MY DESK: MADISON -

One of my older sisters has always played the doctor in our family. From when she was a little girl, she'd dress up in a white lab coat with a toy stethoscope around her neck and look to heal my other sisters and me of wounds we'd inflict upon each other.

There were four of us and at some point, I think my mom simply felt as long as she didn't hear anyone screaming or anything breaking that she was better off not intervening.

In some ways, the confluence of those two behaviors leads to today's Spam Report submission.

The email comes from "Dr.Miss Zaina Abisali," who has been looking for a "reliable and trustworthy individual in (my) country." She's ostensibly a doctor working in a refugee camp in Aleppo, Syria. Yet, she has a "huge amount of money" she wants to get out of Syria.

Maybe I'm being too harsh here, but I thought doctors were all about helping people. That's what my sister wanted to do in the past and still does today as she's fulfilled her career goal first set as a 4-year-old.

Now, criticism of world inaction to stopping the violence in Syria has been growing. Will there be criticism of me because I'm going to ignore Dr. Miss Zaina Abisali or whoever she/he is that I'm willing to bet are not in Aleppo, Syria at all?

Few things lower on the moral spectrum than taking advantage of human despair. 

Just hit delete.

Have a great weekend.

Adam


-----Original Message-----
From: Zaina Abisali [mailto:info@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:52 AM
Subject: Re

Dear Sir/Madam,

 My Name is Dr.Miss Zaina Abisali, I got your esteemed contact during my  comprehensive research for a reliable and trustworthy individual in your country.

I will need your help in this situation I find my self.Am really afraid  and don'tknow whom to confide in.I am a medical doctor working in camp in  Aleppo, Syria.

 I have a huge amount of money which i want to transfer out of Syria.

 Please I will need your help in regard to this,I can forfeit 20 percent of my money to make sure is safely used for me until i will be leaving the army camp in few months.I need to work with you in getting this money  out of Syria,Get back to me and I will make the arrangement on  how to get this done.I will release the said amount immediately you  give me your word of confidence to go ahead,Anticipating your quick  responds because Syria Govt.is using chemical weapon on civilians.Time is  not on my side.

 contact email: dr.zainaabisali@postino.at