My profuse and sincere apologies must go out to Blog World for my extended absence.
I will come back and comment at the comments later.
The reason I have been absent is because I received an email titled, like this post, “BANK OF AFRICA OUAGADOUGOU”.
This is from a very nice man called Abuduli Usman. I don’t know how Abuduli has heard of me, but he has been assured of my “discretion and capability” by a “mutual acquaintance” and so it would seem churlish of me to refuse his request for help.
I merely need to provide the details of a UK bank account so he can give me US$8.5 million.
I have never received an email like this, although I have heard a lot about them. The first thing I noticed about it was how transparently scammish it was. The reason why they needed a UK account (an American philanthropist and his lady wife had died in a plane crash, and as he was a “foreign” then they needed another “foreign” with a valid passport to pay the cash to) wouldn’t have deceived a child. So how do people fall for these things?
The second thing I noticed was that it had arrived in my Inbox (his email was yahoo.ca, if you are interested, and I don’t rememeber .ca being assigned to Burkina Faso when they were doing the domain name handouts… in fact didn’t it go to that annexe of the US, I forget its name… anyway!) and I wondered how this had happened… I had been careful to split my email address in the side bar so it took up two lines with a line break in beween.
I spotted a comment from Welsherella which had my email address in full with no obstructions!* Don’t trifle with me Welshy! You stepped outside the circle of trust before… don’t make me expel you permanently… If you’re not in the circle you’re against us!
I have my (good) eye on you!
That is enough rambling from me, I have three emails from sultans and two from exiled princes to read.
PS If you would like me to follow this email up in the interests of an amusing story then feel free to forward me your bank account details and I will use you as my “business partner”. I feel sure Abuduli wouldn’t mind.
* someone technical who understands computers will tell me that it isn’t this that has done it at all, but I will know that Welshy has got to you first if you point this out…