About the same time the FBI issued a warning this week that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Assistant Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski didn't actually write an email akin to the Nigerian letter, I received a curious email from an Irish bank.
OK, it came from a university email address. But it was extraordinary nonetheless. What this bank official, "Myles Gallagher" was proposing was astounding.
In the normal Nigerian letter, greed and sympathy are at play. We feel bad for the poor official who wrote the letter and by helping him out of his jam we profit. A win-win.
But what old Myles is dangling is something entirely different. He admits in his variation of this letter (which still has people falling for it) that he's up to no good. He's simply looking for a plausible accomplice. That, of course, is anyone who cares to respond.
He's promising money, but of course, you and I know participation can only cost money. While never addressing us by name, Myles is only writing because we share the name of the wealthy dead person with no heirs. How lucky we are!
"I am aware of the consequences of this proposal. I ask that if you find no interest in this project that you should discard this mail," Myles implores. "I ask that you do not be vindictive and destructive. If my offer is of no appeal to you, delete this message and forget I ever contacted you." Ah, the Irish. They still have the gift of the gab.
Myles, it's hard to forget you. Your creativity and extremely long-winded letter put you in the lead for the first (and hopefully annual) award in the category of most creative variation of the Nigerian Letter. Thomas Winkowski, the director of the FBI and others trying to share wealth with us have nothing on you.
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