Madame Yotta

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For one brief minute I thought I had a coup - an interview with a Nigerian scammer. A concillatory approach:


Dear Dr Usman,

No, there are no hard feelings.

Of all the Nigerians I have corresponded with, you appear to be the most worldly and most educated. Something of a novelty in a sea of surprisingly naive corespondents.

You are correct, Yotta is not my real name. Nor am I female.

I have been responding to a variety of letters received from Nigeria for some years now. An odd hobby but one that gives me a lot of innocent pleasure.

To put things in perspective: since the 31st of July I have received 77 faxes (and about six emails) about various sums of money just waiting for me to collect from in Nigeria. Yours was one of those faxes.

You can understand how hard it is to take it in anyway seriously when I get up to 4 offers a day!

I would love to find out a bit more about how the scam (if you don't mind me using that term) works from the inside. But if you don't want to answer, that's fine too.

How did you get involved in it?

Your sincerely,

J. Cosmo Newbery.


But it was not to be...

J Cosmo Newbery

I only stumbled on a file on my desk which contained your purported contract details and decided to help out. (Pffft!)

I am not a scammer neither I,m I involed in what you have in mind about Nigerians.

Dr. Usman


Adieu.

Ah, Shamsudeen, you disappoint me.

You are no better than the rest of them after all.

Thank you for a good laugh.


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