Wednesday, April 21, 2010

apropos of nothing-

I got so many chuckles out of this, I just have to pass it on.  It's not "green" or science or nothin- just a funny commentary on humans.

Got this email just now: 

Subject: Beneficiary
Date: April 21, 2010 1:18:20 PM CDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
J.Edgar.Hoover Building Washington Dc
Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday
Office Hours Monday To Saturday:

Dear Beneficiary,

Series of meetings have been held over the past 7 months with the secretary general of the United Nations Organization. This ended 3 days ago. It is obvious that you have not received your fund which is to the tune of $11million due to past corrupt Governmental Officials who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund which has led to so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the receipt of your fund.

The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations and Federal Bureau of Investigation have successfully passed a mandate to the current president of Nigeria his Excellency President Umaru Yar'Adua to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to you and other individuals and organizations who have been found not to have receive their Contract Sum, Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance and the likes.

Now how would you like to receive your payment? because we have two method of payment which is by Check or by ATM card?

ATM Card: We will be issuing you a custom pin based ATM card which you will use to withdraw up to $3,000 per day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it and the card have to be renewed in 4 years time which is 2014. Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your local bank account. The ATM card comes with a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it. Even if you do not have a bank account.

Check: To be deposited in your bank for it to be cleared within three working days.

Your payment would be sent to you via any of your preferred option and would be mailed to you via UPS. Because we have signed a contract with UPS which should expire by the end of may 2010 you will only need to pay $110 instead of $520 saving you $410 So if you pay before March 28 2010 you save $410 Take note that anyone asking you for some kind of money above the usual fee is definitely a fraudsters and you will have to stop communication with every other person if you have been in contact with any. Also remember that all you will ever have to spend is $110.00 nothing more! Nothing less! And we guarantee the receipt of your fund to be successfully delivered to you within the next 24hrs after the receipt of payment has been confirmed.

Below are few list of tracking numbers you can track from UPS website to confirm people like you who have received their payment successfully.

Name : Donna L. Vargas: UPS Tracking Number: 1Z757F991598420403 (
Name : Rovenda Elaine Clayton: UPS Tracking Number:  1Z757F991596606592 (

Note: Everything has been taken care of by the Federal Government of Nigeria, The United Nation and also the FBI and including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so all you will ever need to pay is $110.

DO NOT SEND MONEY TO ANYONE UNTIL YOU READ THIS: The actual fees for shipping your ATM card is $520 but because UPS have temporarily discontinued the C.O.D which gives you the chance to pay when package is delivered for international shipping We had to sign contract with them for bulk shipping which makes the fees reduce from the actual fee of $520 to $110 nothing more and no hidden fees of any sort!

To effect the release of your fund valued at 11million usd  you are advised to contact our correspondent in Africa the delivery officer MR. MIKE WILLIAMS with the information below,


You are adviced to contact him with the informations as stated below:

Your full Name..
Your Address:..............
Home/Cell Phone:..............
Preferred Payment Method ( ATM / Cashier Check )

Upon receipt of payment the delivery officer will ensure that your package is sent within 24 working hours. Because we are so sure of everything we are giving you a 100% money back guarantee if you do not receive payment/package within the next 24hrs after you have made the payment for shipping.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Donna Story

Note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your ATM CARD, you are hereby advice only to be in contact with Mr. Mike Williams of the ATM CARD CENTRE who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your ATM CARD PAYMENT and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon and commence investigation.

  And, as always- the most amazing thing is- there ARE people who actually fall for stuff this crude- which is why they keep sending it out.

ay, yi yi.


MiscellanyEsq said...

What so funny? I ask you, and I tell you, you to could be in receipt of money as I was. 11$ million. Us Dollars denomination.

Write urgently to Fbi and UNited nation. Act now. Confidentiallity guaranteed to maximum.

For real, though, it is sad that some people fall for that stuff.

MiscellanyEsq said...

Also, I think the best part is that it's (supposedly) from "". Then later it's And yet the e-mail is signed by some woman at the FBI.

Gosh, just thinking it all through more: it really is so sad that people fall for this. It's sad not only a) that they lose $110 or whatever sum, but also b) that they think there's some reason they should be owed $11 million.

Farmer's Daughter said...


Sharlene T. said...

I have a drawer full of these letters -- mostly from teenaged relatives who were the only ones capable of handling a country's treasury in the middlin' bank accounts!

I don't so much mind the average Joe who falls for this breathtakingly ridiculous letter but there have been cases where bank managers have made loans against these, as yet, uncollected sums! ('nuff said)

I rest.

curiousalexa said...

You with a lobotomy still exceeds 97% of the population.

Glad to know you're feeling better though!

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Wendy said...

I wanted to reply to one of this sort of letter once and ask if they could take the shipping fee out of the $11million before they send it to me ;).

But then I just figured I'd be getting more and more of such letters, and I didn't want that.

The homesteadingcottage said...

So strange and yet so sad. The thing is...that letter is long!! That was the first time I read one of those in it's entirety...I feel dirty (:

sealander said...

I have to check several company mail accounts every day to pick out any customer emails that have run into our spam filters,
so over the years I think I must have encountered every variation on the African princess/orphans/widows/terminal cancer patient/Iraqi veteran/long lost distant relative
wants to give you a vast sum of money scenario. But one did catch my eye - the scenario is, a hitman has been hired to knock
you off. Why? Well, only YOU know why, we're all guilty of something, right? ;)
But said hitman is feeling sorry for you (awww) and is willing to call off the hit, if you can give him some money...
I figure if you send out a few hundred thousand of these you might just strike one sucker who does have reason to believe
this scenario.

I know with all the scams preying on greed everyone says who'd be stupid enough to fall for that? But after seeing
several local businesses in the news over the last few years who'd been practically bankrupted because an employee
or manager had done just that, fallen for one of these scams, but had given company funds to these crooks, I've
wondered if it might be best not to just assume the people you know, especially employees would not fall for this.
Some education for the less net-savvy people in your lives might not go amiss.