Thursday, April 21, 2005

New version of Nigerian email scam

Remember the infamous email scam, where you would receive an unsolicited email from someone claiming to be a wealthy foreigner who needs help moving millions of dollars from his homeland with the promise of a hefty percentage of the fortune as a reward for assisting him? If you have an email address, I'm sure you've received at least one of those. Or twenty.

There are many variants of the scam, and unbelieveable as it seems a lot of unfortunate souls had fallen victim to the fraud under countless variants (read victims' statement).

I recently received another such email, this time using the Aceh tsunami as its 'base event'. Notice the many spelling mistakes, possibly to convince potential victims that she's really in a state of urgency and thus couldn't be bothered to type properly.

(posted in its entirety for your personal enjoyment)
Dear Sir/Madam,

In brief introduction I am Ms.Wang Sye Yuen from Singapore, 28 years of age and my son Lau is 8 years old,and my dauther 6 year.We Live far on the Sea of the Aceh Region affected by the recent Tsunami Quakes/floods Disaster that swept through South Eastern Asia. I don't think you have come that Far, do you know Indonesia.

That's where i am Mailing you from.

I would have called, if i had your number. My Kids are here with me, and my brother in-law (Francis ) too. We have been trying to reach out for help for 3 weeks, but i got your mail from the Internet and i decided to contact you with the faith that you would help me out, i am planning to relocate my family to your country.

We are not asking you to finance our trip, but what i demand from you is your trust and honesty, because i want you to help me out, for three weeks,i have being moving from town to town. from shelter to shelter.I am not a begger, but I really value my life, and that of my kids. There is somebody or group of people after me, i am sure you are not suprised, it happens everywhere, but why? I am sure you will ask.

I am not going to hide anything from you, because i need you to believe and don't take this for just a joke or a game.It involves my life and my kids and a sum of US$15.5 Million United States Dollars, which is the Main cause i have suddenly made enemies on this Islands.This is the only legacy left behind for me and my kids by my late husband who is a victim of this disaster.I have been attacked at gun point twice and over 6 of our new accomodation given to us by the police have been broken.

The Police could not help much because the person behind the plots of evil is a specialist at crime, my late husbands Business Partner.Mr Ger Yang, and now i know why he is after me, he wants the funds, i remember he had a fight over some money issue with my husband before he died, and now this Funds have come to us as inheritance and only him knows of Such.

I immediately took the matter to court and laid all my allegations, but they were not strong enough to put him behind bars. So now at this present time Mr Ger Yang is still on the loose.He follows my every move, he has tried to kiddnap the kids from school, i have received calls of giving up the funds or i would be shot on the way to Work.

My kids have given up school and i have given up work, with the help of my brother inlaw we have managed to move here and there, slightly escaping death, but we are glad we are still alive.All this while he never got the money becasue My late husband had deposited them in a strong trunk box, and lodged the box in security company at the shores of the islands and later transfer the consignment to Europe for security reasons before his untimely death.

And all i am waitng for is a signal from you and i would instruct my antonery in Europe to contact you for better clearification of this transaction and he will arrange an authority to release and pay in your name which you will tender to the Security Firm couple with all the necessary documents that will back up your claims in collecting this consignment on my behalf, then i would proceed to a neighboring country and make flight arrangements to meet you in your country.

We cant engage other banking methods to transfer the funds because of the area we are located on the islands and that is why my late husband prefer to secure the fund in Europe , also we do not have a foreign accounts,and we don't want Mr.Ger Yang to have any trace of where the funds are going.So you are our only hope, we have a mapped out plan already. Its safe and secure.

So please there is nothing to worry about, its just you,The Security Company, my attonery and the destination, leave me and Mr.Ger Yang, i will protect my kids with the help of my brother in-law, as soon as you receive the funds in your account, we would check out of Indonesia.

I have to stop here now as your response will determine our subsequent correspondence. Please feel free to dis-regard this proposal if it is not in line with your principles. Send me your number if you are willing to assist me So that we can discuss on a secure medium.

Hope you can help
Wang Sye Yuen and Kids

Yeah right. I do hope nobody would ever fall for one of these ever again.

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