This morning I got a message through Nature Network from a Ms. Mary W.Matsuno of Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, West Africa. I suspect some of you got the same message. Here is how it starts:
bq. Dear ,
I deem it a respect and honour as well as priviledge to write you on my deep conviction about you, after my deligent search for a honest and trustworthy someone who will assist me of which I have chosen you to assist me for the transfer of an inheritance which I inherited from my late father that was poisoned to death by his relatives associates out of enviness.
My name is Mary W.Matsuno, I am 19yrs old, a native of Sierra-leone in West African region in the local districk of Konobo and am the only child of late William Matsuno, my late father is a Diamond Officer in the Republic of Sierra-leone.But before his death in a private hospital here in Abidjan where he was brought for us to fly oversaes for his medical care before he suddenly died, he told me of a fixed deposit of US$9,800,000 he had with a bank in Abidjan here which he made me the next of kin because my mother died when I was two yrs old.
Putting aside the issues of spam from NN (which I’m sure they’re sorting out), this shows us how badly the economic crisis is biting. Back in the good old days, spammers would be waving fifty, sixty million dollars (US) in front of our noses, with promises of getting most of it. But now it’s less than $10m (TEN MILLION DOLLARS), with no guarantee of a percentage of it. You know the economy’s bad when even the scammers are cutting back on what they’re offering.