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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 4, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 4, 2009 |

You know those spammer scams Nigerians have been sending out for a decade now? It used to be mostly people claiming to be Nigerian royalty asking for money in exchange for more money, but according to my spam folder, they’ve changed it up a little. Now I am being told that a Nigerian person has, in his possession, an $850,000 cashier’s check made out to me, wrongly delivered, and in his possession. Apparently, I won the lottery, and those boneheads at FEDEX sent my winnings to Nigeria by mistake. In order to recover the the $850,000 check, all I need to do is send a $100 processing fee. There’s a bargain.

Anyway, the Nigerian scams are the focus of a movie that’s soon to go in production. Apparently, those scams are an entire industry in Nigerian. Swindle one person, and an entire city eats for a year (I saw in on “20/20.” John Stossel is a stud). The movie is a drama, in fact. One directed by none other than Ben Stiller. It’s about a Chicago banker who is swindled by a Nigerian Internet scam, and while there is a dose of comedy in the flick, it’s really meant to shed light on the ills of Nigeria and effect social change in the area. A message film directed by Ben Stiller. Deep.

The timing of filming will depend on Stiller, who is also still attached to The Trail of the Chicago 7, which he took over after Steven Spielberg dropped out (hmph: That sounds about right. Can’t get Spielberg? How about Gaylord Focker?) Stiller also has a third Focker movie in the works. Raven Symone has apparently been cast as a babysitter in Little Fockers, which is about the Fockers and their twin children. (Ironically, Symone is also attached to the lead in the remake of Adventures in Babysitting).

And how’s that soul feeling? Crushed? Good, my work is done here.

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