Flash Mob 15

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Welcome to the Fifteenth Flash Mob!

Three years doesn't seem like a long time in the grand scheme of things. But in that time, aa419 has grown into a major anti-fraud force on the internet. A quick look at our database will tell you why -- we have identified more than 10,000 fake web sites in that time, and shut almost all of them down.

We're proud of finding and blacklisting all these scammers, but we're even more proud of working with hosters to get their sites offline. And to accomplish this, we rely on a fantastic group of volunteers, some of whom have killed hundreds of scam sites all on their own!

Listen to our Radio 419 broadcast during the flash mob, and join us in chat. We will be holding live tutorials throughout the Flash Mob, and this is an excellent chance for you to learn the nuts 'n' bolts of fake bank killing!

Not sure what a Flash Mob is? Read More Here!

Don't understand what it is we're fighting against? Learn more about Advance Fee Fraud and see why it's a problem (read about Fake banks and Web sites in the news).

Machine vs. Man -- who does a better job?

Artists. We need your help. We need to gauge the power of aa419’s reputation on the internet. Do hosters close sites because we’re stylish, and convincing witho our evidence and well worded letters? Or is it because they don’t wasn’t to see the LV/MM duo?

We don’t know, and that’s where you come in. We know how much can be achieved with the bandwidth tools, but we still maintain that 90% of our work is done by email.

Help us prove this. We want to see you all send letters, lot’s of them, and we want those to work, so pick your targets, write good letters, and fire them off. If we can prove that what works is you and us, then we’ll all know that aa419’s standing on the internet is not down to some tech wizardry, but the hours of work that we rely on from all of our Artists.

Write complaints to the hosters!

Every few hours, official fake bank lessons will be happening in the chat room. Come in and learn just how easy it is to get a site offline!

Once you've learned the basics, get started with the Abuse Complaint Template.

The Most Important Rules:

  • Be accurate
  • Be polite
  • Be persistent

Visit some Fake Banks!

Check out The Artwork & read all the details of The Targets!

Special Flash Mob Events

What makes Flash Mobs so special compared to everyday bank killing?

  • Flash Mob "Radio 419" will be playing for two days. Our members will DJ a few of their favorites songs, and air some hilarious phone calls to fake banks, fake barristers, fake lotteries, fake escrow companies, and so on.
  • Want to scambait some of these crooks? Give them a ring and record the phone call -- we'll play it on the air! We are running a two-day contest for the funniest clip we receive, and the winner will receive a special prize... stay tuned!

What else can I do?

  • Tell all your friends and family about Flash Mob Day... it's an easy way to make a small difference in the world, and you get to see some funny fake banks as a bonus.
    • Display our banner (30 Kb) on your Web page and link to http://wiki.aa419.org/index.php?title=Flash_Mob_15
    • Tell your favourite newspaper, radio station or online media about this event.
    • Post this information in forums, bulletin boards, mailing lists, usenet groups, and Web sites -- link to this page!
    • Translate this page into your language and repost it -- make the Flash Mob a multilingual event!
  • You can find over 10,000 fake web sites in our searchable database of fake banks, fake lotteries, and fake companies. Sign up in our forum to learn how to take down banks with a quick and easy abuse complaint -- most banks don't need to be bandwidth attacked!
  • Get in touch with the scammers and taunt them when their site goes down! We've given you their phone numbers and email addresses.
    • Fill in their contact forms -- ask about what sort of fees they charge. Give them fake information that sounds real, and make them waste time on pretend victims!
    • Email the fake bank designers who registered these scam sites.
    • Phone up the fake bank and order a pizza. Get angry when they say they won't deliver! (Watch out though -- they use mobile phones, and calling them can get expensive!)
    • But if you want to play with criminals, remember -- NEVER GIVE THESE CROOKS YOUR REAL INFORMATION!!!
  • Use our subscription services to be notified of future Flash Mobs.
  • Share your comments and thoughts with other Flash Mobbers on the aa419.org forums or the 419eater Scam Baiter Forum
  • Chat with your fellow Flash Mobbers!
  • Listen to Radio 419!