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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Switching From Greed to Fear
Originally Published on forbes.com on August 8th,2011
I’ve changed the title to this piece out of respect for criticism I received from people who thought I was characterizing their entire country. Also see this follow-up post.
I’m hoping to continue this blog, but I’m a little concerned about some e-mail I just received. It had a pdf attached with a joint letterhead from the FBI Headquarters and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Lagos, Nigeria. The thing is resisting cutting and pasting so I’ll just give you the summary.
It tells me that I am to contact the US Department of Homeland Security to obtain my Clearance Certificate. I’m supposed to contact their Principal Legal Advisor. Here is his contact info :
Furthermore be advised that according to the United State Law together with the FBI rules and regulations, you are to obtain the document from the DHS. Also that you are to take care of the cost of the Clearance Certificate, which will be issued in your name. Due to the content of the Clearance Certificate and how important and secured the document is, you are the beneficiary and will send the DHS the sum of $350 Dollars only for the issuing of the Clearance Certificate. That is the lay down rule for the DHS to release such sensitive document …….
You are hereby advised to Contact them through the email address above to make an enquiry concenring how you will send the official fee to them……..
There’s a warning that if I don’t attend to this I will be arrested as soon as an international court issues a warrant.
We are charged with the responsibility of implementing legal norms and our authority is irrevocable so don’t dare dispute our instruction.
I suppose this was predictable. People are catching on to the fact that the stranger who wants to transfer a few millions dollars into your account that his great uncle earned while he was the defense minister of some African country is probably not on the up and up. So they are giving greed a break and switching to fear. The FBI has many graduates of Jesuit colleges and high schools working for it, so if they were sending out letters like this they could probably find someone fluent in US English to write them. I’m not going to speculate on who it is that will be falling for this thing.
On the other hand you never know. If you don’t see any posts from me in the next week or so, please call the FBI and put in a good word for me.