The Shape of Scam Emails to Come?


Far be it from me to offer them any material, but with poll numbers like these coming in the wake of notable incumbents having pled guilty to crimes (Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, Rep. Bob Ney), others apparently involved in business deals that have the attentions of federal investigators (Sen. Robert Menendez, Rep. Alan Mollohan, Rep. William Jefferson), and still others who have family members whose homes and offices were raided by the Feds (Rep. Curt Weldon, Sen. Ted Stevens), perhaps it won’t be too much longer until we’ll be getting emails from Nigeria like this one:

DEAR FRIEND: We want to transfer out of Washington ($207,000.000.00 USD) Two hundred seven million United States Dollars) earmarked from a Government Account in Washington D.C. I am looking for reliable and honest person who will be capable and fit to provide either an existing bank account or to set up a new Bank a/c immediately to receive this earmark, even an empty a/c for a new company with no federal contracting experience can serve, as long as you will remain honest to me till the end for this important business, trusting in you and believing in God that you will never let me down either now or in future.

I am Mr. Edwin Worsh, the accountability auditor of the Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham special projects budget. During the course of our auditing I discovered a floating fund of earmarked money designated for a company that I had been unable to locate. After going through some old files in the records I discovered that the owner of the company died without a [heir] hence the money has been floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing back to taxpayers–an unacceptable outcome.

I got your contact address from my secretary who does not know the need for it. I am revealing this to you with the believe that you will never let me down in this business, you are the first and might be the only person that I am contacting for this business, so please reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step to take. The amount involved is (USD 207M) Two hundred and seven million United States Dollars, which I only want to transfer to a safe private account, but as I work in Congress I don’t know any trustworthy people, and I am only contacting you because this money can not be approved to a local person here in Washington.

At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 15% of the total amount, 40% will be for me, while 45% will be for expenses both parties might have incurred during the process of transferring–mostly campaign contributions, payments to lobbyists and greens fees at St. Andrews.

Hope to hear from you soonest.

Yours Sincerely, Mr. Edwin Worsh

N.B. I need your phone and fax numbers for easy communications as the case may be.

With apologies to the real Mr. Edwin Worsh, whoever he might be

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