Dec. 1st, 2003

Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2003 13:00:38 -0800
From: Diana Wright <dgw1@nyu.edu>
Reply-To: Classical Greek and Latin Discussion Group
<classics-l@lsv.uky.edu>
To: CLASSICS-L@LSV.UKY.EDU
Subject: Re: TAN: Spam from Thornton's Bookshop?

> But what I especially enjoy are the messages from barristers in
> variousAfrican countries, informing me that I am the closest known
> relative to
> a fantastically rich businessman who has just perished, with his
> entirefamily, when his small plane crashed. For a modest sum,
> said barrister
> is offering to help me retrieve my unsuspected millions. Since
> some of
> these messages seem to have taken the trouble to give the deceased
> millionaire my rather unusual last name, it seems to me that this kind
> of spam actually cost someone some effort, but PTR will probably
> informus that there are programs that can generate such individualized
> subtleties at the speed of light.


Having grown up in Nigeria, I have had the opportunity to follow the development of this particular form of creative writing ab ovo, & it is why my father took on the responsibility of personally burning all discarded mail from the States instead of having the "houseboy" do it.

It was discovered that you could write to a nice person in the States & ask for a little money to buy a Bible.

This evolved into asking a nice person -- or church -- in the States for help with school fees. Enough school & one would need help for university. Then one might well need help in paying the bride price for a good educated Christian bride. Unfortunately, the baby boy might need expensive surgery.

And so on.

DW

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