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Victorian Nigerian Spam
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I got this today. It's a straight-up Nigerian scam, except it's written in this peculiar Victorian style.



To: undisclosed-recipients: ;
Subject: Good Day My Beloved

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From: Lady Toreth Hughes
52 Oxford Street, England.
Email: torethughes@yahoo.com.hk

Here writes Lady Toreth Hughes, suffering from cancerous ailment.
I am married to Sir Richard Hughes an Englishman who is dead.
My husband was into private practice all his life before his death.
Our life together as man and wife lasted for three decades without
child. My husband died after a protracted illness. My husband and I
made a vow to uplift the down-trodden and the less-privileged
individuals as he had passion for persons who can not help themselves
due to physical disability or financial predicament.

I can adduce this to the fact that he needed a Child from this
relationship, which never came. When my late husband was alive he
deposited the sum of 20 Million (20 Million Great Britain Pounds
Sterling which were derived from his vast estates and investment in
capital market) with his bank here in UK. Presently, this money is
still with the Bank.

Recently, my Doctor told me that I have limited days to live due to the
cancerous problems I am suffering from. Though what bothers me most is
the stroke that I have in addition to the cancer. With this hard
reality that has befallen my family, and me I have decided to donate
this fund to you and want you to use this gift which comes from my
husbands effort to fund the upkeep of widows, widowers, orphans,
destitute,the down-trodden, physically challenged children,
barren-women and persons who prove to be genuinely handicapped financially.

I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit
this money and my husband relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy
persons and I do not want my husband's hard earned money to be misused
or invested into ill perceived ventures. I do not want this money to be
misused hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid
of death hence I know where I am going. I do not need any telephone
communication in this regard due to my deteriorating health and because
of the presence of my husband's relatives around me. I do not want them
to know about this development.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the
bank in UK. I will also issue you a Letter of Authority that will
empower you as the original beneficiary of this fund. My happiness is
that I lived a life worthy of emulation. Please assure me that you will
act just as I have stated herein.

Hope to hear from you soon.You can contact me through my personal
email address: torethughes@yahoo.com.hk
Lady Toreth Hughes.
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I didn't; sigh. I even checked my spamtrap mailboxes.

I guess I'm just not as popular as you all.

Oh wow - I went through a phase of noting which countries I got the Nigerian spam from, but it never occured to me to note historical periods too.

Brilliant.

Yeah, I've gotten some of those too. And then there was the one a couple weeks ago going on about how the writer's illness had "defiled" all medical treatment.

I think I've seen the "defiled" one. Or a "defiled" one, anyway.

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