Normally, it is easy enough to spot spam a mile off. Sometimes it is gibberish, like:
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Sometimes it just doesn’t sound believable enough:
“Dear Sir/Madam, I wish to write you this letter with believe to establish business relationship with you. My name is Mr Francis Abotsi from the family of Chief Nana Num Abotsi 11 of Atuabo village Tarkwa Western Region Ghana. We are local gold miner, we mine in our own family concessions where we are using the local method to operate which has becoming problems for us to extract the gold from the soil for lack of equipments machines, base on that we need a partner who can assist us in arranging sophisticated mining equipments machines in his or her country for our work. Right now we have 77 kgs of alluvial gold dust for sale to purchase the mining equipments. I want to know if you can partner with my family or you connect us with a reliable gold buyer for partnership …”
Then there’s Brian F. di Caprio, my latest ‘good ‘ol buddy’ who is kindly going to share with me everything he knows and make my fortune:
“Do not get me wrong, everyone has the ability and the natural potential to get rich.
It doesn’t take years of education, tons of training, a lot of smarts, or anything else of that nature. Getting rich and building a huge income is simply a matter of putting yourself in the position where you have unlimited earning power, and then doing what it takes to make it happen.
See, most people do not ever get rich because they never put themselves in a position where they can earn money without limits …”
But the other day, a colleague of mine had an altogether different proposition:
“I am enchanted using this tremendous opportunity to converse with you in this medium of communication. I am Mr Gregory Adams, Finance Director of a reputable bank here in Ghana. I am contacting you for a possible business transfer. I am using this moment to give you the cognizance and also to seek your assistance to this business proposal.
In my department I discovered an abandoned sum of ($6.5 million) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers an American Mr Bob Williams, who died along with his entire family in Alaska Plane crash on February 1st 2000. Do not view this as being illegal but an opportunity for us to enrich our hope in life instead of the bank converting this much money to the security funds. All required arrangements have been made for the smooth transfer of these funds into your account, and your acceptance is what will crown this effort.”
I just want to reassure him … and anyone else who received this that it is not me … honest. Besides, like I would offer anyone $6.5 million that just happened to be lying around!