Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2007 13:40:27 -0200 (BRST)
Subject: FOR YOUR ATTENTION(Inheritance Fund)
From: "Hugh gareth" <g[redacted]@yahoo.de>
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.
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 rbr17.dizinc.com) (126.96.36.199)
by mail.tehinterweb.net with AES256-SHA encrypted SMTP; 11 Nov 2007 10:47:07 -0500
Received: from oficinas by rbr17.dizinc.com with local (Exim 4.68)
id 1IrEvD-0006Le-OK; Sun, 11 Nov 2007 13:40:27 -0200
Received: from 188.8.131.52 ([184.108.40.206])
(SquirrelMail authenticated user iklovey2k@[redacted].info)
by 220.127.116.11 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 18.104.22.168?
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.
I am confused. What was your client's name, and where did he live? Please respond soonest.
Yours in Christ,
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.