Is it just me?
I have a friend--a college educated young woman who has been out of work for a while, and can't find anything but temp work. It's hard times out there. I know. Several days ago she called me. She was pretty excited. "E, I think my troubles may be over."
She proceeded to tell me that she had gotten an email from a Nigerian ambassador who needed help getting money out of his country... You know the rest.
Following is a transcript of our conversation as best I can remember it:
E: (after a long pause) You're kidding me, right?
Friend: No! I just got the email this morning. What do you think?
E: (another long pause as I try to decide if I'm having an outer body experience, or am the victim of a phone prank) Betty, it's a scam.
Friend: What do you mean?
E: You haven't gotten one of these emails before? Comedians joke about them, Dateline did a story on them. It's a long running scam. You've never heard of this?!
Friend: (clearly deflated) Oh. (then) But maybe this one is real.
E: Um. Sure. But I doubt it. Sorry.
Okay look, I know my friend is out of work and needs a job and money, but come on! Am I the only one who finds one of these emails in my spam folder like EVERY DAY! Talk to me people. I need to know it's not just me.