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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

ScamBaiting Jack Bauer Style

Scambaiting Jack Bauer Style
In his recent TiVoblogging, V the K accuses the First Lady's assistant of killing President Palmer to expatriate a large sum of money from Nigeria. Well, V was on to something even if he didn't know it—he just had the wrong culprit.

A few weeks back, we at Blogs4Bauer received a request from Mr. Luis Rakotozafy of Madagascar. It seems his father was killed while en route to visit the family of the President of Togo, who died in February 2005, "on a good Saturday." He and his family then fled Madagascar to South Africa, and from there to Europe, leaving behind a small fortune of $8.5 million dollars. He has offered to share 20% of said funds with us, if we can help him get that money out of Africa.

Mr. Rakotozafy didn't know what he was getting into when he got Jack Bauer on the case.

To read the initial exchange between Mr. Rakotozafy and Jack Bauer, click on the image at the left.

Needless to say, Jack was a little suspicious at first. After all, who gave Mr. Rakotozafy his email address? Was Dr. Rakotozafy (Mr. Rakotozafy's father) killed by terrorists? Also needless to say, Jack was quick to guarantee his assistance. After all, as he said,
If I can handle two attempted assasinations, a viral threat, a nuclear threat, and the threat of a nerve gas attack on the United States, then I can certainly keep your money safe while it is recovered.
Shortly thereafter, Jack received a response from Mr. Rakotozafy. It seems that in order to complete the transaction, he would need a copy of a driver's license and a fax number. Oh, and apparently Dr. Rakotozafy was not killed by terrorists, but his own driver.

Jack was naturally still suspicious. How does Mr. Rakotozafy know that his father's driver wasn't mixed up with terrorism? But he was quick to provide the necessary identification and contact items. His driver's license is at the right (special thanks to The Man for whipping that one up), and he just happens to have a fax account with eFax. He does not hand out his phone number to just anyone, though, so he refused to turn that over. You can read this second exchange by clicking on the image at the left.

We don't know that Mr. Rakotozafy will respond again, but if he does, we'll keep you posted. In the meantime, we welcome your suggestions for other things that Jack Bauer might say in this circumstance, and of course suggestions as to how we can get this guy to exert the most possible effort (and maybe even spend a little cash) to get Jack's help.

As Jack keeps reminding Mr. Rakotozafy, the clock is ticking...

UPDATE: Jack Needs Your Help!!
Mr. Rakotozafy is insisting that Jack give him a phone number. Jack needs you to help him think of a good reason why he can't give out a phone number that sounds just plausible enough to string this guy along. Any ideas?

23 comments:

Pat said...

The only reason this guy's still alive is that Jack doesn't feel like burying him.

The Man said...

I will email Fox and see if we can work revenging the death of a friend in Togo into the plot for Season 6.

Crusader Coyote said...

Hmm . . .maybe something like that due to his job (Counterterrorist), his phone line is subject to monitoring at all times (never know when a terrorist will show up and a call will need recording/tracing/other analysis), and so the line is "not secure". . .

that was my first thought . . .

fllinc said...

Ask his phone number and make a collect-call from a secure line! If he's really overseas, that will cost him quite a lot of money...

fmragtops said...

Jack should tell this guy that he cannot give him the number because he only has his trusty cell phone. At current Jack is on deep cover assignment, and cannot risk receiveing a phone call at an inoppurtune time. Maybe Jack can give him the number after the assignment is over in the next few weeks.

Also, Jack should let this guy know that because of his position with CTU, his first concern is the identity of the terrorists. He NEEDS that identity, and if he has to, Jack can have this guy picked for some invasive interviewing tactics.

fmragtops said...

Furthermore, this guy is going to tell Jack what he wants to know. It's just a question of how bad it's going to hurt.

Barry said...

Does the real Homeland Security have an 1-800 number?

Maybe we should just give him the number for the Fox Television Studios..

Damien said...

I always get those stupid emails...I just ignore them but people have told me to reply because its funny...classic tho jack bauer emailing him...hehe :P

Citizen Grim said...

hahaha, that's hilarious. give him your cell number, and put on your best Jack accent.

Anonymous said...

Give him a phone number to a local detective and then ask if you can sit in on the call. That should make for great entertainment.

firecaptian said...

Maybe he could say because his cell phone is already responsible for the death of at least two people this year it might be wise that he and the cell phone not become aquainted.

Tyler D. said...

I have a neighbor I don't like. Do you want that number?


This is hilarious.

The Man said...

This would probably end the scambaiting.....

Give him the phone number of a co-worker who sits near you. Then try not to laugh when they get a phone call asking for Jack Bauer from some guy in Togo.

Kender said...

tell him you have no phone, that you use a cable modem so you don't need one, and your only phone is a work phone....I alsways tell them that I must call them because we can't accept calls, but soon I may get a job in administration and be able to call....but only if our cell block doesn't go into lockdown for a month.

Look behind you said...

Tell him that you are certain your phone line is not secure. Because of the current practice of wiretapping in this country, you don't feel safe using it. Does he trust his father's money to an unsafe line?

fllinc said...

Yeah, last comment is right. Try this one...

Anonymous said...

Setup a Skye account, it's free, untracable, and he can call you till the cows come home. OR leave you loads of nice voicemails. ;)

OXEN said...

Have you FReepMailed this to LOWBRIDGE over at FR?

I bet he could help you out.

spacemonkey said...

Yes get a skypein number.

Skype.com

John Milton said...

Just send the scammer the phone # for a CIA regional field office, they are listed in the phone bookbook

alfredo nepomuceno said...

I am playing with someone posing as this Luis Rakotozafy.
They called me from Holland twice, once posing as the security company and another as Luis himself.
I kept the conversation going for as long as I could :)
Have fun! Just don't send them any money, or give any real ID or address.

Anonymous said...

you could give him a 555 number, and tell him that the reason you have been albe to give it to him now is because it is a scrambler phone. tell him to talk to no-one about this, as this may well turn out to be a matter of National security 9and thank him for getting in touch with you, as you have contacts with the counter terrorism unit in los Angeles.

Anonymous said...

and since this guy is from holland (a country which has 24 on their screens), my guess is he's never watched 24 (or he will have already recognised the joke) and so he will probably believe that CTU is an actual organisation in the USA.