As anyone who has been on the internet for any length of time
may know, scammers, spammers, thieves, pirates, and all sorts
of degenerate humans are out there preying on us.
While the Nigerian email scam of years ago has pretty much
run its course, similar ploys exist today. I have known a
few people in my day who actually reply to some of these
bottom-feeders and try to have a little fun with them.
If they believe you are interested in their little scheme,
you can sometimes lead them along, if nothing else, to
waste their precious time.
The last time I got one of these tantalizing come-ons, I
gave them a reply. Here is the original email:
Dear Beloved Friend,
Greetings in the name of Lord Jesus Christ, I am Mrs.Leticia
A.King Sheik, a widow to late Alhaji King Sheik, a new
Christian convert suffering from long time cancer of the breast
and have only six months said by my doctor, presently I am in a
Hospital in London taken my treatment. My late husband, was
killed during the USA raid against terrorism in Afghanistan, he
was very wealthy, and I inherited all his business and wealth
after his death because during the period of our marriage we
couldn't produce any child, so I decided to divide this wealth to
churches in Africa, America, Asia and Europe and for humanity
I therefore selected you after visiting the website and I prayed
over this selection and I am willing to donate the sum of $10
million US Dollar to you on behalf of your organization to lend
a hand in reaching out to the less privileged and the
development of the gospel of our lord Jesus Christ. This fund is
presently in Security Company in Switzerland.
So upon your reply I will instruct my attorney Barrister Michael
Gill Holonis to file in an application of Withdrawal of this
fund to your favor.
So please confirm these items as below if you are interested to
1, your full name
2, your mailing address
3, your telephone and fax numbers.
On receipt of the confirmed items, I will forward it to my
Attorney so that some necessary changes will be made on the
documents to enable you have claim to the Consignment/Donation,
but note that until this Donation of $10 million is delivered to
you, I will strongly insist that this transaction most be keep a
top secret, as I wait your gentle and kind response to
God bless you and your family.
Mrs.Leticia A.King Sheik.
Here is the reply I sent back to Mrs. King:
Dear Mrs. King Sheik.
(Not sure if you are a King, or a Sheik, sorry).
Even though your circumstances are difficult, I am very excited
to get your email. Congratulations on becoming a Christian, now
we can be assured that all your actions will be honorable,
moral, and legal.
For this reason, I feel perfectly safe in dealing with you, so
thank you for thinking about me. I promise to disperse the funds
in a manner most conducive to the charities mentioned.
Your attorney, Barrister Michael Gill Holonis, has a very long
name, so I hope that means he is experienced.
My name is Cappy Joey...but due to security reasons (my job is
pretty high-profile, and I want to make sure this stays very
secretive...between just me and you) I don't want to reveal my
address until I hear back from you.
Please tell me what I need to do in order to consummate this
relationship. If you need me to travel to either your country or
Switzerland, I can do that, as I am due for a vacation anyway.
Suggestively yours...Cappy Joey
And so we wait to see if she will take the bait...
Peace be with you.