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Nigerian Scam Comes To Cruising

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Over the years, I’m sure most everyone has received emails  from purported lawyers , offering large amounts of money from wealthy business people, or inheritances from unknown, long lost relatives. These have generally come to be referred to as Nigerian email scams.

There have been all sorts of various take offs on these scams, and now I’m happy to report they have found a version that they feel is due consideration by the cruise world.

These scammers find their email targets from all kinds of large mailing lists. If you’ve ever been on any kind of these large lists you’ve likely received some such email. Some time ago I found my email had made a rather large of contracts for Public Relation companies, and I’m assuming that what where these particular spammers found my contact information.

Interestingly, this particular even made it through my email SPAM filter, which is normally pretty good. What really peaked my interest (well really it just made me laugh) was how poorly composed and written this email was. The sender must have been one of my readers; knowing how poor my grammar and writing style are, they thought for sure I’d likely reply immediately.

I’m going to share the contents of the email below, not to serve as a public warning to protect others (you’d have to be way dumb to think it’s real… even if you do know some ship Captains), but so you can enjoy the same chuckle from it that I did.

Hello and Good
I am sending you this mail with sympathy and concern
regarding my late client from USA
who was a Ship captain, he died as a
brief illness and he willed his funds to his relative whom I have failed to
locate since one year now so I will need full co-operation from you to transfer
the funds to your account as the next of kin.
This need to be done
for my late client soul to rest in peace.
I will tell you the
name of my late client and the amount of funds involved once I hear from
We must be our
brother’s keeper.
Thanks and have a
great day as I look forward to hear from you.
Barr. Paul L.Jones
Esq “
BTW… if you’d like to respond to the writer of this email, feel free to contact me and I’ll tell you where to send your deposit.
– A View From The Kuki Side of Cruising –

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Comment from Kenneth Eden
Time January 1, 2014 at 7:12 am

before e-mail, these similar missives came by snail mail

I suppose there are, as P.T. Barnum said, There’s a sucker born every minute

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