Yesterday she received an email from a friend she has rarely heard from for a while. He's been having some health problems and she's missed his humorous correspondence. So she was glad to see a message from his fun email account. She never knows what to expect from his "alter ego."
I am sorry I didn't inform you about my traveling to Nigeria for my business and personal reason's,and i forgot my little wallet in the Taxi where my money is, passport, documents and other valuable things were kept on my way to the Hotel.
The present condition that I found myself is very hard for me to explain.I am really stranded in Lagos,I am facing a hard time here because I have no funds on me. I need you to help me with the hotel bill of $800 Dollars and i will also need $200 to feed and help myself back home so please kindly help me with a sum of $1,000.I will appreciate what ever you can afford to send me for now and I promise to pay back your money as soon as i return home.
I am sending you this e-mail from the city called London and I was giving only 30mins to write and check your reply , I will appreciate what ever you can afford to send me for now and I promise to pay back your money as soon as i return home, you will send the money via western union money transferr. Please i want you to wire me any amount you can just for me to get home and as soon as am back i promise to pay you back asap!
Address:10Kings Hotel Building,Surulere,
Please Get back to me with this after you got it paid
Sender's Full Name:
Please Kindly wire me some money now!!
Thanks and God Bless You!
At the bottom was the signature her friend used on his regular email account messages.
Well, Jan knew her friend wasn't going to Nigeria and if he was, he wouldn't be emailing her to send funds, so she answered:
I too am sorry you didn't inform me you were traveling to Nigeria. However, I regret to inform you that since I seem to have misplaced my own wallet, I can not help you with funds. Let this be a lesson to you. Never, ever, ever go off without your wallet because no one will acknowledge knowing you or send you funds.
Best wishes for the rest of your trip. I fear you will be washing a LOT of dishes!
A few hours later, she received a message from her friend with the subject: new email address.
Due to a scam being perpetrated with my old email address, please note that I have changed email. In the event that you receive email containing my old e-mail address, please be advised that it did not originate from me. Thanks for making the change and I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
You're kidding! Jan responded.
I'm serious, Jan, he replied. Will contact you later. I'm in the process of notifying all my contacts of the new email address.
Needless to say, Jan is in shock. Not that she received one of those notorious Nigerian scam messages. She has received a "ton" of them. But that someone got in her friend's email account and she answered a real scammer. She is curious whether the "Nigerian" got to read her message. If so, she wishes she could have seen his face.
But she feels bad for her friend. Having a stranger in your email would be like having a burglar in your home. It's personal! Someone got into another blogger's gmail account a while back and it cost her some money. And we know of a blog where strange posts appear on their blog that they didn't post.
So be extra careful!
And on a lighter note, we were sent a link to this video yesterday and enjoyed it so much we want to share it. This is adorable.