The second to worst "Nigerian Scam" email I’ve ever received

You know what I’m talking about, and if you don’t, just scan your spam folder because it’s a safe bet that you’ve got some of these in there.  Check this one out:

FROM THE DESK OF DR.WILLIAM ADAMA.
MANAGER FOREIGN REMITTANCE
DEPARTMENT.
BANK OF AFRICA. (BOA)
OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA-FASO.
WEST AFRICA.

…………
Dear Friend
This
letter must come to you as a big surprise, but I believe it is only a
day that people meet and become great friends and business partners. I
am DR.WILLIAM ADAMA. , currently Foreign Remittance Department Manager
with a reputable bank here, Bank Of Africa (BOA).I write you this
proposal in good faith, believing that I can trust you with the
information I am about to reveal to you. 

 

Did you spot the funny part here?  And for the record, the worst one of these I remember was from a hotmail account and had the guy’s standard email signature at the bottom — with links to his anime/manga club.

About Jeremy Miller

Jeremy is the Chief Software Architect at Dovetail Software, the coolest ISV in Austin. Jeremy began his IT career writing "Shadow IT" applications to automate his engineering documentation, then wandered into software development because it looked like more fun. Jeremy is the author of the open source StructureMap tool for Dependency Injection with .Net, StoryTeller for supercharged acceptance testing in .Net, and one of the principal developers behind FubuMVC. Jeremy's thoughts on all things software can be found at The Shade Tree Developer at http://codebetter.com/jeremymiller.
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  • me

    what was the date of that e-mail, im doing an assignment on viruses and internet scams and i need to know by thursday.

  • Sean

    For a humorous handling of such spammers [and a very in-person reference to a great show: Red Green] check out: http://www.ebolamonkeyman.com/mac.htm

  • http://saftsack.fs.uni-bayreuth.de/~dun3/ Tobias Hertkorn

    Noooooo, spoiler!!!

  • Chuck

    Ah BSG 1980…Flying Motor Bikes, the Really Smart Kid. That was the first time that I remember feeling let down by a TV show.

  • http://codebetter.com/blogs/jeremy.miller Jeremy D. Miller

    @Kirk,

    It looks like you’re just not as big a geek as most readers here.

    “Bill Adama” is the name of a main character on BattleStar Galactica.

  • Kirk

    I read this at least ten times looking for something that would make it stand out from all the other 419 scams.

    I didn’t notice anything so I now feel scammed out of five minutes of my life.

  • http://www.blogcoward.com jdn

    The real question is whether or not he saves Hera whilst giving you money.

  • http://codebetter.com/blogs/jeremy.miller Jeremy D. Miller

    I wonder if we’re gonna get a Battle Star Galactica 2010 where there just hanging around on Earth — ’cause I distinctly remember how mad a 6 year old verson of me was because BSG 1980 was lame.

  • Brian Whitlock

    I guess we now know the end of BSG, they find Earth and become email scammers ;-)