The legend continues

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I’m Promised $10M From Nigeria … That’s Legit, Right?

OK, so maybe you guys won’t be as amused with this as I am… but I just got the latest in a long line of Nigerian scam emails. I swear, I’ve probably gotten one a month for the better part of a decade. But they keep coming!

It is simply amazing to me that this Nigerian scam tactic is still used — because it implies that the urban legend hasn’t yet reached some people and that (most remarkably) the email scam still WORKS.

I mean, come on America. They have freakin’ T-shirts about this phenomenon it’s so well-known. The Nigerian email scam has been researched by Microsoft and published in The New Yorker.

There’s even a hilarious site dedicated to embarrassing these scammers by forcing them to pose with¬†embarrassing¬†pictures, phrases and props.

Yet the urban legend lives on. Almost brings a tear to your eye, doesn’t it?

I’ve cut and pasted the entirety of this amusing email here, but removed the contact info to prevent any of you speed readers from making a fool of yourself… or to prevent anyone from upsetting a band of Nigerian criminals with name calling.



From Dr.Aku Basil,
Pay-Master General
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
International Operations/Foreign funds
Debt Reconciliation/Payment,


Re: Payment instruction to credit your account with the sum of US $10,000,000.00???
Your Attention:Beneficiary,

This is to notify you that your over due contract funds has been gazetted to be Released,via key telex transfer (KTT) direct wire transfer to you by the Senate house committee for foreign over due fund transfer. Meanwhile, a man wrote to my office few days ago with a letter,claiming to be your True representative.All Over Due Inheritance/contract Funds winner prize have been recalled to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Both Africa and Asia and USA, Europe.

Here are her information’s

[Redacted to prevent anyone from taking Dr. Basil up on his rather suspect offer]

Please, do reconfirm to this office, as a matter of urgency if this man is from you So that the Bank will not be held responsible for paying into the wrong account Name. Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been approved and accredited by the Federal Ministry Of Finance and the Senate House committee for foreign over due fund,to pay all foreign Over due inheritance funds and contract to respective original beneficiaries this second quarter Payment of the year 2012.Base the meeting held with the new Governor and board of directors of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on 08/10/2012
Meanwhile, you are advice to get back to my office immediately with the requested

details to enable us have your correct details to wire your fund:

1.Your First/Middle & Last Name:
2.Your Full Office or Residential Address:
3.Your Original Country of Origin:
4.Age/Sex/Marital Status:
5.Position Held in Office:
6.Present Occupation:
7.Office Telephone/Fax:
8.Residential Tel/Fax & Mobile Line:
9.Banking Details:
10. The Official Amount Owed To You:
11. The Country Where you are expecting your claim from:
12.A certified Copy of your international passport or any scanned

However, we shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said Mr.Greg Burgess, if we do not hear from you within the next seven working days from today.
Your Sincerely,

Dr.Aku Basil
Pay-Master General
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
International Operations
Debt Reconciliations/Payment

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