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February 22, 2003 1:07 PM   Subscribe

What? You mean it's a scam!?
Fun article, thanks.
posted by elwoodwiles at 1:15 PM on February 22, 2003

Nigerian email money scam stories aren't new and this one is not particularly interesting.

There's been five FPPs about novel responses to Nigerian email money scam stories already 1 2 3 4 5.

posted by DBAPaul at 2:23 PM on February 22, 2003

On the contrary, I found it quite fun. Just because some might not have, it becomes a "MetaFILTER" issue?

I'm sorry folks, there will be no more posts concerning Google, Apple Computers, the Nigerian email scam, online comics, any Hollywood movie, or new and interesting web photography projects (that's been SO overdone...).
posted by Wulfgar! at 2:43 PM on February 22, 2003

I'm not with the FPP Police Dept. But whether or not the post belonged, I would complain that the front page language was inaccurate.

The reporter didn't try to "get to the bottom" of anything. I was hoping that he'd at least do some IP sleuthing to pin down a physical location for the scammer, call a few bankers in Nigeria, etc.

I've yet to see a really well-done story about cooperating with Nigerian authorities to get some of the scammers nailed. Now that a Nigerian diplomat has been killed over an email scam, maybe the country will pursue the crime more vigorously.
posted by sacre_bleu at 3:05 PM on February 22, 2003

In the latest twist in this long running story, a 72 year old Czech man, frustrated after being swindled by "senior Nigerian officials" to whom he had given his bank details, shot dead Michael Lekara Wayid, Nigeria's consul to the Czech Republic. He also shot an embassy receptionist before the embassy security staff could stop and detain him. While the Western media is surprisingly silent on the details (BBC, CNN, The Register), This Day Nigeria says that the man in custody is Dr. Jiri Pacovsky. The good doctor had sought advice from the embassy officials about his "business" in Nigeria that promised him riches. "It is on record that any time the doctor was at the embassy, the deceased would spend hours attending to him, advising him against getting involved in fraudulent business dealings with people he did not even know....The deceased had on several occasions attempted to stop Dr. Pacovsky from continuing with his fraudulent activities but to no avail." Nigerian government said that, "fraudulent activities of Pacovsky in Nigeria were well known to the Czech authorities."

While this C|Net reporter is not the first one to reply and carry on a correspondence in jest with the Nigerians, and definitely not the first to write a published story on it, he missed the suspenseful ending (accidental pun) to this great story that is quickly becoming better than anything in Hollywood.
posted by tamim at 3:21 PM on February 22, 2003

DBAPaul and sacre_bleu, jeez guys, you need to lighten up a bit.

I thought this was an amusing article and posted it for all to see. If it didn't titillate you, no big, nothing to see here, move on. Apparently though, it did give you an opportunity to be pompous, which no doubt made your day(s). So... you're welcome for that.
posted by psmealey at 6:29 PM on February 22, 2003

Does anyone really believe the scammers reside in Nigeria?
posted by szg8 at 8:18 AM on February 23, 2003

I've started getting Nigeria-scam type emails from South Africa.
posted by spazzm at 9:22 AM on February 23, 2003

Since it is yet another Nigerian banking scam thread, I have no choice but to trot out my letters to Moshood. Enjoy.
posted by hipnerd at 10:06 PM on February 23, 2003

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