We've written here multiple times about how the lack of personalization in an email is a good tip-off that something's not right.
Take for example, today's submission, ostensibly from Dubai, our first contestant from that Middle Eastern country. Do you really think, sincerely believe, that someone you've never met will reach out to you blindly, so moved by your magnanimous nature, your inherent kindness, to ask you to help donate $18.2 million and not address you by your name?
It won't happen.. I know times are tough and money is scarce, but this is not the answer and it never will be.
If you have an email you want to warn your neighbors about, send it to me: mailto:email@example.com and then, just hit delete.
Have a great weekend.
From: sarah bin [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 4:09 PM
Subject: Sarah Bin Rasheed
Sarah Bin Rasheed
Dubai, United Arab Emirate.
Contact email: email@example.com
I? Mrs. Sarah Bin Rasheed a Ekanka married to a Muslim, now a widow to late Khalifa Bin Rasheed former owner of Petroleum & Gas Company here in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I am 59 years old, suffering from long time Cancer of the breast. From all indications my condition is really deteriorating and it's quite obvious that I won't live more than 2 months according to my doctors. This is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. I don't want you to pity me, but I need your assistance and trust.
My late husband died early last year from Heart attack, and during the period of our Marriage we couldn't produce any child. My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth. The doctor has advised me that I will not live for more than 2 months, so I have now decided to spread all my wealth to contribute mainly to the development of charity in Africa, America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Am sorry if you are embarrassed by my mail, I found your e-mail address in the web directory, and I have decided to contact you, but if for any reason you find this mail offensive, please you can ignore it and please accept my apology.
Before my late husband died he deposited the sum of Eighteen million, Two Hundred Thousand United States dollars ($18.200.000.00 Million) in a Bank some years ago, that's all I have left now, I need you to collect this funds and distribute it yourself to charity, so that when I die my soul can rest in peace. The funds will be entirely in your hands and management. I hope God gives you the wisdom to touch many lives. That is my main concerned 30% of this money will be for your time and effort, while 70% goes to charities that will appreciate your assistance for this projects.
Please contact me through my private e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, The doctor has stopped me from receiving and making calls due to my health condition.
I look forward to your respond and cooperation toward this great charity work..