Another charmingly written scam email: insensitive AND stupid


the late Muammar Gaddafi – picture borrowed with thanks from Wikipedia

Advanced Fee Fraud scammers are getting more and more inventive every day. Here is the latest one from my inbox, showing some wonderfully bad English as well as very poor taste … and assumes readers have IQs in single figures. Enjoy…

Dear Friend,

    I saw your profile i decided to review this secret to you, Am personal air  pilot to the late Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, Before a revolt pushed him from power in August 2011, He trusted me and instructed me to purchase ammunition from his Russia business men with some fund, This fund was deposited in a secret finance house  . I came to London here in preparation of going to Russia suddenly i saw a breaking news at CNN that he was captured and killed immediately, right now i am the only one who knows about this fund . I have served this man for 6 years , I would have been also dead if it was not me that he sent to go for this mission, sending me out of Libya to go and purchase ammunition saved my life. (Oh, so you were gun running for that lunatic. That really makes me like you and want to do business with you.)

   I want to transfer the fund to your country and invest it in any business can generating annual income.  I want you work with me and receive  the fund your country, I am also very lucky that my dealings with him is top priority secret because no one know about the mission i and the fund, your the only person am revealed this secret, so you have to keep it between me and you. (Between you, me, and several thousand other people you’ve spammed. If it’s just the two of us, how come you don’t know my name?)

 I will tell you how much involve as soon as i got your reply , i need your immediate reply now

Reply to me now: (email link) Warmest Regards.


View this link by copy and paste: (Nice touch. Genuine article to substantiate your bullsh*t.)

(And here’s the really amusing bit:) This e-mail including any attachments is intended only for the addressee named above and it may contain confidential or privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient please notify the sender and note that the contents must not be disclosed to anyone else, no copies can be taken and all existing copies must be destroyed. (Name) Building Services Limited will not be liable for any error in transmission. You should carry out your own virus checks before opening any attachments. Opinions, conclusions and other information in this message and attachments that do not relate to the official business of (Name) Building Services Limited are neither given nor endorsed by it.

(Name) Building Services Limited maintains a policy of email monitoring including spot checks and audits to detect unauthorised use of its email system. Any email may therefore be intercepted. (I checked this out and it is a genuine company…nice sentiments, guys, but I have a funny feeling your account has been hacked…)

What really alarms me about these scams is the fact that they are still coming thick and fast through people’s email boxes, or at least their junk folders. This suggests that the scammers are getting results in some quarters, or they wouldn’t bother doing it any more.

Are there really people naïve enough to fall for this nonsense? I suppose there must be….what do you think?

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