The origin of most scam emails seems to have migrated from Nigeria to Burkina Faso recently. Anyway, the parade of garbled English goes on.
Why? I’ve visited or worked in five sub-Saharan countries and know that a large number of people, even in the former French colonies, can speak and write English as well as we can (sometimes better). Can’t the originators of these scam emails find some language assistance? I’m beginning to suspect that the garble is intentional — a sign of sincerity. You remember that George Bush the Younger (Yale-educated) used to make quite a few mistakes in English. I’m now thinking that was on purpose, too.
With that as prologue, here’s today’s best from Africa:
“Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and may offend your personality for contacting you without your prior consent and writing through this channel.I got your contact from the proffesional data base found in the internet Yahoo tourist search.When i was searching for a foreign reliable partner.I assured of your capability and reliability to champion this business opportunity.
“After series of prayers/fasting.i was divinely directed to contact you among other names found in the data base Yahoo tourist search.I believe that God has a way of helping who is in need.
“I am (Jimmy Gamba,the Head of file Department in African development bank (ADB).” [[--the usual pitch follows, not reproduced here]]