Microsoft teams with Nigeria to fight scammers

I learned something new today. Okay, I learn something new every day. However, one of my favorite things is knowing the back story of a situation. In this case the email that reads:

“I’m the former wife / employee / son / attorney of a deposed / deported / deceased official of the department of treasury / banking. I need your help in recovering ELEVENTY MILLION, TWELVITY HUNDRED THOUSAND dollars / pounds / kruggerands which were seized when my husband / employer / father / client was removed from office / removed from the country / vaporized by a toilet seat from a space station. I cannot reach these funds without outside assistance as they must be moved to a neutral country, blah, blah, blah”.

These scams promise recovering riches from an individual which can only be retrieved with your help. They involve your calling or writing someone, and at one point, you’re asked for your credit card: more than once (from what I hear).

Seems Nigeria has had enough of these “419” scams (named after the section of the Nigerian penal code which addresses fraud schemes); they’ve been around since the early 1980s in one form or another. “Nigeria enlists Microsoft to fight spam scammers”.

    These are always false and always a scam. If you get one you think is compelling, check out the sites. If you still think it’s the real deal, call or write me, and I’ll help you research it.

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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