I kind of liked the opening of this Nigerian emailer's pitch:
I crave your indulgence as I contact you in such a surprising manner.
It's a little downhill from there. I mean, how surprising is it to get an email announcing that untold riches will be mine if only I assist in getting millions of dollars from an account in Nigeria (or Holland or Belgium or whatnot) patriated to the United States? Send me a dozen roses with a handwritten note suggesting intrigue. Leave a fine bottle of port with a cryptic hint or too about what is to follow. Have a limo waiting out front of my office building on a cold, rainy night when I've worked late, and fill my head with tales of oil money lying unclaimed in a numbered account...
I can't say I would be any more indulgent, but I would, at least, be surprised...Posted by Ideofact at January 26, 2004 11:50 PM