I just got my first Facebook scam message. It came from a guy who calls himself James Koku. I think it’s a scam, but maybe it’s a parody of a scam. It is so poorly written I can’t imagine who would be dumb enough to fall for it.
“My name is James Koku, an attorney to Late Engr.G. Specht, who share the same last name with you and of the same nationality with you, who passed away on the 11th of June 2009. He have the sum of Four million two hundred thousand dollars in his account. If you are intrested get back to me for More details.”
Poor James Koku, he doesn’t even know how to use spell check and he has real trouble with English grammar and capital letters. I looked at his Facebook page. He only has one friend, Robert Alderson. I wonder if Mr. Alderson knows that his friend is a cyber swindler.
This reminds me, I recently read a wonderful novel about Nigerian internet scam artists, I do not come to you by chance. It was written by a young Nigerian woman, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani. I couldn’t help admiring some of the scammers in the book, although not the suckers.