No, lady. I am definitely not ready to participate.

I haven’t gotten one of these in years! Here’s the old Nigerian Letter brought to “a Company in Europe” under the title, “Are You Ready to Participate?” (spelling, grammar and spacing original.)

Dear Sir,

My name is Ana.What I have may be of interest to you, because it is a business proposal that will benefit you.

I have worked for a Company in Europe for some years now.The main reason I am writing to you is based on the fact that the Company has been Bankrupt and Liquidated for a few years now and the Company has been Ordered to pay off all outstanding Creditors what the Company owes them.

To this effect I thought that perhaps we could both reach an understanding as regards presenting you as one of the Creditors of an outstanding payment of USD$33,625,100,00 Million United States dollars by making available to you all the necessary details/documentation to back up your claims which i would be facilitating myself by the doing the ground work,to ensure you get paid as soon as possible.

The money would be splitted (60% to me and 40% to you )and you can invest this money on a profitable business managed by you while some of the profit can be used to support charities.

If you are interested kindly get back to me on my private email ( redacted )for further full details and way forward.

Best Regards,


Sure! I’d be delighted to enter into an embezzlement plot with a total stranger who emailed me out of the blue for no apparent reason. Can’t wait! How much of my personal information do you need to make the transfer?

And yet I’ve heard that people actually do fall for this … transparent con.


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7 Responses to No, lady. I am definitely not ready to participate.

  1. Kentucky says:

    Please forward significant address for redacted email that I may avail myself of this wonderful blessed opportunity to support charities and personal business ventures of myself.

  2. Mark Matis says:


    You mean you didn’t forward her your ex’s info???


  3. Bibamufu says:

    See what happens when you get a bigger house…

  4. Zelda says:

    If she has your email address she already has more information than you could ever imagine and you are on the dark web somewhere in a data dump of likely prospects. Your information has been bought and sold for pennies, along with several hundreds of thousands of others. The next adventure will be a popup on your screen in some lurid color combination (perhaps with a female voiceover reinforcing the warnings in very good English) warning you that your computer has been locked because it is broadcasting a virus and you cannot use it again until you call a “Microsoft technician” at an 888 number. You are warned that if you close out of the screen all of your data will be lost and you can never use your computer again, or something like that. You may even be blamed for the end of the world as we know it. It’s all funny except for the fact that if all of this didn’t sometimes work, they wouldn’t do it. Hard to imagine such a leisured life style that all a person has to do all day is write code to send out these messages. Wow. Sure wish that’s all I had to do, but it’s time to go dig weeds and put down hay mulch so I have something to eat this winter.

  5. gojuplyr says:

    Are you trying to tell me that Nigerian prince with the $3 million isn’t real? Next thing you know all those pretty young women right in my neighborhood wanting to sleep with me will turn out to be a scam too.

  6. ExpatNJ says:

    What about scam phone calls? Do you receive them, as well?

To the stake with the heretic!