I just got this email in from my good buddy tarek omar (who I don’t actually know, really. That was my attempt at facetiousness, in case you’re from California and don’t get sarcasm, irony, and facetious):
Dear Friend, I know that this mail will come to you as a surprise as we have never met before, but need not to worry as I am using the only secured and confidential medium available to seek for your foreign assistance in a business. I am contacting you independently of my investigation and no one is informed of this communication. I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of $11.3million immediately to your private account. The money has been here in our Bank lying dormant for nine good years now without anybody coming for the claim of it. I want to release the money to you as the nearest person to our deceased customer (the account owner) who died a long with his supposed NEXT OF KIN since August 1997. The Banking ethics here does not allow such money to stay more than 10 years, because the money will be recalled to the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund. Upon receipt of your reply, indicating your interest in this transaction, I will send you full details on how the business will be executed. Please keep this proposal as a top secret and delete if you are not interested. Regards, MR TAREK OMAR African development Bank. Burkina Faso, West Africa, _________________________________________________________________ Die neue MSN Suche Toolbar mit Windows-Desktopsuche. Suchen Sie gleichzeitig im Web, Ihren E-Mails und auf Ihrem PC! - http://desktop.msn.de/ Kostenlos downloaden!
Note that the email, purportedly from Burkina-Faso, come with German text in the MSN tag at the end. Not a very clean attempt at deception…
In case you want to write to Mr. Omar on my behalf, here’s his email address. Perhaps you can help him move the $11.3 million out of Burkina-Faso.
email@example.com although the displayed address is firstname.lastname@example.org – again, not a very convincing deception!