Friday, November 18, 2005

Learning geography from Nigerian-like scams...

Just checked my gmail spam mailbox and found this:

MR PATRICK ALI

FROM MR.PATRICK ALI
DIRECTOR INCHARGE OF
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT,
CONTINENTAL TRUST BANK,
COTONOU-BENIN REPUBLIC

ATTN PLEASE,

PLEASURE WRITING TO YOU AT THIS MOMENT OF THE DAY, I AM MR.PATRICK ALI
THE DIRECTOR INCHARGE OF AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT OF CONTINENTAL
TRUST BANK IN COTONOU-BENIN REPUBLIC.

I AND MY COLLEAGUES DEEM IT FIT TO CONTACT YOU REGARDING TO A
TRANSACTION THAT WILL FAVOUR BOTH OF US AT THE END, AND I GOT YOUR CONTACT
IN MY SEARCH FOR A REPUTABLE AND RELIABLE PERSON TO HELP ME CLAIM THE FUND
IN QUESTION.

WE DISCOVERED THE SUM OF FIFFTEEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS
(USD15M) BELONGING TO A DECEASED CUSTOMER OF THIS BANK.

THE FUND HAS BEEN LYING IN ASUSPENCE ACCOUNT WITHOUT ANYBODY COMING TO
PUT CLAIM OVER THE MONEY SINCE THE ACCOUNT OWNER LATE MR. DAVID VAN
BUSKIRK FROM SAN DIEGO, WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THE DECEMBER 25TH BENIN PLANE
CRASH.

HERE IS THE AIR CRASH WEBSITE HTTP://WWW.CNN.COM/2003/WORLD/AFRICA/12/26/
BENIN.CRASH/INDEX.HTML
THE SAID FUND IS NOW READY FOR TRANSFER TO A FORIEGN ACCOUNT WHOSE
OWNER WILL BE PORTRAYED AS THE BENEFICIARY AND NEXT OF KIN TO THE DECEASED
CUSTOMER OF THE BANK.


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So now it's not from Nigeria alone. But where the hell is Benin? So I decided to fire-up my Google Earth to find out where it is. Check out the following image from Google Earth

The nation of spam?

Did you notice those red bird-like things on the map? What are they? Perhaps plane-crashes? I see now: more plane crashes=more 'partnerships'...hmmmmm...

So, thanks Mr Ali, you have broadened my geographical knowledge about your country.

To know more about scams and frauds, visit Crimes of Persuasion.

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