You know you have popularity problems when not even the "Nigerian 419" scam-artists reply
to your emails.
I recently received yet another of the so-called "<a href="http://home.rica.net/alphae/419coal/">Nigerian 419</a>" scam emails,
which looked like this:
FROM THE DESK OF: MR EMA ATIKPA
REPLY TO : email@example.com
I am MR MARTINS EWA, head of the accounts/operations dept. of one of the leading merchant banks in Nigeria..I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.
On December 8, 1998, an American Oil consultant/contractor with the
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mrs.Ann Barbara Myers made a
numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at
US$25,000,000.00(Twenty-five Million Dollars) in my branch.Upon
maturity, I sent a routine notification to her forwarding address but
got no reply.After a month,we sent a reminder and finally we
discovered from her contract employers, the Nigerian National
Petroleum Corporation that Mrs.Ann
Barbara Myers died from a ghastly automobile accident.On further
investigation,I found out that she died without making a WILL, and
all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.
I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mrs.Ann
Barbara Myers did not declare any next of kin or relations in all her
official documents, including her Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.
This sum of US$25,000,000.00
is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over
with the principal sum at the end of each year.No one will ever come
forward to claim it.According to Nigerian Law, at the expiration of 5
(five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Nigerian
Government if nobody applies to claim this fund.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foriegner to
stand in as the next of kin to Mrs.Ann Barbara Myers so that the
fruits of this woman's labor will not get into the hands of some
corrupt government officials.This is simple, I will like you to
provide immediately your full names and address so that the Attorney
will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits which will put
you in place as the next of kin.
We shall employ the services of two Attorneys for drafting and
notarization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary
documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor for the
We would need you as a Foreigner acting as the next of kin and sole
benefactor to the inheritance of Mrs.Ann Barbara Myers to travel and
claim this money in a SECURITY COMPANY based in Europe which is used
by my bank as an offshore payment center to the bank.The money will
be paid to you for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for
There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction
will be done by the Attorney and my position as the Branch Manager
guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.
If you are interested, please reply immediately via the private
email address below. Upon your response, I shall then provide you
with more details and relevant documents that will help you
understand the transaction.
Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this
transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall
require your assistance to invest my share in your country.
Awaiting your urgent reply via my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and regards.
MR EMA J.M ATIKPA
Excited by this opportunity to leap on the bandwagon and eventually post my very own "how I tricked a Nigerian scam-artist"
chain of emails, I replied to Mr. Atikpa (or is that Mr. Ewa?), saying how interested I was and requesting more information.
Alas, I've had no response so far, and I sent my reply five days ago!
Could this be the ultimate test of one's online reputation? Come to think of it, I don't tend to get telesales calls either...