Few things annoy me more in this world of spam/scam busting than the lack of creativity. Some of these folks have wonderful skills that could be put to work for the benefit of society, but others are simply lazy.

You have to evolve in this world or you die, quite simply. The below email from "Maher Labib Abou Steit" is the exact same as one I found on line from 2009. That's just pathetic. Recycling crap from five years ago makes that crap even less appealing.

The comedian Steven Wright has a couple of quotes that I love. The first is, "There are a lot of people who say they're afraid of heights. Me? I'm afraid of widths." The second and much more germane to this conversation today is, "My theory of evolution is that Darwin was adopted."

Now, that's good stuff. The below email is not.

Just hit delete because if they aren't even going to work at trying to scam/spam you, they don't deserve space on your computer and any more in this blog... even if it did give me a chance to quote Steven Wright.

Take care,


From: Maher Labib Abou Steit []
Sent: Sunday, May 25, 2014 7:27 AM
Subject: From Maher Labib Abou Steit,


I write from the desk of the manager United Bank of Egypt (UBE)In my bank covered an abandoned sum of $33.3musd in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer, by name, Mr.Robert Chapman,who was African area director for Wycliffe bible translators international, who died along with his wife, in January 2000 in a Kenyan plane crash in the coast of Abidjan, Ivory coast.

We have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we can not release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines. Based upon this discovery I decided to make business with you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation of the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement.

Certain percentage of this money will be for you as my foreign partner. Upon receipt of your reply I will direct you on the next line of action(Application)thereafter I will visit your country for disbursement according to
the percentage agreed.

Yours faithfully

Maher Labib Abou Steit,
General Manager,United Bank of Egypt.106,
Kasr El-Aini st,
Cairo center building, Cairo, Egypt.