Email Scam

Thanks to my usual habit of examining email headers, I was not scammed! The 
following is an email thread I was involved in. I posted an ad to sell my 
Honda van. A guy named Darren Crawford emailed and showed interest. Unsuspected 
at first, I emailed back telling him a little more details. He soon told me 
how he could pay me without further negotiation. I became cautious and read his 
email header. Aha! He's in Africa, most likely Nigeria, according to his 
un-faked originating IP, and a whois search at

          * If you're interested in learning how to read email      *
          * headers and find the sender's ISP, read                 *
          * ../computer/fightspam.html    *

So an email was on the way to, a person at this bad 
guy's ISP (at the time the contact was not on their web page). 
Unfortunately, Nigerian Telecommunications didn't reply. Too busy reading similar 
scam reports? Or busy arguing with this guy how much each should share?

************* READ FROM BOTTOM UP (last scam mail's header shown) *************

Dear Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd.,

I exchanged one or two emails with after he saw my car
sales ad in a local (Houston, Texas) newsgroup. I'm forwarding this email to
you because after careful review of his email headers, I suspect his email
originated from Nigeria, specifically from Please help 
investigate. Thank you.

Yong Huang

--- darren_crawford crawford <> wrote:

> From darren_crawford crawford Fri Jul 21 08:24:12 2006
> X-Apparently-To: via; Fri, 21 Jul 2006 08:29:35 -0700
> X-Originating-IP: []
> Return-Path: <>
> Authentication-Results:; domainkeys=pass (ok)
> Received: from (HELO ( by with SMTP; Fri, 21 Jul 2006 08:29:35 -0700
> Received: (qmail 43540 invoked from network); 21 Jul 2006 15:24:25 -0000
> Received: from ( by with SMTP; 21 Jul 2006 15:24:25 -0000
> Received: (qmail 43228 invoked by uid 60001); 21 Jul 2006 15:24:12 -0000
> DomainKey-Signature: a=rsa-sha1; q=dns; c=nofws; s=s1024;; h=Message-ID:Received:Date:From:Subject:To:In-Reply-To:MIME-Version:Content-Type:Content-Transfer-Encoding; b=mG1+RVhGTMJOXi02K8t48qOiryHJNO4uNslTi0x6YImWZ3K84yOLM3BXhEO+b+D2JgQxL2/ehxcbfkcCSCeY+SStj2T6g/E6v3k9d4xdoivATfCLOM3sG5diRNTLWS6GBh/SmLFRsG3pnaXgnoXykbAmg7clpZmRKBK2qN+Ef8A= ;
> Message-ID: <>
> Received: from [] by via HTTP; Fri, 21 Jul 2006 08:24:12 PDT
> Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 08:24:12 -0700 (PDT)
> From: "darren_crawford crawford" <>
> Yahoo! DomainKeys has confirmed that this message was sent by
> Subject: Payment Details
> To: "Yong Huang" <>
> In-Reply-To: <>
> MIME-Version: 1.0
> Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="0-1197386147-1153495452=:40169"
> Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
> Content-Length: 1595
> Hello
>      Thanks for the mail.I will like to inform you that i am highly
> interested in the (2003 Honda Odyssey)  and .So my client will be issuing you
> a (Certified  Cheque)  for the payment and shipping charges of the (2003
> Honda Odyssey)after you might have sent me this following information below
> for issuing and sending you the cheque.
> Your name in full....
> Your contact home address to send the cheque to not P.O.BOX.....
> Your contact home,office and cell phone number.
> As soon as this is recieved i will immidietly forward it to her inorder for
> her to issue you the check. I promise that as soon as the cheque is sent to
> you i will update you ok.  .... I waits your favourable response ok?
> Cheers!!!
> Yong Huang <> wrote: 
> Hi, Darren,
> The pictures are at
> If you really need to know the lowest price, what I have in my mind currently
> Thank you for your interest, Darren. We're in Houston near <snipped> and
> <snipped>, in case you have somebody test driving it for you.
> Yong Huang
> --- darren_crawford crawford wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I saw ur ad placed on the net and a contemporary of mine recommended it to
> > me.I will like to know if the above item is available,the last price and if
> > possible with pics to know the present condition.I would like to solicit your
> > total sincerity and honesty in this transaction.Payment will be made by a US
> > Certified cheque and shippment would be at my cost because i have a private
> > shipper so shipping should not be a problem.
> > Cheers,,,,,,

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