Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/11/22/shortest_419_email/

419ers break world's shortest email record

I need help

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 22nd November 2005 11:15 GMT

God alone knows what happened to Liberia's Charles Taylor and his distraught widow plus mewling and orphaned infants boarding a Red Cross plane to Nigeria where the former dictator had thoughtfully deposited $23,000,000 (TWENTY-THREE MILLION DOLLARS) in a safe deposit box in Lagos just waiting for some willing business partner to receive the funds into the bosom of his bank account, but it appears the Lads from Lagos have decided it's time to cut the crap and get straight down to it:

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Subject: [SPAM] GOD BLESS YOU
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2005 20:55:04 +0200
From: smith nguessan <smith1@jmail.co.za>
To: smith1@jmail.co.za

Hi

I need help

smith the_familyhome@yahoo.fr (0022507849902)

Marvellous. Our informant, Sam Fold, notes that 00225 is the international dialling code for the Ivory Coast. No doubt if you give smith a bell he'll give the full run-down on the former oil executive tragically killed in an air crash and the $34,000,000 in unfulfilled petroleum contracts currently languishing in a tin box in Abidjan.®