The Spam Report: Day #23: "Not a joke"
The world knows the story of Moammar Gadhafi who was ousted as the head of Libya in a conflict that started in the spring of 2011. But did you know that his former driver knows where $10.5 million of Gadhafi's son's cash is hidden?
Oh, that former driver died in a NATO bomb attack by the way after taking Gadhafi relatives to Niger and Algeria, so all of this information comes from his widow, Fatima Hassan, or "Madam Fatima," according to her email address. Oh, I forgot there's also 86 kilos of gold being kept in a different location than the briefcase with the cash.
Here's the kicker, Madam Fatima wants me "to take ownership of the funds and gold." How cool is that?
My dad, who grew up at the tail end of the Great Depression, liked to joke with my sisters and I when we would head out every day. "Don't take any wooden nickels," he'd say. This email is a boatload of wooden pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.
There's oceanfront property in Iowa for those who think this is legit.
The moral of today's Spam Report is that the more outrageous the story (e.g. a former driver of a deposed African despot stole millions, got killed by a NATO bomb, hid cash and gold in separate places, and his widow who you've never met wants to give you a cut), the less likely it is to be true.
Please don't fall for this.
From: Madam Fatima [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, October 28, 2013 2:31 PM
To: Adam Schrager
Subject: <? print $subject; ?>
Dear Friend, I hope my mail will fine you and your family in good health. My name is Fatima Hassan, i know it will be a big surprise for you to receive my mail but please i beg you and i swear to the Allah i worship that what am telling you is not a joke, if you follow everything i have said in my letter both of us will be happy for the rest of our life. I am from and my husband is one of the late Gaddafi sons driver. it was my husband who took Gaddafi family to Niger and Algeria when they ran from Libya. but he came back to Libya and died when their convoy was hit by NATO bomb. but he told me something very important when he was alive. he told me how he took some money from Gaddafi son and kept it in a secret place. He said the money is in Us Dollars 10.5 million Us Dollars and all kept in a big suitcase kept in a secret hide out. and also 86 kilos of gold which he kept somewhere else. I will want to give you information about all what am saying because seeing is believing. i am presently out of Libya because we ran out during the war. Why am written you is because i want you to take ownership of the funds and gold which my husband kept because if people knows that it belongs to my late husband they will size it and report to the Libyan government. my husband fight and died for his master so please i have to keep everything secret until i hear from you. and please all what am saying is just known by the both of us and nobody else. I have 4 children for my husband and nothing to feed them here until i can get hold of what i just told you but i still have to be very carefully not to lose the money or the gold. i will give you 20% of the fund if you will assist me. I will tell you how you can receive the money and the gold when i hear from you. also every other details will be given when i see your seriousness to help us receive the both items. please send me your direct details and phone number so we can talk. my first son speak English very well. please reply with your information. I also want you to know that the money and the gold are not in Libya both of them are kept in different countries. i will let you know the countries as soon as i hear from you, i will wait for your response. please contact me with this Email (email@example.com)