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- Subject: RE: Nigerian Scam
- From: "Structuralist" <dennis.wish(--nospam--at)gte.net>
- Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001 13:30:22 -0800
I started receiving the letters from Nigeria almost four years ago. They did not arrive via e-mail, but through the regular postal service. Each time, it was virtually the same - a thin business sized envelope with my name and address on the front, a return address in Nigeria and African postage. The letter was typed and even appeared to be typed on a manual typewriter (although it was probably reproduced off a mailing list and printer). Each was hand signed.
The letter recognized that I was an engineer and had been recommended (but not specifically by a person). The write went on to explain the scam - a small group of businessmen needed to prevent their government from getting their hands on the money that they had and they wished to find professionals in the US who would be willing to open an account in the states and offer them to move money through the account in exchange for a percentage of the money being moved.
I don't happen to be adventurous enough to be convinced that it is profitable to "launder money" for a foreign organization. I knew I had better chances sticking with Ed McMahon who at least shows me my million dollar check with my name on it:o)
What did unnerve me was the fact that it came through the postal service. I might have been less worried had I received it over the Internet because I have grown numb to that Spam. But the idea that they had not only my address but profession meant that they had access to mailing lists that circulate our profession. This could be anywhere - from magazine subscriptions to professional affiliations.
I read recently in one of the consumer magazines that the Nigerian Scam is not new, unique or rare, but in fact one of the most popular AND EFFECTIVE scams to date.
The best advice is simply to remove your name from the envelope and throw the letter away. Yes, give it to the post office or whomever you think might best deal with it. Personally, my shredder gets the first crack at those I receive (it has a lot of fun with Ed McMahon as well).
Dennis Wish, PE
From: Greg Smith [mailto:strusup(--nospam--at)gte.net]
Sent: Friday, January 19, 2001 6:32 AM
Subject: Re: Nigerian Scam
I didn't give any account numbers and the account that I referred to has nest to nothing in it (unless he wants to put the money there). I just got off the phone with the FBI and quote "they have taken care of the Nigerian problem."
The questions that I asked the guy in Nigeria was 1.Why me? and Where did you get my e-mail address? He said that the US Embassy there suggested me and gave him my e-mail address. I guess that he got my address off of the SEAINT listserver which is why I wrote in the first place. Engineers don't "cook up" well in a pot.
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