Dec 28 2006

Never Lonely, Nigeria

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I am never lonely on email. One of my most ardent suitors are the many letter writers propositioning me with various “advance fee” frauds. These are the missives that begin with a story (“I have a large sum of money”) end with a plea of help (“the money can only be recovered with your assistance, for which you will receive a handsome benefit”). The letter writers tend to be fairly ignorant of politics and history, but one one such writer, making the rounds in the past few weeks, invokes the notorious Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha, who during the 1990s terrorized his country’s journalists, looted its oil money and generally drove the already low-standard of governance down to levels unimagined by even the most cynical Nigerians.
Abacha is dead, but he remains of use, improbably to the innovators in the field of advance-fee fraud. According to this letter, Abacha’s wife needs assistance. Show unexpected intimacy with a total stranger, she writes me for a second time:
Dear Beloved,
I need your sincere help and i want to put my trust in you.Due to the sudden death of my husband General Abacha the former head of state of Nigeria in June 1998, I have been thrown into a state of hopelessness by the present administration.I have lost confidence with anybody within my country. I got your contacts through personal research, and had to reach you through this medium. I will give you more details when you reply. Due to security network placed on my daily affairs I cant visit the embassy so that is why I have contacted you.My Husband deposited $12.6million dollars with a security firm abroad whose name is witheld for now till we communicate. I will be happy if you can receive this funds and keep it safe I assure you something “of this fund. I will need your telephone/mobile numbers so that i can forward it to my son Mustapha to enable him reach you and also discuss with you the modalities of the transaction and hence commence communication. Awaiting your response via my private email address. Yours truly, Hajia Mariam

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