December 16th, 2010


Miscreants, Hoodlums, and Touts

I got a piece of e-mail tonight claiming to be from the Nigerian government in pursuit of Nigerian scammers. I suspect that it's actually a meta-scam seeking to identify people who have been gullible enough to be scammed once, get their bank account information on the pretext of "so that we can start taking the necessary procedural steps prior to bringing them to book and having your fund wired into your Bank account as nominated accordingly", and clean out the account of the gullible people.

But there's a certain poetic quality to the language:
The Economic & Financial Crimes Commission {EFCC}, through our intelligence Monitoring Network discovered that some group of unscrupulous elements are fraudulently using the federal government of Nigeria letter headed paper to miss-inform creditors like you causing a lot of problems and irregularities towards the release of your long overdue payment and because of all this fraudulent act this office has duly intervened on the release of your funds. We have been mapped out to verify and investigate properly on your fund by the current president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan.Based on our findings in this investigation department we wish to warn you against some Miscreants,Hoodlums and Touts who go about scamming innocent people by claiming to be who they are not and thereby tarnishing the image of this wonderful country, NIGERIA.