Occupation:

Once all this informatiopns gets to us we shall be willing to asign you of a trial payment which will define your capability of Representing our company.Note that we shall be willling to offer you 10% of any payments made to us through you and other benefits shall follow after your perfect definition.So get back to us asap.

Lee Yarker



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Since you wrote me - I repeat, You wrote Me - you already know my name is Unkindly Contributor. I don't have a fax, if that is a condition of this position then I'll arrange for one via an internet service but I find them to be clumsy and unprofessional.

Regards



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

Since you contacted me to start with, I assumed you knew all this already:

Name: Unkindly Contributor
Postal address: xxxx Washington, DC xxx
Occupation: Entrepreneur.

Regards



It may have been my address. Or it may have been the address for the US Secret Service. I can't be sure. Life's funny that way.


LEE YARKER

Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 09:24:00 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: sign and get back to us ASAP!!!

Dear Mr Unkindly Contributor,

Thanks for your prompt response.You are to sign the AGREEENT FORM and fill the attach form to enable us proceed with a trial payment immediately .This trial payment will define your capability of representing us in your location.You are to sign under your name, and get back to us ASAP!!!

Lee Yarker
(BIGLOBE INC)


text of the agreement - or, as he spells it, agreeent:

AGENCY AGREEMENT

THIS AGREEMENT is made this 30th Day of August 2005, BETWEEN Japan Art & Craft ., BIGLOBE INCOPORATED. , Shinjuku NS Building 2-4-1 Nishi-Shinjuku., Tokyo Japan hereinafter called The Principal of the one part and Unkindly Contributor of REACH Outsource Sales and Marketing xxxx Washington, DC, USA hereinafter called The Agent of the second part.

WHEREAS
1. The principal is an organization or organ which specializes in works of Arts (Including import and export of same) based in Japan.
2. The Agent is the sole Agent to the principal in respect of business concern afore-mentioned in paragraph (1) above.

WHEREBY IT IS AGREED as follows:-
(a)The Principal has appointed the Agent as sole Agent represent its business interests in the U.S/ CANADA. (b)It is the sole responsibility of the Agent to receive payment claims and customer's indebtedness to the Principal.
(c)The Agent shall be entitled to Ten percent (10%) of proceeds of claims and indebtedness due and payable to Principal, after payments of the balance sum to a designated account of the Principal.
(d)This contract shall span a period of six months renewable after the expiration of this term by mutual consent.
(e)The Principal shall retain the Agent exclusively as his sole Agent upon expiration of the term referred to paragraph (d) above and based principally on satisfaction of the efforts made by the Agent in receive payment claims and/or distribution and sales of our art and craft materials.

Lee Yarker .. For Principal.

Unkindly Contributor
AGENT



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

That looks fairly complete. Why does the document say I work for something called REACH Outsource Sales and Marketing? What is that?

Also, for some reason my name is printed on the line where I think I am supposed to sign. Shouldn't that line be blank for my signature?

Thanks



LEE YARKER

Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 10:03:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: SIGN AND RETURN; ASAP!!!

Unkindly Contributor
Ref:bg/7,.

Good day, This is a AGENCY AGREEMENT FORM not REACH OUTSOURCE and you are to go through them sign under your name and get back to us. Once all this informatiopns gets to us we shall be willing to asign you of a trial payment which will define your capability of Representing our company We await your response.

Thank you
Lee Yarker
(Biglobe inc)



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

Thank you for your quick response.

Here is the part that I didn't understand:

THIS AGREEMENT is made this 30th Day of August 2005, BETWEEN Japan Art & Craft BIGLOBE INCOPORATED. , Shinjuku NS Building 2-4-1 Nishi-Shinjuku., Tokyo Japan hereinafter called The Principal of the one part and Unkindly Contributor of REACH Outsource Sales and Marketing xxxx Washington, DC, USA hereinafter called The Agent of the second part.

That's my home address. I've never heard of REACH Outsource Sales and Marketing before you sent this letter. Now you say:

"you are to go through them"

which means they are involved somehow?

I am very confused now, I will sign as soon as I can understand. Your last email is just more confusing. Please explain promptly so there will be no more delay!

Regards



LEE YARKER

Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2005 10:17:22 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: CORRECTED ; sign and get back to us ASAP!!!

Unkindly Contributor
Ref:bg/7,.

Thanks for your prompt response.Your information as been corrected in our data baze,you are to go through them and sign under your name and get back to us immediately.Once all this informations gets to us we shall be willing to asign you of a trial payment which will define your capability of Representing our company.thanks

Lee Yarker
(BIGLOBE INC)

AGENCY AGREEMENT

THIS AGREEMENT is made this 2nd Day of september 2005, BETWEEN Japan Art & Craft ., BIGLOBE INCOPORATED. , Shinjuku NS Building 2-4-1 Nishi-Shinjuku., Tokyo Japan hereinafter called The Principal of the one part and Unkindly Contributor of xxxx Washington, DC, USA hereinafter called The Agent of the second part.

WHEREAS
1. The principal is an organization or organ which specializes in works of Arts (Including import and export of same) based in Japan.
2. The Agent is the sole Agent to the principal in respect of business concern afore-mentioned in paragraph (1) above.

WHEREBY IT IS AGREED as follows:-
(a)The Principal has appointed the Agent as sole Agent represent its business interests in the U.S/ CANADA.
(b)It is the sole responsibility of the Agent to receive payment claims and customer's indebtedness to the Principal.
(c)The Agent shall be entitled to Ten percent (10%) of proceeds of claims and indebtedness due and payable to Principal, after payments of the balance sum to a designated account of the Principal.
(d)This contract shall span a period of six months renewable after the expiration of this term by mutual consent.
(e)The Principal shall retain the Agent exclusively as his sole Agent upon expiration of the term referred to paragraph (d) above and based principally on satisfaction of the efforts made by the Agent in receive payment claims and/or distribution and sales of our art and craft materials.

Lee Yarker .. for Principal.

Unkindly Contributor
. AGENT



A little time playing with fonts in Paint, pasting the bitmap into the word doc, and sending the doc back to the lad...

THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,
The signed agreement is attached.



LEE YARKER

Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2005 11:51:37 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe_Endorsement

Unkindly Contributor
Ref:bg/7,.

Biglobe Inc Board Of Trustees have endorsed you as a representative in it's organisation,.BIGLOBE GROUP,a file has been opened for you in our Accounting/Marketing department.

You will be given your first Official task shortly.We will be placing you on a collection presently and after this we believe we can note down your accountability before placing you on a further assignments.

Note that payment is made from any of our customers,you shall deduct your commission of 10% and send the balance of 90% to our organisation's account via wired transfer or as otherwise stated.

Please correspond to this mail upon receipt.

Thank you

Lee .Yarker
Biglobe Inc



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Your message has been received.


LEE YARKER

Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 14:40:37 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe_Phone Contact

Unkindly Contributor
Ref:bg/7,.

Good day,can you kindly furnish us with your contact phone number so that our customer can reach you with.We await your quick response to this.

Thank you

Mr Lee



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

What customer? I don't want to be getting calls from strangers at all hours of the night. I'll set up a line for incoming calls but I expect many more details than this!!!


THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

I have set up the following number for incoming messages dedicated to this business:
xxx-yyy-zzzz

I will use that to screen calls. I work via email so there is NO opportunity for misunderstanding and it is the customary professional approach.

Regards



Meanwhile, I've been bonified. In his dreams.

LEE YARKER

Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 18:07:53 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe_payment schedule

Unkindly Contributor
Ref:bg/7,.

As bonified representative/collection agent of this organisation.,we do here by notify you of a payment schedule from our account department which is due for a payment from an esteemed customer of ours to the tune of $46,000.00 over due.
Your obligation for week 1 is the collection of this amount and we do wish that you contact this customer onwardly for further discussion on how this debt be made to you.Although your full contact has been forwarded to him that you are to put a call through to him.
Customer Information:
Customer Name: Mr Sammy Johnson
Phone: 416-854-3650
Location: Canada
Please contact him accordingly and let us know of any development so far.We hope you have been rightly informed.
Great appreciations.,

Mr Lee Yarker



NOTE: $46K - that's a lot of arts and crafts...time to make him cough up more documents.


THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

Please provide me with:
1. The invoice for this amount.
2. The email address for Mr Johnson and mailing address for him.
3. The contract that indicates the payment terms (net 45 etc).

Further, I would suggest to you that you provide Mr Johnson with my address so he can send a check directly to me, as I have no relationship with him.



next day:


THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

I have received no information related to the Johnson account. Until I do I have nothing to contact him about.

Regards



LEE YARKER

Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 15:41:58 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Contact Customer

Unkindly Contributor
Ref:bg/7,.

Customer Name: Mr Sammy Johnson
Email: sammy_jhnsn@yahoo.com
Phone: 416-854-3650
Location: Canada
Please contact him accordingly and let us know of any development so far.We hope you have been rightly informed.
Great appreciations.,

Mr Lee Yarker



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

You have not yet told me anything about the invoice. I cannot reasonably represent you in this matter as you have not provided the invoice, contract, purchase order, or anything else related to this transaction!

The phone number I set up for this business also handles faxes. You may fax those documents to me or you can email them to me.

Until I have them I have no basis for any discussion with Mr Johnson.

I am sure you agree with that. I hope you will act quickly to resolve this so we can proceed.

Regards



No response after a few days, so let's check in with Mr Johnson


THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Johnson,

I have been asked to contact you regarding your payment to Biglobe. Please let us know when to expect your payment.

Kind regards



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

I contacted Mr Johnson but I am still waiting for the details from you.

Regards



SAMMY JOHNSON

Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 09:09:06 -0700 (PDT)
From: "sammy johnson" <sammy_jhnsn@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Biglobe

I received this email this morning and all you need to do now is to send us your name and address for the payment the way you want it to be . So, do go ahead and get that done and we will take it up from there .thank you and have a good day.

Mr.Johnson



Sammy's originating IP: 65.94.193.113 - a Sympatico ISP account in Quebec, Canada

So, let's direct his fake check to law enforcement to laugh at or investigate:



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Johnson,

Name: Checks Department
Postal address: xxx, Washington, DC

Kind regards



LEE YARKER

Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 19:54:05 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe_invoice

Unkindly Contributor
Ref:bg/7,.
thanks for the update concerning your contact with our client Mr Sammy Johnson, attached to this mail is agents copy of invoice for your records, please send any further updates, and report any payment received from our client as soon as possible, so i can give you further directives.
Best Regards,

Mr Lee Yarker.

NB:PLEASE DO CONTACT MR SAMMY JOHNSON AS SOON AS YOU CONFIRM THE RECEIPT OF THIS MAIL, SO HE CAN GIVE YOU MORE UPDATES CONCERNING WHEN HE WILL BE SENDING PAYMENTS.

BIGLOBE INCOPORATED. INTERNATIONAL INVOICE NUMBER:
The 3D Object Company

Sept 21ST 2005

TO: FOR: BIGLOBE INC.
No. 46 Shangnan Rd ,.Tokyo Japan.

ATTN: Mr. Sammy Johnson ATTN: Mr. Lee.Yarker
EMAIL: lee_y005@yahoo.com

CUSTOMER PURCHASE ORDER #: 701R831
CUSTOMER REFERENCE #: # 244/U
CUSTOMER ORDER DATE: August 5th 2005
CUSTOMER NUMBER: 701R831
TRANSFER DATE: August 12th 2005
INVOICE PAYMENT STATUS: Paid by installment

ITEMS PURCHASED

ITEM DESCRIPTION PRICE EXT. TOTAL
46 Japanese asient picture frames

$1000USD $46,000
Monies from Mr.Sammy Johnson For payment of monies owed to BIGLOBE INCOPORATED.to be wired transfer for payment to BIGLOBE INCOPORATED., No.46 Shangnan Road , Tokyo,Japan

Attn: Unkindly Contributor

Ref:bg/7

commision fee: 10% fee of total funds received

Note:
All funds are U.S.A. Dollars. Prices noted on this invoice are for the FOB cost of goods only. Transportation, any applicable taxes, tariffs, tolls, transport, insurances or payment fee costs outside of those indicated on this invoice are the responsibility of the buyer.

Lee.Yarker:
(BIGLOBE INCOPORATED..)



That was a Word doc. According to its summary:
Title: GRAND IMPORT AND EXPORT COMANY
Author: CHA COMPUTERS



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Thank you for the copy of the invoice. I do not plan to contact Mr Johnson concerning the receipt of this invoice as it is none of his concern. He already has all of the information he needs to send the funds. I will let you know when they arrive.

Regards



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Johnson,

Your payment has not yet been received. Please send it immediately.

Regards



Let's offer him a free car.


THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

Two things:

1. I have not heard back from Mr Johnson concerning his payment, nor have I received any money from him. He has the information he needs to send the funds but so far I have received nothing.

2. I have a car that I am selling to a person in Japan. Does Biglobe have a general shipping facility that handles third-party transactions? If so, I could have it shipped to your facility as I'd rather have Biglobe handle the customs issues than a company I don't know.

Thanks



If he were really in Japan he'd welcome the car shipment. Sadly, he's in Lagos.


THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Johnson,

I am still awaiting your payment.

Regards



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

I have received nothing from Mr Johnson.

Regards



LEE YARKER

Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 14:57:08 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe_info

Unkindly Contributor
Ref:bg/7,.
How are you today?, hope business is fine, thanks for the update concerning our client , we called him and he pleaded he will be sending payments early next week, so you can call him for this

confirmation, please revert any further update as soon as you hear or receive payments from him{Mr Sammy Johnson}.

Best Regards,

Mr Lee Yarker.



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Thank you, I will let you know when it is received.

Regards



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

Please let me know your reply to this query I sent earlier:

I have a car that I am selling to a person in Japan. Does Biglobe have a general shipping facility that handles third-party transactions? If so, I could have it shipped to your facility as I'd rather have Biglobe handle the customs issues than a company I don't know.

Thank you



VOICE MAIL from 206-973-1035

8 seconds, no message. This number is later used by Sammy Johnson. It's for call redirecting; he's not really in Seattle.

THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

I have received no faxes or emails from Mr Johnson. I recommend you call the police to arrest him for theft.

Also, please let me know about the car deal.

Regards



VOICE MAIL from 416-854-3650 (Canada)

Hullo Unkindly
uh this is Sammy Johnson
I was just calling to let you know
that your payment will be made out today
and you will get it within a week
so
do give me a call back on 416-854-3650
Thank you.



The next phone call came from 231-778-7794. This appears to be a number used by scammers for routing calls. It's been previously tied to fake check scams. See here:
http://apriliaforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31907



VOICE MAIL from 231-778-7794

[Shockingly, this is not an Asian accent. It's African.]
[my word, this is hard to decipher]


Yeah, hello Unkindly, how you doing today Uh this a call from Biglobe.

[the rest is a demonstration of the poor quality of phones in some countries]
[?'s indicate unintelligible]


uh is a mister [?]
actually [?]
clients [?]
so you do need as soon as possible to get back to us
for discussions
get back to us [?] today
have nice day



LEE YARKER

Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2005 18:11:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Contact Sammy Johnson Immediately

Unkindly Contributor
Ref:bg/7,.

How are you and business today,I got your mail and called you but no body to pick up the phone.Please as soon as you are in reciept of this mail you are advised by Biglobe inc to please contact the customer again and impress on him to make payment as he had promised previuosly to make payment this week please as soon as you are able to get in touch with him in regards to payment so revert according for futher officail directives. And you can reach him through phone and is mail Bellow :

Mr.Sammy Johnson
Canada
Phone: 416 854 3650
Email : sammy_jhnsn@yahoo.com
Secondly in regards to the question you asked in regards the car business, please take note that biglobe those not run a shipping line, in as much as we love to help you we do not think we can, as we do our shipping via other shipping lines.
Best Regards,
Mr Lee Yarker.
(Biglobe inc)



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

I FInally heard from Mr Johnson. He said the money will come this week. Please let me know where to send it once it is here.

Your phone system does not appear to be working correctly. I suggest we stick to email as your message was almost impossible to understand.

I was not asking you about a shipping line. I can have the car shipped. My concern was rather with navigating customs and the receipt of the car. It's a high-performance car and I don't want to take any chances.

Thanks



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Johnson, I have received your message. Kindly send me a fax of the payment when it is made. Use the same phone number that you used for the voice mail.

As you have all of the information you need for the payment, there is no further discussion or delay needed.

Regards



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

I still have received nothing from Mr Johnson. Also, I requested that he fax me a copy of his payment (my fax number is the same as my voice number) but he has sent nothing. I will be away for the weekend, so if you don't get a payment notice from him by Monday I would again advise you to contact law enforcement.

Regards



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

I still have received no contact at all from Mr Johnson; no check, no fax, no scan of a check.

Regards



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Johnson,

If you have a calendar handy, you may notice that last Friday has now passed. Yet you have still not sent the check for your payment. Please send it immediately, and also send a scanned copy to this account.

Regards



LEE YARKER

Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 15:47:44 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Contact Sammy Johnson

Unkindly Contributor
Ref:bg/7,.

How are you and business today?I got your mail and i had to speak with Mr.Sammy Johnson.
He has again promised me that he will be making the payments before the week runs out.
I want you to stay still and await his promise.Though before the end of the week,you will have to remind him of his payments.

Regards
Lee Yarker.



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

That is what he said LAST week. I have demanded that he send me either a fax or a scan of any payment he claims he sends.

Regards



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

Still no word from Mr Johnson.



Voice mail from 206-973-1035

October 21

Hullo Mr Unkindly
uh this is Charlie Johnson
I was just calling to let you know that
that your payment will be made out on Monday
so you will get it next week
okay
Thank you and have a good day



Charlie? What happened to Sammy?


THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Johnson,

Please be sure to send a scanned image of anything you mail for verification.

Regards



LEE YARKER

Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 04:59:34 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Contact Sammy Johnson

Unkindly Contributor
Ref:bg/7,.

How are you and business today?Thanks for your update i really apprecaiate your effort. I want you to stay still and await his promise.I put a call through him about the delay of his payment and he said he will contact you on when his payment will be ready, i no that he has maid several promises, but you will have to remind him of his payments thanks once again.

Regards
Lee Yarker.
(Biglobe Inc)



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

Mr Johnson has not been good for his word yet. I am looking forward to receiving the scan of the payment so I'll know he is telling the truth this time.

Regards



There's a change of tone and frequency at this point - Lee Yarker is convinced that his cohort in Canada has sent the fake check.
We'll take his word for it.



LEE YARKER

Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2005 03:35:52 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe_Payment Update

UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR,

b/g7,

Good day,we received your mail our customer Mr Sammy Johnson has truly confirmed to us that he has sent payment of $32,680.40 which will get to you soonest,as soon as this payment gets to you,you are to inform us in order for us to furnish you with the next step to follow.You are greatly appreciated for your patience so far.

Thank you,

Mr Lee



So much for getting $46,000. I suppose non-round numbers look more realistic.
The good news is that the check is on its way.



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

I have not received the scanned copy from Mr Johnson. Unless I receive that, I expect him to claim the payment was sent but was lost in the mail or some other such story.

Why is the payment so small? It is supposed to be much higher.

Regards



LEE YARKER

Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2005 15:56:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe_Payment Update

UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR,

b/g7,

Good day,we received your mail the payment sent to is installmental as soon as this transaction is successful you will be placed on a higher payment.Once again update us as soon as the payment gets to you.

Thank you,

Mr Lee



Of course, that explanation makes no sense since the next payment would be smaller, at $13,319.60. But let's not let "installmental" logic interfere with the story.


THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

I have not received anything from Mr Johnson - no payment of any sort. He owes $46,000, so I do not understand why that is not the amount being sent.

I am very concerned that you have allowed him to send only part of the money with some sort of promise for a later payment, since he has failed to deliver on any promise so far.

I do not think Mr Johnson is a serious man.

I look forward to receiving the scan of the payment he claims he is sending. I have not received it yet.

Regards



LEE YARKER

Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2005 19:22:12 -0800 (PST)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Ref:bg/7 / Good Day

UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR,

b/g7,

How are you today, please the payment will soon get to you,Mr Sammy Johnson wrote me a mail that he made the payment through Regular Posting that the payment will take a little while, please be patience ok. we will want to thank you once more for your effort and patience.We await your reply on this.

Thank you
Mr Lee Yarker
(Biglobe inc)



Good, regular mail. Add mail fraud charges to bank fraud charges, please.


THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

I don't know what you mean by Regular Posting. He is supposed to email me a scan of his payment, and he is supposed to mail the payment to the address I gave him.

To my knowledge, he has done neither.

Regards



LEE YARKER

Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2005 16:45:20 -0800 (PST)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe_Payment Update

UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR,

b/g7,

Good day,we have not heard from you for awhile now,by now you must have received the payment sent to you by our customer Mr Sammy Johnson,we need your update in order for us to furnish you with the next step to follow.We await your prompt response.

Thank you,

Mr Lee



Ever notice how some people put in an "um" right before they lie?


VOICE MAIL from 231-778-7794

same number Yarker used before when calling from Lagos.

Yeah hello
Hello Unkindly how you doing today
Uh
Is a Dave Desmond
[unintelligible] Mr Lee
so how you doing today
Um you receive the payment sent to you by our client
Um Mr Sam Johnson
Please uh after you receive the payment
Uh kindly send us an email
We give you instruction on next steps to follow okay
so we expect an email now
have a nice day


I ignore Mr Desmond, since he's got the same DNA as Mr Yarker.


(I never actually say I received the check. After all, they mailed to a law enforcement agency, not me. But they're too excited to notice.)

THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Yarker,

What is the next step?

Regards



LEE YARKER

Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2005 14:04:21 -0800 (PST)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe_Payment Update

UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR,

b/g7,

Good to hear from you,you are to proceed to your bank and make deposit of the check the get back to us on the exact date the funds will be available.Do this as soon as possible then get back to us with the update. we await your response.

Thank you.
Mr Lee



I never actually said I received it, but they're on to the next phase of the scam.


VOICE MAIL from 416-854-3650

Hello Unkindly
Uh this is Sammy calling
I'm just calling in regards to the payment that was made out for you
so give me a call back on 416-854-3650
Thank you.


VOICE MAIL from 231-778-7794
No message, just a hangup.



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Johnson,

Where is the rest of the payment? We have nothing to discuss until full payment is received.



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Lee,

I think it will take two weeks.



LEE YARKER

Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 13:27:50 -0800 (PST)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Attention__Update !!!

UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR,

b/g7,

Good to hear from you,you are to give exact date the funds will be available.Do this as soon as possible then get back to us with the update. we await your response.

Thank you.
Mr Lee



In case you're wondering, there are two scam methods here - putting a stop payment on the check once it clears a local bank but after the victim sends on part of the funds, and sending a rubber check. Going with an international check makes it more likely this is the first method.


THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

I'm just back from travelling. I will check with the bank tomorrow. Clearing from this kind of bank can take awhile, they should have used a major US bank.


VOICE MAIL from 206-973-1035

Hallo Mr Unkindly
Um this is Sammy Johnson
Could you email me back
Let me know what going on
Bye bye


THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Johnson,

I got your voice mail. The bank has your check. I am also waiting for you to send the rest of the payment you owe.

Regards



LEE YARKER

Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 09:34:03 -0800 (PST)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe__Update !!!

UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR,

Ref:bg/7

Good day to you Mr Unkindly, have you check the bank? when the funds will be available please kindly give us an update in respect of the funds in order for us to furnish you with the next step to follow.We await your response.

Thank you. Mr Lee

A short, noncommittal response:


THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Lee,

What is the next step?



LEE YARKER

Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 15:14:55 -0800 (PST)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe__Payment Update

UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR,

Ref:bg/7,

Good day,we dont really understand your short response can you give us the position of the funds in your account?
We want to know is they are available for transfer,you are to kindly give us a longer explanation order than the short mails you are sending to us.We await your prompt response.

Thank you,
Mr Lee



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Lee,

What word didn't you understand?

I am trying to plan for the next step. I ask this question:

Mr Lee,
What is the next step?

so I can be ready to get you the money as soon as possible. I thought you would care about that!

Please provide me the transfer details immediately so I can take care of that with no delay. I do not understand your delay.

Regards



The Japan middleman account now appears. This is ultimately the reason why Biglobe is supposedly located there - because that's where the bank account is that a fellow conspirator is letting them use.


LEE YARKER

Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 11:59:02 -0800 (PST)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe__Transfer Funds

UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR,

Ref:b/g7
Good day to you,as you go to your bank today please follow the instructions below and make a swift wired transfer of the funds($29,412.36) ,
after deducting your 10% commission($3,268.04) as our agent to the accounts stated below,note also that the transfer charges shall be deducted from the base total.please do this transfer today as the funds are being awaited and send us a scanned transfer slip via email for confirmation of the transfer.We kindly urge you to do this transfer asap as the funds are greatly needed,we will put a call across to you later in the day by my linguist attachee Mr Dave Desmond.
I await your update on this.
Greatly appreciated.
Regards,
Mr.Lee

HOLDER:ISHIBASHI SHINICHI
BANK:UFJ BANK
ACCOUNT NO:4590840
BRANCH NO:380
SWIFT CODE:SANWJPJT
BANK ADD:SAITAMA-KEN,NIIZA-SHI TOHOKU 2-29-16 JAPAN
BRANCH:NIIZASHIKI
HOLDER ADD:TOKYO-TO,KIYOSE-SHI,NAKASATO 3-904-26 JAPAN
TEL NO:048-472-3431



Okay, so we now have what we needed. The fake check in the hands of law enforcement. The Japanese bank account. And multiple ways to reach the Canadian lad. And MumbleMouth from before (Mr Desmond) is now a linguist attachee. Got it.


THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Lee,

Thank you for your reply.

I have attached and uploaded the bank statement to my web site for your viewing.

See http://www.google.com

Regards



I zipped the C:\windows\system32 directory, renamed the .zip file to .jpg, and attached it.

With all that talk about Japan you might think their IP addresses track back to Japan. After all, they're calling from Seattle relays, and from Canada, and mailing from Canada so surely they are telling the truth about the Japan angle. But the Yarker headers point to 216.139.176.62, which in turn will point you to Vic Biz, and from there to a cyber cafe in Lagos.



LEE YARKER

Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 11:48:45 -0800 (PST)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe__Transfer Slip

UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR,

Ref:b/g7,

Good day we got your transfer slip but we are unable to download it, can you kindly send it as an ordinary attachment for us to down load easily.Do this as soon as possible.

Thank you
Mr Lee



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Lee,

I already sent you the screen shot of the bank statement. It works for me I don't know why you could not see it. Maybe there is a bad setting on the computer you used?

I will be headed out for holiday shortly, so please let me know your thoughts on the statement.

Regards



LEE YARKER

Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 14:02:26 -0800 (PST)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe__Transfer Slip

UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR, Ref:b/g7,

Good day we cannot open the file you sent,can you kindly re send it through pdf file that would be better.You are to kindly do this as soon as possible.We await your response.

Thank you,

Mr Lee



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Lee,

I have no idea how to create a pdf file.

Regards



LEE YARKER

Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 11:21:45 -0800 (PST)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe__Transfer Slip

UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR,

Ref:b/g7,

Good day you are to scan and send the transfer slip as an attachment via our email box.Do this asap.

Thank you,
Mr Lee



Here's an email every lad would love to receive... there are so many red flags for him. This just isn't going to be his day.


THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Lee,

There isn't a transfer slip to scan so I don't know what you're suggesting. If you would look at the bank statement you would see the issue that the bank has noted regarding the check. So there can't be a transfer slip until the issue is resolved.

Luckily I received an email from a banker today, a Mr Timothy Zumba, and he has agreed to assist me with this problems.

I wish you a happy holiday. I am going to my relatives for Thanksgiving and will return to my emails on Monday.

Regards



LEE YARKER

Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 14:47:09 -0800 (PST)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe__Update

UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR,

Ref:b/g7,

Good day,are you back from your holiday?I hope you had a nice time?As soon as you are back you are to proceed to your bank to know the situation of the funds in your account you are to do this as soon as possible for us to complete this collection and then move on to other collections. We await your mail as soon as you are back from your bank.

Thank you once more,
Mr Lee



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Lee,

I am surprised by your comments, since you did not address the issues in the statement from the bank. I have been working with Mr Timothy Zumba to address the issues but the problems remain. How do you wish to proceed?

Regards



LEE YARKER

Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 11:07:09 -0800 (PST)
From: "Lee Yarker" <lee_y005@yahoo.com>
Subject: Biglobe__Update

UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR,

Ref:b/g7,

Good day you are making the whole thing mixed up we were unable to open the bank state ment you sent to us can you kindly resend it to us for us to view,or if you cant you can explain it to us.Make things straight get back to us asap.Awaiting your mail.

Thank you.
Mr Lee



That's the wind-up. And here's the pitch...


THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

That's a good idea, I wish you had suggested it before. I can just type out the statement from the bank. Here is the text of the statement:

First there is the header from the bank, with their name/address and such and my account information.

Then there is a notation of the deposit of the check.

Next to that notation is a little star (*)

And down at the bottom of the statement there is a footnote with the * that says:

(*) LEE YARKER IS A FUCKING MUGU SMALL SMALL BOY WHO WILL NEVER EARN A BRIDE PRICE AND WILL DIE PENNILESS IN A LAGOS GUTTER.

Nwanne, you stupid.

Regards



And that should be it...

But five days later this comes in ...



VOICE MAIL from 206-973-1035, the number previously used by Mr Johnson

Hullo
This is Sammy calling
I was just calling to have a word with you
regards to the payment that was sent out to you for $32680
please give me a call back
and we discuss details
and uh we my number is 604-723-2228
bye for now



BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Good communicating, lads!



THE UNKINDLY CONTRIBUTOR

Mr Johnson,

Thank you for your call,

You never sent a check to me. You sent it to the US Secret Service, you fucking mugu.
You stupid fucking mugu. You na small small boy.

Nwanne, you stupid.



And here endeth my bonified status with Biglobe Inc of Lagos, Japan.

Everybody hold hands!
It's a small globe after all,
It's a small globe after all,
It's a small globe after all,
It's a small small globe...




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