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15 Jan 2009

"I like to learn something new, to travel, walk on a nature"

I can't resist re-posting this hilarious 419 scam fresh from my inbox, allegedly from innocent Natalya pictured above from the JPG attached to "her" email - I say "her" because the sender was listed as Frederick somebody, hardly a common ladies' name where I come from!

Hi! I ask you to read this letter, it will not borrow a lot of your time. This letter not
advertising, but this letter from usual Russian woman which wishes to meet the man of she dream...
My name is Natalya. I'm 28 years old. My friends speak, that I - very cheerful and sociable woman
and I have good sense of humour. I like to learn something new, to travel, walk on a nature. But
unfortunately, I did not manage to meet the man to which I could trust, be very close with him and love
At my age it is time to me to reflect on family, children. But all men whom I met, did not concern
to this seriously. Therefore I have decided to try to find the man in other country. I have addressed in
agency of acquaintances and to me have offered to dispatch my letter, I have agreed... If there is even
one chance from thousand, I am ready... I believe... I so would like to give my heart, the love my
favourite person.

If you have read my letter and wish to continue dialogue, write on mine e-mail: natalyakorobkova@googlemail.com

If you will write to me only for game or to receive my photos, I ask you to stop it.
If you have decided to answer my letter, I ask you tell about yourself. It will be interesting to
me to know about you more.
What is your name?
How old are you? Your city.
Would you like to meet the woman for love?
So, I finish the letter, thanks, that you have read it. I hope, that I shall receive the answer
from you. And this hope allows me to look at the world in another way...
Please be in earnest to my letter very much. Also be fair.

I wish you good day.
Good day to you. Go forth and multiply, Natalya.

POSTSCRIPT 15th January 2009: a British man has lost £130,000 to Nigerian 419 scammers.


  1. ROFL !

    Wonder if you considered that 1 in 1000 chance that truly may it be innocent Russian female to seek her dream-man. Maybe you loose (sic) the opportunity.

    Had fun reading your post ...

  2. Oh no! To think I might have missed a golden opportunity! I take it all back. ;-)

  3. Let me tell you that it is a woman. I spoke to her on the phone today. And may I say her search is over now.

  4. And then she asked for $1100 for insurance she needed before sh could have gotten the Visa she claimed to have. She's innocent enough not to use the ticket price as the hook.

  5. Oh dear. If it's too late and you've already fallen for this scam, fear not because the UN in West Africa is just dying to compensate you:

    " SIR/MADAM,

    This is to bring to your notice that we are delegated from the UNITED
    NATIONS in Central Bank to pay 50 victims of scam $500,000 USD (five Hundred
    Thousand Dollars) each.. You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims to be paid this amount,
    get back to this office as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your
    $500,000 USD compensations funds.

    My dear friend I will like you to contact the finance house for the collection of this international certificated bank draft. The name and
    contact address of The Person with your Cheque is Mr. Wesley Greenfield is as follows.

    Send a copy of your response to official email:
    EMAIL: georgeellissrrr@gmail.com
    CELL PHONE: +234-801-334-8760

    You are adviced to send your communication particulars, full names, telephone/fax numbers,mailing address,age and occupation to enable us have
    your cheque sent to your designated address.

    Yours Faithfully,
    Mrs.Sarah Thomas
    Secretary United Nations
    West Africa"