Barry Williams, Lord Magisterial Inquisitor Of The Holy Skeptical Empire (Incorporated), has submitted several more variants of the Nigerian Scam.
Archive for the 'Email Scams' Category
As Barry mentions in his email:
I despair for the continuing deterioration of literacy among barristers admitted to the bar in the UK.
I can understand Barry’s emotional distress, since the email asks you to believe that it has been sent by a barrister located in the UK, while simultaneously being pockmarked with a truly impressive variety of misspellings and grammatical errors.
Okay, so maybe I’m a little odd, but for some reason I can’t help thinking it’s going to be a good day when I discover that someone has forwarded a new variant of an urban legend or superstition or scam email to me.
So, oh yes, imagine my excitement when I discovered two new variants in my inbox this morning! 
|1.||I didn’t actually jump up and down and clap my hands, if that’s what you’re imagining, but I definitely did smile and also possibly did rub my hands together and say, “Aha! The game’s afoot!”, or something equally silly.|
This is to thank you for your effort.I understand that your hands were tied.Not to worry. I have succeeded,the money has been transfered into the account provided by a newly found friend of mine in Paraguay To compensate for your past assistance and commitments,i have dropped an International Certifie Bank Draft of $1.8million for you.
I am in Paraguay with my family presently.I do intend to establish some business concerns here,and possibly buy some properties.Now Contact my Secretary in Nigeria, Mr.Bala Adamu on his email email@example.com, phone: +234 80321 16185 Forward your mailing address to him,then ask him to send the cheque to you.
Take good care of your self
Regards, Bobby Will
(NB) Send him your full Names and Address,Tel & Fax Numbers to enable him despatch your cheque immediately
An email lands in your inbox promising immense riches, if only you will help someone in a distant country transfer some money that has been left forgotten in an account for years. It’s called the Nigerian Scam, and it has cost the gullible and unwary millions of dollars.
Join me in the ulblog forensic accountacy department as we learn more about this surprisingly successful con game.
I first wrote about the Nigerian Scam  back in July of 2001 on the ULRC site. It wasn’t by any means a new scam then, but the Internet was still rapidly expanding, and vast numbers of people were still making their way online for the first time, and were being exposed – at an alarming rate – to a scam the majority of them had never heard of before.
Almost six years later, and it appears that the Nigerian Scam is still going strong.
|1.||Also known as an Advanced Fees Fraud and the 419 Scam, after the relevant section in the Nigerian criminal code that covers fraud operations such as these.|