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The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
The Nigerian Bank Scam
For more info about the Nigerian Bank Scam, check out Douglas Cruickshank's article in Salon from August 2001 in which he delved into the strange, seductive poetry of the Bank Scam missives. David Emery also had a piece about them in SF Gate in March 2002, while Ian Kaplan has collected many examples of the scam. Finally, the Embassy of Nigeria actually has a statement on its website from the Central Bank of Nigeria warning people about the swindle.
Categories: Con Artists, Email Hoaxes
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 19, 2002
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