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Read ME!!!! Alert!!!! Warning!!!!
30 Oct 2001
Modified: 09:17:27 PM
Read ME!!!! Alert!!!! Warning!!!!

Read ME!!!! Alert!!!! Warning!!!!

Read ME!!!! Alert!!!! Warning!!!!
Read ME!!!! Alert!!!! Warning!!!!

I just received and opened an E-mail that was VERY “Sketchy” to me. The subject was something along the lines of, “I NEED A TRUSTED PARTNER”. It pretends to be written by a Nigerian who is trying to smuggle 75,000,000 $ into the United States. It says that the money was acquired through the late Nigerian president. There was a lot of strange things about the e-mail and whatever the person was asking that I help them with was illegal. I deleted the e-mail without responding. I am not a trusted friend of anyone in Nigeria. In fact, I have never even met anyone from Nigeria in my life. The e-mail says that the keepers of this large amount of money are willing to share it with whoever helps them get it into the country. I, of coarse, did not accept the offer, and did not even respond to the e-mail do to fear that it is some kind of trap.

I am not sure if this is just some joke or if this is a real deal, but I am worried about this new “anti-terrorism” bill being a part of it. I know that the bill allows certain government bodies to tap phones easier, and to tap what they consider to be “criminal” e-mail (they do anyway, they just cant use it in court). This might be a long shot, but perhaps this is a kind of e-mail infiltrator/provocateur. Maybe, whoever is responsible for this (FBI/CIA?) is trying to get known activist e-mail accounts intercepted. If I understand the bill correctly, one still has to go through the courts to acquire a warrant or some such thing to tap e-mail, phone and fax lines legally. If they can establish a link to someone “in Nigeria” with a US activist that is being asked to do something illegal, they can attain the “right” to scan e-mail/phone/faxes and use it in court to silence dissent.

Tell me that I am over reacting, Please! Just be cautious and tell your friends about strange, “illegal” sounding e-mails. Don’t open any e-mail titled “I NEED A TRUSTED PARTNER”.
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old hoax
30 Oct 2001
I've been getting faxes with messages like this at my office since long before the attacks. I don't know where they are comming from but this is obviously an elaborate hoax that's been going on for a while and has nothing to do with the attacks. There are several variations to the faxes but they are all about rich people in Africa needing help with financial transactions.

Here is a little description from HoaxBusters:

Nigerian 419 Scam

This scam has been seen in a lot of different forms but they all work the same way. Someone in a foreign country (usually Nigeria) has some large amount of money that they need to get into or out of the country. Their offer to make you a business partner where you set up a legitimate bank account and let them use it to transfer millions of dollars. For this, you get to keep 30% of the money plus 5% for expenses. Sounds great, they call you back and want you to put $10,000 in the account to get it open and cover some initial expenses and then give them access. As soon as you do that, your money disappears and so do your business partners. The U.S. Treasury has a good description of these scams ( including where to report them.
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