Today's viewer submission from Scott and Theresa T. is like one we've seen before. It features the dead bank customer who "shares" their last name and they're invited by a barrister to their namesake's fortune.
There is poor grammar, awkward sentences and a distant location we've not seen before in these parts: the west African nation of Togo. It's bordered by Burkina Faso to the north which we featured in these parts just the other day.
The reason I'm highlighting this email today is because in the process of searching the name of "Barrister John Aka" on line, I found two interesting points. The first is that someone by the same name was sending scam/spam emails claiming to be a barrister in Nigeria a few years ago.
However, an even cooler discovery came when I found the website, "Scam o Rama," which on this page I've linked, features a collection of emails that feature, I kid you not, "Dead Bank Customers." It's awesome. They have columns detailing the "bank official," the "bank name dropped," the "dead customer" and my personal favorite, the "cause of death."
Before you go thinking I'm too warped, it's fake. It's not real. The "assassination" of "Alfredo Jimenez..." didn't happen. The "tube explosion" that took the life of "Mr. Adams..." it's fiction. The "ghastly motor accident" which apparently killed "Mr. Seaman Baughmann" isn't real.
If you've ever wanted to write a mystery novel and you're stumped on a plot line, check out that website. Funny stuff.
Thanks to Scott and Theresa for sharing. If you have an email you want to warn your neighbors about, please send it to me: mailto:email@example.com.
Then, just hit delete.
From: John Aka <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: June 26, 2014 at 12:42:08 PM CDT
Subject:My name is Barrister John Aka
My name is Barrister John Aka a solicitor at law I have an important message for you concerning the death of my late client Mr Paul Dame T. who was a native of your country, that bear the same last name with you, and his fund valued at US$7.5million, dollars was left behind in one of the bank here in my country (Togo) as a result of accident that took his life and his family. Get back to me for full details and how to proceed.I awaits your urgent response. CONTACT ME VIA THIS EMAIL (@) or forward your own contact email address and telephone number