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Dearest One,

Please bear with me if such solicitation does not match with your personal ethics.

My name is Smith Duke; I am 17 years old dropout student, from Zimbabwe. Presently I am in Ivory Coast as a result of the strange and ugly incident which resulted to the killing of my father. The name of my father was Chief Jacobs Smith; he was a farmer and diamond merchant in Zimbabwe. Trouble began when my father began to receive anonymous letters, telling him to remove his hands from his farm land. This was all as a result of the incessant greed and wickedness of the present government of President Robert Mugabe over large farmland.

When the threat continued, while I was in school my father invited me home and handed me over the documents of a deposit of the sum of $7.5 million which he made in a bank in Ivory Coast, and advised me to leave the country immediately while he will stay back to follow up the matter with his lawyer, but it was quite unfortunate that I lost my beloved father on that process.  In few months after my father’s burial I still got another similar letter to stop making any further attempt towards claiming my father’s estate in Zimbabwe.

Now I am presently in Ivory Coast and have visited the bank where the money was deposited and the banks has reconfirmed the deposit to me and ask me to follow the necessary procedures to have the fund released to me or my trustee as agreed upon. It is based on this I am contacting you, to help me in transferring the money to a safe bank account in your country and to help me on investing it into any lucrative investment and also help me in with the necessary arrangement to come over to your country to continue my education.

I will be grateful and happy to compensate you with 30% of the total money for this great assistance.
I am looking forward to hear back from you.

Thank you and God bless you as you help me out.

Smith Duke

Hmmm… $2.225,000… Nah. Make it $3,750,000 and we’ll talk. We Americans are greedy, remember?

May 29, 2009 - Posted by | Internet scam, spam and junk mail | , , , , ,


  1. Paul,

    C’mon, give the kid a break! Take the $2.225,000.

    You get lots of emails like this, I just know you do. I’ll bet you could have made 30/40 million this week alone, if you had accepted all the money people like Smith Duke were willing to share with you.

    I can’t get over the generosity of these people, people I’ve never even met, in wanting to share their wealth. It goes to show, the Internet is populated by some fine people and not just cyber-criminals. Hah!!



    Comment by Bill Mullins | May 29, 2009 | Reply

    • Well, that’s just it Mr. Mullins. Various e-mail Lotteries have been awarding me an average rate of $28 mil a month, and so this guy’s measly $2 mil is hardly worth lifting the telephone for.

      I do feel for the guy.. losing his Pa and all…


      Comment by techpaul | May 29, 2009 | Reply

  2. I love these emails. They are part of our Internet history. Please keep posting as you get them. Thanks for the blog.


    Comment by Pepper Hastings | May 29, 2009 | Reply

    • Mr. Hastings,
      I sincerely thank you for your words of support.


      Comment by techpaul | May 29, 2009 | Reply

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