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Is It a Clam?? - 82923
Two question marks might get you to open the email.
Clam is being used to replace a word it rhymes with that often indicates someone is trying to swindle you. This is to avoid your email filters and because it’s kind of funny upon a reread. Let’s jump in for all the clammy info you’ll ever need.
Faking cancer for 8 years for a little over $100,000.00 in donations is next level clamming for what amounts to $6.00/hour (Yes, I did the math).
All the way back in the 19th century letters would be mailed from a “Spanish Prisoner” who needed money to bribe his way out of jail to retrieve treasure from a location of which only he was aware. Of course, he was willing to share in the treasure’s reward but only once he had obtained your upfront payment.
The Nigerian Prince Clam lived long before the Internet and email, and I’m sure the “Spanish Prisoner” was even once an “Aztec Warrior” or a “Mongolian Commander” but we don’t have the documentation prior to it appearing with frequency in the 1800s. What is interesting about the “Nigerian Prince” is that it simply rose to trope/cliché status by virtue of a small group of Nigerians being incredibly successful with the clam, forcing media outlets to warn the public and making it the crowning pearl of clams.1
The ‘Wait, What?’ Vortex: In 2012 the state of South Carolina just … gave away millions of their population’s social security numbers.
“A decade later, answers remain shrouded behind a federally led investigation that remains open, according to the S.C. Law Enforcement Division. Questions remain about the hackers’ identity and whether the state paid a ransom to retrieve the data.“ WAIT, WHAT?
Your Good Traits …
If you have ever met someone who is curious, has a healthy respect for authority and expertise, and has a strong desire to always be helping out a friend … there’s a good chance you really like this person. This person may even be you, and if so congrats on being good-natured!
So ya know … maybe be like 1% less good-natured and stay on the look out for clams.
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See, I told you it was funny on a reread.