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(Computer World)   Tired of Nigerians asking for your help in getting trapped funds out of the country? So are the Nigerians   (computerworld.com) divider line 52
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2002-03-26 03:26:35 PM
Now that you mention it...
 
2002-03-26 03:29:48 PM
I remember in sixth grade Social Studies... some kid called it 'attractive and successful African-American-ia'. It's so racist, yet his ignorance is so racist...

Then again, not everyone went to the state finals of the Geography Bee. ^_^
 
2002-03-26 03:29:48 PM
Or second, Basketcase.

"It is interesting to me that the government itself is taking this seriously," Geller said, adding that not enough governments worldwide are addressing the problem of unwanted e-mail.

Hmmm.. cure poverty. World peace. Feed the hungry. Stop spam.
 
2002-03-26 03:29:53 PM
I neve rget this stuff in my e-mail, must only be AOLers.
 
2002-03-26 03:29:58 PM
The scam I hate is the one where it's said the people in Nigeria are starving. STARVING ???? Let them eat spam, will gladly send to them like they sent to me.
 
2002-03-26 03:30:44 PM
I got a letter about 6 years ago with a similar scam. Pretty funny stuff actually. I sent them a letter back (yes, I was bored as hell) asking for an autographed photo of the Nigerian nightmare (that running back-name excapes me now). Never got it..
 
2002-03-26 03:33:55 PM
Ahh, the Nigerian scam. This has been around for a long time, much as have stupid people.
 
2002-03-26 03:34:31 PM
jobe: christian okoye
 
2002-03-26 03:36:31 PM
I've never had a Nigerian ask me for anything.

Except where he should drive the cab.
 
2002-03-26 03:37:52 PM
The only thing a Nigerian gave me was a nasty case of AIDS.
 
2002-03-26 03:39:58 PM
I was a big fan of the Government sponsored pyramid scheme in Albania about 7 or 8 years ago. It ended up toppling the whole Government.
 
2002-03-26 03:40:14 PM
I saw a bit on Discovery channel or TLC about some guy who actually helped the authorities catch some of the scammers by responding to the letter. It's called a "419" scam, I think, and it apparently is a bit of a cottage industry in Nigeria. We wouldn't get the spam if people didn't respond to it.
 
DB
2002-03-26 03:40:55 PM
The site also lays out other scams, including an appeal for Americans to coach basketball in Nigeria...

is anyone else reminded of the scene in airplane! where striker is teaching the native africans how to play hoops?
 
2002-03-26 03:43:03 PM
"It is always encouraging when a government looks out for the people's best interest," Geller said
UH. OH !!!!
 
2002-03-26 03:43:08 PM
What is a native Nigerian called?
 
2002-03-26 03:45:13 PM
People who get sucked into these things are stupid. Why the fark would you give your checking account number or credit card number out? It's amazing how far humanity has gone with its lack of brains.
 
2002-03-26 03:45:58 PM
So let me get this right, I won't be getting any cash from the Nigerians? Gosh, the lied to me? I don't know what to say...I trusted those Nigerians dammit!


Cheers
Dawg!
 
2002-03-26 03:46:58 PM
I got one of these via snail mail a few years back. Unbelievably crude. Looked like it had been typed on a 1937 Smith Corona by somebody wearing gloves. Lousy grammar and spelling. Silly story that the person writing was the daughter of some businessman who was trying to get her late father's money out of the country, blah blah blah. Like jobe, I sent a letter back. In mine, I used the name of a local company and made up a phoney bank account number into which to 'receive' the funds. Wish I could know just what happened when they tried to siphon the money out of the nonexistent account. Probably nothing much. Ah well.
 
2002-03-26 03:48:26 PM
 
2002-03-26 03:48:38 PM
We get them on the fax here at work. Some of them are remarkably detailed. As many as 3 or 4 pages single spaced with official looking letter head and such. I guess I could see how someone might give it a second look. (If they're idiots)
 
2002-03-26 03:51:11 PM
I keep my mom's yard clean. I clean it myself. I don't ask for help mowing the lawn or picking up the dog do do.
I don't go in other people's yards, unless I have to go there to take care of some business. Stay out if you aren't wanted otherwise, especially my mom's yard.
 
2002-03-26 03:51:46 PM
French people piss me off.
 
2002-03-26 03:53:24 PM
Some of the typos are funny. One of them said the money is held in a SUSPENSE account.

I'll tell you about the account tomorrow..
 
2002-03-26 03:54:15 PM
an appeal for Americans to coach basketball in Nigeria

Wasn't this a Disney movie w/ Kevin Bacon? The Air Up There... oh somethin' like dat.
 
2002-03-26 03:54:32 PM
i got this message last week.
here's an example of the con-job.

To:xx­x­[nospam-﹫-backwards]li­a­m*xxx*com
Subject: reply soon


THE DESK OF:
DR YEMI MUSA(PRINCIPAL AUDITOR) NIGERIAN
NATIONAL
PETROLLEUM
CORPORATION
(NNPC) LAGOS, NIGERIA


DEAR SIR.


COMPLIMENT OF THE DAY TO YOU. I WISH TO EXTEND THIS
MUTUAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL TO YOU WITH THE HOPE THAT YOU WILL GLADLY ACCEPT. I AM THE PRINCIPAL AUDITOR OF THE NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION. A POST I HAVE HELD FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS. IN THE COURSE OF DISCHARGING MY DUTY LAST YEAR, I DISCOVERED THAT SOME GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN THE PAST, COMMITTED SOME IRREGULARITIES IN THE FORM OF OVER-INVOICED CONTRACT VALUES WHICH EVENTUALLY GO INTO THEIR PRIVATE BANK ACCOUNTS. WHAT INTEREST ME MUSTAND
FOR WHICH REASON I AM WRITING YOU IS THIS PARTICULAR
CONTRACT WHICH WAS AWARDED TO A FOREIGN CONTRACTOR, IT WAS OVER ESTIMATED BY THE TUNE OF US$5 M (FIVE MILLION U.S.DOLLARS). THIS CONTRACT HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND COMMISSIONED AND THE CONTRACTOR FULLY PAID, BUT THE US $ 5M OVER ESTIMATED VALUE OF THE CONTRACT IS STILL LYING AT THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN). BECAUSE OF THE HASTE WITH WHICH THE LAST GOVERNMENT WAS REMOVED FROM OFFICE, THESE MEN
HAS NO CHANCE TO COLLECT THIS MONEY BEFORE LEAVING THE OFFICE. BUT AS A RESULT OF UPDATED PAYMENTS ADVISE AT THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN), IT HAS BEEN AWAITING
TRANSFER TO A FOREIGN ACCOUNT. IN MY REPORT, I RECOMMENDED THAT THIS MONEY SHOULD BE PAID BUT ON THE CONDITION THAT THE
CONTRACTOR SHOULD BE INFORMED.
MY RECOMMENDATION WAS ACCEPTED AND I HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE GO-AHEAD ORDER TO GET IN-TOUCH WITH THE FOREIGN CONTRACTORS, BUT SINCE THE CONTRACTOR HAS BEEN FULLY PAID FOR THE JOB HEDID, I WANT TO DIVERT THIS MONEY TO ANOTHER FOREIGN ACCOUNT. HAVING DONE ALL THE NECESSARY GROUND WORK,THIS MONEY IS IN MY POSSESSION AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD FOR A TRUST WORTHY PERSON INTO WHOSE PRIVATE OR COMPANY'S ACCOUNT THIS MONEY WILL BE TRANSFERRED INTO. I WISH TO RETIRE FROM SERVICE AFTER THIS TRANSACTION AND GO INTO BUSINESS IN YOUR COUNTRY THROUGH YOU AS MY AGENT. YOU ARE THEREFORE REQUESTED
TO KINDLY ALLOW ME TOTRANSFER THIS MONEY INTO YOUR ACCOUNT PRTHAT I CAN WITHS DRAW THIS MONEY WHEN I WANT TO. UPON THE
TRANSFER OF THIS MONEY, 65% OF THE TOTAL SUM WILL BE FOR ME AND MY COLLEAGUES WHILE 30%
SHALL BE FOR YOU THE ACCOUNT OWNER AND THE REMAINING 5% SHALL BE SET ASIDE TO REFUND EXPENSES MADE IN THE COURSE OF THIs TRANSACTION. BE ASSURED THAT THIS BUSINESS IS RISK-FREE BUT THE KEYWORD IS THE CONFIDENTIALITY DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE TRANSACTION AND MY POSITION IN THE MINISTRY.
KINDLY TREAT AS URGENT AND CONTACT MEIMMEDIATELY THROUGH MY E-MAIL ADDRESS, YOU WILL BE FULLY DETAILED WHEN I HEAR FROM YOU. YOUR BANKING PARTICULARS,
I.E ACCOUNT NUMBER, TELEX, BENEFICIARY, AND YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS ARE VITAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS
TRANSACTION FOR UPDATING


AND REMITTANCE PROTOCOL.


BEST REGARDS


DR YEMI MUSA
 
2002-03-26 03:57:13 PM
Fugginaright: That was the funniest thing I've read on Fark in a long time.
 
2002-03-26 03:59:36 PM
Please do not slander people from other countries by saying they wear bones through their noses and roosters on their heads.
 
2002-03-26 04:02:58 PM
Fugginaright: Apparently, I'm wrong.
 
2002-03-26 04:04:41 PM
I get those dang e-mails all the time. I generally send a nasty reply having to do with the sender's sexual relations with farm animals and their respective mothers.
 
2002-03-26 04:07:25 PM
I get those dang e-mails all the time. I generally send a nasty reply having to do with the sender's sexual relations with farm animals and their respective mothers. LMAO!!!
 
2002-03-26 04:08:26 PM
i got an honest to goodness snail mail like this sent to my office in Tokyo a few years back...we sent letters back and forth to them, pretending to be interested (as a joke)
 
2002-03-26 04:09:23 PM
Dubj: If you have not taken advantage of this yet, I would be really interested. Could you please include the contact information to Dr Yemi Musa? He sounds like a legitimate business man to me. Thanks.
 
2002-03-26 04:09:55 PM
Not everyone is a scam! They actually deposited $10.1 million last year into my college fund when I responded to their email and gave them my phone, email, swiss bank a/c, and social sec. number! So right now I can be in college for the next 670 years and not have to pay a dime!

On a different note, I got an email from my swiss bank saying that the $400 million that were in my account, are missing. I wonder who could it be? Must be one of those Russian script-kiddie-out-of-job-part-time-hackers!
 
2002-03-26 04:15:21 PM
Dubj: Sorry, I forgot to include the particulars:
Account Number: 2298456
Routing Number: 6439822
Phone Number : (404) 936-6745
Fax Number : (404) 936-6750

Again, thanks.
 
2002-03-26 04:19:30 PM
Michael_Knight: or anyone else who would like to take advantage of this great opportunity, just email the good doctor.

"DR YEMI MUSA"
 
2002-03-26 04:19:58 PM
I got something similar last week, only it was from Zimbabwe. The Nigerians need to raise hell -- the Zimbabwans are getting in on their act. The one I got said the guy's father had intended to send some money out of the country for safekeeping, only he got tortured and killed first. All I have to do is send them my bank account # and they'll deposit it. Yeah -- that sounds like a REAL good idea. It amazes me that there are people on this planet that would fall for this. Either that, or Nigerians think we're all a bunch of idiots.
 
2002-03-26 04:20:30 PM
if ($subject =~ m[nigeria]ig) {Delete($message)}
 
2002-03-26 04:21:19 PM
yemimusa1 @ email . com
 
2002-03-26 04:22:40 PM
AND!

It's really upstanding of the Nigerians to supply people with legitimate investment opportunities. But, who's gonna buy it? How do we know that the leads they supply us aren't just another scam? In reality, I'm sure it's totally on the up-and-up. But once burned, twice shy, ya know?
 
2002-03-26 04:37:37 PM
That Nigerian soccer player who scored a Goal in the World Cup and celebrated by getting on his hands and knees and crawling over to the goal post and lifting his leg to piss like a dog was pretty funny.
He did this in front of 70,000 people while playing against Bulgaria (I think)

So you see not all Nigerians are bad.
 
2002-03-26 05:13:50 PM
I work for a large company that has free e-mail accounts available on the web, and we get spam complaints about people using our services for these Nigerian scams all the time. I find it most amusing when I log in to the offending account, and find people responding with all sorts of personal banking information. The stupidity of the masses never ceases to amaze me.
 
2002-03-26 05:48:45 PM

The Nigerian gov't is tired of these scams, eh?

The 419 coalition website references this as being the 3rd to 5th largest industry in that country. Also interesting to read who they think the real scammers are...

Incidentally, here in warm sunny Canada the RCMP this month convicted two gentlemen of running one of these scams.

 
2002-03-26 05:51:51 PM
What do you call someone from Nigeria? And how is that different from someone from Niger?
 
2002-03-26 06:23:29 PM
Wow. The pieces are beginning to fall into place.

There's this annoying Asian guy who always comes into work and gets us to fax stuff off him. He always get stuff faxed to our number and picks it up. I remember looking at one of the faxes that came in for him and it involved 225 million dollars and Nigeria. AND it was in all caps just like one of the above posts. I used to think that this guy was pulling something shady but now I realize that he's totally being scammed. I would tell him but then he would know that I read his faxes (c'mon it was a slow day) plus he's a lazy, beligerant asshole so I hope he gets what's coming.
 
2002-03-26 06:32:24 PM
Oui, qu'est-ce qui se passe avec ces petits cons? On m'envoie chaque jour presqu'une centaine d'emails! NOM DE DIEU DE PUTAINS DE BORDEL DE MERDE!!!! LECHE MA RAIE DE CUL!!!!
 
2002-03-26 06:33:12 PM
JOHNDX: a Nigerian, you say so yourself...
 
2002-03-26 06:38:26 PM
ENFIN!!! Il y a un(e) fraincais(e)!! Comment va tu??? Ecrit-moi
 
2002-03-26 06:41:09 PM
-"What country is that over there, it just reeks of Capitalism!"
-"That's Nigeria, sir."
-"Okay, land the plane, Smithers."
-"You're flying, sir."
-"Excellent..."
 
2002-03-26 06:42:25 PM
Oui, je suis francais, mais comme tu es nouveau ici (j'ai lu l'un de tes "comments" hier) il te faut d'abord te rendre. Ensuite on peut se parler. Mais les francais ici se rendent avant de parler. C'est claire?

Je me rend
nicodemus
 
2002-03-26 07:04:49 PM
Wow, translation technology is way better than 3 years ago, I was able to roughly translate all the French spoken here and get the gist of it without a oiji(spelling?) board.
 
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