Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Novel Email Scams!

Email ScamsThe Nigerian email scams claiming untold wealth unearthed in Africa and of survivors of deposed and dead rulers are now old hat. The scams are getting more imaginative and topical these days.
Take the case of the phony soldier scam where an American Soldier writes that he has cancer and has only a few weeks to live. He has supposedly found a huge sum of $25 million in a Baghdad neighborhood and wants the recipient of the email to help him collect this consignment and dispatch it to charity organisations. He has magnanimously set aside 25% as fee for the recipient for the help! On investigations, the Feds found no soldier listed under that name!

A more colorful email scam is ostensibly by Suha Arafat, the wife of the Long dead Yasser Arafat, who says she has been thrown into a state of humiliation, frustration and hopelessness by the present leadership of the PLO and the new Prime Minister and has been subjected to physical and psychological torture. She claims to have deposited the sum of 20 million dollars with a security firm abroad and wishes assistance for withdrawal of the sum. Ofcourse, she too is willing to part with 20 mil for the kindly soul who will help her!
Wonder how many suckers will fall for these now?!

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