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 Oldest Nigerian letter?

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Danglerb
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 12:10 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I found a Nigerian letter with a check for $5000 my parents got back in 1975. I thought this scam didn't get going until the 1990's, anybody know what the oldest letter is?

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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 1:17 am Reply with quoteBack to top

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Prisoner

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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 1:19 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I first saw the scam in a snail mail I received in the early 1990s. I have heard that this was called the "Mexican letter" in the 1950s, but haven't found evidence to back it up. The "Spanish prisoner" scam dates to the 16th century:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Prisoner

And who knows, if you go back far enough there's probably a "Babylonian letter" and a "Hittite Prisoner" scam.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 1:07 am Reply with quoteBack to top

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I forget Who's doing it but someone on these boards is working on one.

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 4:09 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Apparently, this has been going on since the 1920's. Read about it here

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 7:13 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

^^ Goes back further, first known scam was when Eve offered Adam a 100% risky free apple.....

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 3:54 am Reply with quoteBack to top

not wanting to be pedantic, but surely the snake offering it to her, would have been even earlier...

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 10:58 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Try getting hold of a copy of '419 Scam' by Charles Tive. It goes into this sort of thing in depth.

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