My second reply was as follows. How about those Delias talboti images with their data. Name and address, Delias list. If you have them, please show them, we agree, you send the butterflies, I send by return your money by Paypal. I am very trustworthy, you produce the goods and I pay you.
And of course I never heard from Eagle Wings again. The bird had flown.
The funnier attempt of scam to me was from a guy from Peru. He lived in the Puno area, so I ask him to look for some specimens of Hypanartia and other Nymphalidae from high altitude. He say he was willing to do it, but he needed some photos of the species I have interest for. I sent them to him. Two weeks later he sent an e-mail letting me know that he has collected all the species for me. Hard to believe, because only a handful of specimens are known for one of the Hypanartia species. He sent as a proof a PowerPoint slide with photos of the specimens he said he collected. To my surprise,the photos in that presentation were exactly the same photos that I had send to him, including the black and white photo of the very rare Hypanartia specimen. Taking about sloppiness.
As new ssp (actually species) discovered by dealers, my all time favorite is the one of a dealer that offered Vanessa chinensis. When I requested information about that species he told that they were Vanessa cardui from China, so he decided to name them Vanessa chinensis. You cannot be more bold. The sad part is that this one was a dealer with website and all of that.
I constantly have fun with these clowns. Mostly all form Africa and some from elsewhere. The last scammer adventure was some moron from Nigeria who tried to use a charity to trick people to send him money. Well, I (under the guise of Lord Sidious) contacted him and made him an offer he could not refuse($679,000 usd). Lol Oh this jerk was ecstatic about getting that much money of a dumb westerner and was desperate, as he keep prodding me to send it WU fast. I told him I didn't trust western union, and he sent me an email of another one of his "victims", who is in Glasgow, Scotland. The other victim was a fellow scam baiter, and we made a plan to have the scammer meet us in the Ivory Coast as between both of us, he was going to be a rich scammer. Alas, our scamming friend went to Cote d' Ivoire ahead of time, and sadly, was stuck there with no money, and nowhere to stay. Oh, he begged and pleaded for some money, which fell on deaf ears. He botched our plans to "meet" him there in Accra, but his greed got the best of him, and he jumped the gun way too soon. He was stuck in Accra for about a week and a half, then his gang boss or someone sent him money and got him home. He was pissed. Sadly, many of these fools greed blinds them, and the fall for tricks a lot.