Delete This at Your Peril

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 January, 2012, 12:00am


Delete This at Your Peril
by Neil Forsyth

We've all received them: e-mails sent by fraudsters keen to extract money from recipients told, for example, that someone in an African country wants to move around money, and all they need do, for generous recompense, is send details of an account into which the millions may be deposited. In Delete This at Your Peril, Bob Servant, a 62-year-old former window cleaner the author has created, plays along with the scams, reproducing messages for sheer entertainment. In one of 11 stories, he corresponds with the Togolese 'only son of late King Arawi of tribal land' about US$75 million kept in a security company that needs to be transferred to an account. What follows is an exchange that soon involves the sale of lions. Of course, when no money or personal information is sent, the messages end. Servant also corresponds with a 23-year-old Russian called Alexandra, who writes early in their acquaintance: 'What can you offer me to make me love you?' Sadly, the narration is jarring because of high-pitched bleeps inserted in place of addresses and the like.