I have a specific email address that I keep as a "Spam Catcher". I check it every few days because a bit of legitimate email does go there. But mostly it is a virtual museum of Spam.
So many interesting people from far away lands. The nicer ones want to sell me stuff. The less nice ones just want me to send them money.
Oh, we all get these emails. Nigerian Princes who have magically found my name and determined that I am a suitable business partner for them to make off with a large sum of money to which they have no legal claim. Sigh.
The majority of them are comically bad, seemingly written by somebody who does not speak English very well. Or, in an alternate version, somebody who is dumbing it down with intentional typos so that they can more convincingly pass as a foreigner who might just be stupid enough to offer a total stranger a huge pile of cash. Many of the perpetrators of these scams actually live in the US or the UK.
Recently I "caught" the specimen that I enclose below. Obviously I will not include the link they were asking me to click on. It is somewhat better written, but notice the twist to this one....it offers to give you money that some powerful Trans National Spam Busters Corps has confiscated from nefarious African Spamsters! With the OAU, the UN, the FBI, the IMF and the International Criminal Court at the Hague all on the case its not surprising that the offending scam Artists are now safely behind bars.
Saying that your email was found on their computers and suggesting you might have already sent them money is just the hook if the intended targets are sad, confused people who have already been defrauded once.
Entertainment value aside, these jerks prey on the vulnerable and should be regarded with profound contempt.
This is to inform you that we have been working towards the eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Africa with the help of the Organization of
African Unity (OAU) United Nations (UN), European Union (EU) and FBI.
We have been able to track down some scam artist in various parts of African countries which includes (Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso Ghana and
Senegal with cote d'ivoire ) and they are all in Government custody now, they will appear at International Criminal Court (ICC) soon for Justice.
During the course of investigation, they were able to recovered some funds from these scam artists and IMF organization have ordered the funds recovered to be
shared among the 10 Lucky people listed around the World as a compensation.
This notice is been directed to you because your email address was found in one of the scam Artists file and computer hard-disk while the investigation, maybe
you have been scammed. You are therefore being compensated with sum of ($300,000.00) Three hundred thousand US Dollars valid into an (ATM Card Number
Since your email address is among the lucky beneficiaries who will receive a compensation funds, we have arranged your payment to be paid to you through ATM
VISA CARD and deliver to your postal address with the Pin code as to enable you withdrawal maximum of $5,000 on each withdrawal from any Bank ATM Machine
of your choice, until all the funds are exhausted.
The ATM Card with Security Pin number shall be delivered to you via courier Service, depending your choice.
In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the agent in-charge (Mr. Morgan Ress) Kindly look below to find appropriate