January 29, 2009

Honesty Comes to Scammer Subject Header

As a longtime follower of the wiles of Nigerian scammers, it's rare when there's a true breakthrough in the "art form". Generally they read as form letters although admittedly with more comedy, pathos and grammatical errors than is typical.

The general pattern in the early era was to focus on widows of dead African presidents and later it morphed to a nakedly Christian angle with salutations invoking the name of Jesus. I don't much read them much anymore. The genre seems as tapped out as "spam poetry". But today I received a new form of Nigerian scammer comedy with a subject header guaranteed to disarm: "Be inform That Any money you send to Africa to receive your payment is at your own risk". Truth in advertising! Ye gods, the scammers must be desperate. Necessity is the mother of invention and perhaps at time's the truth as well. Here it is:

Subject: Be inform That Any money you send to Africa to receive your payment is at your own risk

Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 21:47:14 +0100
To:

Dear

I am Mr Ebeson Ike the Permanent sectary of Senator Tunde Ogbeha. The Chairman House committee Payment and verification on foreign contractors and Foreign Affairs office of the presidency Republic of Benin.

He told me to Contact all the Foreigners that waiting for their Payment , regards to series of petition we receiving from unpaid (Foreign Contractors, Inheritance next of kin and lotto beneficiaries that was originated from America, Europe, Asia, and Middle east) on how African government usually don’t pay them their contract funds, And other Debts owned them by the Government based on this the African Government made a through investigation to ascertain the cause and find out that there are some officials that cooperate with outsiders to extort money from foreign contractors.

So the United Nations then held a meeting and made a resolution that all foreigners contractors and those that are waiting their draft payment and ATM Payment to be paid by Cash through Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in other to beat those fraudsters in Africa that export money from Foreigners with out release their Fund to them...

You have to Contact Senator Tunde Ogbeha The Chairman House committee Payment and verification on foreign contractors and Foreign Affairs office of the presidency Republic of Benin as soon as you received this mail to give you the full contact information of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China that will transfer your fund Directly to your account, have to call him also for more clarification .

This is contact Address
His Name ;Senator Tunde Ogbeha
E-mail Address ;senatortundeogbehe@gmail.com
Phone Number ; 0022998244622

Note ; Any money you send to Africa to receive your payment is at your own risk, you don’t have to send any money to received your payment .

Thanks

Mr Ebeson Ike
The Permanent sectary
of Senator Tunde Ogbeha
The Chairman House committee
Payment and verification on foreign
Contractors and Foreign Affairs
Office of the presidency
Now there's your exhibit A of title inflation: "The permanent Sectary of Sen. Ogbeha the Chairman House committee Payment and verification on foreign contractors and foriegn affairs office of the presidency." A mouthful.

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