Since my work email went public when I started the application process for a training course I am running, I have received really high levels of SPAM. Not ordinary pornography spam but spam from people who claim to be beneficiaries of huge amounts of money and who need my help. It's an obvious scam. The majority of this spam is coming from Africa - mostly Nigeria, but some also one or two from China.

Though I know it's a scam and that it's probably just one or two people sending different versions to me over and over, the volumes of it are starting to trigger stereotypes I already have of Nigeria - and Nigerian "business". I wonder whether the person who sends the spam out is aware of the prejudice it engenders. I wonder even if they do it on purpose to actually create that hostility.

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