Recently most of the letters from Nigeria scammers went into the junk mail folder or recyle bin directly, but this one went thru since it was from someone I knew. It takes few phone calls and emails to figure out that this was yet another scam. I wish I had googled it first before contacting all my friends who also received the same email.
When I first saw this email, my first reaction was, no way! What an Astronomy Professor has to do with fighting racism, HIV/AIDS, and Poverty? But ok, who knows. I knew he had a wide scope of interests in the Social Science area, so may be he turned into this after his retirment! However, since English was not the first option should he have to write me, I really didn’t think that it was him. My biggest concern wasn’t he was really stucked in Lagos, Nigeria, but I just wanted to let him know that someone has got into his address book or his parted laptop.
If you wonder what I’m talking about, just google the title and you will find various reports of these Nigeria letters. In that way, you would not be surprised in the future if you receive an email from someone you know saying:
Hello, How are you doing today? I am sorry i didn’t inform you about my traveling to West Africa, Nigeria for a program called “Empowering Youth to Fight Racism, HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Lack of Education, the program is taking place in three major countries in Africa , South Africa,Ghana and Nigeria, i am schedule to use 5 days here. It as been a very sad and bad moment for me, the present condition that i found myself is very hard for me to explain.
You will find various reports from many victims of this scam in the search result. The search result of “126.96.36.199” from X-Originating-IP: [188.8.131.52] from the email header as well as ‘whois’ service all pointed this site to Nigeria.