I was perusing the newspaper this morning from my beloved Melbourne and came across this story that frankly, beggars belief!
Is there really anyone out there who believes now (or has ever) that the emails you get from people purporting to be the head of an African bank or aide to an exiled / dead president of an African nation yet come from Yahoo and Hotmail accounts are real?
I mean really, "I will give you 10% of 75 million gajillion US dollars if you will let me have access to your bank account." or "I will give you 10% of 75 million gajillion US dollars if you will please send a Western Union Money Order for USD7460 to Mboko Nagumba in Lagos , so that we can bribe the officials of Zaire to release the money." Oh OK, let me just run down to the Western Union office and do that now.
If it was real, why wouldn't they just go to the officials and offer them the 10% of 75 million gajillion US dollars?
Check out this site for a good laugh at the expense of the scammers. They suck the scammers into believing that they will comply with the request for money and make the scammers do all sorts of stupid and humiliating things. normally posing for photographs with silly signs and stuff. Take this for example:
We all know that it's a scam, but what troubles me is that there are some of my fellow countrymen (Queenslanders mostly - which sort of explains it) who have been fleeced for up to AUD 2.2 million!!!! In total, police estimate AUD 7 million has gone to these scams from Queensland "victims". I say "victims" because "dickheads" would be too inflammatory - oops, I said it. In case anyone needs to be reminded, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Still, if you're a greedy bastard, you'll soon fall over yourself. As they say, a fool and his money are soon parted.
Now if you would just leave your account details in the comment box, I will share 20% (twice the going rate) of a Swiss cheese baron's estate that I can get access to, if I could just get a couple of thousand Swiss Francs with which to bribe the caretaker at the cheese factory . Email me soonest your accordance such that we can do a profitable business. I would never try to cheat you - honest!!