Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The New Spam

It seems like the Spam I've been getting lately has reached a whole new level. The products haven't changed much,
as the bulk of them are usually related to male enhancement, rolex watches, or debt reduction. But I have seen some emails in my inbox lately that are a bit more sophisticated than the standard Spam.

The scams are essentially the same, mostly looking for verification of my passwords and account numbers. Some also try the approach of offering a job. (Working just 3 hours a week sitting at my computer receiving payments into my bank account does sound tempting.) The classic is still out there, of course: the exiled Nigerian royalty that needs help getting $80 million dollars out of the country. But this one that my junk filter didn't catch today is a different twist on that approach, and it just struck me as really funny.

Dear Friend,

You do not know me and neither do I know you. I am not desperate nor in
need of help.I only want to be sure you are the kind of person I can trust
with the following proposal.

I have been very careful in my selection and have taken pains to ensure I
will be dealing with a person that has the intelligence to understand what
I am getting myself into. From the little I have been able to deduce, I
cannot make you agree to partner with me on this but I can assume that
when you are in, I can trust you completely.

I am a UK based lawyer and I am bringing everything I have to the table;
my reputation and all I have labored for my whole life. The least I ask
of you, is for you, after hearing the proposal to honestly tell me if
you are up for it or not, without acting maliciously. That way, I get to
loose nothing and can walk away with my proposal and reputation intact
without actually divulging full details.

I bear the full brunt of any risk involved in this business which I cannot
do alone and you can be rest assured that you will be duly compensated
financially for your involvement. The thing is, anyone can serve but I
chose you. I pray you don't let me down. For more details if interested
by email(

The fact of the proposal involves access to millions of Tax-Free United
States Dollars. It is up to you to accept or decline. I am waiting to hear
from you.Time is of the essence.

Yours faithfully,
Richard Billingham
+44702 406 7973

Although as he states right in the beginning Richard doesn't need help, and even though he has carefully selected ME, I left his contact information in case anyone is interested. If it works out for you you owe me a finder's fee.


JD at I Do Things said...

I think my mom got this exact same e-mail. It looks very familiar, and she wanted to swing it by me to see what I thought.

I thought: SPAM!

JD at I Do Things

Susan said...

JD, was she actually thinking it was real? Aren't Moms cute like that?

Tina said...

I have received emails like that before, and I too find them very funny!