Saturday, November 25, 2006

Do people really fall for this?

I found this in my spam file today:

From Mrs. Suha Arafat
Compliments of the season,

This mail may not be surprising to you if you have been following current events in the international media with reference to the Middle East and Palestine in particular I am Mrs. SUHA ARAFAT, the wife of YASSER ARAFAT, the Palestinian Leader who died recently in Paris. Since his death and even prior to the announcement, I have been thrown into a state of antagonism, confusion, humiliation, frustration and hopelessness by the present leadership of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the new Prime Minister. I have even been subjected to physical and psychological torture. As a widow that is so traumatized, I have lost confidence with everybody in the country at the moment.

You must have heard over the media reports and the Internet on the discovery of some fund in my husband secret bank account and companies and the allegations of some huge sums of money deposited by my husband in my name of which I have refuses to disclose or give up to the corrupt Palestine Government. In fact the total sum allegedly discovered by the Government so far is in the tune of about $6.5 Billion Dollars. And they are not relenting on their effort to make me poor for life. As you know, the Moslem community has no regards for woman, hence my desire for a foreign assistance.

I have deposited the sum of 20 million dollars with a private security firm abroad whose name is withheld for now until we open communication. I shall be grateful if you could receive this fund into your bank account for safe keeping and any Investment opportunity. This arrangement is known to you and my personal Attorney. He might be dealing with you directly for security reasons as the case may be. In view of the above, if you are willing to assist for our mutual benefits, we will have to negotiate on your Percentage share of the $20,000,000 that will be kept in your position for a while and invested in your name for my trust pending when my Daughter, Zahwa, will come off age and take full responsibility of her Family Estate/inheritance.

Please note that this is a golden opportunity that comes once in life time and more so, if you are honest, I am going to entrust more funds in your care as this is one of the legacy we keep for our children.In case you don't accept please do not let me out to the security and international media as I am giving you this information in total trust and confidence I will greatly appreciate if you accept my proposal in good faith. Please expedite action and all response to my Email address below. NB / Please reply to:
My best regards,
Hajia Suha Arafat.

Do people really think that Arafat's widow is going to e-mail a random foreigner to hold onto 20 million dollars? What's scary is that they wouldn't do this scam unless it was profitable, so the answer must be yes.

By the way, I'm really a representative for Santa Claus... for $1 million I can have your child's name removed from the Naughty List. Really. Would Santa lie?

(Of course, this doesn't mean that your child will behave or receive any presents. And I didn't say which Naughty List.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, people DO fall for this. Greed is a powerful force to exploit. If you respond, you will eventually encounter difficulties, where you would have to visit their country to resolve.

As has happened unnervingly often in Nigeria, you are likely to be murdered for whatever pocketchange you have on you, butchered into pieces, and left in the wild. Nobody will know your corpse in such a foreign country.

The very, very, very first time I got one of these, I *THOUGHT* it was real, though I didn't follow up on it.

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