This past Monday night, Mike Boyink received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org, via an email address Mike only uses for comments on my site — that smoke you smell is me thinking of ways of poisoning the well!
Anyway, I figured this would be a good time to remind everyone of a point that Mike Wendland in an article in the Freep entitled “Nigerian e-mail scam still collecting from its victims.” Basically, people have lost fortunes, been kidnapped and murdered.
So here is the deal. If you ever get an email that offers you a huge fortune if you’ll only help them out by sending them some money first, then you’re more than likely looking at the 419 Nigerian Email Scam, or some variant thereof. Be especially careful if it is dripping with “churchy” terms and phrases aimed at tugging on your generous heart strings.
In which case, I suggest you take Wendland’s advice on his blog and just hit the delete button. Meanwhile, I’m going to see if I can eliminate email addresses from displaying on the comments sometime later tonight or this weekend.