Nigerian Email Scam: U.S. Edition

Here’s an email that is going around:

Dear American:

I need to ask you to support an urgent secret
business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of
America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large
transfer of funds of 800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in
this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.

I am working with Mr. Phil Gram, lobbyist for UBS,
who will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a
Senator, you may know him as the leader of the American banking
deregulation movement in the 1990s. This transaction is 100% safe.

This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank
check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly
transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are
constantly under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should
look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin
so the funds can be transferred.

Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and
college fund account numbers and those of your children and
grandchildren to wallstreetbailout@treasury.gov so that we may transfer
your commission for this transaction. After I receive that information,
I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be
used to protect the funds.

Yours Faithfully Minister of Treasury

Henry Paulson

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