Ah, the never-ending stream of scam e-mails.
This one particularly struck me as inventive. Apparently some nameless
person has deposited some money in an account for me! Hooray! I only
have to send a copy of my ID and personal information to claim this
tremendous benefit! I suspect that if one were to add up all the funds
offered via these internet scams, it would exceed the total amount of
cash in circulation. And yet, people continue to fall for these types
From: Ruiu Monica [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2008 2:17 PM
Subject: Congratulation Your Payment Is Successful
I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick
your bank draft but did not hear from you since that time then i went
and deposited the 1.200,000.00 Euros draft/cheque in the bank.
We have arranged your payment through swift card payment center
Asia pacific, 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 One Thousand, Five Hundred Euros per day.
Kindly contact the below person who is in position to release
your ATM Payment Card. Send your information which they will use to send
the card to you.
1::Your full name::
2::Your home address were you want them to send the atmcard::
5::Your current home telephone number/mobile phone number:: ::
6::A Copy of your identification::
However, kindly contact the below person who is in position to
release your Atm Card.
DR HENRY IWUEKE DIRECTOR,
ATM Payment Department Apex Bank
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
I have paid for the processing charges.the only money that your
are going to pay to them is only 100 Euros which they will use to obtain
the affidavit of onwership from the federal high court of Benin
Try to contact them as soon as possible to quicken the
processing of your card before your draft gets expired .
Let me know as soon as you receive your card. Wait for your
Thanks You For Your Good Co-operation in this matter.
I have left the included e-mail addresses intact in the hopes that some
mail trolling spider program will add them to their own spam lists and
thus provide some counter to this nonsense.
By no means are internet cash offers alone being swallowed hook line and
sinker by gullible people. Individuals are investing a lot of money in
unproven (and dangerous) cancer cures, diet pills, suspicious
"enhancement" drugs and a host of other "too good to be true" items and
programs. If you, for example, are depressed, the Church of Scientology
would like to talk to you, because, after all, psychiatry kills.
Our complicit media is equally to blame for this continued lack of
critical thinking among the populace. Recently, the governor of New
York - Elliot Spitzer - published an article in the Washington Post
claiming that a little known federal department was the root cause of
the sub prime crisis - preventing the noble states from enacting their
predatory lending laws.
Governor Spitzer has used his bully pulpit as the AG for New York, and
now governor, to pursue his version of social activism. And yet his
actions as AG and governor have been far from pristine in terms of
The issue at hand is with the nature of humanity to deal with problems
quickly and simply. When we roamed the African plains, we simply ran
from danger. This has morphed into a virtual fleeing from
accountability and reason. We want a solution and are unwilling to
stick around to understand the situation.
Understandable, but the tendency towards wishful thinking has eclipsed
many a rational thought.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to e-mail Ms. Monica...