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    there really is nothing new is there

    Just doing a bit of browsing on the National Library site for family history items.

    In an article in the Albury Banner & Wodonga Express of 15th May 1908 there was a snippet about the marriage of a relative

    Anyway, that why I was looking, not the subject of this post.

    In the same article there was this text



    The text is

    That clumsiest of clumsy frauds, the Spanish Prisoner swindle, has turned up again.
    There is a slight variation in the details of the romance, but the main planks of what may
    be termed the Spanish pri soner's 'platform' remain pretty much in statu quo. He is still
    confined in the castle of Barcelona, cut off from all communication with the outside world,
    deprived of hit) 'equipage' — whatever that may be — and his only friend and confidante is the
    gaol chap lain, through whom he addresses his ap peals to possible Australian clients; As usual,
    he wants the person addressed to take charge of his young and lovely daugh ter, and to accept
    by way of reward a trifle of £9000, which the Spanish prisoner pro poses to devise by will.
    It is, of course, impolite to suggest questions abo\it a lady's age. Then, again, the Spanish
    prisoner may during the past decade have had a consid erable family of daughters. The suggestion,
    however, that crops up in this connection is undoubtedly a delicate one. If this is the same
    daughter witli which or with whom, the Spanish prisoner commenced his busi ness career in the
    early nineties, sho must nowadays be a pretty elderly party. This, however, is diverging from
    the point, at is sue. Of course, there is a little pecuniary condition attached to the proposal.
    A man would, indeed, be unreasonable if he expec ted a lovely bride aud a fortune of £9000 for
    nothing. The Australian must send a little cash to Barcelona, for the redemption of the 'equipage.'
    As soon as the money is forthcoming the lovely daughter will be forwarded (presumably post paid)
    together with the chaplain. What has to W done with the chaplain is not stated; but one can't expect
    exhaustive details irj a first ' letter. A notable feature of. this remarkable communication
    is the evidence it af fords of the writer's faith in Australian gullibility. It would seem that
    the Australian news in Spanish, newspapers must be rigidly confined to reports of the achievements
    of 'confidence men.' On no other assumption, indeed, is it possible to account for the belief that
    so transparent, so clumsy, so stupid a swindle could find victims in the Commonwealth of Australia.

    So the Nigerians aren't even original

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    At least back then they wouldn't have got phone calls from some windows/microsoft security help center.

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    And I just now, had to answer the phone and got some automated voice asking me to do a three minute survey? The only way I could say no nicely was to hang up.

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    Interesting what you can dig up. Thanks for sharing. Made me chuckle.


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    Hello? Horse and buggy support services here. Did you know your buggy is approaching is"danger age" in order to protect your family we can help you for the modest sum of just £15....

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    If you think you've heard it all B4 you could be in a time warp.
    Click HERE endlessly to proceed.
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    Isn't Trove the best. If anyone is interested in Family or social History, or just wants a fun trip through yester-years newspapers, TROVE is for you. The National Library of Australia has digitised many of our newspapers, and is a fully searchable, free website. After typing your requirements into the seach Engine, possible articles come up. By clicking on one, it takes you to the original newspaper article. It is so much fun, and so informative too.

    Thanks for sharing this John, and yes, it is true how many things happening to us now, also happened to our ancestors. Good luck with your research- I hope you find many heroes, and many villains!

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