Apart from making your communication better, a good knowledge of English grammar can save you from scammers. The reason is that many of the bad boys (and girls) who defraud people by sending tempting messages to them online, do so with poor English. So, if you are linguistically well equipped, you will be able to suspect and avoid their traps. Some of the fraudsters may be so smart that they deploy good English, hire or work with those grammatically sound, I know. Yet, the fact remains that many of the scam messages are coded in poor language.

I am going to buttress my point with a suspicious text message I received a few days ago.  The sender indicates that I have been awarded two gifts, based on my sustained patronage of the telecoms company involved. In the single sentence containing the announcement, however, I detected as many as 12 errors. So, I immediately ‘gave myself brain’ – as the slang goes – and treated the offer as a manna from Yahoo boys.  Below is the statement:

Airtel Appreciate your patronage as you won 60inchTV LED,28000 cards for more details call manager 09126608109

That is exactly the way it came. Now, based on your own knowledge of English, would you believe the construction came from Airtel – with all the elite communication/marketing structure the company is supposed to command? This is the kind of swift scrutiny you should always do on such correspondences, and the question you should ask. By the way,…

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