[Ads-l] The Nigerian Scam revisited

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Sun Oct 2 19:38:59 EDT 2016


Robin, do you and your mates, like chimpanzees, also gang up on, entrap, and eat colobus monkeys?

Joel

      From: Robin Hamilton <robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM>
 To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
 Sent: Sunday, October 2, 2016 5:35 PM
 Subject: Re: [ADS-L] The Nigerian Scam revisited
   
...

Me, I admire the bonobo, and I like to think that I'm more enlightened than a
silver-backed gorilla, but I suspect that I'm finally on the level with the
chimpanzees.

Way it goes.

At least be grateful that this in a non-Noyau list.

Robin

> On 02 October 2016 at 22:23 Flourish Klink <flourish.klink at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> 
>    Don't bonobo monkeys also constantly copulate?
> 
> 
>    On Sun, Oct 2, 2016, 5:02 PM Robin Hamilton
> <robin.hamilton3 at virginmedia.com mailto:robin.hamilton3 at virginmedia.com >
> wrote:
> 
>        > > Well, to be picky, the Nigerian 419 scam, specifically a web-based
>        > > phenomenon,
> >        is a variant on the Spanish Prisoner Con.  Pushing it back to
> > England in the
> >        1600s, I suppose guinea dropping could be considered a slighter
> > variant of the
> >        same business, as Guinea Droppers, Spanish Prisoner Conmen, and
> > Nigerian [not
> >        necessarily from that physical area, but so-called from the first
> > identified ISP
> >        address associated with the phenomenon] Scammers all appeal to the
> > mark's
> >        cupidity, thus in each case there being a hint of impropriety, never
> > quite
> >        reaching the level of illegality, in what the mark is expected to do
> > to get
> >        Loadsamoney.
> > 
> >        Hey, let's not knock it -- it worked (well enough) in 1600, and it
> > still seems
> >        to work often enough today for it to be still worth practicing.
> > 
> >        Sad old world, if you can bear to think about it. The Web seems
> > intent on (among
> >        other things) replicating, while spinning the electrons, scams which
> > prolly
> >        reach back to the time when a sharp chimpanzee first conned a
> > silver-backed
> >        gorilla out of his [sic] territory, while a couple of  bonobo
> > monkeys looked on
> >        disapprovingly.
> > 
> >        Robin
> > 
> >        (Aside: In the scale of primate social co-operativeness, homo
> > sapiens as a whole
> >        sits on a level with chimpanzees, above silver-backed gorillas but
> > well below
> >        the heights achieved by bonobo monkeys.  Puts us in our place, that
> > does, in
> >        more ways than one.  Bonobo monkeys are apparently even happy, or at
> > least,
> >        willing, to welcome immigrants from other tribes.  R.)
> > 
> >        >
> >        >    On 02 October 2016 at 21:23 Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM
> >        > mailto:hwgray at GMAIL.COM > wrote:
> >        >
> >        >
> >        >    Isn't "Nigerian _letter_" the older term for this particular
> >        > scam, which
> >        > is
> >        >    two days older than water?
> >        >
> >        >    Esquire - Volume 77 - Page 184
> >        >    https://books.google.com/books?id=gWJXAAAAYAAJ
> >        >    William S. Burroughs - 1972 - ‎Snippet view
> >        >    A typical _Nigerian letter_. The correspondence closes with
> >        > three
> >        >    "references of long standing business" and the illegible
> >        > signature of a
> >        >    "Director." I answered. "Dr. Mr. Director:
> >        >
> >        >    "Many good thanks for your letter.
> >        >
> >        >    "We at X-Pando are not financially equipped to send $400
> >        > [approx.
> >        >    $3700, today] worth of free samples sight unseen even to such
> >        > a
> >        >    well-established firm as yours. We promise you that the
> >        > X-Pandotite in the
> >        >    one-pound can is exactly the same X-Pandotite as in the
> >        > 100-pound drum.
> >        >    Only more of it.
> >        >
> >        >    "We have checked your three references. At present writing two
> >        > have
> >        >    answered:
> >        >    "We do business only on the basis of an irrevocable letter of
> >        > credit."
> >        >
> >        >    I thought that had ended it. Yet I am surprised by yet another
> >        > letter.
> >        >
> >        >    On Sun, Oct 2, 2016 at 11:18 AM, Margaret Winters
> >        > <mewinters at wayne.edu mailto:mewinters at wayne.edu >
> >        >    wrote:
> >        >
> >        >    > The "IRS" has been sending threatening emails and - even
> >        >    > worse -
> >        >    > threatening phone calls for quite a while now. One version
> >        >    > demands
> >        >    > payment
> >        >    > by gift cards (!) for a 'student tax', targeting
> >        >    > undergraduates new to
> >        >    > grown-up finance, but there are many versions. We get a call
> >        >    > once or
> >        >    > twice
> >        >    > a week and delete from our answering machine - no spam
> >        >    > filter equivalent
> >        >    > there.
> >        >    >
> >        >    >
> >        >    > sigh,
> >        >    >
> >        >    > Margaret
> >        >    >
> >        >    >
> >        >    > ----------------------------
> >        >    > MARGARET E WINTERS
> >        >    > On Leave
> >        >    > Office of the Provost
> >        >    > Wayne State University
> >        >    > Detroit, MI 48202
> >        >    >
> >        >    > mewinters at wayne.edu mailto:mewinters at wayne.edu
> >        >    >
> >        >    >
> >        >    >
> >        >    > ________________________________
> >        >    > From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> >        >    > mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU > on behalf of
> >        >    > Robin Hamilton <robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
> >        >    > mailto:robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM >
> >        >    > Sent: Sunday, October 2, 2016 11:06 AM
> >        >    > To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> >        >    > Subject: OT: The Nigerian Scam revisited
> >        >    >
> >        >    > I've just had an email (which my ISP rightly decided, with
> >        >    > acute
> >        >    > disdain,
> >        >    > to
> >        >    > relegate to my Spam folder) threatening [sic!] me with legal
> >        >    > action from
> >        >    > everyone from the IRS to the United Nations, if I don't send
> >        >    > them at
> >        >    > least
> >        >    > a
> >        >    > token payment on an overdue debt.
> >        >    >
> >        >    > I don't remember coming on this particular variant on an
> >        >    > old-established
> >        >    > ritual
> >        >    > before.
> >        >    >
> >        >    > Anyone else had one of these? Or am I the only sad person on
> >        >    > this list
> >        >    > who
> >        >    > checks their Spam folder?
> >        >    >
> >        >    > Robin
> >        >    >
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