The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Sunday, Debtember 15, 2002

Nigeria Central

Man, it's Nigeria Central here. No sooner do I get yet another Nigerian Special Offer than I receive the following about Mr. Woo Chong:

From: XXXXXX <XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX>
To: <sean@conman.org>
Subject: FW: PLEASE CONTACT ATTORNEY
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2002 15:26:30 +0800

Dear “Captain” Conner,

Perhaps you would enjoy some further comedy from Mr. Woo. I received the same “scam” letter … But, having no previous experience with such types of “unusual offer,” and being as I actually bank with China Trust, I replied with some remarks roughly equivalent to what is contained in your posted commentary (minus the stuff about the Nigerian offers and the request for 50%). I was just curious as to how this letter found my email address, etc. Also I was hoping that whoever “Mr. Woo” is … He is someone completely unrelated to China Trust Bank that is just finding ways to amuse himself.

In his reply, his command of English appears to be slipping; he claims to have tried a phone number I didn't give him and has misspelled my name. If he indeed is a member of China Trust and has access to my files, indeed my phone number would not have worked as I have moved; however, I find this unlikely. See below:

From: “woo chong” <woo_chong123@amrer.net>
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2002 11:28:26 +0800
To: <XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX>

Subject: PLEASE CONTACT ATTORNEY

PLEASE CALL MY ATTORNEY! DEAR XXXXXX, I MUST THANK YOUR PROMPT RESPONSE TO MY MAILS, PATAINING THIS TRANSACTION,AND FOR SENDING YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER.I TRIED THE NUMBER, I HAD NO RESPONSE. I HAVE TO ALSO BRING TO YOUR NOTICE THAT BECAUSE OF THE LOAD OF WORK HERE IN MY BANK, I HAVE GIVEN MY ATTORNEY WHO IS IN LONDON, THE RIGHT TO CARRY ON WITH THE TRANSACTION. HE HAS ALL THE DOCUMENTS AND INFOMATION REGARDS THIS TRANSACTION. HERE IS HIS DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBER:(447753262320), HIS NAME IS MR WATTS. PLEASE TIME IS NO LONGER ON OUR SIDE, ENDEAVOUR TO CALL HIM AS SOON AS YOU GET THIS MAIL. I WANT TO ALSO REMIND YOU ONCE AGAIN THAT ALL I NEED FROM YOU IS UTMOST TRUST AND MAXIMUM SECRECY IN THE COURSE OF CARRING OUT THIS TRANSACTION.I WANT TO BELEIVE THAT YOU ARE A GOD SENT, AND WE WILL MEET WHEN THIS TRANSACTION IS OVER TO DISCUSS INVESTMENT MODALITIES. ALWAYS GET BACK TO ME AFTER EACH CONVERSATION WITH MR WATTS,MY ATTORNEY. LOOKING FORWARD TO A SUCCESSFUL AND PROSPEROUS BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU. REGARDS, CHONG. – Get your free email from www.amrer.net Powered by Outblaze

(and it's not helping matters that I'm the second result for a Google search on “Woo Chong”)

If this keeps up, I'm going to have to write more about blogging …

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