Should I be excited to finally receive a Nigerian scam e-mail?

This week­end, I final­ly received my first Niger­ian scam e-mail. In actu­al­i­ty, this is prob­a­bly not the first but it is the first one to make it through the e-mail fil­ters. I have to admit, I have felt a lit­tle left out over the past few years. I always heard about these e-mails but I nev­er received one. Here is the text from the mes­sage:

Sub­ject: PLEASE I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE
From: clement­mat­tins
Sin­cere Greet­ing,
I’m Mr. Clement Mat­tins from bank of Africa. firstly,accept my apolo­gies ‚am the per­son­al accoun­tant to Dr. Ravin­dra F. Shah who died with his wife Mrs. Man­ju­la Parikh-Shah in a plane crash on 1st Oct. 2003 on their way to Boston. i came across ($8,500.000.00USD) in his bal­ance with our Bank (B.O.A), then i want you to pro­vide an account where this mon­ey will be trans­fer into for both of us, If you are will­ing to assist me, there­fore you should con­tact me imme­di­ate­ly you receive this E-mail for more detail, Regards Mr Clement Mat­tins Tele­phone: +226 78 31 77 67

After look­ing around the net, it became obvi­ous that this is a 419 scam. A few ideas came to mind. Should I play along and screw with the scam­mer? Should I report this to some offi­cial gov­ern­ment agency? Read More