Today I saw a really brilliant SPAM email, and it really got me thinking, as I just sat and laughed at the brilliance of the ruse, how stupid you would have to be to fall for it?
I’ll tell you what you are supposed to be when you read this…
The email was delivered to a newly set up Gmail account that was registered in America. I am just amazed by how this spam has been tailored to its intended market. Even with that in mind – surely it would never work? Perhaps George Bush would fall for it, but no one else?
But people must fall for these things sometimes? I have no idea who, but someone must be falling for it.
I love the way the small print is worded, how you are discouraged from contacting any other government departments, but instead should only contact this one email address or mobile number. I love the way that the Prime Minister of the UK is personally emailing a complete stranger to tell them that he has credited a VISA card with loads of money, and they can have it for no apparent reason whatsoever. I love that David Milliband’s role now includes mailing VISA cards out to people. I love that you only need pay the £120 courier fee in order to benefit.
I chuckled at this for ages, so I ask you to have a look at it now and let me know what you think. Have you received any funnier ones? Have you seen any clever ones? Let me know what brilliantly obvious scams you have been presented with.
I’m adding the email exactly as it was written, complete with typos and errors; after all, it’s a well known fact that Gordon Brown’s lack of depth perception causes him to have very bad grammar.
Oh … and please don’t contact them like I almost did :-)
OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTERTREASURY AND MINISTER FOR CIVIL SERVICE,LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM.
Our ref: ATM/13470/IDR
Your ref:...Date: 12/03/2010
IMMEDIATE PAYMENT NOTIFICATION
I am The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP,Prime Minister British Government. Thisletter is to officially inform you that (ATM Card Number 048000101775550)has been accredited in your favor. Your Personal Identification Number is477.The VISA Card Value is £100,000.00(One Hundred Thousand Great BritishPounds Sterling).
This office will send to you an Visa/ATM CARD that you will use to withdrawyour funds in any ATM MACHINE CENTER or Visa card outlet close to you witha maximum of £5000 GBP daily.
Further more,You will be required tore-confirm the following information to enable;The Rt Hon David Miliband MPSecretary ofState for Foreign and Commonwealth Office. begin in processing of your VISACARD.
(1)Full names: (2)Address: (3)Country:(4) City :(5)Phone #:
(6)Age:(7)Occupation: (8) Post Codes: (9)Nationality:
Forward Reply To:
Tel: +44 702 407 3761
TAKE NOTICE: That you are warned to stop further communications with anyother person(s) or office(s) different from the staff of the State forForeign andCommonwealth Affairs to avoid hitches in receiving your payment.
Also you will be required to offset the Courier delivery payment of £ 120Great British Pounds for the immediate delivery of your Visa/ATM card andit will get to your Residential Address within 24 Hours
Note that it is never in our policy to collect payments from clients butdue to the September 11th 2001 crisis in America, it has become imperativethat large pay out/funds in and out of United Kingdom be notarized from thesource to properly differentiate them frommoney-laundry/terrorist-sponsoring and drug-related funds.