Ok, I get these e-mails in my junk folder a few times a day. Sometimes it's Sani Abacha's widow, the other time Yasser Arafat's. NEVER EVER have I even read the whole message, let alone give it any serious consideration. How can people fall into this? It makes me even feel they deserve it. I mean, how can you take this seriously?
Source: NOS: Kopstuk Nigeriaanse bende opgepakt.
For those who don't know what 419 scams (called after the Nigerian law provision prohibiting them) are, here's a recent example from my junk folder:
Dear Sir, Good Day, I will not forget to ask you about your health,I hope you are fine.
I am a girl.permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you , l got your name and contact through the help of a friend who works in internet here in Senegal and I prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to its esteeming nature and the recommendation by the director for a reputable and trustworthy person l can do business with and by the recommendation l must not hesitate to confid in you for this simple and sincere business.
l am, miss. Ralufer Moharmed.the only daughter of late, Mr.Yusuf Moharmed.My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Senegal here, the economic capital of Dakar Senegal, he was poissoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings on business. My mother died on the 20th october 2000 and my father took me so special because l am motherless. Before the death of my father on 29th november 2004 in a private hospital here in Senegal, he secretly called me on his bedside,when I sat down to listen to him, he started crying, why?
(1) He conplained that I am too young to be managing my life,
(2)That I have not finished my university education as he planned for me,
(3)No body to take care of me again as a young girl, but after much crying, he still passed an instruction to me that he has a sum of €7.38 (US$9.5).000.000.(NINE MILLION FIVE HONDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS)
left in a security company here in Senegal, that he used my name as the only daughter for his next of kin in deposit of the funds. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was posisoned by his business associates that l should seek for a GOD fearing foreign partner in a country of my choice where l will transfer this money and use it for proper investment purpose ,that I must finish my university education by the help of a business partner abroad,that he or she should help me obtain a resident permit in his or her country.He also gave an out standing instrution to the company that the money must be invest outside this country . and it was deposited as an atifact to avoid problem or tamparing by the officers of the company before use, this is to make sure that I did not begin to make use of the money here so that his enemies will not get at me. , I am now ready to do all these since my father my bread winner is no more. l am ho!
nourable seeking your assistance in the following ways.
(1) To serve as my gaurdian in your country while I will depend on your expert advise since l am a girl of 22 years.
( 2 ) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country in order to further my university education and to secure a residential permit for me in your country.
Moreover, l am willing to offer you 20% of the total Money as Compensation for your effort /5 percent for any expenese during the transfer of the money to your bank account, input after the successfull transfer of this funds to your account overseas. Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards assisting me as l believed that this project would beconcluded within fourteen
What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is in your account? Please,Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible then I will send you my picture and the details of the transaction.
THIS ARE NECESSARY REQUIREMENT I NEEDED FROM YOU.
Write me on my private email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's the Wikipedia article on this nonsense:
Wikipedia: Advance fee fraud.