“I wonder if the Nigerian email scammers are onto something.”

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  1. wellokaythen says:

    It’s amazing that the scam is still out there, but most amazing that the scammers haven’t even bothered to change the name of the country. It’s actually called the “Nigerian” scam, people, so use a little imagination and pretend to contact the sucker from a different country at least.

    At this point, it’s probably an independent, self-aware internet meme that just reproduces itself, and this is how the AI’s will take over the planet.

  2. Back in the dawn of internet dating sites I had a profile on a national dating site filled with the usual stuff/cliches; my love of reading, my other interests and a picture. Although I did initiate some messaging they never resulted in anything and I never got any messages from women without me messaging them first. One evening when I was feeling rather demoralized about the whole “finding my true love” thing I deleted the images and text on my profile and just put in the text:

    Fat, rich and not too happy.

    I wrote the rich part because I had just gotten a bit lucky on some stock options in a publicly listed dot com company so I wasn’t exactly lying although I were to find out that rich means different thing to different people.

    When I logged in a few days later there were about 10 messages from women waiting for me. I even went on a date with one of them – a nurse student with a sense of humour. The thing I learned was that I had unwittingly pre-screened for the completely wrong women and that my original profile was in fact useless.

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