If you haven’t yet received at least one invitation from someone in Nigeria seeking help extracting millions in ill-gotten gains from the government before some calamity befell their father, uncle, cousin, whatever, then you’re perhaps one of the few lucky ones on the Net. I receive at least a half-dozen a week, all typically starting out similarly:
“I am Mrs. Amina Mohammed, cousin and Personal Assistant to former Nigeria Head of State, Late General Sanni Abacha who died on the 8th July 1998 while in power…”
Various people have explored the scam here, but the best I’ve found yet is the Fraud: Mike Aba [link subsequently removed: obsolete] which is a bit convoluted and twisted, but certainly interesting reading!
In the latest news, a Nigerian Diplomat shot dead in Prague is linked to a possible successful Nigerian swindle, as you can see from reading the report.
It’s interesting because it’s one of the first times I’m aware that the cost to the scammer might be greater than simply losing an Internet connection and email address… I don’t want to support a violent response of this nature, but if more people scammed were to aggressively respond, then scammers might be a bit more reticent about broadcasting this idiocy to the world at large.