We are all familiar with the variations of the Nigerian letter scam which has been with us for years and, in fact, owes its origin to a similar scam that was being done in the 1500s when it was called the Spanish Prisoner Scam. Generally, the scam starts with an email informing the recipient that he or she will be receiving a huge amount of money for reasons ranging from an inheritance to a bank official needing help getting money out of the country. Other reasons are given as well. Then the fun starts. While at first, the recipient of the email has to do nothing to qualify to receive the money, later it appears that complications arise which require money to pay for processing, fees, bribes of public officials or other reasons. The victim of the scam gets caught up in the scam and starts sending funds for the various needs, but ends up never getting a penny.
Recently a Scamicide reader sent a new Nigerian letter that may be the most absurd one yet. It is reproduced below:
Subject: Delivery Of Fund To Your Location..
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:21:33 -0400