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May 10, 2005

Back to 419 School, Pal

Having read hundreds of the Nigerian (et al.) advance-fee scam letters over the years, I've seen that one of the main ploys is that the scammer wants you to believe that he singled you out among all the people on the planet to assist in the URGENT BUSINESS TRANSACTION. That's one of the ego boosters that helps the scammer gain the target's con-fidence.

In comes one today that blows the whole deal. The To: field of the message is empty, and the CC: field has (count 'em) 204 email addresses to which this blast went out. How am I supposed to feel special if you're offering my cut (of a paltry 8.6 million this time) to 203 other greedy bastards?

How do you say "D'oh" in Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo?

Posted on May 10, 2005 at 08:26 AM