Well, perhaps you may remember a previous posting (here) that I made about an Oregonian woman who lost quite a bit of money to the ole Nigerian email scam. I handled that story with dignity and full respect to the woman who fell prey to this scheme. So, you can imagine that I was quite troubled when a co-worker sent me another story of a victim.
That’s right, according to a recent news article (here), a Canadian man lost $150,000 to this particular email hoax. The good news in all of this is the fact that the Canadian fellow had one heck of a International adventure. According to the article, our hero, John Rempel, traveled to Mexico, London and New York in an attempt to collect enough money to buy his $12.8 million payout. John made covert cash hand-offs in back street alleys to unknown Nigerians; obtained secret money cleansing formulas; and searched, with his 10-year old brother Ike, for a giant truck full of cash at a New York airport.
Unfortunately, John found out that $150,000 really isn’t enough to buy $12.8 million. The true cost of $12.8 million, as is stated in the article, is $150,000 plus $12,500 cash for an airport bribe. John apparently ended up quitting right when he was ready to hit pay-dirt…he was only $12,500 away from a fortune, but he ended up blowing it by refusing to pay. Now, I’m sure the whole transfer process will have to begin again, so I encourage each of you to keep checking your email in-boxes and junk folders to see if you can be the next lucky contestant to try your hand at having $12.8 billion transferred to you!