April 23, 2003

Stop the Presses

If you're like most people, you've gotten at least one of those African Scam e-mails. They mostly read like this (I paraphrase):

Hi, I'm related to somebody who has been looting my small, underdeveloped nation and stashing the money abroad, and I want my share; if you'll just give me information about your bank account I'll funnel it through there and leave you a ridiculously large sum as a gratuity!

This roughly translates as:

Hi, if you're stupid enough to give me your account information, I'll take all your money!

Originally they all seemed to come from Nigeria, but they've evolved since then; now they come from all over Africa and other third-world locations. But today I got one with features I've never before seen: it's formatted neatly, with appropriate use of upper and lower case.

Somebody notify the New York Times.

Posted by Will Duquette at April 23, 2003 04:37 PM