In complicity a few weeks back I spoke about how an essential part of the relationship between conjuror and audience was the latter's willingness to not only suspend disbelief but also be complicit in the deception, to turn a blind eye at the sleight of hand.
Yesterday I received one of the many 419-emails offering Lottery millions. Like the emails promising a half share in fortunes locked in a vault in an African bank and just needing someone from the West to claim them this email smelt of scam from the start. “This program was largely promoted and sponsored by a group of philanthropist, industrialists from the internet ware industry and some other big multinational firms who wish to be anonymous. “ rather gives the game away…and yet I was struck by the complicity urge; you know it’s a con but some part of you wants to engage, wants to believe.
A few years ago I went on an art college trip to Barcelona a few years back. Up and down the main drag local wide boys were doing the cup and ball routine on upturned suitcases. You know the thing, the three cups move around at lightning speed and you bet on the final destination of the ball. As we walked past on the way to the Hotel a couple of the lads on the course laughed at the foolishness of tourists who bet and lost on such nonsense. But you guessed it, a couple of days later the same lads shamefacedly returned to the hotel with one of them having lost best part of £100 on the very same game.
Oh and in case you are wondering 4470…numbers go straight through to Nigeria and Hale Rd is the location for Manchester Airport.
Airport Hale Rd Halebarns
Altrincham Cheshire WA15 8XW UK
Batch No: WD18/0065/04RN
Our Ref: UKNL/255457004/04
TO WINNERS IN OUR PROGRAM
We wish to congratulate you over your success in our computer balloting
sweepstake held on 23th October 2005.
This is a millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for the game.
However, your email address was attached to ticket number 034-22478556; with serial number 129 draw the lucky numbers
06 09 13 15 40 43 02
which eventually won the lottery in the first category of the draws. Therefore, you have won a lottery jackpot prize awards of £1,500,000.00 (one million five hundred thousand pounds Sterling Only)This is from total prize money of US$30,000,000.00 distributed to winners from 1st to 3rd categories.
Note that this program was largely promoted and sponsored by a group of philanthropist, industrialists from the internet ware industry and some other big multinational firms who wish to be anonymous.
You may wish to establish contact via e-mail with the particulars presented below citing the batch and reference numbers to this letter. Telephone lines are open between the hours of 8.00am - 7.30pm on Monday through Friday
Customer Service Unit,
Tel/Fax No: +447031902883
Contact person: MR STANLEY O'BRIEN.
Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so desire.
Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulent cliams.
At your disposal, we remain.
Very Truly Yours,