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Correct wording. (5, Funny)

suso (153703) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080422)

Its not for their husband's $55M, its
for their late husband (Who was killed by the government)'s USD55,000,000.00 (FIFTY FIVE MILLION US DOLLARS) which they will deposit into your account

Re:Correct wording. (1)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 7 years ago | (#16081278)

You know, a letter fitting these circumstances passed through my spam filter the other day.....

I wonder how many suckers will be hooked by it just because they heard something to that effect in the news?

Dear ****,

RE: CONSIDER MY CONDITION

I presume this letter will come to you as a suprise,but as things unfold, we will know each other better. I will start by introducing myself to you, I am Mrs. Mercy Obaseki, the wife of Chief Jackson Gaius Obaseki, the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) I am very sure that you will be of a good assistance after carefully reading my letter.

For many years of marriage now between me and my husband, I have not given birth, and this has really troubled my husband. This is as a result of so much respect attached to local Tradition Culture and Custom in their community. And now my husband is dead, In short to be sincere and honest with you, with the present situation of things now, I am being threatened daily by my husband family to get me out from the house. My husband parents and brothers are not left out in this matter. This situation has really affected me psychologically, most of the time I am in the church to pray and rest myself, because there is no room for rest in my own home again.

As I am writing to you now, I am no longer assured of a matrimonial home, hence I seek for your urgent assistance and help me out, which I know will go a long way in getting me settled down finally. I want to use this opportunity, since my husband family is trying to abandon me because of childlessness, to move this amount of (US$22M) million us dollars into your custody for safe keeping, pending my arrival in your country. Be informed that this said amount was given to my husband as gratification from some foreign oil companies he helped in securing Allocation for the Drilling of Crude Oil in Nigeria.

As a civil servant then, he does not want to be exposed, so he gave me this money to keep in my personal account, this was when the going was okay between us, so that he can exonerate himself from the eyes of Government security operatives and the civil service commission (CSC) which is the body that scrutinizes the activities of all civil servants in Nigeria as checks and balances for official misconduct.

Please i need your urgent assistance because my husband family are trying to take all I and my husband has labored for and throw me out of the house, please don't let this happen to me come and save me out of this troubles and I will be forever be grateful to you. To be sincere and honest with you, this money is never connected with drugs, money laundry, firearms and looting, which I believe might put fears in you and consequently withdrawing your help for security reasons. Hence the source of this said money is clean and clear.

This money was deposited in my personal Domiciliary Account and I have discussed with the bank manager who is very close to me, my intention to transfer the money out of Nigeria and he promise to render to me all the assistance I needed to transfer the money out of Nigeria. All I need now is for you to send me your full name; home contact address, occupation, tel /fax numbers and bank account information, to enable my lawyer apply for foreign exchange at the Federal Ministry of Finance with your name as the beneficiary of the fund.

This is how my bank has planned it, to avoid any suspicion from our apex bank. Is rest assured that this transaction is 100% risk free, As soon as I receive your response and your willingness to help as regards to this I will furnish you on the next line of action to take immediately. Note, as soon as the money is successfully transferred into your account, I will start coming to meet you in your country. I Promise to compensate you very well at the successful end, this is the guarantee I am giving you from my heart of heart.

Be informed according to my bank manager, this transaction will not last more than 7 working bank days and it will be concluded because every necessary/vital arrangements has been putted in place, take note. Your negative or positive response will be highly appreciated by me, Here is my alternative email: mrs_m_obaseki2000@yahoo.ie

Thanks and Godless your family.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. Mercy Obaseki


But with that closer, I suppose at least no religious people will take the bait!

Re:Correct wording. (1)

Misch (158807) | more than 7 years ago | (#16082138)

So often, these scammers link right to the news stories themselves. I just got one with a link to a September 11th widows/widowers organization. It would be nice if the news agencies/sites would put fraud warnings right on the pages involved.

Re:Correct wording. (1)

Ant P. (974313) | more than 7 years ago | (#16084510)

How do you know this news story wasn't written by one of those idiots that fall for these scams?

I'll be more than happy to help them (5, Funny)

MikeRT (947531) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080443)

Dear Madam,

It has come to my attention that you may be in need of the financial services of an American who is sympathetic to your position. I know that we have never met, but I would consider it my honor and privilege to assist you in keeping what is rightfully yours. Respectfully, transfer your money to my bank account (attached at bottom) and I will transfer the money into a new bank account for you upon your arrival.

Sincerely,

An American who wants to help you spend^H^H^H^Have your royal family money.

^H Explained (5, Informative)

JoshDM (741866) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080562)

Sincerely,

An American who wants to help you spend^H^H^H^Have your royal family money.


I always understood the underlying meaning, but I never caught the origin until now: ^H Explained [wikipedia.org].

Re:^H Explained (1)

geoffspear (692508) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080607)

I recommend you get yourself an old malfunctioning terminal right away, so you can see the joys those of us old enough to remember them went through.

Re:^H Explained (2, Informative)

mooingyak (720677) | more than 7 years ago | (#16081090)

No need for it to be that old. Whenever I need to telnet/ssh into a newly set up Solaris box, first thing I end up doing is 'stty erase ^H' (and putting it in my profile).

Re:^H Explained (1)

jelle (14827) | more than 7 years ago | (#16081445)

Solaris always had that crazyness. Solaris boxes were nice because they were rock solid stable, but things like that made them a pain to use. I remember the first, and last time I ever gave Solaris x86 a chance. Standard PC, standard setup, login on console, tap the backspace, and there it was : "^H".

My Solaris x86 test failed less than a minute after installation. Back to Linux.

Re:^H Explained (2, Funny)

Gr8Apes (679165) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080826)

You're on /. and don't understand "^H"??!!!???

Hand in your geek badge immediately!!!

Re:^H Explained (1)

JoshDM (741866) | more than 7 years ago | (#16081047)

Hand in your geek badge immediately!!!

Well, I know what it is now.

I was geeky enough to look it up, and even worse, respond to your forum response to my original post while explaining all of this to you in my own response.

So, I should think that I just redeemed my badge.

Re:^H Explained (2, Funny)

ozbird (127571) | more than 7 years ago | (#16081554)

I always understood the underlying meaning, but I never caught the origin until now: ^H Explained.

I call BS [linuxquestions.org]...

Re:^H Explained (1)

forgotten_my_nick (802929) | more than 7 years ago | (#16082093)

Not sure why you got modded funny.

H = 8th letter of the alphabet.

8th ASCII character is a backspace.

Another aspect of ^H (1)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 7 years ago | (#16083853)

Is that on the terminal you are typing it may appear that the characters are deleted, but they may not actually have been removed from the application you are typing into; email, irc, whatever. And the full text with ^H symbols and original incorrect text might be sent to the recipient. Things like you are a cun^H^H^Hnice person could easily be sent on incorrectly configured systems.

And so would the American public... (4, Funny)

Veetox (931340) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080599)

Add in couple of lawyers and talk show host and I think it would be safe to say that Nigerians are finally becoming Americanized...

abot (4, Funny)

sgt scrub (869860) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080445)

I didn't know Hemos was Canadian.

Re:abot (1)

ack154 (591432) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080566)

If he were, I think it would be aboot anyways...

Re:abot (1)

forgetmenot (467513) | more than 7 years ago | (#16081360)

You know, speaking as a Canadian... I've NEVER heard anyone say "aboot" other than in the context of mocking Canadian speech. I've heard people use the other cliche 'eh', but even then it was more prevalent in the 80's due to the popularity of "Bob and Doug" on SCTV. "Aboot" sounds like it may be something that someone from Newfoundland of Nova Scotia might say.. but then it would hardly be representative of the general Canadian public.. or am I just missing some great Trend-setting Canadian Television again.

Re:abot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16081842)

It's because Canadians front their "ou" (eg: out, about) sound; Americans are only used to "oo" (boot, hoot) being fronted, so Americans tend to hear the fronted Canadian "ou" as a fronted "oo".

Re:abot (1)

gkhan1 (886823) | more than 7 years ago | (#16082517)

Incase you're curious, "ou" is properly called a diphthong. It's a great word, it has all those great consonants making it hard to pronounce, and not many people know what it means, but enough people so that it has not fallen out of usage. The perfect show-off word.

(a diphthong is basically a sound made from two vowels, like "ou" in "about" or "ea" in "fear", if you pronounce "fear" like the brits)

Re:abot (1)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 7 years ago | (#16082005)

You know, speaking as a Canadian... I've NEVER heard anyone say "aboot"

As a Canadian, you can't hear it. Trust us, it's there.

News for nerds? (1, Insightful)

Hrshgn (595514) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080448)

I'm usually tolerant towards news stories with weak relation to the "news for nerds. stuff that matters" slogan but this story takes it too far. The link to 419 scams looks desperate.

Re:News for nerds? (1)

MECC (8478) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080488)

I think its somewhat relevant to 'news for nerds'. Also, its appearance on /. may indicate who has and hasn't fallen prey to the infamous Nigerian widow emails...

Hemos....

Re:News for nerds? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16080564)

Sure it's a really thin link. So what? It's *funny* because of the different types of 419 scams we've been getting.

Even then, who cares if it's not 'news for nerds'? /. doesn't always have to be geeky techno-oriented. Why five years ago to this very day, a very non-techie article [slashdot.org] was posted.

Re:News for nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16080966)

As a subscriber, you have every right to be pissed. Oh wait...

It's not all about you, ya know.

Re:News for nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16081102)

In the words of the immortal philosopher Joel Hodgson..

Oh, bite me. It's fun!

Re:News for nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16081197)

To deny your impulse for humor is to deny yourself, nerd.

Seriously, I'd say this story falls very neatly into the "comedy news for IT nerds" category.

Relevance? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16080455)

I don't see what this has to do with news for nerds...

Re:Relevance? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16080503)

Apparently you've never heard of this little concept known as "spam".

EFFC? (1)

tonsofpcs (687961) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080459)

It's one thing for /. editors to miss misspellings, but BBC editors?

PS: I already sent them an email pointing out the error [next-to-last-paragraph, if you care].

Re:EFFC? (1)

Zorque (894011) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080844)

Surprisingly, I actually see quite a few errors on the various BBC news pages. Even worse is when I don't know if it's an error or just the British spelling of the word.

How is this even ... (-1, Redundant)

geidi_prime (770956) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080467)

... "News for nerds" or "stuff that matters"???? Hell, it's not even funny! Come on, there's got to be better geek news out there than this.

So... (2, Insightful)

kent_eh (543303) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080474)

Apparently just agreeing to take 27.5 million each isn't an option?



This story is just made for Fark, isn't it?

So, why is it on /. ?

Re:So... (1)

tonsofpcs (687961) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080483)

Well, you have to take into account all of the monies that she already funneled through various US bank accounts via what everyone thought was an elaborate phishing scheme...

Re:So... (2, Informative)

curunir (98273) | more than 7 years ago | (#16082630)

Apparently just agreeing to take 27.5 million each isn't an option?

Though I'm not sure why a story such as this would make it onto slashdot, the article does address your point.

Aparently, in their squabble over his money, someone tipped off the government and when they looked into it, they discovered that his assets were far greater than what he could have leaglly earned while alive (as a church pastor and election official). So now the widows/family get nothing because the government got a seizure order for the whole thing. Oops...

Re:So... (1)

kent_eh (543303) | more than 7 years ago | (#16082809)

Aparently, in their squabble over his money, someone tipped off the government

Precicely. If they hadn't been squabling, and just agreed to each become multi-millionares, then the tip-off probably wouldn't have happened.
But no, they wanted to be twice as obcenely rich, and now end up with nothing.

There's a parable in there somewhere.

Re:So... (1)

Will2k_is_here (675262) | more than 7 years ago | (#16083454)

This could be a stupid question, but I have a question for the investors out there. Which would generate more money? Investing 27.5 million and claiming 100% of the interest or investing 55 million and claiming 50% of the interest?

I'm just thinking what if I had the choice of over a 10 year period (let's say) of investing 27.5 million and keeping the 27.5 and all the interest earned at the end of that period, or invest 55 million but only keep 27.5 million plus 50% of the interest earned at the end of that period.

On the Anniversary of 9/11 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16080479)

I don't condone slitting the throats of Muslim children today. I DO NOT think anybody should do that. I think that it would be UNACCEPTABLE and UNAMERICAN to slit the throats of Muslim children today. That would NOT be acceptable.

I have a proposal. (1)

elgee (308600) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080496)

We make Nigeria into a state as there is $57,848,925,050,147,124.63 languishing in Nigerian banks. We could all be rich!

give it to US citizens instead (2, Interesting)

tritonman (998572) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080508)

Give it to the elderly and mentally disabled US citizens that he scammed it from.

Re:give it to US citizens instead (2, Funny)

CockMonster (886033) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080530)

$55M / 250,000,000 = not a whole lot

Re:give it to US citizens instead (1)

Zurd3 (574979) | more than 7 years ago | (#16084654)

$55M / 250,000,000 = not a whole lot

You mean divided by 300,000,000 or even 299,360,879 which is the 2006 census of the USA (wikipedia source), or 18.3 cents for each citizen...

Re:give it to US citizens instead (1)

silvioh (69867) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080579)

No country has a monopoly on elderly an mentally disabled people... so why to U.S. citizens only?

S.

Re:give it to US citizens instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16080885)

It's not a monopoly per se.... more like a high market share I'd rather say...

waat?? (0, Redundant)

benomathew (998066) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080520)

is slashdot running out of interesting things to report on? is this story really "news for nerds. stuff that matters"?? to read stories like these, there are a hell lot of sites out there... shame on slashdot!!

Zonked? (0, Redundant)

fritzk3 (883083) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080614)

I agree with the parent poster. This is more like, "News for Zonk. Stuff He Thinks Matters."

(Yes, I know Hemos posted this, but I had to check twice...)

2 Wives??? (2, Funny)

tygerstripes (832644) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080534)

Shit! That three-timing bastard was already married? After all the sacrifices I made for him!!

*sigh*Time to go make up with the missus, I guess.

Unfortunately for them... (1)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080588)

... the main vehicle their late husband had for actually using his money was a Chase-issued Circuit City Rewards Card. So, if they don't get this resolved quickly, it will be resolved for them.

did i miss the boat?!?! (1)

acedotcom (998378) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080591)

really though, after all these years, me (sir or Madam) could have had mad cash deposited into my bank account? i think the real headline should read that they really aren't scams at all (as seen on CNN). man, i feel so pwned by Nigeria

WTF Nigeria (2, Interesting)

WED Fan (911325) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080608)

My wife's is the second wife of a Nigerian university professor. She's been a Niger-o-phile since the mid-60's. She will be moving to Nigeria shortly to live full-time because, as she believes, Nigerians take care of their elderly, and that being a wife of a Nigerian will mean that she will have family to take care of her. Note: She spent most of her productive, read: reproductive, years marrying Nigerians so they could come to the U.S., so never really had a family of her own. Now she's exiting middle-aged status, she is expecting to be cared for by her Nigerian "family".

Her view of helping out poor Nigerians is to use her pension to hire, as she puts it, "houseboys" and staff. Very paternalistic, very British. I'll send this article along as a cautionary tale.

Re:WTF Nigeria (1)

troon (724114) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080659)

"My wife's is the second wife of a Nigerian university professor."

wtf? Then who are you? I hope you missed the word "sister" after "wife's", or something

I hope this is a joke. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16081071)

That is really a pathetic situation you got going there.

Re:WTF Nigeria (1)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 7 years ago | (#16081836)

"My wife's is the second wife of a Nigerian university professor."

Are you the Nigerian university professor?

and the solution for spam is... (0, Offtopic)

spectrokid (660550) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080731)

We just got upgraded to Outlook 2003 with fancy junk-mail features and it still sucks donkey balls (suprise, suprise). The reason is very simple: Setting up a bayesian spam filter is way too complicated for joe sixpack. And any spamfilter run at the mailserver is missing one very important piece of information: the adres book of the recipient. It should be possible for mail servers which pass on the mails to add spam-info in the header. Any server should be able to add a spam-probability to the header, and any server should be able to modify the estimate by the previous one based on wether it trusts the previous server or not. As we slowly upgrade the SMTP network to more secure standards, the servers will be more accurate in predicting wether the message is spam or not. In the end, the last server sets in the header:"this is 78% certain spam". The client (Outlook or whatever) can than proces it with a very simple rule s.a.: "If it is more than 75%, and the sender is not in my adres book, then ditch the crap." This method would allow ISP's to experiment with the spam-catching technology of the month, and yet provide a standardised interface to the end user. Who volunteers to write the RFC?

Re:and the solution for spam is... (1)

John Nowak (872479) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080775)

Two things:
1. Apple's Mail program, and I'd reckon most others, already ignore junk mail headers if the sender is in the address book. (This is of course configurable.)
2. It is hardly the solution to spam. I make use of this, and still get shedloads.

Re:and the solution for spam is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16081143)

There are many possible solutions to spam, but all of them require several dozen million admins agreeing with each other at the same time. That takes a while!

The BBC has been slashdotted (0)

jacobw (975909) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080792)

The BBC seems to have been slashdotted; clicking on the link in the article takes you to their front page.

If you want to RTFA, you can find it here [bbc.co.uk].

Er, no... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16080937)

Click "two Nigerian widows are genuinely fighting it out" rather than "BBC".

I've always thought it rather braindead to include a link to the news organisation's home page in stories, but hey-ho...

Another link to the story (1)

EXrider (756168) | more than 7 years ago | (#16080953)

From Google News, I came across a news site that's actually in Nigeria. The story is quite a bit more detailed here [vanguardngr.com]. The advertisiments alone on that page are quite amusing as well, it's worth a look.

Where did he park his Rolls? (1)

Flyboy Connor (741764) | more than 7 years ago | (#16081010)

From TFA: The posthumous discovery of his second wife and fortune has shocked many of his friends and family.

He cannot have enjoyed his wealth too much, if his family didn't notice anything.

...the most sought-after parts of Lagos and Abuja (1)

hesby (130050) | more than 7 years ago | (#16081428)

Funniest phrase I'll probably see all day. Say it like an infomercial announcer and it will crack you up for hours.

So we've got a Pentecostal minister who amassed an eight-figure fortune as (among other things) a corrupt electoral commission director. Now we know where Diebold got their inspiration.

Re:...the most sought-after parts of Lagos and Abu (2, Insightful)

aaron.rowe (40518) | more than 7 years ago | (#16081908)

...the most sought-after parts of Lagos and Abuja

I don't understand why you find that funny. There are certainly parts of Lagos and Abuja which are desirable areas to live. I freqently stay in a 5 bedroom rented house in Victoria Island worth approximately NGN 150,000,000, or US$1.1m based on valuations a few years ago. I am sure it must be far higher than that now.

I wish you could see the people of Nigeria that people like this dead fool have taken advantage of. They work hard for a very small wage that barely pays their house rent and childrens school fees, forget about medical expences or any other emergencies such as having to be bailed out after wrongful arrest by corrupt police officials. Then these people go to church on sunday where their pastor insists that "giving money to God" (tv's, fridges, Air Conditioning units, cars also accepted) will help them prosper. Having faith that the pastor is telling the truth because his own affluent lifestyle is a demonstration of his relationship with God, makes them give that little bit more. The people give, the pastor buys a new S Class.

Churches with paid ministries need to be eliminated.

Irony, indeed (1)

Firehed (942385) | more than 7 years ago | (#16081480)

Sometimes, life is too amusing to be true.

But the guy just died! I doubt he'd agree with that statement. From the 'oh-the-irony' department indeed.

Re:Irony, indeed (1)

AlgorithMan (937244) | more than 7 years ago | (#16083589)

Sometimes, life is too amusing to be true.
But the guy just died! I doubt he'd agree with that statement. From the 'oh-the-irony' department indeed.
he saied LIFE is amusing... since this guy is dead, this statement doesn't apply to him ;)

Why is this on slashdot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16081913)

Do they need the money to upgrade their computers for Windows Vista?

wow 55 million (1)

JustNiz (692889) | more than 7 years ago | (#16082045)

55 million is a lot of money. I can't believe one guy got all that from 419 scams.

Is there anything that says this came from 419 scams? He could have been a drug lord, Mafia boss or something else too.

If this did all come from 419 scams then it just goes to show how many stupid people there are in the world. No wonder spam works.

Re:wow 55 million (1)

Rob Kaper (5960) | more than 7 years ago | (#16082270)

Is there anything that says this came from 419 scams?

You're misreading the comments. Unless some 419 scammer is now laughing out loud for succesfully conning the Beeb and subsequently Hemos.

Re:wow 55 million (1)

budgenator (254554) | more than 7 years ago | (#16083351)

He was a preacher and an election official; why would he want to waste him time with that petty-ante shit?

Double standards [check] (1)

scdeimos (632778) | more than 7 years ago | (#16084232)

Who wants to bet we're about to see a whole lot of 419's from 'The Wife of the Late Timothy Olufemi Akanni?'"
Sometimes, life is too amusing to be true.
Virtually demanding respect for the loss of 2,749 souls in the 9-11 attack, the world has been flooded with news and documentaries about the event for the last week and no doubt this will continue for another week or more. Is it really so difficult to show a little respect for the friends and families of Timothy Olufemi Akanni, regardless of what kind life he himself lived?
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