Thursday, 25 October 2007

419 Phenomenon 3

100A New Hope Avenue,

My name is Smith Rose, I am an artist with my wife Smith Rose,We own
SMITH ROSE ART WORLD LMT. in Sevilla,(SPAIN)I live in Sevilla Spain,
with my two
kids, four cats, one dog and the love of my life my wife Linda Rose. It is
definitely a full house wife, I have been doing artwork since I was a small
child That gives me about 26 years of experience I majored in art in
high school
and took a few college art courses Most of my work is done in either pencil or
art brush mixed with color pencils.I have recently added designing and
artwork on the computer, I have been selling my art for the last 3 years and
have had my work featured on trading cards, prints and in magazines, I have
sold in galleries and to private collectors from all around the world. I am
always facing serious difficulties when it comes to selling my art works to
united state of Americans andCanada they are always offering to pay with usps
postal money order or casher's cheque,which is difficult for me to
cash here in
Spain,Sevilla We are looking for a representative in the United States Of
America who will be working for us as a per-time worker and we will be willing
to pay 10% for every transaction, which wouldn't affect your present state of
work,someone who would help us receive payments from our customers in the
states, I want mean someone that is responsible and reliable, because the cost
of coming to the state and getting payments is very expensive, We are
working on
setting up a branch in the united state,so for now we need a representative in
the United States Of Amareica who will be handling the payment aspect for our
company.These payments are in the form of Usps Postal Money order or casher's
cheque and they would come to you in your name if you are willing to
assist as a
representative,so all you need to do is to cash the Usps Postal Money
order or
cashier cheque,deduct your percentage and send the balance to any
of our regional office via western union or monygram transfer you're to deduct
the Charges then wire the rest of the balance with you to our office
address we
provide. But the problem we have is trust, we have also made an
arrangement with
the FBI in Washington,united state that if anybody getsaway withour money they
will definately get hold with the person,and the person will go to JAIL for
LOOTING our funds,you are to receive the money order or casher'scheque payment
which will be sent to you by the Fedex or UPS,DHL Courier Service your bank
account to enable you cashit and send the money cashed for the order or
casher's cheque to me via Western Union money transfer or Money
Gram.NOTE: All
charges of the Western Union money transfer or Money Gram.willshould
be deducted
from the balance left with you,so you are restassured thatyou wouldn? spend a
dime out of your personal money.
PHONE #s (Home & Cell):
I will be needing your home address, so that I will forward it to my customers
to send you the casher's cheque or usps postal money order. via Fedex or
dhlcourierservice overnight shipment.Thanks for yourassistant and God bless,

Friday, 19 October 2007

Thursday, 18 October 2007

419 Industry 1

While the Germans are known for their cars, the Dutch for flowers, the Spanish for tourism, South Africa for gold, America for George Bush and the Chinese for, well...everything,

the 419 phenomenon appears to be Nigeria's best export (and import - known 419ers becoming 'honourables' and the like).

I get two or three 'requests for assistance' letters in my office e mail boxes everyday: from 'Maryam Abacha' to 'Charles Soludo'; from those with quite impeccable English to grammatical atrocities that knock me off my seat; from plausible requests to outrageous demands that make you wonder about the level of stupidity of the writer (you know, there's a study that says criminals have a lower mental capacity than the norm, but I digress); from those invoking the name of God to those pretending they know you; and I realise this 'service' has now reached industrial proportions. Indeed, so many e mails now come from other countries of Africa, it's jaw-dropping.

Depending on my mood, I find them amusing, annoying, frustrating or just a downright unauthorised invasion of my in boxes.

I have decided to share some of them, the first instalment follows:


Hello Dear,
How is everything going, I hope great?
Though i have not considered this medium to be the best manner to have
approached you on this issue being that the internet has been greatly
abused over the recent years and is very unsecured for informations of
vital importance.

I have decided to take the chance seeing that no other means could have
been faster and more efficient than the E-mail. I write to you
irrespective of the fact you do not know me,but please do consider this
letter as a request from a brother in dire need of assistance.

My name is George Green(Sgt)an American soldier, I am serving in the
military of the 1st Armored Division here in Iraq. As you know we are
being attacked by insurgents everyday and car bombs, it will come worst
now Saddam Hussein was executed. During one of our rescue Mission we
came across a safe that contains the total sum of $21,000,000 (Twenty one
Million Us Dollars) that belongs to the revolutionaries, which I believe
they use in buying weapons and ammunitions, and it was agreed by all party
present that the money will be shared amongst us. You can go to this web
link to read about events that took place here:

Out of the total fund my share was $8,000,000 (Eight Million US Dollars).

I am seeking your assistance to evacuate my share of the money, which is
$8,000,000 out of here to you, in as much as you can assure me that my own
share will be safe in your care until I complete my service here.

This is no stolen money,and there are no dangers involved, as I have made
arrangements with a UN representative based in Asia who promised to
deliver the fund to any of my choosing destination. I shall be
compensating you with US$2,500,000.00 (Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand
Dollars) on final conclusion of this project,while the rest shall be for
me for my investment purposes.

One passionate appeal I will make to you is not to discuss this matter
with a third party, should you have reasons to reject this offer, please
destroy this e-mail as any leakage of this information will be too bad for

I do not know for how long we will remain here, and I have survived two
suicide bomb attacks, which prompted me to reach out for help because I
will be migrating to you to invest and start a new life not as a soldier
Please if this proposal is acceptable by you, kindly send me an e-mail
signifying your interest including your most confidential telephone
numbers for quick communication also your home address where the fund
would be delivered.

As soon as I receive your email with the information, I will furnish you
with full details on when and how the fund shall be delivered to you by
the diplomat and he will make a contact with you before anything move.
Waiting for our urgent reply.
Best regards,
Sgt. George Green.


Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Blame Game

I blame my brother - laspapi - for the birth of this blog. Before a couple of years ago, I was so far into myself I thought 'blog' was just another colloquial word that would eventually go out of fashion (with hindsight, my ignorance was palpable being a former network engineer with an MCSE and all the associated progress markers of those days). I had no interest in how it worked, nor did I have any inclination to find out. I viewed his blog occasionally and wondered to him how he found the time, where he found the mental resources to respond to comments and how he could survive the recognition of the fact that people would tend to know him quite well, some of them anonymous.

Later, I found some comments interesting and would have a mental snigger or two.

Then I left a couple of comments out of a particular sort of compulsion I'm still trying to understand, subsequently deciding I did not want my name out there probably because no one else had their's, and created a blog name to use merely for comments and ... here I am.

I blame laspapi and wish he'd never mentioned it. I am full of resentment because I think I will enjoy blogging and it will wake up my addictive personality.

Oh God! How did I get to this point?