January 29, 2004


And the winner for the Best Opening Line in a Nigerian Email Scam goes to ... “Nana Shaffer”!

Dear sir,

As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because I believe everyone will die someday.

Sickly doom-bound Shaffer will die rich, according to his message. He’s got $18,000,000,00, of which 20% has been set aside “for you and for your time”. Hit the PayPal, Nana!

Posted by Tim Blair at January 29, 2004 10:34 PM

And here I was, not feeling sorry for him just because he is a goddamm thief.

Posted by: Emily at January 30, 2004 at 03:04 AM

Nana's a GUY?!?

Posted by: Tony.T at January 30, 2004 at 08:16 AM

Boggling is, some people do accept the Nigerian scam and.Instead of ending up with a few millions, after having supplied whoever the scammer is with bank details, credit card details, other pertinent qualifying matter,the fools find their accounts cleared of every cent and they feel a bankruptcy court case coming on which hurts their head more than the nastiest migraine.

Scammers have a good grip on probability: according to the type of scam : how plausible and how much it costs to set up and run, how much they seek to extract from any fool who happens their way, factors in how many in a hundred will rise to the bait. 1:100000, for example ,might suffice. Others, due to type of scam, work on 1:100, some as low as 1:10.

Amusing is, how many people having accepted accepting and so lost their little all, then scream , run to trashy current affairs shows , which cry their ought to be a regulation.There is : it's called your brain, so use it.And that seems to be the sum of: have we got an investment deal for you which will make you wealthy for the modest sum of $20,0000 or $70K or $200-300K ( based on successful scams over the last couple of years).

Village idiot man/woman , says , oh wow,must buy in, disengages grey matter, sings on dotted line, hands over cash .... and screams some time later.

If readers contemplating investments do not have a grip on financial analysis and investment instruments, if something appears appealing, take the proposal to firms who have the expertise.Tell the `seller' also, that is what you will do and watch and note reaction also. No sympathy for fools, govts like fools as much as scammers, they provide more excuses to continue adding to the emerging police state.

Just to check, fools who have lost all should simply be regarded as an object lesson , perhaps even they themselves might pick up a clue.

Posted by: d at January 30, 2004 at 08:22 AM

I have been getting emails from various critters (often Arabs) who are about to pop their clogs from cancer, and who want to use my bank account to filter their US$20mil to assorted charities.
So heart-wrenching I can never refuse, but for some reason I can now never get anything out of my auto-teller.

Posted by: Habib at January 30, 2004 at 10:57 AM

There is a nice textual analysis of Nigerian emails here.

Posted by: Joe at January 30, 2004 at 11:57 AM

I keep getting something from some idiot called "George Galloway" asking if I wouldnt mind hiding a few thousand barrels of oil for him.....

Posted by: Johnny Wishbone at January 30, 2004 at 04:35 PM

"Dear Honourable US Investor"

"I am former Labour Party MP with many millions locked up by traitorous Blair government..."

Posted by: Quentin George at January 31, 2004 at 08:24 AM

"...and last week, usurious Zionist bankers repossessed my kidney dialysis machine, but I am not asking for pity..."

I couldn't help noticing Nana Shaffer doesn't sound like a very Nigerian name? It sounds, like "Ford Prefect", a name that a Nigerian might pick if they were trying to be inconspicuously typical, but had gotten all their cultural knowledge of the West from the Eurovision Song Contest.

Posted by: Clem Snide at February 2, 2004 at 09:28 PM