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African e-mail scam takes white farmer twist

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You may remember the 419 e-mail racket which urges you to engage in ripping off an African country for lots of dosh - using your bank account (AJ 23.5.02). Incidentally, don't. It's a scam. When you get your latest e-mail from Lagos or wherever you should, apparently, forward a copy of it to 419@spring39. demon. co. uk before deleting it.

The scam has taken an imaginative twist, reports The Register at www. theregister. co. uk.Now the invitation comes from a Zimbabwean white farmer who is trying to get his association's funds out of the country.

Your proposed take is a cool million.

Incidentally, The Register is selling 419 T-shirts for £12 with the text of a typical e-mail on the back, and on the front: 'My money went to Nigeria and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.'Look at the bottom of The Register homepage for the cash and carrion shop.

The Greek ban on all electronic computer games reported here a few weeks ago has been halted by a Greek court which ruled this bit of idiocy unconstitutional (AJ 12.9.02).Naturally the fuzz brought a case which had nothing to do with illegal gambling, the original reason for Greece's Whitehall laying down the ban on all computer games. It was about two Internet cafe owners who allowed their customers to play Counter-Strike and online chess, reports the BBC at www. bbc. com This column does not run to a credible speed testing kit but I reckon broadband downloading via Telewest cable modem is considerably faster than via BT Internet.Long-suffering readers will recall the tediums of installing and maintaining BT broadband - and trying to talk to the call centre,50 miles north of Inverness - ever since BT introduced its DIY broadband.But nothing is perfect and recently Telewest circulated its subscribers with the information that it had lost everyone's e-mails. Happily, I had kept my old ISP - largely because I like to maintain e-mail files on my computer.

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