For some reason lately, I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking me for money. I used to get them all the time and then they stopped when I increased the settings on my spam filter. Then I must have signed up for something in the last two weeks. Now the floodgates have been opened for people I’ve never even heard of to ask me for money.
We get them all the time, these emails saying something like this one:
“Can I Trust You?” (This is the
con subject line of the hook message)Let’s just stop there. Who are you and how did you get my email address?
“Dear Friend,” (friends know each other’s name–small technicality there)
“Firstly, I am married to Mr Fara _______.A gold merchant who owns a small gold Mine in Burkina Faso . We were married for Eleven years without a child. And he died of Cardiovascular Disease before the uprising in Syria began in mid-March 2011. During his life time he deposited the sum of US$ 11.2m (Eleven million two hundred thousand dollars) in a bank in Ouagadougou the capital city of Burkina Faso in West Africa .”You’d think if a guy had 11.2 million dollars just stored somewhere, he could get a better doctor.
“At the time of his illness, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The one thing that disturbs me mostly is my stroke illness. My doctor confidentially told me i have less chance to live. Having known my condition I decided to contact you if you can claim the fund as my next of kin since none of my husband’s relation or mine is alive. They were killed during the war in my country Syria when they were fleeing from the country to Jordan . If you agree to be my next of kin and claim the fund then you will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct you…………”<snores>
“You will take 40 % Percent of the total money While 60% of the money will go to charity and the orphanage homes. I grew up as an Orphan and I want part of the money to go to charity and the orphanage homes. If this money remains unclaimed before or after my death, the bank executives or the government will take the money as unclaimed fund and maybe Use it for selfish and worthless ventures.”Your generosity is astounding…no, really. Unbelievably astounding.
“As soon as I receive your reply I shall give to you the contact of the bank in Burkina Faso for the claim. I will also provide to you a copy of the existence of the fund and a letter of authorisation to legally transfer the fund to you as my choice of next of kin. Significantly, if you assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated above.” Since you’re on your way out, I guess telling you to not hold your breath would be…counterproductive.
“I write to you by the assistance of a nurse in the hospital. Note that this task requires urgent action. Reply me from this email: ___________
( You need more than hope sister.)
In short, the
scam artist person who wrote this…must have thought I was born yesterday.