Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Humor. maybe.

Now that T.Boone Pickens has announced oil has in fact peaked, there's hardly anything left to talk about right now.

So, I got this in my email yesterday- and it did indeed crack me up.  So I thought I would share it with you- maybe it will make your day brighter- in some twisted way.

From: efcc.financial.refund@gmail.com
Subject: Mr. Robert S. Mueller, III (Director)Federal Bureau of Investigation
Date: June 16, 2008 2:44:05 PM CDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Reply-To: efcc-financial.refund@webmail.co.za

Mr. Robert S. Mueller, III (Director)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
Telephone: (206)-339-7444

Attention: Fund Beneficiary,

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Has discovered through our intelligence Monitoring Network, that you have an on going transaction with a Financial Institution in Nigeria, as the owner of the said sum $1,500,000.00 USD.

So the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) Washinton, DC in conjunction with The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Has screened through our various Monitoring Networks and has been confirmed and notified that the transaction you have with the Financial Institution is Legal and you have the Lawful Right to claim your due fund. We advise you to go ahead with the transaction as we are monitoring all their services and networks. Be advised that any letter or claims notification received from anybody or company should be forwarded to us with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, you are advised to follow the procedure of the Financial Institution.  They have their own legal procedure which we have examined and confirmed legal.  Follow their instructions while you keep us updated for more details. You are advised to contact the necessary office for more details of transfer as we are monitoring every move now.

Please, be advised and be aware that your funds had been insured and the necessary charges would be taken care of by you, as confirmed by the Monitoring network. For your own good you are advised to confirm any transaction or lottery promo you have either involved yourself with in the past to enable us trace this scammers. Only the Financial Institution has been confirmed Legal any other are still under investigation, and so many others are scam, most especially from Nigeria and Africa.

You are to contact the Director of Operations Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde with the information below in regards to more details on your funds.

Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde (Director of Operations)
Phone: +234 1 742 1060
E-mail: efcc-financial.refund@webmail.co.za

If you need to contact me at any stage please do not hesitate to call.


Mr. Robert S. Mueller, III (Director)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation

One is, almost, tempted to call that phone numbers, and inquire.

Now I ask you, is that just totally hilarious, or not?

Simultaneously, I do find it sad, and disturbing- because-

A) There are people in this world who are SO DUMB that they think there are people out there, SO DUMB that they would fall for such astonishingly transparent bullpuckey.


B) The people in A- are correct.  Yes, there are people so dumb they will believe this.

Clearly, my mind has boggled.  But I don't see where.


Beelar said...

We might be able to construct a somewhat rigorous mathematical statement from this information, related to the old "nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the <your_country_here> public" statement.

It may have something to do with the writers of these things knowing their customers better than you do. Or maybe, better than you want to. I think it's possible (though maybe difficult?) for inane or stupid company to be as destructive to your intellect as inane or stupid television, say.

Crunchy Chicken said...

Wow! You too? What are the odds...

Anonymous said...

I thought it was interesting that Ibrahim Lamorde has a Seattle phone number.

Justin Fay said...

"...so many others are scam, most especially from Nigeria and Africa."

"E-mail: efcc-financial.refund@webmail.co.za"
(ZA = country code for South Africa)

Leila Abu-Saba said...

That's even better than the one I got last year, in which a "British" solicitor who can't spell informed me that the late Rafik Hariri, Lebanese billionaire (from my dad's hometown, too) left me $5 million in his will! Because of my contributions to humanity, dontcha know.

All I have to do is reply and follow instructions, etc.

I put it on my blog, for the amusement and instruction of my Lebanese readers.

This FBI variation is better. Really.

I first saw a Nigerian letter back in the days before the internet when a NY public official I was working for received one by snail mail, on real paper. My boss had just been to Nigeria on a tour and I expect somebody there had gotten hold of one of the bazillion pamphlets he passed out about the agency he worked for; got his name and address and sent the letter.

Went to the circular file immediately. Even twenty years ago we knew better. Come on. Who believes that stuff?

Anonymous said...

I'm impressed - you are on a higher-level scam list than I. I just keep winning the Irish national lottery!


Ecodea said...

I've gotten that one about 20 times, each time a different country! LOL!