Friday, July 11, 2008

Scammers That Want Us to Become Their Relatives, Adopt Them, and Find Them Housing

Just received this email from a scam artist; supposedly, a college student that has horrendous writing skills.

I found this to be one of the more amusing scam letters and thought that I would share it, and, of course, give the scam artist 15 minutes of fame in perpetuity. What always puzzles me the most is why these scammers from Africa always have millions of U.S. dollars in metal boxes or in bank accounts or held at security companies. Why don't these scammers have millions of dollars in their own currency? Of course, all of this is fake, but some innocent people become victims of these scammers.

Why would someone that doesn't know me give me such personal information -- because it isn't real, and scammers want you to feel sorry for them. Of course, those that get involved are looking to make a fast buck too. Do not get taken advantage of.

Do not fall for these letters or respond to them. Delete them from your email box.

From maima bestman Fri Jul 11 09:53:53 2008
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From: "maima bestman"
Subject: i wish to be your family member. please read this.
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Respected dear,

Sorry for this on notified email. As a matter of fact, I wish to contact you because I wish to do this transaction with a complete neutral person. I decided to do this because I wish to keep the secret of my success from everybody who knows me or my family.

In brief introduction, I am Miss maima bestman Tutu. A Ghanaian university student. I am the daughter of a very popular gold and bauxite miner in Ghana who died close ten months ago. My dad was a polygamist married to five women. I am the sole daughter from my mother who is from Belgium among 24 other children from his other women.

My mum is a banker and was my late father?s banker. After the death of my father, and the family shared everything according to tradition, I got nothing because I am a woman and the 22nd child in the family.

My mother just called me to reveal to me that she kept secret an account of my late father containing a fixed deposit of twenty five million united state dollars ($25,000,000.00.) she has instructed me to look for a very reliable person who can help me outside this country in receiving this fund and investing it wisely.

I wish to go into estate developments and insurance company. I also wish that you help me buy a five bedrooms mansion with all social amenities of not more than $1,000,000.00. I will be coming to complete my school in your country and you will help me secure residence permit.

With all this assured, I wish to give you 14% of my money. Your comments are welcome.

Waiting to hear from you urgently.

Miss Maima Bestman Tutu.