I'd heard all about 'em on tv - the email introducing its writer as the once-wealthy victim of his country's political instablility. He pleads for monetary help, promising big returns to reward you for your compassion and financial help. Apparently lots of naive would-be investors actually fall for it.
I received my first today, from Robert Asele, eldest son of 'one of the most popular black farmers
in Zimbabwe who was recently murdered in the land dispute in my country' (not Nigeria, for a change).
I remember reading in the paper, of a young woman who had her huge credit card bill paid off by people responding to her e-mail begging. Makes me wonder why this works!!