There is no shortage of them. They seem to always come out of the woodwork and send yet more tell tales of their presence. Yes, the scammers and spammers from Africa and other parts of the world, passing themselves off as deliriously sympathetic, noble, or just plain greedy and hoping someone is dumb enough to buy the act. Most of us just see them for the con artists they are. One in a thousand, however, might say, "what could possibly go wrong?"
This turned up in my junk email folders last week. I have only removed email addys and links.
Dear, My name is Courtney Van Wyk, the elder son of Mr.William Van Wyk of Zimbabwe This might be a surprise to you about where I got your contact address; I got your address from the business bureau. During the current war against the farmers in Zimbabwe from the supports of our President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white-owned farms to his party members and his followers, he ordered all white farmers to surrender all farms to his party members and his followers.
My father was amongst the best farmers in our country and because he did not support Mugabes ideas,Mugabes supporters invaded my fathers farm and burnt down everything in the farm, killing my father and made away with a lot of items in my fathers farm. Before his death, my father had deposited with a Security Company in Johannesburg, South Africa the sum of US$28.6, MILLION (TWENTY-EIGHT MILLION SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS). After the death of my father, we decided to move to the Republic of South Africa where he had deposited the money with a Security Company as valuables. So we decided to contact overseas firm, or a private Individual that will assist us in moving this funds out of South Africa. As an asylum seekers we are not allowed to operate any bank account within South Africa . We have agreed to offer you 30% of the total sum for your assistance, while 60% will be for me and my family to invest in your country then 10% mapped aside for any expense. Just some related news on the website concerning the land seizureYou can reach me or my mother on this number. Please do email us through the below email address. Regards Courtney Van Wyk.
Me again. Well, this is a different take on Ye Old Nigerian Spammer ploy. Actually naming that insufferable evil bastard Mugabe (sorry, Robert, but you're a batshit crazy old prick, and when you shuffle off that mortal coil of yours, the world will be a better place for your absence) is a nice try at getting sympathy. Rather like those scammers who go on and on about the good work of their late uncle/ sugar daddy/ benevolent minister/ warlord with a conscience, this tries to play off the disdain most people have for the aforementioned batshit crazy Mugabe (did I mention he's a really evil rat?) and garner some sympathy. Nice try, but hey, we've all seen this before.
"Courtney", or whoever you actually are, it surprises me that my name would be in a "business bureau." Because it's not. And by the way, your punctuation and grammar attest to your standing as yet another scammer from that part of the world. "as an asylum seekers?" And honestly, Mugabes? It's Mugabe's, you moron. Try to keep up.
By the way, if I actually believed anything you were saying (and I really don't), I would find it astonishing that your dear old dad (who doesn't actually exist) would have socked away nearly thirty million dollars. As a farmer. I mean, what was he farming? Opium?
In conclusion, I can only say one thing to you.
You're an idiot.