Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 637.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Sun, 05 May 2002 06:47:01 +0100
From: Bill Schipper <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: 15.634 Urgent Business Proposal, hello darling & THIS
IS NOT SPAM
I get about half a dozen of these a month, mostly from "Nigerian businessmen",
occasionally from other African countries. About a year ago, my wife (a
freelance writer) did some research on Internet scams and in the course of her
research interviewed a fraud specialist with the RCMP. The scam appears to be
run in part from Nigeria, and has burnt some people in spectacular ways. The
RCMP has been conducting an investigatoin for some time now, and people who
receive such "offers" are invited to send copies with full headers to the RCMP
Fraud Division, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little has changed from the days of Chaucer's Pardoner, it would seem: radix
malorum est cupiditas.
[Editorial PS: for those not fortunate enough to live or have lived in
Canada, the "RCMP" is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or "Mounties". --WM]
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