Just about everyone we know who routinely plays around on the Net -- which is just about everyone -- has gotten a Nigerian scam letter.
You gotta know the deal:
Someone has $30 million awaiting them in a Swiss bank, or something, but only if you fork over $3,000 or so to the cause. If you are so kind, your new friends will be happy to part with, say, $3 million or so.
Endless variations on that theme exist.
We got one via e-mail recently, and it goes like this:
The return address is the "Anti-Terrorist and Monitory (sic) Crimes Division, FBI Headquarters, Washington D.C."
The "writer," who says he is FBI director Robert Mueller himself, instructed us "to contact the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, Phoenix, Arizona" and ask for the Reverend Daniel Parker, who is that alleged agency's "principal staff officer."
"Once you contact them, I will get back to you," writes the man masquerading as Mueller, "or else I will have an agent come visit you at home for questioning."
The Reverend Parker's address was listed as 1224 Mabo Lane Road in Phoenix, and his phone number has a 206 area code.
For the record, there is no Mabo Lane Road in Phoenix, and 206 is in the state of Washington.
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