Err…

Well, this is new. I’ve never seen a Nigerian 419 scam that tries to entice you with a cup of coffee. For maximum enjoyment, I am posting the entire thing complete with e-mail address so that spam bots can… you know… do their thing.

From: mrsd smith <>
Subject: HELLO Jasper WE ARE SUCCESSFUL AT LAST

Dear Jasper,
On a very happy note and bearing in mind the staunch commitment that you had put into the quest to see that the fund was moved to you for claim as we had arranged but to no avail, I write to inform you that at last, the business had been a SUCCESS.
Since all our effort in conjunction with yours were met with various failures and disappointments after the other, there was an influential party from Britain that was approached on our behalf by a Finance & Management Supports Initiatives(a consulting firm); and with her (influential party) imputes, the Fund was paid out and I have collected my own share.
Presently, I am in Ecuador where, in partnership with a core investor in the Mining Sector of their economy, we are investing in the industry.But, I am not oblivious of the fact that you did your best in that context, although, it seem that element of doubt crept in. You were not to blame, as there were many circumstances that would reflect such scepticism to any reasonable being.
For your sincere but unfruitful sacrifices, I pressurized the influential woman to concede some amount as COMPENSATION to you, for the resource that you implunged even the time and inconveniences.
The sum of $1.500,000 USD was what she agreed to as your compensation value, and the sum was made in draft but, because of my appointment in Ecuador and too, I could not get through to you since your number at any time indicated “not in use”, I then handed it over to the Secretary of the Finance & Management Supports Initiatives, the consulting firm. His name is REVEREND ANTHONY EKU his email:
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The Secretary is very much informed by me about you and I instructed him to hand over the Draft you as soon as you contact him. I gave him the CODE 555, which you have to mention for identification.
Note that at times I will be in the site and the Internet does not work there. Only when I am in
the city.
Yours Sincerely,
MRS DORIS SMITH

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  1. Angelnorn says:

    Re: Err…

    IIRC, the meaning of the decimal and comma are swapped in Europe. So a bit more than a cup of coffee.

  2. Jasper says:

    Re: Err…

    I stand corrected. You’re right, since the sender is purporting to be Niger… erm… French, it would make sense that the number is formatted as in France (and wherever else they use it, which is apparently the everywhere but the English-speaking world), regardless of currency type.

    So, instead of a cup of coffee, it’s actually 1000 cups of coffee. I guess they’re hoping that, by reducing the bait amount, they reduce the amount of skepticism that meets e-mails telling one that he/she is actually the legitimate heir to a 3rd world country’s total assets which has somehow managed to surpass Bill Gates in net worth. I’m still not convinced that this would perform any better, though, since the scammers stand to make less money per mark, and any mark stupid enough to invest more than $1500 in assorted bribes to get $1500 is more than stupid enough to invest $100k to get $$50b.