Here's some of the history behind the Nigerian Prince email scam. Of course, there's nothing new under the sun.
CONAN: So you would not be surprised if evidence turned up of some ancient letter, back to the Roman days: We escaped with some Gaulish treasure before Caesar crush us, and we just need a little help.
BRUNTON: Yes, absolutely. I mean, honestly, at this point I would not be surprised to find like cave paintings.
BRUNTON: You know, like, we have a lot of extra obsidian, but we had to leave it in a cave and...
Don't forget about the Nigerian scammer who was scammed in return and tricked into writing out by hand 293 pages of Harry Potter as part of a "research project".