Like all of you I'm sure, I get numerous emails every day from people I've never known that are not the kind of SPAM (http://www.spam.com/) many of us grew up eating. Whoever sends these does so because someone, somewhere, is the proverbial fish on their hook. It's cheap to send email and yet, nearly impossible to fix whatever you lose if you bite on their pitch.
Now, I value creativity in these pitches. The more interesting, the better chance I have of posting it.
This will be a year-long project. Every day, we will post a new Spam Report with the expressed goal of not letting anyone reading this fall victim to one of these.
There are usually so many red flags associated with these, they might as well be signalling an impending hurricane.
Without further ado, let us begin. Our first entry is an oldie, but worth sharing to prove this universal truth: Anyone who contacts you about helping them get part of their inheritance isn't being genuine.
Please don't fall for this:
From: yeukai kudakwashe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: September 20, 2013, 8:37:30 AM EDT
To: aschrager <email@example.com>
Subject: YOU ARE INVITED TO MY FAMILY BUSINESS PROJECT
WILL AGREEMENT FOR MY FAMILY INHERITANCE
I amMrsYeukai Kudakwashe from ZIMBABWE I am a widow with two Children from the ShonaTRIBE of Zimbabwe. I am hereby relating to you my family matter that I am a widow who was left behind by my husband 2009 and there is problem over inheritance here which is causing pains in my heart.My husband family are fighting to claim all from myself and my children and even there are serious threat of live over our lives here.My husband was a business personel well know,My husband also do his business oversea and he had in oversea a consignment which contents was the total sums of THREE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS AND A GOLD WORTH OF FOURTY-FIVE THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ($3.5m and 45,000.00 united dollars valuable gold.)IN PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANY. The original documents of deposit including airway bill was kept properly without knowing to my husband family. My husband was a great contractor to zimbabwe and some individual in other africa countries, he supplies catapilars and parts and import vehicles to government and individual, all we have are free from criminal possessions.
I am contacting you to come my help to retransfer this consignment from the private company to your safe account to enable myself and my two children relocate and come to your country for a new begining of live. In this I will be save and secure with children, and i am writting this private message to you, which requires you to be confident to you and by trust I also request your intrest to help and indicate your profit which I will be discussed as soon as we continue..
I WORRIED AND VOW HAVE VOWED NOT TO GIVE OUT NO MONEY to my husband family because they did not treat myself and my children good.
I will explain to you the address and the name of the company, the country in europe to enable your contact where consignment is kept for your confirmation.
THIS IS A WILL TO my children and below are vital Information.
Approval No 5685P,
WILL AGREEMENT No: 674632
PIN CODE TO CONSIGNMENT NO: NOT YET RELEASE
I will deeply appreciate your secrerity to information.