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A fellow IT hack was amazed to receive the following email from Prince Jafaru A. Manga of Nigeria. Apparently, the hack has been targeted for this tremendous offer because he is an IT journo and was given the nod at a conference in Georgia. It is all patent nonsense of course but interesting nonsense.

Presumably, the mention of two of America's favourite vices: money and royal families, is enough to make some of them part with a small "administration" fee when the account is set up. There's even some pro-democracy stuff thrown in for a kicker. Needless to say, rather than the secret millions appearing, the account will promptly be shut down when the money arrives and "Prince Jafaru" will never be heard of again.

And this is the great thing about the Internet: it is now so popular that you can easily locate even more stupid people than before. Here's the email: ®

CONFIDENTIAL REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE.

My name is prince A.J. Manga, a solicitor/notary Public and a very active legal practitioner in Nigeria. I am also an in-law to past late president General Sani Abacha. I sought your acceptance through a Business associate whom I met during the Super communication 2000 communication exhibition held between the 4th - 8th of June 2000 at Atlanta Georgia United States. Now Gen. Sani Abacha is dead, and Mohammed the first son is facing a lot of persecution due to his involvement in anti-pro-democracy activities during the rule of his late father. Also there are alleged fraudulent activities Mohammed has been linked to with the father who jailed the present Nigerian President Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo on trumped up coup charges. Ironically now, the government of president Olusegun Obasanjo is after the family to recover everything, they have laid claim to all the family's wealth and hence the reason I am making this contact on behalf of my sister, Mrs Maryam Abacha the wife, hoping that you would understand our plight thence the need for an urgent assistance through your positive co-operation.

My aim of contacting you is to crave your indulgence to assist us in securing some funds abroad for safe keeping which incidentally is part of the family's remaining wealth. Fortunately with my immediately assistance and contact, we were able to deposit a substantial sum of the money in a security vault abroad pending when the whole situation will be calm.

However, this security company does not have any knowledge of the content of the deposit because it was done in the guise that the security boxes contain precious stones considering the great risk we run presently due to the new democratic governments initiative to freeze and recover all monies supposedly misappropriated by the late president, we wish to relocate this fund in a foreigners name to avoid any trace. As he said fund legitimately belongs to my sister's family. Now that we are in a democratic government, this is our opportunity to remove the money, and we are willing to offer you (20%) of the funds after the transaction for your co-operation.

All I need from you is an assurance that you can handle this amount involved comfortably and that I can also trust you with this very arrangement. The amount in question is $110million United States Dollars, $70 million dollars has already been moved while $40million Dollars is still stocked at (CBN) Central Bank of Nigeria. Be rest assured that there is no risk and no adverse legal consequences I have taken care of everything. I want you to immediately inform me of your willingness/capability in assisting and co-operating with us, so that I can send you full details of this transaction and let us make an arrangement for a meeting and discuss at length on how to transfer this funds. Also furnish me with your private E-mail address and Tel/fax number for a personal contact with you.

Finally, I am trusting on your full understanding of this while hoping that there will be absolute confidentiality.

Please whenever you call me ask the receiver to quote my Tel/fax numbers as furnished above, if he can not, do cut off and redial the numbers. This precaution is being taken for security reasons due to interception of calls. Contact me on my hotline/fax/E-mail, I would be stand by 24 hours to attend to your call. Because of poor communication system in Nigeria lines are often busy so be patient to try my numbers consistently and accurately, I believe you would get through to me.

My deepest prayers for you as I await with interest your response and hoping to develop good business relationship with you.

Best regards.

PRINCE JAFARU A. MANGA

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