The Old '419 Scam'
Here's a clip of the email I received this morning:
Dearest In Christ,
I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ our Lord, I am Mrs Savannah Jahab from Kuwait. I am married to Mr Alex Jahab who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year 2004.We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.Before his death we were both born again Christian.
Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against.When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of US$2.500million dollars in a Bank in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire.Presently, this money is still in bank.Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Eight months due to cancer problem.
Gee, I'm sure glad she doesn't intend to remarry of have a child out of her matrimonial home. A good Christian, she is!
And, yep, you guessed it. This poor, dying, good Christian widow wants me to have her millions! And so she gives me a way to respond. If I do, she will soon tell me that the way to claim her millions is for me to first wire her thousands - to establish the bank account needed to transfer such a large sum of money, or some such rubbish. I decided to run our poor widow and her story through an internet search. I found the very same letter on file as the basis for what they call a '419 Scam' on a number of consumer protection websites, only the names and locations were changed. Seems there are a number of very wealthy widows wanting to give their money away because they were told they only have a year to live!
It must be about once a month that I receive some form of this scam to my email address. My question is: Who is dumb enough to fall for it, so as to keep these con artists running the game? Somebody out there must be wiring away thousands in the hopes of cashing in big-time. I remember my Dad telling me once: "If it sounds too good to be true... it probably is."
So, what Spams/Scams are littering your in-box these days?