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Respectfully Dear Sir

2005-10-20 20:25:16.443215+00 by petronius 3 comments

This interesting story from the LA Times gives the Lagos side of the ever-present 419 scam letters from Nigeria, with their Edwardian verbiage and Machiavellian scheming. That $500 you might lose goes a long way in the slums of the Bight of Benin.

It reminds me of a memorable line from the old crime-show Cagney and Lacey. The head of the Bunco Squad is lecturing the cops on the venerable Pigeon Drop Swindle. Just as he's getting to the part where the victim is induced to put up cash as a bond to allegedly later acquire the found money, one detective says that she never understood this part, why anybody would make the conceptual leap from keeping the money to giveing away more. The Bunco man looks at her with a mournful face and says, "Nobody understands, Detective. Nobody".

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-10-20 23:43:36.194268+00 by: Dan Lyke

I want to hear "I Go Chop Your Dollars"! I was also impressed by:

Eager to impress his new boss, Samuel worked for six-hour stretches extracting e-mail addresses and sending off letters that had been composed by a college graduate also working for Shepherd.

So apparently it's cheaper in some cases to hire a kid to read web pages than to write a spider...

#Comment Re: made: 2005-10-21 15:30:13.558354+00 by: petronius

It also seems that the college student hired to write the letters is majoring in Jane Austen studies, which would explain the ornately polite style.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-10-27 00:18:58.569454+00 by: TaoJones

Video of "I Go Chop Your Dollars" via a quick googling: http://www.tlcafrica.com/I_go_chop_your_dollar1.mov

If anybody finds a good quality mp3 of it, drop me an email - it'd make a nice addition to my collection of odd music.