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The 3rd Annual Nigerian EMail Conference 238

Jacek Fedorynski writes "I present to you an urgent and confidential request: I request your attendance at The 3rd Annual Nigerian EMail Conference. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your distinguished colleagues, learn new marketing techniques, and spend your hard-earned money. Attending this conference demands the highest trust, security and confidentiality between us."
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The 3rd Annual Nigerian EMail Conference

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  • George W (Score:5, Interesting)

    by lordgert ( 561795 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:24AM (#6089647) Homepage
    I wonder if George W Bush plans on attending [about.com]?
  • Nigeria (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    A Nigerian diplomat was shot and killed once by someone who fell for the "Nigerian scam." It was very tragic, as the country had nothing to do with it.
    • I call bullshit (Score:3, Interesting)

      by macdaddy ( 38372 )
      That's bullshit. The Nigerian government IS part of the 419 scams. They always have been. There are numerous and confirmed accounts of people going to Nigeria to meet with the supposed Dr. Whatever or whatever title he claimed and being given tours of Nigerian Government buildings by people in the government. Saying that the Nigerian government isn't part of the scam is absolute bullshit. It's like saying that George W's administration didn't have a hand in bailing out Worldcom and lessoning the impact
  • by Indio_do_Xingu ( 675644 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:26AM (#6089661) Homepage
    "I present to you an urgent and confidential request" Confidential here in Slashdot?
    • Ok, for those who actually believe this was a serious request, if you actually scroll down the page, you'll see the following:

      "OK. The joke's over. Nothing more to see here."

      :)
    • Ssshhhh! It'll be our little secret..

    • "I present to you an urgent and confidential request" Confidential here in Slashdot?

      And I thought it was funny when those emails said something like "I am contacting you in this secure fashion". Pretty funny when it's email.
  • by JustKidding ( 591117 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:26AM (#6089663)
    also available:

    * Nigerian scams reloaded
    * Free viagra
    * Penis or breast enlargements (1 per person)

  • by PseudoThink ( 576121 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:28AM (#6089672)
    ...then I have a 25 million dollar wire transfer I need your help to complete!

    Funny site, for sure.
  • by Pig Hogger ( 10379 ) <pig.hogger@gm[ ].com ['ail' in gap]> on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:29AM (#6089674) Journal
    We humbly request your extraordinary assistance.
    I am the widow of Makeu Safeglouglou, who was minister of useless things. My husband was killed as he was about to mount a lap dancer in a Ouagadougou stripper bar.

    Help us transfer several billion sperm celles frozen in a sperm bank account!

  • when spam gets submitted to slashdot as a story.
  • really? (Score:5, Funny)

    by thanjee ( 263266 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:29AM (#6089679) Journal
    I thought the Nigerians were very good at writing email. I am constantly getting email from them asking me to send my bank details so they can deposit large sums of money. They are always very polite.
    • Re:really? (Score:5, Funny)

      by stinky wizzleteats ( 552063 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @11:01AM (#6089846) Homepage Journal

      Nigerian scammers are fun. I had one convinced that I had to go to Mos Eisley (a local town named after a Confederate general) to sell my speeder (a small vehicle used for farming) to raise the funds for the transaction. (We don't have a bank account. My father, Anakin, lived through the Depression and doesn't trust banks).

      I told him that I was laughed out of the Western Union office for trying to wire money to "Bank Attorney" (he gave me no address or other info), and that I had to spend some of the money buying a ride home from a couple of greasy dudes driving around in a 1976 Millenium Falcon pickup truck. He sent me his name and address. I told him that the Western Union ticket couldn't be changed and that I needed him to send me $3 so that I could redeem the ticket and send him the full sum. I gave him a few weeks to see if he would actually wire me $3, but when he didn't, I gave his name to the FBI, state department, and Nigerian authorities.

      • OT: Re:really? (Score:2, Insightful)

        by spRed ( 28066 )
        [Off Topic sig post]

        Capitalism != (innovation|democracy|freedom)

        You should change it to
        Capitalism != Innovation != Democracy != Freedom

        The way it is written implies it is against all those things instead of just an independent aspect of a society. I too get pissy when people say "democracy" but mean "everything we have." Democracy is just a good guard against change, which is why the first act of many democracies is to elect a dictator (think Africa) - a dictator is exactly what they had before.
      • Re:really? (Score:3, Interesting)

        "I had one convinced that I had to go to Mos Eisley (a local town named after a Confederate general) to sell my speeder (a small vehicle used for farming) to raise the funds for the transaction. (We don't have a bank account. My father, Anakin, lived through the Depression and doesn't trust banks)."

        You can find tonnes of stories like this on The Lads of Lagos [scamorama.com] site. There's even one from me. Some highlights include:

        THE LADS FROM BAGHDAD [scamorama.com] - Saddam Hussein & Chemical Ali need your help?

        WE WANTS IT [scamorama.com]

        • THE DUMBEST CRIMINAL ON THE PLANET - Kindly Contributor in Philippines GETS $3 from a Lad

          You know, as much as this might get a chuckle out of just about anyone (hell, myself included), I have to say this:

          The last thing I would ever do is turn somebody in to the FSCKING GHANA POLICE! [amnesty.org]

          Hell, email scams piss me off just as much as anybody, but that's a fate that I wouldn't wish on just about anyone (except for maybe the Ghana police themselves).

          Dominion
  • What? (Score:5, Funny)

    by vistic ( 556838 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:30AM (#6089682)
    I have colleages?

    In Nigeria of all places... hmmmm.

    I never knew.
  • by Mattygfunk1 ( 596840 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:30AM (#6089684)
    ... and I can't recommend them highly enough. Not only were the speakers informative, but the opportunities to network were sensational.

    I will insist that my boss sends me again this year, and I'm sure I will report that it was once again a must-attend event.

    __
    cheap web hosting [cheap-web-...ing.com.au] Dragon life-like action figures [mibglobal.com.au]

  • by treuf ( 99331 )
    Eh, we are now June 1st, not April 1st.

    After dupe posts I'm wondering if there is no comspiracy to bring Slashdot reputation down !
  • by Baumi ( 148744 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:31AM (#6089689) Homepage
    You know a scammer needs some training when he get fooled into sending real gold to his "victim" [scamorama.com]. :-)
    • he get fooled into sending real gold to his "victim". :

      That was certainly an amusing read. But you believe it? He somehow received gold sent to him? But he clearly pointed out in the series of e-mail exchanges that he was careful not to give the scammer an actual address, even when the scammer wanted to send him the fake documents via DHL.

      Time to use the "travelling out of the office" gambit to avoid sending an address. .......2) I'm travelling between offices this week so finding an office to DHL to fo

  • I just got this one yesterday!

    FROM THE DESK OF:MR.UMAR MOHAMMED
    REPLY TO : umohammed@postmaster.co.uk

    Good day,

    I am MR UMAR MOHAMMED, head of the accounts/operations dept. of one of the leading merchant banks in Nigeria..I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.

    On December 8, 1998, an American Oil consultant/contractor with the
    Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mrs.Ann Barbara Myers made a
    numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at
    US$25,000,000.00(T
  • by McAddress ( 673660 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:32AM (#6089696)
    b/c I am checking out "Free Hot Teen Girls Who Want To Sleep With You"
  • World Economics (Score:3, Interesting)

    by secolactico ( 519805 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:33AM (#6089698) Journal
    From the article:

    A round table discussion: Is email now Nigeria's top export?


    I couldn't imagine a better way to start my sunday! What a hearty laugh!

    In all seriousness, does anyone know of any action taken by a real nigerian to protest/combat this kind of scams? Myself, I'd be pretty pissed to see my country's reputation dragged on the mud by oportunistic creeps.
  • Cool Spoof (Score:5, Interesting)

    by SkArcher ( 676201 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:33AM (#6089704) Journal
    Some of the other links from the blog page are even funnier, especially the one about M$ spam

    And the one about the periodic table of elements... some people are just odd.
    • This COULD be a legitimate way of making spam obsolete. Turn it into humour, so that no one believes it, not in the fact that products don't work, but people won't believe the offer is real. Hrm....
  • hehehe (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    #!/usr/bin/perl
    $wget = "/usr/bin/wget";
    $spammer_url = "http://j-walk.com/blog/docs/conference.htm";
    whi le(){
    $do = `$wget $spammer_url`;

    }
  • by zazas_mmmm ( 585262 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:37AM (#6089738)
    Hello Taco, MY NAME IS William Gates and I have been having some problems with the AMERICAN GOVERNMENT and a nasty company called AOL TIME WARNER who think they are going to get a LARGE SUM OF MONEY from me.

    BECASUE OF GOVERNMENT SCRUTINY I NEED YOUR HELP IN TRANSFERING THE SUM OF 750,000,000 TO A SWISS BANK ACCOUNT.

    FOR YOUR HELP, I WILL STOP FUNDING SCO'S ATTACK ON LINUX.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN THIS MATTER
    WILLIAM GATES
  • by GQuon ( 643387 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:41AM (#6089754) Journal
    All attendees should be aware that the contact address is wrong. The address on the page is the place where the conference will take place.

    For registration, please send the registration fee and your address here:

    Fede Raltra
    Decom Mission
    CRC-240
    600 Penn Syl Vania Ave, NW
    Wa Shing Ton, D.C. 20580
    Nigeria

    Sincerely yours
    Fede Raltra
  • Slashjoke? (Score:4, Funny)

    by dolbywan_kenobi ( 168484 ) <trubblman AT yahoo DOT com> on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:47AM (#6089780)
    Since Slashdot is now running tongue-in-cheek stories, for your entertainment here's one: http://www.blackpeopleloveus.com/
  • by Multics ( 45254 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:51AM (#6089799) Journal
    For you Hilton [hilton.com] HHonors [hiltonhhonors.com] members, there is also a Hilton not too far away:

    Hilton Abuja [metrotravelguide.com]

    From their site:

    Creditcard confirmation required

    ;-)

    -- Multics

    • by Lachrymite ( 115440 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @11:52AM (#6090043)
      As someone who has been living in Abuja, Nigeria for the past two months, I would like to say, watching people pay for their rooms at the Hilton can be pretty hilarious.

      You get a better exchange rate on the currency black market, so most people transfer their cash there. The problem is you're bound to whatever bills they have. It costs like N20,000 per night to stay at the Hilton, and when a friend of mine was staying for a week, the biggest bill he got from the black market was N50, with a lot of N10 and N5. He had to have people truck in his money in wheelbarrows, and it took them 45 minutes using money counting machines to count it all.
  • the comma (Score:4, Insightful)

    by CySurflex ( 564206 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:52AM (#6089804)
    What I want to know is - in this sentence:

    "The hotel was very, very upscale. The running water was a nice touch! - Dr, Collins Mdadiwe

    is the comma after "Dr"

    • an actual authentic touch on the part of the guy that made this web page who found out after some research that they indeed use a comma in this manner in Nigeria
    • a typo on his part
    • part of the joke on the typos prevalent in these kinds of e-mails
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 01, 2003 @10:57AM (#6089827)
    IMMEDIATE ATTENTION NEEDED :
    HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL

    FROM: GEORGE WALKER BUSH
    DEAR SIR/MADAM,

    I AM GEORGE WALKER BUSH, SON OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH, AND CURRENTLY SERVING AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS LETTER MIGHT SURPRISE YOU BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT MET NEITHER IN PERSON NOR BY CORRESPONDENCE. I CAME TO KNOW OF YOU IN MY SEARCH FOR A RELIABLE AND REPUTABLE PERSON TO HANDLE A VERY CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS TRANSACTION, WHICH INVOLVES THE TRANSFER OF A HUGE SUM OF MONEY TO AN ACCOUNT REQUIRING MAXIMUM CONFIDENCE.

    I AM WRITING YOU IN ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE PRIMARILY TO SEEK YOUR ASSISTANCE IN ACQUIRING OIL FUNDS THAT ARE PRESENTLY TRAPPED IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ. MY PARTNERS AND I SOLICIT YOUR ASSISTANCE IN COMPLETING A TRANSACTION BEGUN BY MY FATHER, WHO HAS LONG BEEN ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN THE EXTRACTION OF PETROLEUM IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND BRAVELY SERVED HIS COUNTRY AS DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED STATES CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.

    IN THE DECADE OF THE NINETEEN-EIGHTIES, MY FATHER, THEN VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, SOUGHT TO WORK WITH THE GOOD OFFICES OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ TO REGAIN LOST OIL REVENUE SOURCES IN THE NEIGHBORING ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN. THIS UNSUCCESSFUL VENTURE WAS SOON FOLLOWED BY A FALLING OUT WITH HIS IRAQI PARTNER, WHO SOUGHT TO ACQUIRE ADDITIONAL OIL REVENUE SOURCES IN THE NEIGHBORING EMIRATE OF KUWAIT, A WHOLLY-OWNED U.S.-BRITISH SUBSIDIARY.

    MY FATHER RE-SECURED THE PETROLEUM ASSETS OF KUWAIT IN 1991 AT A COST OF SIXTY-ONE BILLION U.S. DOLLARS ($61,000,000,000). OUT OF THAT COST, THIRTY-SIX BILLION DOLLARS ($36,000,000,000) WERE SUPPLIED BY HIS PARTNERS IN THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA AND OTHER PERSIAN GULF MONARCHIES, AND SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS ($16,000,000,000) BY GERMAN AND JAPANESE PARTNERS. BUT MY FATHER'S FORMER IRAQI BUSINESS PARTNER REMAINED IN CONTROL OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ AND ITS PETROLEUM RESERVES.

    MY FAMILY IS CALLING FOR YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE IN FUNDING THE REMOVAL OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ AND ACQUIRING THE PETROLEUM ASSETS OF HIS COUNTRY, AS COMPENSATION FOR THE COSTS OF REMOVING HIM FROM POWER. UNFORTUNATELY, OUR PARTNERS FROM 1991 ARE NOT WILLING TO SHOULDER THE BURDEN OF THIS NEW VENTURE, WHICH IN ITS UPCOMING PHASE MAY COST THE SUM OF 100 BILLION TO 200 BILLION DOLLARS ($100,000,000,000 - $200,000,000,000), BOTH IN THE INITIAL ACQUISITION AND IN LONG-TERM MANAGEMENT.

    WITHOUT THE FUNDS FROM OUR 1991 PARTNERS, WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ACQUIRE THE OIL REVENUE TRAPPED WITHIN IRAQ. THAT IS WHY MY FAMILY AND OUR COLLEAGUES ARE URGENTLY SEEKING YOUR GRACIOUS ASSISTANCE. OUR DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUES IN THIS BUSINESS TRANSACTION INCLUDE THE SITTING VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, RICHARD CHENEY, WHO IS AN ORIGINAL PARTNER IN THE IRAQ VENTURE AND FORMER HEAD OF THE HALLIBURTON OIL COMPANY, AND CONDOLEEZA RICE, WHOSE PROFESSIONAL DEDICATION TO THE VENTURE WAS DEMONSTRATED IN THE NAMING OF A CHEVRON OIL TANKER AFTER HER.

    I WOULD BESEECH YOU TO TRANSFER A SUM EQUALING TEN TO TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT (10-25 %) OF YOUR YEARLY INCOME TO OUR ACCOUNT TO AID IN THIS IMPORTANT VENTURE. THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL FUNCTION AS OUR TRUSTED INTERMEDIARY. I PROPOSE THAT YOU MAKE THIS TRANSFER BEFORE THE FIFTEENTH (15TH) OF THE MONTH OF APRIL.

    I KNOW THAT A TRANSACTION OF THIS MAGNITUDE WOULD MAKE ANYONE APPREHENSIVE AND WORRIED. BUT I AM ASSURING YOU THAT ALL WILL BE WELL AT THE END OF THE DAY. A BOLD STEP TAKEN SHALL NOT BE REGRETTED, I ASSURE YOU. PLEASE DO BE INFORMED THAT THIS BUSINESS TRANSACTION IS 100% LEGAL. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO CO-OPERATE IN THIS TRANSACTION, PLEASE CONTACT OUR INTERMEDIARY REPRESENTATIVES TO FURTHER DISCUSS THE MATTER.

    I PRAY THAT YOU UNDERSTAND OUR PLIGHT. MY FAMILY AND OUR COLLEAGUES WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL. PLEASE REPLY IN STRICT CONFIDENCE TO THE CONTACT NUMBERS BELOW.

    SINCERELY WITH WARM REGARDS,

    GEORGE WALKER
    • Reminds Me. (Score:5, Funny)

      by The Cydonian ( 603441 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @11:44AM (#6090005) Homepage Journal

      We were arranging an essay competition once in my university. Because I was the chief editor (or some crappy designation) of a student club, I was supposed to come up with an email advert, which, after getting approved by the student club president, would have gotten mass-mailed to everyone in the faculty. Needless to say, I was pissed off with the arrangement; surely, there were better ways of spending a Sunday night. More to the point, writing emails wasn't fun.

      So, as an effort at having some fun, while at the same time, creatively getting the message across, I took the George W Bush spam and modified it for university use:-

      DEAR SIR / MADAM,
      I AM MABABWE POBERABE, SON OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF ANCREDIA, JOHN HERPES POBERABE, AND CURRENTLY SERVING AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED BANK OF ANCREDIA. THIS LETTER MIGHT SURPRISE YOU BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT MET NEITHER IN PERSON NOR BY CORRESPONDENCE. I CAME TO KNOW OF YOU IN MY SEARCH FOR A RELIABLE AND REPUTABLE PERSON TO HANDLE A VERY CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS TRANSACTION, WHICH INVOLVES THE TRANSFER OF A HUGE SUM OF MONEY TO AN ACCOUNT REQUIRING MAXIMUM CONFIDENCE.

      I AM WRITING YOU IN ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE PRIMARILY TO SEEK YOUR ASSISTANCE IN ACQUIRING CERTAIN DOCUMENTS RELATED TO FOUR SUBJECTS. MY PARTNERS AND I SOLICIT YOUR ASSISTANCE IN COMPLETING A TRANSACTION BEGUN BY MY FATHER, WHO HAS LONG BEEN ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN THE WILFUL CREATION OF TEXTS OF A HIGH QUALITY. IN THE DECADE OF THE NINETEEN-NINETIES, MY FATHER, THEN VICE-PRESIDENT OF ANCREDIA, SOUGHT TO WORK AND WRITE ON HIS GREAT ANCREDIAN NOVEL, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, OWING TO POLITICAL CONDITIONS THEN, HAD TO DEPOSE HIS RULER AND HAS BEEN BUSY EVER SINCE.

      MY FAMILY IS CALLING FOR YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE IN OBTAINING THE SAID PAPERS FOR YOUR ESTEEMED WRITING PLEASURE. INSPITE OF ALL THIS, WE HAVE RESOLVED TO PRESENT YOU WITH A SUM OF HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100) FOR YOUR EFFORT IF WE UNANIMOUSLY AGREE THAT YOURS IS THE BEST WRITING WE RECEIVE. THE NATURE OF YOUR GPA IS NOT RELEVANT TO THE SUCCESSFUL EXECUTION OF THIS TRANSACTION WHAT WE REQUIRE IS YOUR TOTAL CO-OPERATION AND COMMITMENT TO ENSURE 100% RISK-FREE TRANSACTION

      I WOULD BESEECH YOU TO TRANSFER A PAPER EQUALING FIFTEEN HUNDRED TO TWO THOUSAND WORDS TO OUR WEBSITE ACCOUNT (<insert website address here>) TO AID IN THIS IMPORTANT VENTURE. THE CLUB OF <insert club name> OF <university> WILL FUNCTION AS OUR TRUSTED INTERMEDIARY. I PROPOSE THAT YOU MAKE THIS TRANSFER BEFORE MIDNIGHT OF THE NIGHT OF THE EIGHTH (8TH) OF THE MONTH OF MARCH.

      I KNOW THAT A TRANSACTION OF THIS MAGNITUDE WOULD MAKE ANYONE APPREHENSIVE AND WORRIED. BUT I AM ASSURING YOU THAT ALL WILL BE WELL AT THE END OF THE DAY. A BOLD STEP TAKEN SHALL NOT BE REGRETTED, I ASSURE YOU. PLEASE DO BE INFORMED THAT THIS BUSINESS TRANSACTION IS 100% LEGAL. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO CO-OPERATE IN THIS TRANSACTION, PLEASE CONTACT OUR INTERMEDIARY REPRESENTATIVES TO FURTHER DISCUSS THE MATTER.

      PLEASE REPLY IN STRICT CONFIDENCE TO THE WEBSITE ACCOUNT.

      SINCERELY WITH WARM REGARDS,
      MABABE POBERABE

      --
      Note:-
      1) The rules and conditions set in the website are final and binding.
      2) While the actual text is inspired by scam spam floating on the web, this in itself is a regular, legal, essay competition. Please check the website for more details.

      Surprisingly enough, I had to mail my prez thrice to get this through; seems the first two times, he mistook it for an actual Nigerian scam. Poetic success I guess.

      No, we didn't mass-mail this version.

  • 1) Learn how to type

    2) Learn how to connect

    3) Learn how to enlrage pennis

    4) Learn how to enlarge breasts

    5) Learn how to make ppl send you money willingly

    6)Last but not least, learn how to make viagra..

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 01, 2003 @11:24AM (#6089927)
    No discussion of the nigerian fee scam is complete without a link to the single funniest thing I've read from Slashdot: a guy who went to a lot of trouble to scam the scammers [haxial.com]. Trust me, you'll like it.

    • Telecommunications:
    • Soliciting via cell phone text messaging: Can it work?

    This one actually scared me. Imagine starting to receieve these scams on your mobile phone... That would very quickly render text-messages useless.
    • Well, an SMS is probably too short (only 160 characters) to explain your scheme/scam in detail, so that might not be very useful.

      But there have been reports of normal phone calls where money transfer offers have been made. See for example this newsgroup thread [google.us].

  • At the bottom of the page it says :

    OK. The joke's over. Nothing more to see here.

    The J-Walk Blog
    More Humor


    That must have been a real skim read by CmdrTaco!

  • If thousands of recipients of such scams wrote back to the senders and engaged them in long, drawn out conversations, they would be so swamped with email that they would have to give up eventually. So everyone, hit reply every time you get a Nigerian/Angolan/Whatever scam letter that has a real return address. Their business depends on suckers replying to them, so GIVE THEM WHAT THEY ASK FOR!

    Here's [terrytraub.org] an example of such a conversation I had! It's actually kind of fun to see how long you can string them a
  • This guy pretends to be Randolph Carter [geocities.com] from the writings of H.P. Loveraft. You know, the guy who created that great literary monster, Cthulhu.

    It's quite a funny read. :-)
  • Har Dee Har Har (Score:3, Insightful)

    by CmdrSanity ( 531251 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @12:30PM (#6090202) Homepage
    Wow, that was funny. Nothing helps me get my jollies better than reading repetative email related humor, cleverly interpsersed with blatant racial stereotypes.

    Of course, any reasonable person would spot this web site for what it is -- hateful -- and respond with well-deserved scorn. However, since I am typical Slashdot reader, I am so intellegent and above-the-fold that these lowly issues do not touch me. I am beyond the hard black and white of issues, able to see through to the underlying grey as Neo sees through to the underlying truth of the Matrix. And though I am an unparalleled genius, I'd rather not waste a nanosecond of my valuable time to think about what I am reading. No! Such consideratioins flit through my massive brain without impression, inconsequential as gnats swarming an elephant. After all, the site is Just. A. Joke. And as all enlightening minds know, the guise of humor makes any topic acceptable.

    Even racism.

    Ha Ha Haaaaa!

    • I had posted earlier without reading the link, but yes, after reading about crap such as eating cricket for lunch, I must agree with you. The webpage is, indeed, disgusting racist humour. We may hate spam, but there's no need to vilify whole nations or ethnicities in the process.

      Moderators, please mod me down for not getting it.


  • Breakfast Kickoff Session
    Your choice: A hard boiled egg, or two slices of white bread and a cricket


    It's hard to find people who know how to make good cricket sandwiches anymore.
  • by AndroidCat ( 229562 ) on Sunday June 01, 2003 @12:53PM (#6090335) Homepage
    This site [flooble.com] makes it fun and easy to generate letters for your ligimite biziness proposals.
  • First I thought this was I joke but then I saw it was posted by CmdrTaco.

    Now I'm not so sure...

  • Telecommunications: Soliciting via cell phone text messaging: Can it work?

    Having just recently acquired a wireless phone, this is something I'll be looking for...

  • The other day I got an "e-mail" from Slobodan Milosovich's wife but with the same style wording as the Nigerian e-mails. She was saying that she needed access to her husband's money which was locked in an account.

    Ok all things considered, would you really feel right with his money considering the things he did?
  • I'm totally in favor of this scam. I think it's a litmus test for greedy idiots. Anyone foolish enough to fall for this scam, or order the $153 Leptoprin weight loss pills, the $9.95 commemorative colored US quarter, or any other overhyped useless product deserves to be ripped off.

    The only missing part is to wait a few months, then put these scrupulous marketers in the same room with the people they ripped off, lock the door, and move on to a better, more productive society.
  • Dear friend, You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do not know me personally, although I am sure you know me by reputation. I am William Gates, "Bill" to many, and as you know, a recent refugee from the company Mi*ft. I got your contact through network online hence decided to write you. Before my flight from the United States to Swaziland I had accumulated tens of billions of dollars which I secreted in several private security companies, foreseeing the looming dangers and my own

  • Breakfast Kickoff Session:
    Your choice: A hard boiled egg, or two slices of white bread and a cricket.

    What kind of a meal is that? If I am going to pay almost a thousand dollars to go to this conference, I expect at least three slices of bread with my cricket!
  • got one of these guys to believe my name was Hugh G. Reckshun, as can be seen in this lovely "legal document" [axisproductions.com] he prepared for me.

    Thanks Mr. Savimbi!

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