Got this email today, which I thought was interesting...
NOTE_this is not a fraudulent act or any internet fraud am a proud citizen of Nigeria.
I'm going to overlook the fact that Nigeria is known for "419" emails, which encourage people to send money in exchange for transferring millions of dollars (which doesn't exist) from Nigeria to the United States. I don't think this has anything to do with one of those "opportunities."
I do think that it's an interesting example of emails which come in asking for help though...
On one hand, I think it's great that Jibola is asking for this. Like the Bible says, "Ask and ye shall receive."
But on the other, I don't feel that Jibola is really doing all (s)he can to get this phone.
Regardless, most people will need a little more info to know what the person is doing now in order to even consider a request like this. They need to know a "reason why" you need help...and they need details, more than just a general comment on the situation in your country-- especially when your country is known for fraud.
In short, I think that it's great that you ask for help, but if you expect somebody to come through for you, it will be helpful for you to let them know you're already working on this and just need a boost to support work which is already in progress, not 100% of the work.