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Who Sends This *Stuff*?

By now we have all seen a “Nigerian” 419 scam e-mail. They have been around since the beginning.

These e-mails are usually filled with typos (thus my frequent game of LET’S COUNT THE TYPO’S! articles), and are asking for our assistance to “transfer funds“. Sometimes they play on our generous good nature and/or Christian Faith, as in the classic I am a dying woman, shown below, but usually just invoke Greed by mentioning millions of dollars.

But some items have come to my attention that would indicate that the *folks* who mass-mail these formulas are finally starting to realize – like. oh.. fifteen years late, bright bulbs that they are – that these are not getting results. Unless you count laughter.

So a new tack appeared the other day. Short, direct, and to the point.

That surprised me a bit, as the standard “form” is several rambling paragraphs…

An alert reader (thank you Mr. C.) sent in this one,

.. which tries to say, “I am different from the others.”
(And since it is there in black & white, it must be true. Right?)
But really, it is just a new paint job on an old clunker.

Today’s recommended reading: Folks, I think you might like to read, Nigerian 419 scammers: What you didn’t know. If you have ever wondered about where these come from, or what kind of person sends these…
In good months, Banjo said, he has made $60,000. But in these tough times, the scammers said, they are relying more on a crucial tool: voodoo. At times, Banjo said, he has traveled six hours to the forest, where a magician sells scam-boosters. A $300 powder supposedly helps scammers “speak with authority” when demanding payment. A powder, rubbed on the face, reportedly makes victims viewing the scammer through webcams powerless to say no.

“No matter what, they will pay,” said Olumide, a college student, adding that he is boosting his romance scams by wearing a magical, live tortoise hanging from a cord around his neck.

This is an excellent related article, How to Conduct Online Banking Safely

* Orig post: 4/29/09

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We can achieve a great positive change in the general welfare of the universe through this program.



subject: Att;Sir/Madam.


The Swiss Foundation
Grafenaustrasse 11
6300 Zug

The Swiss Foundation, would like to notify you that you have been chosen by the
board of trustees as one of the final recipients of a cash Grant/Donation for
your own personal, educational, and business development. The Swiss Foundation,
established 1974 by the Multi-Million groups and now supported by the United Nations Organization (UNO) and the European Union (EU) was conceived with the objective of human growth, educational, and community development.

To celebrate the end of year anniversary program, The Swiss Foundation in conjunction with the United Nations Organization (UNO) and the European Union (EU) is giving out a yearly donation of £6,500,000.00 GBP (Six Million,five hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds) to 100 lucky recipients. These
Donations/Grants will be awarded to 100 lucky international recipients worldwide in different categories for their personal business development and enhancement of their educational plans. At least 15% of the awarded funds should be used by you to develop a part of your environment. This is a yearly
program, which is a measure of universal development strategy.
The objective is to make a notable change in the standard of living of people all around the Universe (From America to Europe, Asia to Africa and all around). The Swiss Foundation has been assured of highest organization
courtesy of the United Nations. It is our belief that we can achieve a great positive change in the general welfare of the universe through this program. That is why the foundation is doing everything possible to get all recipients notified of their donation.

Note that your country is not the only country that is benefiting from this donation. Beneficiaries have been chosen from countries from all continents. The idea of this donation is that within ten years from now, there will be notable richness among many unusual people around the world. This will give
many people the opportunity to get their lives to a stage where they
had always

Based on the random selection exercise of internet websites and millions of supermarket cash invoices worldwide, you were selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of £750,000.00 GBP (Seven Hundred And Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pounds) as charity donations/aid from the The
Swiss Foundation, EU and the UNO in accordance with the enabling act of Parliament. (Note that all beneficiaries email addresses were selected
from over 100,000 internet websites and a shop’s cash invoice around your area in which you might have purchased something from).

Your fund has been forwarded to our payment bank for immediate release to you.You are required to fill the form below and email it to our payment bank for qualification documentation and official processing of your claims. Please
endeavor to quote your Qualification numbers (N-222-6747, E-900-56) in all discussions.


Below is the contact details of the bank.

Bank Name: London International Bank
Account Officer:Gary Kingston
Tel: +44 70359 63323.

On behalf of the Board kindly, accept our warmest congratulations.

Dr. Georg Stucky,
Foundation Officer.

Yes.. the formatting is as it appears in RL.

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