February 04, 2003
One More Thing Before I Go

Why do so many Nigerian spam letters start out "IT WILL SURELY COME AS A GREAT SURPRISE TO YOU TO RECEIVE THIS LETTER" or words to that effect? It has been many years since anyone with an IQ over 70 has been the least bit surprised. I suppose it's the under-70s they're aiming at anyway.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at February 04, 2003 08:58 PM

A college professor with degrees from Stanford and Harvard, he says, told me last week that he's hoping to make a lot of money by acting as guardian for an African boy who's inherited millions of dollars from his father. The prof was contacted by e-mail a year ago and has not yet given up hope that this is legit, despite "running out of money" to send for "expenses" and receiving nothing in return. I told him it was a scam. It was clear other people had told him it was a scam. Everything about it screamed scam. He wouldn't listen. Oh, and he'd persuaded a buddy from the Harvard alumni club to send more money to Africa when his own funds ran low.

Posted by: Joanne Jacobs on February 5, 2003 05:18 AM

You really need to make a bet with that professor - a BIG bet! - that he will never get money from Africa. Then if he doesn't go broke sending money to the scam artist, you can bankrupt him suing him for not paying your debt. He REALLY needs and deserves to be utterly bankrupt and destitute.

Posted by: Robert Speirs on February 6, 2003 02:52 PM