WASHINGTON – Everyone has received one of these email hustles from Nigeria, right?
But there’s a new twist on the old scam of a big payoff if only you believe in … infamous American race-faker Rachel Dolezal.
While there’s no evidence Dolezal herself is participating in the swindle (She’s referred to as MRS. Rachel Dolezal in this latest version of the email scheme), the irony is that an old game of pretend is trying to cash in on a white woman who claimed to be black. The email with sketchy grammar making the rounds on the Internet identifies Dolezal as being from Jacksonville, Fla., which she is not.
The email starts out with this greeting: “Good Day to you My Dear friend.”
“I am Mrs.Rachel H. Dolezal, I am a US citizen, 59 years Old. I reside here in Jacksonville Florida. My residential address is as follows,” it continues. “11287-5 Estancia Villa Cir, Jacksonville, FL, 32246, United States, am thinking of relocating since I am now rich, I am one of those that took part in The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC Oil Compensation award payment in Africa many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over US$26,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail.”
After playing off the fact that many people have heard about the previous scams, the Dolezal email switches gears.
“So I decided to travel down to the office of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC with all my compensation documents, AS I where been directed by the ( F B I) Director and US homeland security to contact and meet Barrister George Alex, who is a member of NNPC COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE and representative of the NNPC Oil Compensation award payment here in Florida, United States, so I contacted Barrister George Alex and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake.”
Then the good news for people desperate to cash in on a scheme literally too good to be true: “He took me to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right now I am the most happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds of $18.5 Million United States Dollar, Moreover,Barrister George Alex, showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your Name and email address as one of the beneficiaries, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you. I will advise you to contact Barrister George Alex. You have to contact him directly on this information below.”
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And what did the fake Dolezal have to pay to get her money?
“The only money I paid after I met Barrister George Alex was just US$585 for the paper works, take note of that,” the email claims.
The real Dolezal of race-heist fame is not 59, either. She’s the 39-year-old former NAACP leader ousted after being unmasked as a white woman in 2015 after years of claiming to be black.
In March, she clarified her identification more specifically, saying: “I definitely feel like in America … there still is a line drawn in the sand, there still are sides. Politically, there is a black side and a white side. And I stand unapologetically on the black side.”
Even though she is the daughter of two white parents, she still insists that she is black person, regardless of her birth circumstances and genealogy. She’s the author of a new book, “Now In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World.”
“I don’t identify as African-American; I identify as black,” she says, “so I’m part of the pan-African diaspora. I stand with my own sense of the self and my internal values. And I also stand with the greater cause of challenging the myth of white supremacy.”
And, despite the phony letter, she’s not rich.
In February, the news broke that, despite the new book, she’s been living on food stamps and was offered work in reality TV and porn.