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Are people really so stupid?

Ever hear of the Nigerian scam? Or Nigerian 419? Perhaps you’ve received one of these in your email :

ATTN: BENEFICIARY/NEXT OF KIN
FIRST QUARTER PAYMENT NOTIFICATION ADVICE (2007)

In our response to instruction from the Federal Government of Nigeria to release and pay all foreign contract funds to their beneficiaries, I the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria on this day issued the release of your forty two million United States dollars ($42,000,000.00) contract payment by classified bank draft. This is because the Federal Government of Nigeria has directed that all foreign payments at this time that involve huge sums of money should be paid by classified bank draft as a measure to check terrorist account operation and to be able to monitor every payment. In line with this development, I have therefore signed your payment draft. A draft payment covering your ($42,000,000.00) contract sum has been raised in your favor to be drawn from Central Bank of Nigeria offshore account in America and Europe. As a matter of urgency, you are hereby advised to contact Dr. Mrs. Joy Oge of the International Remittance Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria for the mailing of your draft. Contact her via email: [E-mail address deleted in this article]

Frankly I cannot imagine anyone being so naive as to take emails like this seriously, even if you ever only received one. But not only do people respond to these emails, there are enough of them to turn this into a lucrative scam. Here is more information on this : TruthDig Report – Don’t touch that Mail!

On the bright side, there are a group of people working to not only foil these scammers, but to give them a taste of their own medicine : Ebola Monkey Man works to turn the tables on a scammer by playing them into revealing themselves so that the authorities can capture them. Some of these stories are hilarious!

In the end I have to admit that I have very little pity for people that fall victim to scams like this – its just so cheesy it honestly amazes me that people are taken in. I understand that some scams are pretty intricate and detailed, passing even close inspections and watchful eyes, but this … you really have to be a greedy moron to fall for something like this. As my dad often told me “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t”.

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January 26, 2007 - Posted by | Discussion, People, Scams

1 Comment »

  1. Hi,
    I found your blog via google by accident and have to admit that youve a really interesting blog 🙂
    Just saved your feed in my reader, have a nice day 🙂

    Comment by Florian | January 29, 2007 | Reply


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