Tuesday, September 25, 2018

From Nigeria with Love

If you have an email account, you've received them. It's almost as if they are a part of the package. I'm talking about those wacky Nigerian scam emails.

Well I decided to hone my humor writing skills a while back by replying to one pesky Nigerian email that caught my attention. I recommend that you do not try this at home, as I'm a professional (and dumb as cement really).


Email #1 from Nigeria with love (shortened):

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract file presently on my desk, and I found out that you have not received your payment due to your lack of co-operation and not fulfilling the obligations giving to you in respect to your contract payment. Secondly, you are hereby advised to stop dealing with some non-officials in the bank as this is an illegal act and will have to stop if you so wish to receive your payment After the Board of directors' meeting held, we have resolved in finding a solution to your problem.

We have arranged your payment through our ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTRE in Europe, America, and Asia Pacific, This is part of an instruction/mandate passed by the Senate in respect to overseas contract payment and debt re-scheduling.

[Comment: You get the drift. Mr. Martins goes on to tell me that I will have millions of dollars that I can take out (I guess $200 at a time) with an ATM Card if I simply supply some information so they can charge me with an initial processing fee. I am also warned not to talk to strangers, and my arrest is certain if I don’t proceed as ordered.]

Response #1 from yours truly (full text, if that’s what you call it):

Dear Edward Martins,

It is with great regards that I offer this email. This matter has been of nuisance and hair loss since it first came to my attention and I was in contact with sinister men unlike yourself. Thank you for your patience with me and setting my mind straight ahead. I regard your kind explanation as my solution finally, and for that God should grace you. Before I should provide the information you seek, first a few questions as you can understand, my fine gentleman, this is of serious business matters in the up most and so much time has been diminished to this date already.

First my full name is Sir Ribald Howard Cranelegs. That is not a question though. You may address me as Sir Cranelegs as I was nighted by the British Parliament in 1993 for my work with Mother Theresa in Nigeria. Perhaps it is of my records that you have pertained to.

Second mostly, as you might not be aware of today and all yesterdays, I am an agent of the USA Bureau Of Secret Outside Matters (a.k.a. BOSOM) and must be careful about revealing my whereabouts, as there are many less honorable men, unlike usses, who would like nothing more than to chop me up into pieces to feed their pet hamsters fully. They are very seedy characters I shall tell you. I hope you can understand my following question now. Can we do this transaction to resolve our mutual desire without providing address information?

Thirdly, as another matter of discourse, I can not communicate by phone either as I am certain to be monitored by my own agency to make sure I’m not a double agent, which I assure you I abhorrent.

Fourthly entirely, although you and I know otherwise, let us agree that my occupation is a fish market manager, as no one will suspect that I, Sir Cranelegs of the USA BOSOM, would have such a job.

Again good sir I hope you understand.

I look forward to your fastest reply as I may be going under the covers in the near days coming soon and thus be unable to communicate fully.


Sir Ribald Howard Cranelegs
(agent 14-2A, USA BOSOM)

Email #2 from Nigeria with Love (in full):

Swift Atm Card (S.A.C)
Dartford Kent DA1 2DE
London, UK.

Dear.Sir Ribald Howard Cranelegs,

We are writing to confirm the receipt of your mail and also to apologize for the slight delay in processing your ATM CARD since you wrote to us.

Your information had been received and confirmed with your State Registry, where it was confirmed intact with your public record. Hence, you are advised to be patient to read back from us for the final processing of your ATM CARD which will not take us about 6 hours to get it finalized and ready for delivery.

As we further with the final processing of your ATM CARD, please be advised to scan and send to us a copy of either your Driver's License or International Passport, as courtesy and our regulations demands that we have it attached to your file case before delivery of your CARD.

We shall then be giving you a call upon the final processing of your ATM CARD.

Thank you.

Mr. Edward Martins.
Managing Coordinator.
Swift Atm Card (S.A.C)

[This e-mail is intended for the address shown. It contains information that is confidential and protected from disclosure. Any review, dissemination or use of this transmission or its contents by persons or unauthorized employees of the intended organizations is strictly prohibited.]

Response #2 from yours truly (in full):

Dear Edward Martins sir,

If I did not know but for the betterment, it appears your response is one of automation and not handmation. I say this with all sincerity for if you had read my original responsiveness you would have concluded that I will not be able to send you a copy of my license or passport, as I am under the covers now as an agent for USA Bureau of Secret Outside Matters (USA BOSOM). While I am anxious to clear up this matter for once and for all the time, I need to know that I am dealing with honorable partners and not some scamacious individuals with hungry hamsters.

Would it be possible for you to fax me your business card first. If so, I will send you my fax number for your desired contribution. If not, we will need not to agree that we disagree with agreements.

It is with regrets of advice that I must call upon you to further this. I look forward to mutual respection and getting this taken care of fast, yet in a rapid way.

Quite concerned but ever graciousness,

Sir Ribald Howard Cranelegs
(Special Agent 14-2B USA BOSOM)

[Note: Well, it’s been two months and I have not heard back from Mr. Martins. He may be on to my little charade. I think it was “handmation” that did me in. It was a little strong, even for a professional like me.]

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By cranelegs on February 16, 2010 at 03:37 pm

Melody, you wascal, figuring that out. Now, I will need your expiration date in addition to the security code on the back of your card.

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By Theresa H Hall on February 17, 2010 at 12:07 am

I must admit that about three years ago I received one of these from the UK and I thought it could be real. I replied but omitted my personal information. Much like you found they immediately contacted me again and fished for more ATM data.

Eventually I must have frightened them away but it didn't stop with that request to fill my coffers. I have since received no less than fifty such emails. I click SPAM.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on February 18, 2010 at 03:36 am

You did it the way of itself; good insight.

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