Wednesday, June 17, 2009


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.


  1. A dead giveaway that it's a scam is all the misspelled words! I agree. These scams have been around for way too long but the sad part is that people still fall for it.

  2. Heeeeeeey... Tell your friend that job's already taken. I'm so getting that job. Ooh did I also mention that I inherited anywhere from $100K to a million from an old, old aristocrat from a town I've never heard of? Apparently I'm his closest living relative. Not my parents, grandparents or uncles... just me :)

    Nope you're not alone. :)

  3. wow, I didn't know that email still worked ;) I've received a couple in the past, but I am not inundated with them. That really is surprising that your friend has never heard of them. huh.