We've all heard about so-called Nigeria scams, wherein a heretofore-unheard-of person from Africa writes us offering fabulous wealth and riches if only we'll first transfer a modest $15,000 to an overseas bank account as some sort of absurd "deposit," right?
Well, I got one of those notes today in my e-mail. I'm always so amused by these schemes.
This is to inform you that I came to Nigeria yesterday from London, after series of complains from the FBI and other Security agencies from Asia, Europe, Oceania, Antarctica, South America and the United States of America respectively, against the Federal Government of Nigeria and the British Government for the rate of scam activities going on in these two nations. Open the following link to view my United Nations profile: XXXX
Sincerely, you are a lucky person because I have just discovered that some top Nigerian and British Government Officials are interested in your fund and they are working in collaboration with One Mr. Richard Graves from USA to frustrate you and thereafter divert your fund into their personal account.
I have a very limited time to stay in Nigeria here so I would like you to urgently respond so that I can advise you on how best to confirm your fund in your account within the next 72 hours.
Ms. (Name Redacted)
Am I really supposed to believe that some official from the United Nations is writing me? What is this mysterious fund I am supposed to possess? Who is Richard Graves and why is he trying to frustrate me? You know it's bad when even Antarctica is complaining.
Color me perplexed -- and not scammed.