Sunday, 3 August 2008

Is this the sickest 419 scam email ever?

This is the text of an unsolicited email I received:

"Hello, My name is Mrs. Barbara Rogerson, from Australia . Am 58 years old, suffering from long time cancer of the breast which also affect one of my eye. From all indications my condition is really deteriorating and it's quite obvious that I won't live more than 2 months according to my doctors. This is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. My late husband died early last year from heart attack, and during the period of our marriage we couldn't produce any child. My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth. The doctor has advised me that I will not live for more than 2 months, so I have now decided to spread all my wealth, to contribute mainly to the development of charity in Africa, America , Asia and Europe . Before my late husband died he was a major oil tycoon, in Sydney and he deposited a big sums of money in a storage company in Europe some years ago, that’s all I have left now, I need you to collect this funds and distribute it yourself to charity. So that when I die my soul can rest in peace. The funds will be entirely in hands and management. I pray God gives you the wisdom to touch very many lives that is my main concern. 30% of this money will be for your time and effort, while 70% goes to charity. You will have to immediately send to me your Full Names, Resident Address and Telephone number to enable me prepare a change of ownership Letter making you my new and Legal Beneficiary Please reply me to this email address: rogersonmrs@gmail.com Best Regards,Mrs. Barbara Rogerson"

May I advise the dim West African spark who concocted this foul lie that he turns his obviously limited abilities to legal business activities to earn a living for himself and dispel the widely-held belief that Africa is a basket case largely of its own making.

9 comments:

mutleythedog said...

I have seen similar or even worse before from alleged aids orphans and the like... by the way Nice Blog!

Richard Havers said...

I feel really hard done by as I've never had one of these! What's wrong with me?

Gallimaufry said...

Well the scammers probably think that with all those owls to look after, you're not worth trying to con money out of. :-) btw Really good blog, especially the owl photos.

CherryPie said...

I must be mean and nasty... I delete them without reading them ;-)

Gallimaufry said...

Philistine! :-) They are an undervalued genre of West African Magic Realist Literature. Someone is going to get a Plumber's Higher Diploma researching them soon.

CherryPie said...

Now you have me in a bit of a dilemma... Should I read and research all my spam messages! Hmmm...

Lord James Bigglesworth said...

Pretty bad but not the sickest. the next one will be.

wattock hunt said...

Poor thing.

I sent her £10,000.

Gallimaufry said...

Hope you got a receipt. :-)