Friday, April 22, 2005

Nigerian scams go glurge

This is probably not a Nigerian scam, but I don't know how else to call it. I received it yesterday, and was struck by the change of tactics from scam writers. People are now better informed and will instantly be suspicious of any offer from dodgy bank officials from Ouagadougou, or former Baath-Party politicos from Iraq looking to deposit Saddam's gold in your account. This new scam I think is playing to the glurge gallery (Glurge is the term used by Snopes to refer to sickly-sugary emails that are sweetly disgusting, like the Alaska one). This email plays on religious feelings in a strong way:

My name is Mrs.Jennifer Wilson I am a dying woman who have decided to
donate what I have to you/ church. I am 59 years old and was diagnosed
for cancer about 2 years ago,immediately after the death of my husband, who
had left me everything he worked for.
I have been touched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my
late husband to you for the good work of God,rather than allow my
relatives to use my husband's hard earned funds ungodly.Please
pray,that the good Lord forgive me my sins.I have asked God to forgive me and i
believe he has because He is a merciful God. I will be going in for an
operation,and i pray that i survive the operation.
I have decided to WILL/donate the sum of $1,500,000 (One million five
hundred thousand dollars) to you for the good work of the lord, and to
help the motherless,less privileged and also for the assistance of the widows.
At the moment I cannot take any telephone calls, due to the fact that
my relatives are around me and i have been restricted by my doctor from
taking telephone calls.presently,my WILL have been adjusted and my
lawyer has been notified.
I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly, and
please use the funds well and always extend the good work to others.
Contact me through this email address if you
are interested,so that i can feed you with the information on how to
claim the funds of($1,500,000.00).I know I have never met you but I have
been directed to do this by God,and i hope you act sincerely.
NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until
the task is accomplished,as I don't want anything that will Jeopardize
my last wish, due to the fact that i do not want relatives or family members
standing in the way of my last wish.

Jennifer Wilson
I think that I need an Alka-Seltzer now.

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