You open your email inbox and it’s full of email messages from people you’ve never heard of, telling you that you’ve won millions in a European Lottery that you’ve never entered to participate or that they have an uncle or relative who left them millions of dollars and they want your help moving the money, blah blah…!
Just read the following similar emails that fill up my inbox everyday;
From: “Nelson Donald” <firstname.lastname@example.org
From Donald Nelson
Banjul the Gambia
I write to solicit your assistance in a project of mutual benefit and regret any inconveniences contacting you this way with my proposal.
I am Donald Nelson, former Head of Accounts Department at the Diamond Mining Company of Sierra Leone.
I and my partners (two others) are in urgent need of a foreign associate to work with us to facilitate the transfer of a large sum of money which we intend to invest into profitable areas of business in your country.
The funds currently secured with a security company is legitimate money rightfully belonging to me and my partners, which was earned from private diamond business deals during our time as top officials at the Diamond Mining Company of Sierra Leone. Due to unstable political and economic environments in Africa, it is not quite safe investing ones financial future in this part of the world. We are currently living in Banjul capital city of The Gambia and in collaboration with some top officials of the Central Bank of Gambia have concluded arrangements for the transfer. The money involved is eighteen million five hundred thousand US Dollars.
However, as a result of the regulations here, we cannot transfer the funds to your country without having an associate there.
I am writing to know if you could be our overseas associate to handle the transaction privately at your end, where by the funds shall be transferred through your bank account, for mutual benefits. All aspects of the transaction will be done legitimately from here via the banking process. We propose your commission shall be 20 per cent of the total money been transferred, in view of the importance your role as our overseas partners will be, without which we cannot transfer the funds.
Please consider this proposal seriously and handle with utmost confidentiality the information I have provided you with here. If you are in a position to assist, then get back to me immediately, so I can give you more details.
Does anyone out there actually still fall for these types of email scams? These people need to get a life, or may be, at least evolve with time and realize that people are not that naive any more to fall for their scams.