The ‘Nigerian trap’ is taking a new turn #email #spam #scam

I’m spammed almost daily by people from West-Africa soliciting fro my bank account because they have a dead uncle/aunt/sister/brother/father/mother/camel  with millions of dollars on a blocked bank account that they want to liberate. If I can help them, please ? Against reward of course, what do you think o a nice 10% of the total sum that is “blocked”.

Therefor we need your full name, telephone number, bank account and – oh yes – your pin could come in handy as well

I always wonder if people are still falling for this kind of scams…

They go back to the time when fax machines were the business summum of communications (the era right after telex – how old are you if you remember telex).  They followed the evolution of times, started mailing people, but always with the same message.  Never ever did they change the strucutre of the letter; maybe some words, sometimes  a name, but never ever the structure.  Lately I heard from a business relation that they turned back old school and send him a letter.  Seemingly they printed the mail, put it in an envelop with a stamp (stamps – how old are you if you collected stamps) and send it on its way.

Most of the time I delete them immediately.  Sometimes, I take the time to read and smirk (Cheap on line translation tools, dear West-African friends, are not always accurate – but thank you for brightening my day with the utter rubbish it produces).

The one I received lately – however –  jumped out !  I published it later in this post

First of all its not a beggar letter.  It has the form of a genuine business proposition, addressed to me both in French and English

Further it stands out because it does not mention a huge amount in the first paragraph, nor is it directly inquiring for my physical address, phone number or banking details.

It is honestly demanding a business partnership.  Bells should start ringing because the guys is ready to invest in about anything that you can prove will be profitable.

So if you want to loose your money, don’t hesitate to drop him a mail


Bonjour monsieur/dame
C’est au cours d’une séance de navigation sur le net que j’ai eu la joie et le plaisir de découvrir votre adresse électronique. 
En effet, je suis investisseur privé basé à Cotonou  (République du Bénin) en Afrique de l’Ouest. J’ai l’ambition légitime d’investir 
dans tous les domaines d’affaires et dans les pays économiquement et politiquement stables et dont les lois et les règlements protègent 
et sécurisent les investisseurs étrangers c’est pour toutes ces considérations que je viens respectueusement solliciter votre franche et 
sincère collaboration dans le cadre de toutes activités rentables du secteur privé. Accepteriez-vous ma collaboration dont je vous 
offre l’opportunité. Avez-vous des recommandations à me faire ? je suis dès lors disposé à financer toute entreprise privée répondant à 
des critères suivants :
1- Le placement de mes fonds en activité bénéfique
2- la sauvegarde d’un commun profit
3- si ces critères ci- dessus énumérés rencontrent votre parfaite et sincère adhésion, je serai ravi de connaître sans délai votre décision. 
Informations relatives à ses activités, ses expériences professionnelles éventuelles en matière d’affaires. Pour plus d'amples de compréhension, 
veuillez bien me donner votre numéro de téléphone direct dans votre réponse afin de pouvoir vous contactez. Dans l’espoir d’une suite attrayante, 
je vous prie de croire  l’expression  de mes sentiments profonds.
Gratitude à traverse une parfait ET sincère collaboration.
Dear sir/madam
It is with a great pleasure that I’m writing this to you.
Therefore after having deeply reflected on the business field I’d like you to be my business partner based on faithful collaboration because I’m 
looking forward to investing in any business fields in economically and politically stable countries in which foreign investors are protected and 
secured by economic laws and regulations. Taking into account all these features, i respectfully step towards you to ask for sincere and faithful 
collaboration in any flourishing fields of activities in the private sector.
Please would you agree to this opportunity that i kindly offer you? Or do you have anything to suggest to me on this stand?
I’m thereon available to finance any private company abiding with these features:
1-My fund (Money) injection in lucrative (Money rising) activity.
2-A fair and secured management of our common profit
3-If the listed conditions meet your faithful in sincere agreement; please let me know without any delay.
Awaiting your prompt reply, please have my sincere greetings.
NB: for any further information please contact me very soon. Ou can reply me directly by my mail:
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