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November 04, 2003


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This is all just really, really funny.


I'm sure there is a joke in here someplace about the fact that the original name of this con was "the Spanish Prisoner", but I'm insufficiently caffeinated to find it.

Mitch Mills

Maybe the e-mails are intentionally badly written and edited to increase their "authenticity" and make the mark think he's dealing with some third world idiots who can be easily taken advantage of?

The language (mis)used does tend to enhance the presented vision of a backward country where corruption is rife and a little baksheesh judiciously applied will net the mark millions.

I kind of doubt this theory, but I too was very surprised that the scam went beyond soliciting checks into actually staging meetings, so who knows?

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