For a nation that has a per capita income of $2,300, there sure do seem to be a lot of folks in Nigeria who are trying to give away money. Yet another wrote to me yesterday:
From: Henry Joseph <email@example.com>
Subject: Dear Friend
Date: Apr 12, 2009 12:36 PM
Henry Joseph Chamber
923 Fihley Road Apapa Lagos
I am Henry Joseph, An attorney at law. I want you to pardon me for sending this email to your private e-mail address. A deceased client of mine, that shares the same last name as yours, who here in after shall be referred to as my client, died as the result of a heart-related condition on March 12Th 2005. His heart condition was due to the death of all members of his family in the tsunami disaster on the 26Th December 2004 in Sumatra Indonesia.
The bank where my late Client has an amount worth ($16M).Eighteen Million United States Dollars has issued a notice to provide next of kin to inherit the fund or have the account confiscated before the end of the first quarter of the year 2009.For this reason I have no any option than to contact you to partner with me to enable the bank to transfer the inheritance to you as directed.I want you to take this letter very serious so that we can both team up to receive the $16m from the bank.
For more information please contact me with below address. I will then provide full details of the inheritance to you. Please there is no risk involved. I can be reached with below address for more updates ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Include below information so that I can submit my Application in your name to the bank to commence the transfer in your name.
Full name and address
Your contact telephone/Fax
Henry Joseph Barr.
I have no idea what he thinks my last name is. 359? Of course, he left that up to my imagination, didn't he? But Henry said there was no risk involved, so what could be the problem?
Wait, I wasn't on the To: list, was I? No one was. Maybe I'm just supposed to this along ...
As always, I've changed the e-mail addresses to protect the innocent. It's almost certain that no one uses his real name in these letters. So if you meet someone named Henry Joseph Barr, please don't ask him where my money is. If he volunteers the information though, please let me know.