Notes From My Spam Folder

I try not to look too often in my email spam folder, the “junk” mail filtered out by my service provider. It usually is junk, though occasionally some of the mailings I subscribe to wind up there.

I just checked it for the first time in a few weeks and discovered I have been missing out on some opportunities for financial gain. I figured I should share them with you, starting with this first one from Mei Liu:

I am Mei Liu by name. I came across your profile on LinkedIn and there is something important I would like to talk to you about if you do not mind. This is a genuine and very lucrative opportunity that won’t distract you from your daily schedule. Please acknowledge my email so I can provide you with more information. I await your swift response.

That one sounded almost legitimate, given that I do have a LinkedIn profile. Except that profile doesn’t show my email address. Anyone who finds me on LinkedIn contacts me through that site. Obviously a scam, I won’t let it distract me from my daily schedule. No reply.

Here’s the next one:

It is my pleasure to contact you, l know this letter might meet you as a surprise…. My name is Mrs. Elizabeth Anna Johnson from Germany. l was married to Dr. Abelerd Johnson who worked with our Embassy here in South Africa…Due to my deteriorating health condition which most doctors have confirmed I will not survive no matter what. I have decided to Willingly Donate the sum of…through you for the good work of the lord, and to help the motherless, less privileged and also for the assistance of the widows…this fund is lodged in a bank here in South Africa.

This appeal is meant for one with a deep sense of responsibility and commitment to serving humanity. I humbly seek your assistance to receive these funds and use it for the intended purposes…

Once I hear from you, I will forward to you all the information’s you will use to get this fund release from the bank and to be transferred to your bank account…

My first thought was, “why isn’t she writing to me in German if she is German?” I also wondered why her contact email wasn’t the same as the address she supposedly sent this missive from.

I didn’t ask myself “why me?” I’m obviously the sort of person that you would want to entrust five million dollars to. What amazes me is that there are people who fall for this sort of thing.

Suggestions about big sums set off mental alarm bells – but smaller ones, like the next one, do also:

Important! Please respond today!

Withdrawal request for 10,293,84 is approved!

Costumer: Lorne Anderson

Withdraw: 10,293,84.

Withdraw 10,293,74 . Now!

Hmm, no indication as to why I have been approved for this withdrawal – I don’t remember applying for the money. Nor does it say what currency I can expect, which makes this scam good the world over. I think I’ll pass, especially since the numbers don’t match up. And I’ve never been a costumer.

This last one for today may have been the most dangerous. There was a link to click, which I won’t reproduce here. Who knows what virus or other nasty computer problem I would have had if I had clicked on it.

Just one more step left and you can collect your commissions deposit of $8,062.80.

Approve your latest deposit here

Once you’ve approved it the transfer will take 2-3 days to hit your personal account.

…View the status of your transfer here: https – www. Now we gotcha!

To your success,

Just a reminder, if it sounds to good to be true it probably is. Especially online.

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