The Most Pathetic Scam Email of all Time

I occasionally get SPAM emails leaking through from this scam:

During our investigation and auditing in this Bank, my department came 
across a very huge sum of money belonging to one of our deceased
customer
who died on July 30th 2002 of a ghastly motor accident and the fund has
been
dormant in his account with this bank without any claim of the fund in
our
Custody either from his family or relation before our discovery to this
development.

It's a game in the office now to guess which obscure country has the fictional money (I guessed Surinam, my colleague guessed Tanzania, we were both wrong). 

I noticed at the bottom of today's scam email the idiot's signature:

Découvrez le Blog heroic Fantaisy d'Eragon! 
http://eragon-heroic-fantasy.spaces.live.com/

 

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  • si

    check this………………

    I write, asking for your indulgence in re-profiling funds to
    tune of Twelve Million, Eight

    Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$12.8m) which we want to keep safely

    overseas under your supervision. In other words, we would like you to receive
    the said

    funds on our behalf. The Funds were derived over time from a project awarded to
    a

    foreign firm by my Department, and presently the actual contract cost have been
    paid to

    the original project executors, leaving the balance in the tune of the said
    amount which

    we have in principle obtained approval to remit overseas.

    Kindly pardon the use of a medium informal as this for reaching out to you to
    make a

    request of great importance to us. Currently, I work as a Director of Projects
    at the

    Department of Minerals & Energy here in Pretoria. I have the authority and
    approval of

    my partners involved in this transaction to negotiate a suitable compensation
    for your

    participation and I propose 22.2 percent, while we also propose that we receive
    46.6

    percent and 31.2 percent be earmarked for purposes of taxation.

    This endeavor has a minimal risk factor on your part provided you treat it with
    the utmost

    discretion. You are advised to reach me through email or you can contact me on
    my

    number for further clarifications.

    I am available for further clarification via email or telephone number that is
    above.

    I kindly wait to hear from you.

    Yours

    Sincerely,

    Mr. EDWARD RICHARD

  • BRIAN

    From: wen_lee@netspace.net.au
    Sent: 26 October 2010 12:32:19
    To: I am requesting for your partnership in re-profiling funds I will give the details, but in summary, the funds are coming via Bank Of Taipei Taiwan.Contact me for further details

    (lwen87@9.cn) Wen Lee.

    Is this one of the scamers:?

  • Ranga

    Heres a good one:

    From: United Nation
    to: Undisclosed recipients: ;

    Map of UN member states
    and their UN-recognized dependencies

    Economic Community of West African States

    RE-CHANGE OF ADRESS.

    It is my pleasure once again to inform you that We have try our best to
    paid the reativation fee AND customs with this delivery fees for your atm
    card and all the necessary arrangement has made with Apex Courier
    Services as i promise to assist you this matter and i have deposit your
    atm card with Apex courier Delivery Company.

    The only money you will pay to the Courier Company to deliver your Atm
    Card direct to your residential address is agreement Security popose
    fee,being the agreement Security popose fee which the told me is
    $109Usd.befor your atm card be uplifted from there Company.to you.Now
    contact the Apex Courier Services with this information below:

    Name Alhaji Umar Garba
    mail_apexcourier@mail.kz
    +22993561738

    FILL THIS BELOZ INFOMATION

    1. YOUR FULL NAMES:______
    2. Postal ADDRESS:_______
    3. PHONE NUMBER:_________
    4. CELL NUMBERS:_______
    8. OCCUPATION:________
    9. NATIONALITY:________

    Treat as very urgent, as we also remind you once again that your ATM Card
    is ready.

    Thanks for your co-operation.

    Yours faithfully
    Dr Adkin Johnson
    UN Office of Legal Affairs

    First off, who can name the first thing that went wrong? anyone? well, the first thing is that’s wrong it’s from THE FRICKIN U.N., THAT’S WHAT’S WRONG!!! Why, oh why would someone from the U.N. send a yr 12 student from a small town a message of this importance? well, thats pretty much the nail in the coffin, anyway, and almost all these messages have hundreds of spelling errors anyway, so i wont go into that. may all

  • George

    How about this pathetic example which I received today.

    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY & MINERAL RESOURCES: DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY & MINERAL RESOURCES: DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY & MINERAL RESOURCES: DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY & MINERAL RESOURCES
    SANDTON TOWERS, JOHANNESBURG P.M.B. 12701 SOUTH AFRICA
    FROM THE DESK OF: Engr. Mandala Gauteng M.sc (Manager 14 Project Allocation
    Email: mandalagauteng@hotmail.com Tel: + 27-71-250-4323

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am a member of the contract award committee and 14 project allocation managers, of the Department of Energy and Mineral Resources in South Africa; I am in search of
    an agent to assist us in the transfer of (USD11.5M) and subsequent investment in properties in your country. You will be required to.

    (1) Assist in the transfer of the said funds

    (2) Advise on lucrative areas for investment

    (3) Assist us in purchase of properties.

    If you decide to render your service to us in this regards, 25% of the total sum of USD11.5M will be for you. Thank you and God bless, as I await in anticipation for
    your fullest Co-operation.

    Yours Faithfully,
    Eng. Mandala Gauteng
    Email: mandalagauteng@hotmail.com

    N.B: Please endeavor to send me a response via my more Confidential email address (above) for further details.

  • rolly

    someone e-mail me containing these letter, duh! watta scam right?!
    Dr.THULANI MOLLOY.
    DEPARTMENT OF MINERALS AND ENERGY,
    PRETORIA,
    SOUTH AFRICA.(mr.thulanimolloy@yahoo.it)

    Dear Friend,

    It is my great pleasure to write you this letter on behalf of my colleagues. A member of the South gave your information to me African Export Promotion Council (SAEPC) who was with the Government delegation on a trip to your country for a bilateral conference talk to encourage foreign investors. I have decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in the execution of the deal hereunder for the benefit of all parties and hope you will keep it confidential because of the nature of this business.

    Within the Department of Minerals & Energy where I work as a Director of Audit and Project Implementation and with the co-operation of two other top officials, we have in our possession an overdue payment in US funds.The said funds represent certain percentage of the total contract value executed on behalf of my Department by a foreign contracting firm, which we the officials over-invoiced to the amount of US$16.500, 000.00 (Sixteen Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars). Though the actual contract cost has been paid to the original contractor, leaving the excess balance unclaimed.

    Since the present elected Government is determined to pay foreign contractors all debts owed, so as to maintain good relationship with foreign governments and non-government agencies, we included our bills for approvals with the Department of Finance and the South Africa Reserve Bank (SARB). We are seeking your assistance to front as beneficiary of the unclaimed funds, since we are not allowed to operate foreign accounts.

    Details and change of beneficiary information upon application for claim to reflect payment and approvals will be secured on behalf of you/your Company. I have the authority of my partners involved to propose that should you be willing to assist us in this transaction your share as compensation Will be (25%), while my colleagues and I receive(65%) and the balance of (10%) for taxation and miscellaneous expenses incurred.

    The business is completely safe and secure, provided you treat it with Utmost confidentiality. It does not matter whether you/your Company does contract projects, as a transfer of powers will be secured in favour of you/your Company. Also, your area of specialization is not a hindrance to the successful execution of this transaction. I have reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint us.your urgent response at (mr.thulanimolloy@yahoo.it )

    Thanks for your co-operation.
    Regards,
    Dr.THULANI MOLLOY.
    N.B Please email your confidential Telephone and Fax numbers to enable
    me contact you for further clarifications

  • John

    How about this one, I received it today:

    Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 00:42:14 +0000
    From: william buthelezzi
    To: undisclosed-recipients: ;
    Subject: FOREIGN PARTNER NEEDED

    ATTN:
    FOREIGN PARTNER NEEDED
    Goodday, I write, asking for your indulgence in re-profiling funds to tune of Twenty five Million United
    States Dollars (US$25m)which we want kept safely overseas under your supervision. In other words, we would
    like you to receive the said funds on our behalf. The Funds were derived over time from projects awarded to
    a foreign firms by my Department, and presently the actual contract cost have been paid to the original
    project executors, leaving the balance in the tune of the said amount which we have in principle obtained
    approval to remit overseas. Kindly pardon the use of a medium as informal as this for reaching out to you
    to make a request of great importance to us. Currently, I work as a Director of Projects at The Department
    of Minerals & Energy here in Pretoria. I have the authority and approval of my partners involved in this
    transaction to negotiate a suitable compensation for your participation and I propose 25% percent, while we
    also propose that we receive 70 percent and 5% percent be earmarked for purposes of taxation. This endeavor
    has a minimal risk factor on your part provided you treat it with the utmost discretion. You are advised to
    reach me through email correspondence. I am available via my private email to discuss further with you. I
    kindly wait to hear from you. Yours Sincerely, WILLIAM BUTTELLEZI

  • http://www.vikasnetdev.blogspot.com/ Vikas Kerni

    Well this one is little innovative

    Can you handle this offer ?

    Department Of Minerals And Energy,Pretoria, South Africa.
    Good Day, I write asking for your indulgence in re-profiling funds which we want to keep under your supervision. The Funds totaling US$18,700,000.00 (Eighteen Million, Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) have been derived over time from a project awarded a foreign firm by my department. I work with The Department of Minerals & Energy here in Pretoria,South Africa. Hence I have the authority of my partners to propose that should you be willing to assist us in this transaction, you will be highly compensated on agreed percentage by both parties. If you are interested, send your full names,addresss, telephone and fax numbers for more details.I will prefer you to reach me with my personal email address below;(joseph_mkomu@yahoo.fr) I wait your reply.
    Regards,Mr.Joseph Mkomu.

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  • Sean Chambers

    Theres actually a guy somewhere on the web that replys to these guys to try to waste as much of their time as possible. It’s really the only thing one can do to try to deter these morons. I believe the official term for these guys are 419 scammers.

    There was an article awhile ago about a secretary that supplied these scammers with her employers bank account information. The account got cleared out shortly thereafter.