This case was covered extensively by the local media… I agree with Barbara Worley's comment (mostly) that the Nigerians crime rings (i.e., the sources) need to be chased, prosecuted, and sentenced. While John Worley should NOT have been deceived so... easily, the greed issue (aside from his profession) appears legitimate. But I could understand the wanting to help another. The first false check, though, call the authorities and sever connections!
But honestly, those e-mails ARE annoying! I KNOW because I've received well over 200 of the e-mails since 2000, praying that I listen, atone, respond, etc... (FYI - we've enough issues in our lives; show ME the money...). The most recent of these e-mails was sent last week to my work e-mail. Sometimes I'll tell them to take a fornicating leap (politely, naturally) and other times they're caught in Outlook's Junk E-mail Folder and dispatched appropriately.
Upon returning recently, though, I've become the Number One Son of Mother China. Please note I do not read, write, or converse in Mandarin, but someone thinks I do… DEL, DEL, DEL…
“If you believe everything you read, better not read.” -- A Japanese Proverb.
Though I think the article definitely does show the fact that falling for this scam is RIDICULOUS ... here is a copy of the email I received on the day that you posted the link from the same "Mariam Abacha"...
mariam abacha wrote:
Subject: ON TRUST
Date: Wed, 05 Jul 2006 19:45:05 +0500 (IST)
From: mariam abacha
FROM THE DESK OF DR.MRS.MARIAM ABACHAE-MAIL:
MY DEAR SIR,
l am sorry for theembarrassment this my letter might because you as we have not had anycorrespondence before this letter. l got your address through theforeignoffice of the Nigeria Chambers of Commerce,industryand Miningduring my research for a reliable and trustworthy foreign partner who lcan do business with though l did not disclose the nature of thebusiness i intend to do with whoever is recommend for me.
l am Dr.Mrs. Mariam Abacha, a widow and the wife of late Nigeria Head of State,General Sanni Abacha who died on the 8th of June, 1998 while still onactive service. l am contacting you in view of the fact that we will beof great assistance to each other likewise developing a cordialrelationship.I currently have within my reach the sum of fifty MillionUnited States Dollars(US$50,000,000.00)cash,which l intend to use forinvestment, like Real Estate Development specifically or anotherinvestment in your country or elsewhere in an overseas country.Thismoney came as a payback contract deal between my late husband and aRussian Firm on our countries multi-billion dollars Ajaokuta SteelPlant.
The Russian Partners returned my husband's share ofUS$50,000,000.00,after the death my husband's death,and i lodged in myhusband's security company firm of which l am the director as atthen.Right now, the new Civilian Government have intensified their probeon my husband's financial and oil company. ln view of these, l actedfast to withdraw the huge sum from the firm's vault and smuggled it outthrough the services of diplomatic courier company secretly anddeposited it with a private security company in LOME TOGO Country asfamily treasure box.I have since declared the security firm bankrupt.Norecord ever existed concerning the money traceable by the governmentbecause there is no documentation showing that we received the moneyfrom the Russian partners.
Due to the current situation in the countryconcerning government attitude towards my family,it has become quiteimpossible for me to make use of this money within.So l believe this isthe only option left for me.Thus consent,l shall expect you to contactme urgently to enable us discuss in detail about thistransaction.Bearing in mind that your assistance is needed to transferthis fund, l propose a percentage commission of 30% of the total sum toyou for the expected services and assistance,and 10% will be set asidefor offsetting minor expenses incurred in the course of thistransaction. Your urgent response is highly needed as to stop furthercontacts.You can contact me personally through this confidential emailaddress:email@example.com
,l will give you my tel/faxnumbers where you can contact me when l hear from you. l must use thisopportunity to implore you to exercise the utmost indulgence to keepthis matter extraordinary confidential,whatever your decision, whileawait your prompt respone urgently.
NB:I have decided that this transaction exist between you andme /my Attorney, Remember to include your private Tel/fax or mobilenumber for easy communication Reply