After the jump is a sample spam e-mail that is sent to millions of e-mail addresses. The spam e-mail mentions that a bank in Nigeria wants your contact information since no one has claimed the rights to the account. Given that millions of spam e-mails that are sent use the country of Nigeria as the basis, the spam e-mails are often used in a punchline. That includes a new Sony commercial.
“You can’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Otherwise I’d be a Nigerian millionaire by now,” stated a faux Sony company spokesman in the commercial embedded above. In response to the commercial, the country of Nigeria demands an apology. The Nigerian government claims that the commercial is harming the reputation and image of the country.
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2005 08:58:18 -0700 (PDT)
From: Moses Odiaka [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: CONFIDENTIAL PROPOSAL
My name is Mr.Moses Odiaka.I work in the credit and accounts department of
Union Bank of Nigeria Plc,Lagos, Nigeria. I write you in respect of a
foreign customer with a Domicilliary account. His name is Engineer Manfred
Becker. He was among those who died in a plane crash here in Nigeria
during the reign of late General Sani Abacha.
Since the demise of this our customer, Engineer Manfred Becker, who was an
oil merchant/contractor, I have kept a close watch of the deposit records
and accounts and since then nobody has come to claim the money in this a/c
as next of kin to the late Engineer. He had only $18.5mllion in his a/c
and the a/c is coded. It is only an insider that could produce the code or
password of the deposit particulars. As it stands now,there is nobody in
that position to produce the needed information other than my very self
considering my position in the bank.
Based on the reason that nobody has come forward to claim the deposit as
next of kin, I hereby ask for your co operation in using your name as the
next of kin to the deceased to send these funds out to a foreign offshore
bank a/c for mutual sharing between myself and you. At this point I am the
only one with the information because I have removed the deposit file from
the safe.By so doing, what is required is to send an aplication laying
claims of the deposit on your name as next of kin to the late Engineer. I
will need your full name and address telephone/fax number,company or
residential, also your bank name and account,where the money will be
Finally i want you to understand that the request for a foreigner as the
next of kin is occassioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner
and for that reason alone a local cannot represent as next of kin. When
you contact me, then we shall discuss on how the money will be split
between us and others we shall also speak in details.I am currently in
europe for a six months course,you can reach me on this number for further
discussion 0031 623 866 723.Kindly send your reply to my private email
address stated below email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Trusting to hear from you,
I remain Respectfully yours,
Mr Moses Odiaka.
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
(0031 623 866 723)