[Ads-l] The Nigerian Scam revisited

Margaret Winters mewinters at WAYNE.EDU
Sun Oct 2 11:18:15 EDT 2016

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.



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From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of Robin Hamilton <robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM>
Sent: Sunday, October 2, 2016 11:06 AM
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

Anyone else had one of these?  Or am I the only sad person on this list who
checks their Spam folder?


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