Genre, Narrative and the "Nigerian Letter" in Electronic Mail

  title={Genre, Narrative and the "Nigerian Letter" in Electronic Mail},
  author={Wendy L. Cukier and Eva J. Nesselroth and Susan Cody},
  journal={2007 40th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'07)},
Spam, or unsolicited email, has become an unavoidable fact of life for anyone with an email account. Spam emails generally reflect genres seen in traditional print format such as advertisements, memos, etc. One particularly interesting form of spam is the "Nigerian letter". Nigerian letters offer "get rich quick" schemes to engage recipients into advance fee fraud activities. This paper provides an empirical analysis of 111 Nigerian letters received by email to explore key elements including… 

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