Published on August 7th, 2011 | by Jill0
Fresh From the Spam Filter
I love this scam email I got recently because the plea supposedly comes from Kofi Annan who is the former Secretary-General of the U.N. A typo in the email calls him the “formal secretary General”:
I am Mr. KOFI ANNAN formal United Nations secretary General; I hope that you will handle this mails with utmost secret and confidentiality.
I have USD54M in a secured bank vault which I made from gratification during my period as the UN secretary general and now want to invest the money, because my position I do not want to invest this money directly.
I therefore request you to manage and administer this fund since I cannot invest it personally.
You shall get 20% of the total fund.
Please in the name of God if you are not interested please destroy this mail, I am now in my country Accra Ghana.
Upon the receipt of your mail, I shall give you more information.
It came as an email (Subject: From KOFI ANNAN/0pen and read message) with a text file attached.
I guess the spammer thought his marks would feel more confident answering an email from an important and respected man like Kofi Annan and wouldn’t question why a guy with so many contacts around the world sent this to a total stranger. But I’m glad he trusts a stranger like me to “handle this mail with utmost secrecy and confidentiality”!