It's been a really busy last couple of days here, so I apologize for the brevity of yesterday's Spam Report and the lateness of today's post.

A couple of open records requests came in leading to a couple different investigative stories and then, I worked on a piece involving how the University of Wisconsin once boycotted football games with LSU over civil rights. That's a cool story, but I digress.

Anyhow, I finally had a few moments and realized I had yet to visit the blog today. It's always a challenge to pick which emails to feature and I stumbled onto the one today, not because its premise is all that unique, but that it actually compelled me to search on line for the Nigerian Constitution.

Specifically, I searched for "the provision act of decree 114 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on Contract Matters." If you can understand what that means, you're smarter than me. However, I'm often perplexed by the language used by government types when plain English would do, so I actually called up my favorite search engine and copied that phrase.

Sadly, numerous other websites popped up, seeking to warn consumers about the bogus email all of us had received. However, I remained driven to see if the senders were simply BS'ing us or if, in fact, they'd painstakingly copied a particular provision of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999.

If it were the latter, I'd still call this a scam/spam, but at least I'd give them credit for their attention to detail. It's really a quality lost on today's youth.

Unfortunately, this link to the Nigerian Government's constitution doesn't provide the answer. 

Alas, I will go into this Labor Day Weekend unclear as to whether Mr. Paul Williams is your two-bit, lazy spammer/scammer or one whose creativity should be lauded.

Either way, as always, just hit delete.

See you back here on Tuesday.


-----Original Message-----
Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2014 3:40 PM

Attn: Beneficiary

Please bear with us for making this initial contact through email, it is due to the urgency of this notification, since we are unable to reach your phoneline. This is to officially bring to your notice that we have finally signed an irrevocable agreement order with the United Nations, at the 37th G8 summit which was held 2627 May 2011 in the commune of Deauville, in France. You can check this link to confirm the summit:

The agreement instruction was for us to settle all enormous outstanding debt burden on our country, in order to enhance our business relationship with the International Community. To that effect, The Federal Ministry of Finance have finally forwarded to my humble office, the names of foreigner's/contractors that have not yet received their payment for some reasons and your name happen to be on the list hence, your payment worth USD$2,000.000.00 (Two Million Dollars Only) is next on the payment schedule list, for this quarter of the year 2013

In accordance with the provision act of decree 114 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on Contract Matters, your contract payment documents have been verified, approved and arrangement is being been made to effect your payment to you within the shortest period of time in our bid to transparency.

Also, it might interest you to know that a Gentleman with name JAMES WHITE from Ohio, USA., already contacted us on your behalf. He forwarded to us his full banking information and presented some documentations evidencing your payment, claiming they were signed personally by you for the release of your payment to him. He further told us that you are seriously sick and presently on a Hospital bed of which he is not even sure, you will survive. Please find below his Banking information for your-re-confirmation:

BANK NAME: Charles Schwab Bank

ADDRESS: 1397 Vidaway Columbus, Ohio 43228 A/C NAME: JAMES WHITE

ACCOUNT#: 121202211

ROUTING#: 440014258642

TEL: Withheld for security reasons

EMAIL: Withheld for security reasons

Lastly, we also want to use this medium to pose a warning/advise to you, should in case you are already dealing with anybody or office posing to be the Central Bank of Nigeria or any fake financial office, we advise that you STOP further contact with them in your best interest and contact only the Skye Bank Plc., with our information accordingly. The reason why you have not received your payment up till now, is because you have been dealing with the wrong people and office, so be advised and note that only Skye Bank Plc have in possession, the instrument for perfecting that.

Having said all this, we urge you to get back to this office immediately in order to let us know if truly JAMES WHITE is your representative as explained above, before we proceed with the next step on releasing your payment to him accordingly. Thank you for your anticipated Co-operation in advance as we await your prompt response to this matter.