This Nigerian scam spam, which I received in the overnight mail, takes first prize in the chutzpah Olympics:

ATTN: Sir/Madam,


This is to bring to your notice that I delegated from the United Nations to Central bank Nigeria to pay 100 Nigerian 419 scam victims $100.000USD each,You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims,get Back to us as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your $100.000USD compensations funds.


You can receive your compensations payments via any of the both options you Choose, DRAFT PAYMENTS or WIRE TRANSFERS, I shall feed you with further modalities As soon as I hear from you.

Send a copy of your response to official email:
[redacted] @

Yours faithfully,

Who falls for this stuff?

8 thoughts on “Chutzpah

  1. Can you please show the full email address so I can get my refund?

    I sent an email to but it bounced back.

    I heard that if you give them your bank card and pin number, you can have your refund deposited directly. I want my money ASAP as I already spent the $100.

  2. Who falls for these things? Fewer and fewer people, thank goodness. But I’m with you in that I can scarcely believe that anyone would ever consider a spam message to be worth anything more than throwing into the trash, let alone responding to.

  3. Who? The people who want to know where the “Any” key is, when I tell them to press ‘Any’ key to continue.

  4. Just last year in Michigan one parochial school principal took $80,000 from his school so he could collect on $15 million that was being held for him in London. We never hear about the ones where someone sends $1,000 of their own money. I think it happens more than we know.

  5. Well, if they fell for it the first time, surely the second time, they’ll get their money back.

    Finally the Nigerian government is helping those poor folks who got scammed.

  6. Ed, if you haven’t deleted the e-mail, you’ve got a golden opportunity (for fun, not cash) ahead of you!
    “Many people have met up with the Nigerian letters (and nowadays emails) saying that they had large sums of money and that they needed a bank account off-shore to launder said large sum of money.”
    “I took a different tack and tried to spin them along for as long as possible, often insulting them mercilessly along the way. Despite what they say, they wanted my money and they put up with a lot in the hope of getting it. So keen were they for my money that it never crossed their mind that I might be having them on. Bless them!”

  7. More than we know.. not too long ago I heard from a realtor friend that someone was waiting on these funds to close on a house!

    Of course, they’re not always from Nigeria.. you may have won the Irish Sweepstakes.. the other questions is, What is being done to prosecute/ prevent such fraud? And what can be done when perpertrators are from foreign countries?

    Lynne Marie

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