Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dr. (Mrs.) Mariam Abacha, the wife of the late head of state and commander in chief of the armed forces of the federal republic of Nigeria who died on the 8th of June 1998. The present democratic government is determined to portray all the good work of my late husband in a bad light and have gone as far as confiscating all my late husband's assets, properties, freezing our accounts both within and outside Nigeria.
My late husband had/has Eighty Million USD ($80,000,000.00) specially preserved and well packed in trunk boxes of which only my husband and I knew about. It is this sum that I seek your assistance to get out of Nigeria as soon as possible. You will be well compensated. I implore you to please give consideration to my predicament and help a widow in need….”
Remember when all phishing emails were this obvious? Full of misspellings, awkward English and bad graphics, I used to think only my mom clicked on these things.
As I like to say, it’s called organized crime for a reason – they’re organizations just like our legitimate companies. And just like a well-run company, they’ve implemented improved processes over the last couple of years.