|By Bob Weaver|
There are dozens of scams on the Internet, by phone or mail. You would think by now that most everyone is familiar with their basic themes, but every so often, someone falls prey.
E-mail scamming is based on sending the message to millions of people in hopes of finding one sucker.
In the 1990s, when we first discovered the world-wide web and e-mail, I started receiving scam e-mail, and would you believe the same ridiculous scam is still circulating all these years later, as late as yesterday:
My Dearest One,
This is Miss Mary Williams from Trinidad & Tobago. I am writing from the hospital in Ivory Coast, therefore this mail is very urgent as you can see that I am dying in the hospital. I was told by the doctor that I was poisoned and has got my liver damaged and can only live for some months.
I inherited some money ($2.5 Million) from my late father and I cannot think of anybody trying to kill me apart from my step mother in order to inherit the money, she is an Ivorian by nationality.
I want you to contact my servant with this information below:
Servant Augustine Maranatha.
Address: Rue De La Princess L /G 152 Cocody
Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
Tel +225 663 156 54
He will give you the documents of the money and will direct you to a well known lawyer that I have appointed to him, the lawyer will assist you to change the documents of the money to your name to enable the bank transfer the money to you.
This is the favour I need when you have gotten the money:
(1) Give 20% of the money to my servant Augustine as he has been there for me through my illness and I have promised to support him in life. I want you to take him along with you to your country and establish him as your son.
(2) Give 30% of the money to handicap people and charity organization, then the remaining is yours.
Note: This should be a code between you and my Servant Augustine in this transaction "Hospital" any mail from him, the barrister he will direct you to, without this code "Hospital" is not from the barrister, Augustine, the bank or myself as I don't know what will happen to me in the next few hours.
(3) The lawyer's name is McLambert Adams. And let Augustine send you his International passport to be sure of whom you are dealing with. Augustine is so little, therefore guide him.
And if I don't hear from you, I will look for another person or an organization.
May God bless you and use you to accomplish my wish.
Pray for me always.
Miss Mary Williams
The well-worn adage always comes to mind, "If it sounds too good to be true, it ain't."