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27/10/08

Scam Irony

Ok, who'd ever have thought that e-mail scammers have the gift of irony. Although it is not known whether the irony is intentional or accidental - I lean towards the second option.

In any case, this is what the e-mail fairy brought me a couple of days ago - and had sufficient discernment to deposit in the spam folder:
THE UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION
In Conjunction with the International Monetary Fund
WORLD BANK FACT-FINDING & SPECIAL DUTIES OFFICE
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM.



Dear Sir/Madam

The United Nations Security Council, hereby receives your payment with
reference number #.MAV/UNO/WBO/LM-05-371 amounting to US$10,625,000.00 (Ten
Million Six Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand United States Dollars) This
council was set up to fight against scam and fraudulent activities worldwide,
responsible for investigating the legitimacy of unpaid contract, inheritance
and lotto winning claims by companies and individuals and directs the paying
authorities worldwide to make immediate payment of verified claims to the
beneficiaries without further delay, your said payment is being arranged in a
Security-proof box weighing 75kg padded with synthetic nylon. According to
information gathered from the bank's security computer we were notified
that you have waited for so long to receive this payment without success, we also
confirmed that you have met all statutory requirements in respect of your
pending payment.

This important notice is to let you know that your payment is ready to be moved
by Swift Bank Transfer (Five working days) to your account or via diplomatic
means of cash delivery (Two days) to your door step. Please note that your
payment will be processed and released to you as soon as you respond to this
confidential letter by reconfirming to us the following details:

(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Home Address:
(3) Phone, Fax and Mobile Number:
(4) Company Name/Occupation:
(5) Home Address:
(6) Payment option (Bank Transfer/Cash delivery):

Immediately the above details are received and validated, your payment will be
processed within 48hours.

Yours Faithfully,


REV. FATHER PETER SMITH
Director, Special Duties

Yeah, sure... Not sure what is more guffaw-inducing, the "This council was set up to fight against scam and fraudolent activities worldwide" part, or "synthetic nylon" - like there was a lot of natural nylon to be found on this old planet.

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