Friday, January 2, 2015

Such amazing good fortune!

Happy second day of 2015.  Today, via two e-mails, I received news that winnings totaling $1.45million USD were waiting to be claimed by the recipient of the e-mails, plus a brand new 2014 BMW, a laptop and an iPhone!  Can you believe my good fortune?  And that was just the random windfall. In a third e-mail I learned that a goodhearted man in Malaysia is going to split 60-40 an unclaimed inheritance left behind by someone with—imagine!—the same surname as mine.  

It’s hard to imagine how desperate and/or opportunistic someone has to be to scheme up such schmaltzy stories in the hopes of raiding the bank account and/or stealing the identity of  trusting souls. It’s also hard to imagine how ignorant those trusting souls have to be to fall for the the possibility of such preposterous good fortune—but clearly, the scam must work or it wouldn’t be so prevalent.  Oh, and I forgot to mention that the e-mails were directed to a deceased person—Jay. I check his AOL mailbox routinely and clean out this type of communication (there are lots). Otherwise I cannot continue with my AOL mailbox, which is a subaccount of his. That seems almost as preposterous. 

Ah, the complexities of modern life. 

Dear Beneficiary,
This mail is to inform you of your registered package.CONTENT: Bank Draft of $950,000.00 USD, a laptop and iphone registered by an Official of the United Nation. The Fund is a donation to you from the U.N  through e-mails balloting in affiliation with commonwealth poverty eradication program.  For your information the VAT and COD (Cost Of Delivery) have been paid already. Therefore, kindly provide us with the below details as follow; 
(ETC. I am not repeating e-mails and names for obvious reasons--sg.)

Dear BMW Enthusiast,
This is to inform you that you have been selected for a prize of a brand new 2014 Model BMW 7 Series Car and a Check of $500,000.00 United States Dollars from international programs held on the final section 2014 in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection system (ESS) from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world which you were selected.The BMW Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact our fiduciary claims department for more information as regards procedures to claim your prize. (ETC. I am not repeating e-mails and names for obvious reasons--sg.)

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