Thursday, April 23, 2009

Some are funny, some not so

What kind of c r a p have you guys been getting lately?

This one, which arrived about five minutes ago, made me laugh out loud ...

Request from: Mr mark collin
West African.

How are you today? Hope all is well. Please be informed that I have decided to contact you for a fund transfer transaction worth the sum of US$9.700,000,00 into your reliable bank account as the sole NEXT-OF-KIN to the foreign deceased customer of our bank MR MORRIS THOMPSON,an American prominent man who unfortunately lost his life with his entire family in the PLANE-CRASH of Alaska Airlines Flight 261,which crashed on January 31st 2000.You may read more about the crash on visiting this C.N.N News internet website below:

Since his death occured, no body have show up as his next of kin for the claim because the account is untraceable.Upon the investigation I carried out from his records,I found out that his foreign business consultant who would have trace the account died earlier before the deceased.Therefore,this is a confidential and sealed deal.

For the success of this transaction,you should apply and act as the only existing NEXT-OF-KIN to the deceased which our bank will replace the deceased account information through proper documentation in position of your own account.This transaction is risk-free,it will never harm your good reputation in your society because no one can trace the account,and on the instant of the transfer of the fund into your account,the chapter of this transaction will be closed entirely. Note that in a business of this nature,the bank dont want to know your difference between the deceased country,religion or believe because our bank inheritance law is against that.So,it is a preference for us to achieve this success without any
problem.Please note down that once the fund get transferred into your account, you will take 40% of the total sum while the rest will be for me as I will arrange myself down to your country to take my share.

I need your urgent response and include your private telephone/mobile numbers for easy communication.
Please reply if you can be trusted in this deal. Email:

Mr mark collin

That one's pretty typical of the ginormous amounts of money to be made if only I would provide them with my bank account, etc. and blah. I see lots of those! What made me laugh out loud was the grammar used. Hilarious!

This next one's not so funny. In fact, in reminds me very much of something that happened many years ago, when someone tried to latch onto my identity.

Natrona County High School

We are currently in the final stages of editing your biographical information to be included in the Natrona County High School Alumni Directory, but we need your help! A brief telephone call will ensure your listing is completely accurate and up-to-date.

Please, give us a call at your convenience this week so that we may verify your information with you.

CALL TODAY - TOLL FREE 1-800-235-8780
(Mountain Time)

Mon. - Fri. 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sat. 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sun. 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

International Residents: You may also call at:
USA Country Code (1) 757.965.8092
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. UTC/GMT-7
Thank you in advance for your cooperation in making the Natrona County High School Alumni Directory a success. If you have already called, thank you for your quick response and your help. Please do not send updates in response to this message.

They had my name right, including my correct middle name, but the year of graduation from high school was incorrect. And, although I have been to Casper, Wyoming, I didn't go to high school there. Yes, there is a Natrona County High School. I checked. Here's a shot of it ...

taken directly from their web page.

What happened many years ago was that every so often I'd get a postcard in the mail addressed to a "Madeline something-or-another", I forget the name, wanting to verify and update her information for either a high school or college alumni directory. Altho the postcard was addressed to this "Madeline", of whom I'd never heard, the street address was mine. I seem to remember writing them a letter stating my ignorance of any such person, and suggesting they look elsewhere for her. The next thing I knew, her name was showing up on my credit reports.

This one "smells" very similar to me. I'm not going to respond to it, but I'm certainly going to keep an eye out for further developments and any unauthorized or suspicious activity.

1 comment:

Tammy said...

I only get emails like this every once in a while, but it's always from the same "lady" needing help.

I'm saddened that there are people out there who fall for this stuff at this point in time. I can kind of see people falling for it years ago...but TODAY??