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When you read scammers messages, it sometimes seems that they have their own use of language different from everyone else.

Why do scammers write differently to others?

Part of the answer is that it’s deliberate. Refer to the article - for more details about the psychology of scammers.

The deliberate use of poor grammar, misspellings, missing information etc. can show a message to be a scam and anyone noting this will avoid the scam. Sometimes that’s what the scammers want – just the most gullible people to fall for the trick and the rest to reject it.

The other reason for poor grammar etc. is simply poor education and that English may not be a first language for the scammer.

Some examples

1.      Written supposedly by an accountant but the language may be the way someone thinks an accountant should speak. You can understand the intended meaning but the use of words is very odd. The scam in the email is trying to get me to pretend to be a relative of someone very rich who recently died without leaving any heirs.

I got your profile insearch for the right person that suits this transaction and can be of assistance in this transaction of which if you are interested and serious we will be through in days.

2.      Many scam emails offer a magical answer for a well-known problem such as Alzheimer’s and they claim to be on the “little guy’s side” fighting against the establishment which is trying to hide this answer from the ordinary people.  They typically include statements such as


It’s something Big Pharma is scrambling to hide from you.

Click here to reveal the “Alzheimer’s Killer” dish while you can.

A renegade doctor exposes a hushed-up conspiracy.

This video will soon be taken down because of threats from the industry.

I warn you. The big pharmaceutical companies are trying to take down this video


3.      There are a lot of 419 scams i.e. promising you great riches and asking for just a small up front fee to pay translation costs or a release fee or something similar.   Quite often they ask you to do something slightly illegal so as to justify the hefty payment you will receive. But to ensure the person isn’t put off by the illegality there is a paragraph something like this example

“There is no risk involved at all in this matter as we are going to adopt a fully legalized method and the attorney will prepare all the necessary documents”.

4.      An email supposedly selling email leads, but the language is “scammer language”. The email is asking about which target industry I am interested in

Please let me your criteria in full details so that I can revert back with count details for your review.

The phrase “I can revert back to you” is very common across a wide range of email scam messages. Perhaps it’s the signature of a specific scam author.

Other Indicators of a Scam

·         Addressing a message to Dear Recipients or Dear Customer can be a warning of a scam. They don’t know who you are as they typically just purchased a list of email addresses.

·         Scammers sometimes include religious language to try to appeal to religious people and try to appear honest. Phrases such as “God bless.” Or “God is with us” or “God will look after us”. I guess scammers think God is on their side.

Beware of odd use of language in a message as it may mean it’s a scam even if it appears to be from someone you know.


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