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Are there truly people who fall for this?
Mr Ray Abo
My name is Mr Ray Abo ,chairman of contract award and monitoring committee of the ministry of industry and international trade development ,my duty as empowered by the Mauritius government is to provide the basic amenities, social recreational activities in urban and rural areas.
This program includes assistance to deprived local communities and to co-ordinate projects and development at the national level.Furthermore,from this projects were able to realize some reasonable amount of u.s.$21.8(Twenty one million eight hundred thousand US. dollars only) as commission from various contractors resulting from over invoicing of payment receipts/vouchers hence all the necessary approvals has been completed.
These approved funds were packaged and dispatched through a security company for onward delivery to its destination in Europe.The money was first deposited into a security vault before we arrange for its movement to Europe through diplomatic channel using decoy purporting that the fund belongs to an expatriate/company.
As we are government officials, the oath of office does are not allowed us to operate foreign bank account,hence we need you to stand as the beneficiary and claim the
fund on our behalf from the security company.
Presently I am now in Europe to search for a reliable person/company of high integrity /dignity and one with conscience who will claim this fund on our behalf as the beneficiary.
We have agreed to give you 30% of the total sum as commission for your assistance/effort and 5% will be used to settle every expenses incurred, we will use 65%to invest under your recommendation/guide and go into joint venture business with you .
I would greatly appreciate your assistance and I look forward to your response as soon as possible through this e mail address:firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Ray Abo
… just in case it should be one of my readers (hah!) I have changed the name and e-mail address.
But, the mere fact that these e-mails still go around, despite all of the negative publicity indicates – at least to me – that there are still one or two greedy/stupid bunnies out there who will hand out their bank account details to some con-man from another country!
Here is a simple rule of thumb on ‘hot tips’ and offers that are ‘too good to be true’ (aside from the obvious: they are too good to be true):
If you find out about a ‘hot deal’ through a public channel (such as e-mail, the media, even ‘word of mouth’) it is no longer hot … it is either a scam, or the professionals on the ‘inside’ have long-since picked it over and you will be the one left standing in the long line of stupid/greedy people investing at the top – providing the ‘insiders’ their profitable exit, and leaving you to hold the bag when the bubble pops.
No. Good deals only come to those who research a market thoroughly and ‘find’ the deals themselves …
… it’s never going to be handed to you on a silver platter.
Except for that swamp land in Florida that I happen to have a great deal on just for my readers, but only if you act real quick 😉
AJC – The Netherlands is in on it as well. Looks like my net worth just increased by 500K. That’s great because it lowers my required compounding rate !
Here’s a quote from an email I received this morning…
“Dear Lucky Winner,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Sponsor Bingo Lottery, The Netherlands held on 1st October, 2008. Your e-mail address attached to e-ticket number: XXXXXXXXX, with Prize Lucky Number: XXXXXXXXX drew a prize of US$500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).”
I X’d out my Lucky ticket number just in case it’s legimate. 🙂
I’m managing my money, are you managing yours?
@ Jeff – Damn! Now it looks like I have to split my 1st Prize with you! 😛
I recently posted a scam that someone tried on me on my blog. It is something that would be very easy for many non computer people to fall for.
@ Jason – Nice to see you back and contributing .. you always seem to have something interesting to offer! BTW: You mean I shouldn’t have sent them any money?! 😉