I got my first Aftican Bank Scam today!

Whee! I’ve heard about these things for years but never saw one first-hand before!

>From:TIMOTHY IBEH.
>3/5 RIDER HAGGARD
>CLOSE, JO, BORG
>SOUTH AFRICA.
>Tel:874-762864167
>fax:871-762864168

> RE: TRANSFER OF ($ 126,000.000.00 USD)
> ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY SIX MILLION DOLLARS

>Dear sir,

(blah blah blah, transfer money into your account, yadda yadda…)

So, is there somewhere official I’m supposed to forward these, or do I just ignore it?

I just found out about www.buddyweiserman.com, which tells the story of a guy who pretended to fall for the scam, then made the con artist jump through ridiculous hoops.

Hmm … that comma kind of snuck in there.

www.buddyweiserman.com

I forward them to uce@ftc.gov

Stands for Unsolicited Commercial E-mail at the Federal Trade Commission. Not sure how helpful it is (they supposedly get tens of thousands a day), but makes me feel better.