I was planning on giving the following email points for creativity this morning, but then one Google search later, I learned not only does the exact same note pop up as far back as the spring of 2011, but then, I learned that a majority of all Nigerian scam emails actually come from Nigeria. (http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/167719/WhyFromNigeria.pdf)
Next thing you're going to tell me is that Sasquatch does not exist (http://www.bfro.net/)
As far as the below email goes, there's no such thing as Tomoba Oil and the chance that some South African oil executive whose wife and kids died in a car crash and who is dying himself from cancer has reached out to you blindly hoping you'll help donate his remaining $15 million to charity because his existing friends and family have "plundered" his wealth is really, really non-existent. By the way, in case you were wondering how benevolent Mr. Peter Attah really is, he has already donated to "orphans in Sudan, Ethiopia, Cameroon,Spain, Austria, Germany and some Asian countries."
Don't fall for this folks. If you get an email you want to warn your neighbors about, send them to me: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org and then, just hit delete.
Have a great weekend.
From: Mr Peter Attah [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2014 1:28 PM
Subject: Mr. Peter Attah
Mr. Peter Attah
URGENT - HELP ME DISTRIBUTE MY $15 MILLION TO CHARITY
IN SUMMARY:- I have 15,000,000.00 (fifteen million) U.S. Dollars and I want you to assist me in distributing the money to charity organizations. I agree to reward you with part of the money for your assistance, kindness and participation in this Godly project. This mail might come to you as a surprise and the temptation to ignore it as unserious could come into your mind but please consider it a divine wish and accept it with a deep sense of humility.
I am Mr Peter Attah and I am a 55 years old man. I am a South African living in the Garden City of Port Harcourt - Nigeria. I was the President/CEO of TOMOBA OIL LIMITED - an oil servicing comapny in Port Harcourt. I was also married with two children. My wife and two children died in a car accident six years ago. Before this happened my business and concern for making money was all I was living for and I never really cared about other people.
But since the loss of my family, I have found a new desire to assist the helpless. I have been helping orphans in orphanages/motherless homes.I have donated some money to orphans in Sudan, Ethiopia, Cameroon,Spain,Austria,Germany and some Asian countries.
Before I became ill, I kept $15 Million in a long-term deposit account in Allied Bank PLC. Presently, I am in the hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for oesophageal cancer and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live. It is my last wish to see this money distributed to charity organizations. Because my relatives and friends has plundered so much of my wealth since my illness, I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them.
Please, I beg you in the name of God to help me collect the $15 Million and the interest accrued on the deposit from Allied Bank and distributes it amongst charity organizations.
You are at liberty to use your discretion to distribute the money and feel free as well to reimburse yourself when you have the money for any expenses you incur in the course of collecting and distributing the money to charity organizations. I am willing to reward you for your assistance and kindness.
Kindly expedite action and contact me via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org if this proposal is acceptable to you.
May the good Lord bless you and your family.
Mr Peter Attah
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