Friday, August 19, 2011

And people fall for this?

The Hormel company gets credit
for the meat-like product. Not me.
I get a lot of spam.  Somewhere in the neighborhood of 300-500 pieces per day.  ( I have a lot of email addresses, and some are over 10 years old.)  I sometimes read them for the comedy value because the attempt to part my hard earned money from my wallet is frequently done with such total lack of knowledge.

I can be a bit of a "grammar nazi" sometimes, and so reading the following spam had me rolling at the keyboard.  Sadly, there are actually people who fall for these scams all the time (see here and here).  One of my favorite sites is a place that actually scams the scammers, and it is amazing how easy it can be.

I have attached the latest version of thier emails.  Enjoy the light reading, but be careful not to strain your brain trying to follow the poor english.


Central Bank of Nigeria
Tinubu Square, Victoria Island,
Lagos - Nigeria
Office of the Deputy Governor
From the Desk of:
Attention: Beneficiary,
This is to inform you about your email success in our computer balloting held on 1st Feb 2011. It was an internet draw by the combination of the International Monetary fund’s (IMF) and the Microsoft words. However, your email address was approved as one of the winners hence you are being contacted. This is a Millennium Scientific and a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it.
As a matter of fact, account normalization of your banking details has been delayed by International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Financial Services Authority (UK). This has made it necessary for your payment to be programmed into HSBC Visa A tm Debit Card. The total fund in question is $8,300,000.00 this is the first part of the Payment of which the balance will subsequently be paid into same account.
The Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), working in relationship with HSBC London and also Leeds Bank in London has concluded to issue you a VISA CARD with which you can access your Star prize /beneficiary amount$8,300,000.000 This card center will send you an ATM card which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is Twenty Thousand United States Dollars ($20,000.00) per day. So if you like to receive your fund in this way, please let us know by contacting the ATM payment department and also send the following information as listed below:
1. Full name and full country name
2. Phone and fax number
3. Address where you want them to send the ATM card to (P.O box is not acceptable) 4. Your age and current occupation.
You are advice to contact the director of ATM CARD payment officer for more directives, Director, ATM payment department Rev Steve Jones Email address,
The ATM card payment center was mandated to issue out $8,300,000.00 as part payment for this fiscal year 2008 to you so bear with us. Also for your information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person(S) or office(S) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.
Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (ATM-811) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the card center by using it as your subject.
We anticipate your total compliance to this message immediately.

The email sent from: ALHAJI. MUSA USMAN

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