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Emails from Ouagadougou

The flood of emails everyday soliciting partnership in extracting a share of a fictitious fortune is part of the daily routine on the internet. In the "419" scams, as they are called, both the gullible recipients and the senders are part of a "global family", tapping into an element of greed and corruptibility - attributes rehabilitated as drive, legitimate self-interest and "risk taking" in the time of the global free market. They thrive on the desire for instant wealth and consumer lifestyle that the global entertainment industry unleashes in formulaic and sponsored reality shows declaring "you too can do it, if you dare". There is also an awareness of the vulnerability of individuals up against an incomprehensible, leviathan economic grid, often making them lunge at any manoeuvre, however dubious.

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Emails from Ouagadougou

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