Latest variation on the Nigerian email scam

This actually made it past my spam filters. Once.

Needless to say, I won’t be helping this innocent victim of political persecution, wrongly jailed for “suspected genocide”. Nor will I keep his message a secret “for the sake of humanity”. In fact, I’d be delighted if it served as evidence against him. The person sending the spam, that is, not the fictional character in the message.

(the email address used was scraped from the blog Making Light; I’ve never used it anywhere else, and now that my filters trap about ten spams a day sent to it, I never will)

From Fri Oct 31 16:52:24 2003 Return-Path: Received: (qmail 45869 invoked by uid 26688); 1 Nov 2003 00:47:44 -0000 Received: from unknown (HELO ([]) (envelope-sender ) by (qmail-ldap-1.03) with SMTP for; 1 Nov 2003 00:47:44 -0000 From: “ROBERT CRAWFORD” Reply-To: To: Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2003 00:47:46 -0800 Subject: VERY URGENT

From Dr Robert Crawford

           Business and partnership intent


As I was searching through the net for contacts of those who are provened in their individual respective disciplines,I came across your contact,took interest on your profile and decided writing you on a partnership intent.

Sir,I am sending you this mail from a prison cell ,and this opportunity of relating to you,is not only a saving grace to my present situation but also the best thing that has ever happened to me in my incarceration.I was arrested and detained for prosecution for a suspected genocide case that I was fingered by my political enemies that want me jailed so as they can have access to my wealth,even after killing my only three grown up children with my wife in a stage managed auto accident four months ago.Well I would not wish remembering more sorrowful parts of my ordeal,as it could worsen my already fragile health situation.But I swear here today to you that I never dreamed of killing any soul and I never joined in any killing plans either.

I want to ask you for a favor because of God and my only surviving little baby,whom I don’t even know where she is now,as I have been deserted by all for fear of being linked with me and possibly being joined in my case by my detractors.I want to know if you can invest and manage some funds that I have in a secured place in London,with all details still intact with me.

Please if you could manage the fund,which is relatively huge,I shall give you all the information required for the most risk free transaction,with all legal frame work to be provided by a trained legal luminary.If you can partner with me,kindly respond to this email,with your personal phone and fax numbers,so as I can expedite communications with you.

Hope you can understand that I am in detention and any information from me to any one could be a key evidence against me,so don`t for the sake of humanity reveal the content of this communication to any one,please keep this private and confidential. This is my private

Wish to read from you

Dr Robert Crawford