November 11th, 2007

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11:45 am - yes, they really do come from Nigeria... *still*
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2007 13:40:27 -0200 (BRST)
Subject: FOR YOUR ATTENTION(Inheritance Fund)
From: "Hugh gareth" <g[redacted]>
Reply-To: gareth_[redacted]

For Your Attention.

Sequel to your non response of our earlier letter to you on behalf of the
trustees and Executors to the Will of our late client. I wish to notify
you that we are listing you as a beneficiary to the total sum of 3.5M
pounds (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand pounds) in the codicil and
last testament of the deceased.Until his death he was a major share holder
in big companies which include textile and truction companies.

[snip] Even though he was a foreigner living and working here he requested
before his death that he be buried here in his words, "I regard here as My
home and the people as my people" [snip] we request that you kindly forward
any proof of identities of yours, your current telephone and fax numbers
and forwarding address to enable us file necessary documents at our high
court probate division for the release of this sum of money.

I await your reply soon.

Yours faithfully,

Hugh Gareth.

Ah, the classic Nigerian scam. Note the lack of mention of who "he" my deceased benefactor is, or where "here" that he wishes to be buried might be. But is it really from Nigeria? After all, unlike the Nigerian scams of old, there is no mention of anybody actually IN Nigeria... and the email address is Yahoo! in Germany... well, let's look at the headers.

Received: from unknown (HELO (
by with AES256-SHA encrypted SMTP; 11 Nov 2007 10:47:07 -0500
Received: from oficinas by with local (Exim 4.68)
(envelope-from <g[redacted]>)
id 1IrEvD-0006Le-OK; Sun, 11 Nov 2007 13:40:27 -0200
Received: from ([])
(SquirrelMail authenticated user iklovey2k@[redacted].info)
by with HTTP;
Sun, 11 Nov 2007 13:40:27 -0200 (BRST)

That IP address in boldface is the last one in the chain of mail: ie, if not the one that the user actually sitting in front of the computer had, then at the very least his last proxy before actually sending an email. So, where in the world is

address: Starcomms Nigeria Limited
address: Plot 1261, Bishop Kale Close, off Saka Tinubu
address: Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria

Yes... Nigeria. STILL. Sigh.

So why all the "redacteds", you ask? Why protect the privacy of, god forbid, a 419 scammer? Well, 'cause it's been years and years and YEARS since the last one I got. And it makes me kinda nostalgic. And even though it's so passe, makes me wanna indulge in a little... baiting.

Dear Sir:

I am confused. What was your client's name, and where did he live? Please respond soonest.

Yours in Christ,

Jimbo Jones

Most likely his german Yahoo! account will get shut down before he can get a reply anyway, but if I get any nibbles back I'll let you know.

Current Mood: amused
Current Music: Muse - Assassin

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From: (Anonymous)
Date: November 11th, 2007 - 07:49 pm

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: November 11th, 2007 - 08:58 pm
Yes, I know. One of many.

I doubt I'll invest enough time an effort into getting somebody to tattoo Cocksucker McFaggerson on himself or anything, but I'm bored enough to enjoy the idea of a little milder baiting.

Mostly unrelated side note: it turns out that "cocksucker" is in the dictionary Firefox uses for spellcheck. Even though "spellcheck" isn't. Nor, further experiment shows, is "clit". Interesting.

[User Picture] From: marys_second
Date: November 11th, 2007 - 10:08 pm
"Yours in Christ" was a very nice touch.

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: November 11th, 2007 - 10:50 pm
I thought it added that delightful element of "I am a complete sap, please fleece me now before someone else does".

[User Picture] From: clme
Date: November 11th, 2007 - 11:16 pm
Thats beautiful man.

As it so happens, every time I get an email signed "Yours in Christ" its either a friend/family member that would be easily fleeced or Tuck signing it for the irony.

[User Picture] From: teapotdome
Date: November 12th, 2007 - 03:12 am
I was about to suggest that you sign the next one with 'Allahu Akbar' to mess with his head, but that would probably just end up landing you on some sort of watchlist =/

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: November 12th, 2007 - 03:30 am
well, there's always as-Salaam Alaykum.

[User Picture] From: lauracroft
Date: November 12th, 2007 - 05:40 pm
stock in truction companies? That's the new big thing!

[User Picture] From: lindapendant
Date: November 12th, 2007 - 06:04 pm
I was thinking the same thing !

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