Why are all documents from scammers approx. 11,600 words?
Thread poster: Rudolf Vedo

Rudolf Vedo  Identity Verified
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Dec 29, 2019

Has anyone else noticed this? From a quick scan of the posts in this forum, it seems that almost every single time, the fake document inquired about is in the 11,600-word range. I can only surmise that experience has shown the scammers that this is the ideal length for getting victims to bite - large enough that someone desperate might throw their usual caution to the wind, but not so large that they would be wary enough to demand cleared, irrevocable advance payment or verifiable information ab... See more
Has anyone else noticed this? From a quick scan of the posts in this forum, it seems that almost every single time, the fake document inquired about is in the 11,600-word range. I can only surmise that experience has shown the scammers that this is the ideal length for getting victims to bite - large enough that someone desperate might throw their usual caution to the wind, but not so large that they would be wary enough to demand cleared, irrevocable advance payment or verifiable information about the client.
I just find it interesting that the scammers seem to have hit on this specific number as ideal.
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Liviu-Lee Roth
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Well... Dec 29, 2019

I’ve been targeted by scammers once or twice. I can’t remember the exact number of words but I believe it was more like 15,000 words. Anyway, I never accept a project from a new client over 5,000 words, unless it comes from a well-known organization or is paid in advance.

 

Liviu-Lee Roth
United States
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the truth is Dec 29, 2019

These documents are sold and bought online through the Dark Web and many potential scammers have no clue about the content of the message.
I remember a case, not too long ago, when I had to interpret for a defendant extradited to the US. He had no command of English but had a list of canned „answers” in order to communicate with the potential victims. At the beginning, years ago, a smart scammer came with this type of scam and, because it worked, he sold it online to other scammers,
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These documents are sold and bought online through the Dark Web and many potential scammers have no clue about the content of the message.
I remember a case, not too long ago, when I had to interpret for a defendant extradited to the US. He had no command of English but had a list of canned „answers” in order to communicate with the potential victims. At the beginning, years ago, a smart scammer came with this type of scam and, because it worked, he sold it online to other scammers, hence the abundance of spams/scams of this sort. Nothing fancy about 44/11,000.

Hope I answered your question.
Happy New Year,
Lee
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IrinaN
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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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How do I know? Dec 31, 2019

Where to get the word count in Thunderbird?
This morning I got two messages from Nigeria, quite short really, only a few sentences. Good Finnish too. They make progress.


Liviu-Lee Roth
 

Michael Newton  Identity Verified
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scammers Jan 1

This recently happened to me. 11,630 words.

 

Paweł Hamerski
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because the most popular scam uses still the same document - simple Jan 1

explanation

 


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