Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Nigerian Scammers Discover Facebook

HELLO MY FACEBOOK FRIEND. MAY THIS COMMUNICATION FIND YOU ROTFL WITH HEALTH AND BEST OF CHEER. I AM YOUR LONG-TIME BFF FRIEND FROM YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE ON THE INTERNETS, AND OMG I AM CURRENTLY FINDING MYSELF IN A SITUATION OF MOST CONSIDERABLE DISTRESS THAT REQUIRES THE IMMEDIATE RECEIPT OF FUDNING FROM YOUR MOST GENEROUS AND KIND SELF IN THE AMOUNT OF WTF US$524 (FIVE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FOUR UNITED STATES DOLLARS). PLEASE CONTACT MYSELF YOUR FACEBOOK FRIEND AT YOUR EARLY CONVENIENCE TO ASSIST ME IN RESLOVING SAID DIFFICULTY IN MY PERSONAL LIFE. KTHXBAI.

If you have a Facebook page, beware of odd requests from "friends" that ask you to wire them money. Nigerian scammers are apparently using Trojan-type exploits to steal Facebook passwords and then pose as a friend in need to ask for money.

My two haikus based on other Nigerian "419" schemes follow, with a link to many more (my second one, I'm proud to say, earned a runner-up prize that I never received from The Register. The recognition, of course, is reward enough):

mysterious mail
distinguished salutation -
send account number


generous kind sir
of sterling reputation -
help with stranded funds?

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