Got an email from someone I know in London as follows:
I'm sorry for this odd request because it might get to you too urgent but it's because of the situation of things right now,I'm stuck in Nigeria with family right now, we came down here on family vacation, we were robbed,worse of it is that bags, cash and cards and our cell phone were stolen at GUN POINT,and it's hard to get hold of a phone here in London it's such a crazy experience for us, we need help flying back home, the authorities are not being 100% supportive but the good thing is we still have our passport but don't have enough money to get our flight ticket back home, please i need you to loan us some money, will refund you as soon as we are back home,i promise."
Hate to say this but leaving aside the fact that the English was well below what I would expect from this person the word Nigeria instantly aroused my suspicions. I got an email from the real person to say his account (yahoo) was hacked.
Nigeria is a great country but just wondering whether it should take measures to clean up the current "scam artist" image of its citizens.