We've all seen Nigerian spam emails - "I'll give you a large cut of this spare $1,000,000, but I'll need $2,000 up front from you to grease various palms". Recently they seem to be on the increase and yesterday I got a new mutation that made me smile.
Normally they're all about business deals and they claim to have got your email address from some business directory. This one was different. It said (they're always in capital letters):
ON BEHALF OF MY LATE CLIENT REV. DR. ANDREW OKORIE, I WRITE TO NOTIFY YOU THAT MY LATE CLIENT REV. DR.ANDREW OKORIE MADE YOU A BENEFICIARY TO THE BEQUEST SUM OF USD 870,000.00 IN THE LAST CODICIL TO HIS LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT.
ACCORDING TO HIM, HE HAD NOT SEEN YOU IN PERSON BEFORE, BUT GOT YOUR CONTACT IN THE WORLD CHRISTIAN JOURNAL AND WAS INSPIRED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO WILL THE SAID AMOUNT IN YOUR FAVOUR DUE TO YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN CHRISTIAN ACTIVITIES AND MAKING BETTER THE WORLD SITUATION TO FACILITATE THE GOOD WORK OF GOD IN YOUR COUNTRY.
Anyone who's read more than a couple of my journal entries will realise just how funny that is.