How to inherit from an African prince, and mock a scammer? By popular demand, here is the final video on the nature and intricacies of Nigerian scam letters.
You have an urge to be rich - if possible, by doing nothing. So, when you receive a gibberish e-mail from some foreign dude, why shouldn’t you believe in your luck?
The bait in such scam letters is simple: you are offered millions for doing nothing. The schemes are Charles Ponzi worthy. The best in class: original letters from Nigeria. You receive an e-mail from a will executor of a suddenly deceased African prince, who has an out-of-wedlock child in your country, your full namesake.
Just agree to accept the inheritance and you’re rich! Your African correspondent is ready to wire the money ASAP – you just need to pay for converting the king’s gold into hard currency… sending gold overseas would be ill-advised.
You, being a huge fan of Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America, believe your African counterpart and wire them thousands of dollars.
But nothing comes. That’s it. No money, no wealth, no life fortune! You just got scammed! By the way, there are communities all over the Internet that actively exchange letters with scammers. They ask for specifics like a verification photo which contains a “code” word. These pictures are a laughing stock of such communities.
However, no matter how silly it sounds, if one in one thousand believes in scam, then the Nigerian nobility continues to die.