Oregon Woman Loses $400,000 to Nigerian E-Mail Scam

Oregon Woman Loses $400,000 to Nigerian E-Mail Scam

SWEET HOME, Ore. — An Oregon woman who is out $400,000 after falling for a well-known Internet scam says she wasn’t a sucker or an easy mark.

Janella Spears of Sweet Home says she simply became curious when she received an e-mail promising her $20.5 million if she would only help out a long-lost relative identified as J.B. Spears with a little money up front.

Spears told KATU-TV about the scammers’ ability to identify her relative by name was persuasive.

“That’s what got me to believe it,” She said. “So, why wouldn’t you send over $100?”

Spears, who is a nursing administrator and CPR teacher, said she mortgaged the house and took a lien out on the family car, and ran through her husband’s retirement account.

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Oregon Woman Loses $400,000 to Nigerian E-Mail Scam

I have NEVER believed in hitting a woman, but Janella, if you were MY wife, I would seriously be thinking of all kinds of creative new ways to make you hurt! I am sorry if that offends anyone but this is one of those STUPID PEOPLE things! I HATE stupid people! There are, as I am fond of saying, people in this world that would literally DIE if breathing were not a reflex action, and this woman is one of them.

These Nigerian email scams have been well documented for a long time, in the news, in the papers, on the blogs, through email notification, all the various media sources have done their part in making the public aware. Apparently, someone didn’t get the memo!

This same topic came up a while back on a political discussion board I used to frequent, several of us were having a discussion, well, making fun mostly, of some doofus that had recently been in the news after having been scammed in a similar manner, and yes, we were being quite brutal!

One of the forum moderators got involved in this discussion and TOLD US that we had NO idea what it was like to be *conned* apparently and that we had no right to make fun of this person and call them stupid. As it turned out, this particular moderator had been taken to the cleaners in a very similar scam and it was a highly sensitive subject for her.

I know that people CAN become victims of identity theft, that can happen to anyone, but it takes a whole different kind of stupid to fall for the multi-million dollar scams and schemes that the fine folks in Nigeria, Poland, Russia and various Eastern EU nations come up with to bilk the incredibly STUPID out of their money!

I had one try to scam me recently, they claimed to be contractors for Blackwater USA and had discovered Saddam’s treasure. They had managed to get it into Kuwait but needed the help of a trusted *associate* in the USA in order to get it back to America safely. And once it was here I would be entitled to 1/4 of the loot simply for a few minor favors.

I contacted Blackwater Worldwide, NOT Blackwater USA, and talked to their legal department, we played along just long enough to get the info needed and it was faxed and sent via attachment to Blackwater so their legal department could look into it and get it stopped.

Hey, ya gotta do what ya gotta do, it breaks the boredom of retirement!!

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19 Responses to Oregon Woman Loses $400,000 to Nigerian E-Mail Scam

  1. Gawfer says:

    Just goes to show you that no matter how bad an idea is, there is always someone stupid enough to buy it… tenacity counts, and there are a few APMs doin’ the happy dance.

  2. Kate says:

    Unbelievable. Jeeeez! Y’know, if all those stupid emails were legit, I’d be a gazzillionaire….along with 90% of the planet.

  3. BobF says:

    Every day these scams are in the news and local papers. It seems people never learn as greed takes over their brain. This woman has to be the epitome of ignorant. How in the world could someone so stupid be a nursing administrator and CPR instructor?

  4. PrivatePigg says:

    This is why you see the annoying “don’t try this at home” language at the bottom of commercials. People will believe anything.

  5. Basti says:

    People like this bought the ‘Change B/S from ‘The Great One’ and elected him POTUS. Ignorance abounds in this country.

  6. Holy – sheesh- whatthe -holy – mygawd, are there STILL people THAT stupid out there?

    Maybe I was wrong, maybe stupid don’t breed out in a few generations…

  7. Katie says:

    There is only one reason a person falls for this and other scams: GREED. They want easy money for nothing. Nothing in life is free (except the love of a good man or woman depending on your sex [opposite]). And the faster these idiots realize that, the better off they will be.

  8. jd3 says:

    Mama says: “Stupid is as stupid does!” This is stupidity at it’s finest…….I received a Nigerian letter at my office right after this first started….I called the local FBI office to see if they wanted the letter and they said, “No thanks, we have plenty of them already.” This was eight or ten years ago….sheesh….did Oregon fall into the Pacific?

  9. “The stupid and their money are soon parted.”

    Heh heh heh heh heh.


  10. TexasFred says:

    And once again the always hilarious Dr. Donnie Dickless has reared his halfbreed MUTT head, throwing accusations and lies out as if he were a psychology guy instead of a 3rd rate Poli/Sci associate at a NOTHING community college…

    This time, I’m a wife beater… My opening paragraph in this post, yep, he suspects that I am beating Wicked Step Mother… Dickless has more reading comprehension problems than a dyslexic 4 year old, I NEVER used the word BEAT, anywhere…

    Maybe Ol’ Broad or Bushwack can straighten that one out…. LMAO… 😀


    And he once again dredges up what everyone already knew, I hate Amy Proctor…

    Hey Dickless, I STILL think Amy Procter is a 2 faced hypocritical bitch, just like you’ll ALWAYS be a DICKLESS, shit stirring House Negro!! Well, *almost* Negro.. 😛

    Ya know Donnie, you could have done even better, you forgot the part where I called Malkin a GOOK… You’re slipping man, I am really disappointed… Surely a man of your intellect can do a lot better than that… 😛

    You can always tell when the Dickless one is needing to stir up some hits for his full of shit blog, he attacks ME and can’t even use the truth, he has to make up lies and talk shit… Typical of a FAKE Conservative, yeah Donnie, we got those emails from your cousin telling us ALL about you and your asshole libber ways…

  11. Robert says:

    Well I’ll try to clear it up Fred, WSM would kick your ass if you raised a hand…I got big money on WSM too… LMAO, Not to mention WSM wouldn’t be stupid enough to fall for this scam.

    Some folks never tire of the keyboard karate.. I find it funny that he even reads your blog, I DON’T Frequent blogs I don’t like, I don’t comment on blogs I don’t like and if an idiot should mention me in their post in an unflattering way, I see it as humorous.

    I say F*** Donnie Dickless, he isn’t really worth the effort.

  12. TexasFred says:

    Speaking of email scams

    Barrister Zahid Ali LL.B (Hons)”

    reply-to zahid.ali555@hotmail.com
    to zahid.ali555@hotmail.com
    date Nov 21, 2008 8:36 PM
    subject Investment Partnership .

    Good Day ,

    I have contacted you in request for investment to be a fund manager to my client. I am an attorney with the Emirates International Law Firm acting as an investment consultant to my client Mrs Muba Hussain a national of Switzerland.

    She is in agreement with me to source on her behalf, a foreign investor with many years of experience to
    manage her late husbands funds.

    Get back to me for more details.


    Barrister Zahid Ali LL.B (Hons)
    Abu-Dhabi UAE.

    These guys NEVER give up, and they won’t as long as there are stupid people that fall for this bullshit!

  13. Kate says:

    DD missed a couple of pretty important points. First, Mrs Fred is way too smart to fall for such an obvious scam. Second, I agree with Robert…..she’d kick your butt! 😛

  14. TexasFred says:

    Bull Shit, I CAN take her, really, I can… But I gotta get her drunk 1st… 😛

  15. Kate says:

    ROFLMAO Now THAT would need video!

  16. TexasFred says:

    And for those that may not know, Ol Broad, Kate, KNOWS me and WSM, Wicked Step Mother, knows us face to face personally, I don’t think Kate saw any signs of abuse on either one of us…

    We learned how to use the bondage ropes without leaving marks!! 😛

  17. Kate says:

    Geeeez…..mental image. 😕

    Damn skippy! Not one bruise was visible on Mrs Fred. But what was that shiner you were sporting? Heh.

    Just kidding people!! Two great folks, and for someone to make such accusations really chaps my hide!

  18. Robert – that’s not betting, that’s sure-thinging.


  19. Malinda777 says:

    Gee Fred…that guy’s out there! And to set the record straight… If I ever was STUPID enough to fall for one of those scams (I must get 2-3 a day!), I think I’d expect my husband to beat me! Especially when I’m in charge of all the money in our two companies! :)

    I always tell him though…if he ever grows balls big enough to actually hit me…he better knock my ass out! ‘Cause if I get up, it ain’t gonna be pretty for him :) I don’t have to tell you though… you have your own Texan Woman…you KNOW we fight back :)

    …AND most of us have guns now too :)

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