November 17, 2005

You Don't Have to Live Like a Refugee

By now, there can't be a person on the planet who hasn't received some variation of the Nigerian bank scam.

This shining example arrived in my inbox today and I noticed one glaring inconsistency that the scammer might want to clear up if she is going to dupe people out of their hard-earned money:

I do hope that you are catching up with the goodies of the day in full. Mine here is very hot and like you know we are living in the refugee camp here in Dakar Senegal.

Its just like one staying in the prison and i hope by Gods grace i will come out here soon. As a refugee here i don't have any right or privilege to any thing be it money or whatever because it is against the law of this country. Please listen to this, i have my late father's statement of account and death certificate here with me which i will send to you latter, because when he was alive he deposited some amount of money which he used my name as the next of kin,the amount in question is $3.5M(Three Million five Hundred Thousand Dollars).

So i will like you to help me transfer this money to your account and from it you can send some money for me to get my travelling documents and air ticket to come over to meet with you. Reply me this email and I will give further details.

While I would never respond to an email like this, I do find it curious that in a hot, prison-like refugee camp where no one has any rights, Internet access is apparently as easy to come by as cholera.

Posted by Doug at November 17, 2005 02:40 PM