Nigerian Grant Scammers

Originally a Facebook post and note.

So a friend’s Facebook account got counterfeited (duplicated and made to look like her messenger account) and started contacting me over messenger. So I played along, while making contact with her via another comms channel to verify and let her know. Starts off simple enough; then there is a reference to some money via a grant. A quick Google turned up it was indeed fraud. So, I shared to link to my server in hopes they would follow it and let me see their source IP address. They took the bait and wouldn’t you know that my friend from Clayton is hitting my web site from Lagos, Nigeria. Sadly they dropped off before the details could be gathered on how the scam worked. I decided to tell them their game was up with me using Google translate into Huasa. My guess is they send a bad check that makes me lose funds, or they want upfront funds to make the grant application go through. So always be aware and note that anyone offering you money via a “social private grant fund” is probably sitting behind a computer half a world away who just wants your money. Hopefully the messenger images are in order.

Even after this conversation, the scammer uses Facebook messenger again the next day and provides a number a should text for my grant.

This is a log of my SMS text conversation with a Nigerian scammer… that was a result of getting a Facebook Messenger message from an account made to look like an actual friend’s account. That activity is recapped here.  “You Said:” is my portion of the conversation and (501) 215-5475 said: is the scammer.  Based on all caps and the speed at which responses were made, I believe they were using copy and paste.
You said: My FB friend Elizabeth said to contact you at this # concerning a grant I could get. My name Tim R. Brown, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:09 PM
(501) 215-5475 said: HELLO, GOOD DAY I’M , THE AGENT IN CHARGE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GRANT FUND, PLEASE HOLD WHILE I RUN A CHECK FOR YOUR INFORMATION ON OUR DATABASE, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:15 PM
(501) 215-5475 said: DO I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION SIR?, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:19 PM
You said: Hi, yes., Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:20 PM
You said: Im here, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:21 PM
(501) 215-5475 said: CONGRATULATIONS!!!YOUR NAME QUALIFY FOR THE SOCIAL PRIVATE GRANT FUND. THIS IS A PROGRAM SET UP BY THE GOVERNMENT WITH THE HELP AND SUPPORT OF THE UNITED NATION TO HELP THE PEOPLE PAYING THEIR MEDICAL BILL, STARTING THEIR OWN BUSINESS,BUYING A HOME. COLLEGE / SCHOOL FEES E.T.C,THE TRUTH IS,MANY PEOPLE AREN’T EVEN AWARE THAT THE SOCIAL PRIVATE GRANT FUND, THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR TO OFFER YOU FREE MONEY.WE EMBARKED ON A WORLDWIDE PROMOTION FOR DEAF,HEARING,RETIRE AND WORKERS,WE ARE UNITED POWER TO SUCCESS AND FOCUS FOR YOUNG,OLD,RETIRE AND WORKERS IN THE COUNTRY,SUPPORTED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE EVEN WITH BAD CREDIT OR BANKRUPTCY, YOU NEVER HAVE TO PAY BACK.., Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:23 PM
You said: OK, there has to be a catch…., Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:24 PM
(501) 215-5475 said: I’M THE AGENT IN CHARGE OF YOUR CASE FILE AND I’LL PREPARE YOUR GRANT CERTIFICATE FOR YOU ISSUED WITH THE NECESSARY SIGNATURES FOR AUTHENTICATION. DO YOU UNDERSTAND?, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:25 PM
You said: Sure do i need notary?, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:26 PM
(501) 215-5475 said:
OK,NOW YOU WILL HAVE TO FILL OUT SOME INFORMATION NOW SO WE CAN PROCEED…
FULL HOME ADDRESS..
SEX..
AGE..
BANK NAME…
MARITAL STATUS..
PHONE NUMBER(TEXT)..
EMAIL….
MONTHLY INCOME..
OCCUPATION..
OWN A HOUSE, IF NOT STATE OTHERWISE..
YOU WANT CASH OR CHECK..
You said: Ok, I will make document and send you link., Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:29 PM
(501) 215-5475 said: ALL I NEED FROM YOU NOW ARE ANSWERS TO THE ABOVE QUESTIONS, I AM UPDATING YOUR DETAILS DIRECTLY ON OUR DATABASE RIGHT NOW, OK?, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:31 PM
(501) 215-5475 said: DO YOU UNDERSTAND SIR?, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:32 PM
You said: Yes, will start now…, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:32 PM
You said: 118 Cherokee St Boone, NC 28607, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:33 PM
You said: Maile, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:33 PM
You said: 24, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:33 PM
You said: Wells Fargo, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:33 PM
You said: Married, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:33 PM
You said: 919-789-1009, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:34 PM
You said: 1,800/mo, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:34 PM
You said: DJ, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:34 PM
You said: Rent, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:34 PM
(501) 215-5475 said: Cash or check sir?, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:36 PM
You said: Ooops fogot that one. Cash, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:36 PM
(501) 215-5475 said: YOU HAVE TO HOLD SO ALL YOUR INFORMATION CAN BE SAVED INTO OUR DATABASE SO THAT WE WON’T DELIVER THE GRANT TO THE WRONG PERSON AND WORK WILL COMMENCE ON YOUR DELIVERY IMMEDIATELY., Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:37 PM
You said: OK, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:39 PM
(501) 215-5475 said:
NOW YOU ARE TO CHOOSE THE AMOUNT YOU WISH TO CLAIM FROM US,
HERE ARE THE LIST OF CASH YOU QUALIFIED FOR
YOU PAY $600 AND GET $90,000.00
YOU PAY $1,100 AND GET $120,000.00
YOU PAY $1,650 AND GET $140,000.00
YOU PAY $4,000 AND GET $200,000.00
YOU PAY $8,000 AND GET $350,000.00 (BONUS GRANT )
GRAND PRIZE
NOTE;YOU ARE NOT PAYING TO GET ANY MONEY,THE FEE ABOVE IS FOR YOUR SHIPPING FEE AND CASE FILE,AND DELIVERY TAKE UP TO 24 HOURS.
CHOOSE THE CASH LIST YOU WANT TO APPLY AND YOU WILL PAY FOR THE SHIPPING FEE TO THE FINANCE AGENT IN CHARGE OF CASH, YOUR MONEY WILL BE DELIVER TO YOU AT YOUR DOORSTEP
(Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:42 PM
You said: That is a decent return for my investment., Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:43 PM
You said: but I am strpped for cash until friday., Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:43 PM
You said: If i commit what do you need from me today, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:44 PM
(501) 215-5475 said: IF PAYMENTS CAN BE DONE TODAY YOUR MONEY WILL BE DELIVERED FIRST THING TOMORROW MORNING.OK?, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:47 PM
You said: But what if I cant give the $600 today, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:48 PM
(501) 215-5475 said: IT DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH YOU CAN SEND TODAY TO PREPARE YOUR CASEFILE, SO THE MONEY WILL BE SAFE AND WONT BE RETURNED UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO CLAIM IT., Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:50 PM
You said: I make an iuo for you http://98.26.67.124/content/iou.docx, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:51 PM
(501) 215-5475 said: WHAT DO YOU MEAN SIR?, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:53 PM
You said: muna ƙoƙari ya lalata ni? Abinda na samo ku ya biyo ni bari in kama adireshin IP naka a Najeriya. Yanzu zan mayar da shi zuwa FBI inda na yi aiki a kan Cyber ​​Squad. Wataƙila ya kamata ka koma aikin daga ofishin ofisoshin saiti., Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:53 PM
(501) 215-5475 said: SIR, I AM A MAN OF INTEGRITY AND I HAVE BEEN KEEPING UP TO MY JOB, I AM 59 YEARS OF AGE, I HAVE A LIFE AND OUR COMPANY HAS HELPED ALOT OF LIVES, I WONT WATCH YOU CALL ME NOR MY ORGANIZATION SCAM, DO YOU UNDERSTAND?, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:54 PM
You said: Ok, whatever you say. You are in Nigeria at IP address 105.112.44.43 NG,Nigeria,LA,Lagos,Lagos,,Africa/Lagos,6.4531,3.3958,0 The same address you used yesterday while in IM on FB., Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:56 PM
(501) 215-5475 said: BECAUSE WE MADE IT LOOK THAT WAY, WE DIRECTED IT TO AVOID TRACKERS AND SCAM, Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:57 PM
You said: Ok, whatever you say…. PSFU getting all logs and IP addresses as I type., Tuesday, June 5 2018, 5:58 PM

Bike Brands and Conglomerates That Own Them

The list below was quickly assembled from Google and sourced back to the respective company website, but it should not be considered an exhaustive list.  I decided to put this list together to look at the bicycle market and how it seems like there are fewer choices in today’s market.  There is also the proposed tariffs here in the U.S. on the imported bicycles from overseas.  While this Bloomberg report covers that angle pretty well, you have to wonder what it means the American bicycle market.  Will the tariff make it much more expensive to pick up a kid’s BMX bike from a big box store or make the price of the average entry level road bike increase by 25%?  I guess we will have to wait and see on that, but I won’t hold my breath while we wait to see high end mountain or road machines being manufactured here in the U.S. due to the tariffs.

Accell ASI* Dorel Cycleurope Pon
Haibike
Winora
Batavus
Sparta
Koga
Lapierre
Ghost
Raleigh Diamondback
Tunturi
Atala
Redline
Loekie
Fuji Bikes
SE Bikes
Kestrel Bicycles
Breezer Bikes
Oval Concepts
Phat Cycles
Tuesday_Cycles
Cannondale
Schwinn
Kid Trax
Caloi
Mongoose
GT
Fabric
Sugoi
Sombrio
Charge Bikes
Guru
Bianchi
Dbs
Everton
Gitane
Kildemoes
Monark
Crescent
Puch
Spectra
Tec
Peugeot
Definitive
BBB Cycling
Cervélo
Derby_Cycle
Faraday
BikeNED
Gazelle
Santa_Cruz
Union
Raleigh UK
Univega
Rixe
Kalkhoff
Focus

*Owner of Performance Bike stores

Note: Pon has offered to acquire Accell, which would certainly make the others look at each other as potential buyers, but the tariff situation could make for an interesting outcome for all of them.

So which bike brands are not owned by a conglomerate?

  • Trek
  • Specialized
  • KHS
  • Kona
  • Colnago
  • Pinarello
  • Merida
  • Ok, I give up. Check this Wiki list for another few 100