Just some light-hearted fun at the expense of fraudsters. I found an email in my spam folder that was titled “Urgent Reply Needed!” Occasionally I find it amusing to look at the spam so I opened it. It was a nice man from the Central Bank of Burkina Faso who wanted to split “$10.5 Million Dollars” (His unnecessary repetition, not mine) with me. He’d get 60% and I’d get 40% and all I had to do was send my details and claim to be next of kin of an Indonesian man who died in the 2004 tsunami disaster.
There were a couple of red flags. For example, I would be committing fraud. Also, every word in his letter was capitalised. I Guess It Is Meant To Make It Seem More Urgent But It’s Quite Odd Once You Notice It. I’m not even going to bother asking who thought an Indonesian man would do his banking in Burkina Faso and have his next of kin in South Africa. Then there was the strange question of the banker’s religion. Normally I don’t judge a person just on their religion but it’s nice to know that they know what they believe. This guy wasn’t so sure. Continue reading