Do they ever give up? Of course not. Do they take a hint and drop dead? Never. I speak of course of the internet scammers and spammers, that loathsome pile of trash who keep infesting our email junk folders and spam comment folders with their crap, or sending us yet another outlandish email promising riches- while not mentioning that none of this is on the up and up. Such is the case with the following email, which turned up in my email a few days ago.
Greetings you have been gifted $10 MILLION USD From Mr. Bill Gates. Contact me at this email for your claim: email@example.com
I hope this information meet you well as I know you will be curious to know why/how I selected you to receive a sum of $10,000,000,00 USD, our information below is 100% legitimate and please see the link below: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_%26_Melinda_Gates_Foundation
I BILL GATES and my wife (Melinda Gates) decided to donate the sum of $10,000,000,00 USD to you as part of our charity project to improve the 10 lucky individuals all over the world from our $65 Billion USD I and My Wife Mapped out to help people. We prayed, searched over the internet for assistance and I saw your profile on Microsoft email owners list and picked you. Melinda my wife and I have decided to make sure this is put on the internet for the world to see, as you could see from the webpage above, I’m not getting any younger and you can imagine having no much time to live. Although I’m a Billionaire investor and we have helped some charity organizations from our Fund.
You see, after taking care of the needs of our immediate family members, before we die we decided to donate the remaining of our Billions to other individuals around the world in need, the local fire department, the red cross, Haiti, hospitals in truro where Melinda underwent her cancer treatment, and some other organizations in Asia and Europe that fight cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes and the bulk of the funds deposited with our payout bank of this charity donation. We have kept just 30% of the entire sum to our self for the remaining days because I am no longer strong am sick and I’m writing you from hospital computer. And I and my wife will be traveling to Germany for Treatment.
To facilitate the payment process of the funds ($10,000,000.00 USD) which have been donated solely to you, you are to send me
Your full names.................
Your contact address................
Your personal telephone number...............
SEND YOUR ABOVE DETAILS TO my firstname.lastname@example.org
So that i can forward your payment information to you immediately, we are hoping that you will be able to use the money wisely and judiciously over there in your City. Please you have to do your part to also alleviate the level of poverty in your region, help as many you can help once you have this money in your personal account because that is the only objective of donating this money to you in the first place.
Thank you for accepting our offer, we are indeed grateful you can Google my name for more information: Mr. Bill Gates or Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Mr. Bill Gates.
Where do we begin with this one? Well, for starters the email address listed early on. Of course it's not the email address that was listed in the original email. That one features the name Queen Tembe. Which is the first big hint that we're dealing with the usual homo sapiens scammeritis irritatingus that send this kind of crap out. And then there's the matter of just looking up the Gates Foundation in combination with the word scam, and seeing that there are multiple accounts online of scammers playing this game.
There are the other tell tales. Misspelled words, capitalized or not capitalized letters and words. The claim of wanting to do charitable work by giving out money to strangers. The claim of illness and 'no much time to live'. The Totally Fake Bill Gates (guess what, scammer? I don't believe you) wants me to help as many as I can with this totally unexpected (because it doesn't exist) windfall.
That's nice. And if you expect me to believe that Bill Gates has time to randomly email total strangers and wave millions of dollars in front of their faces, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. Perhaps one of the millions of other people you sent this very same email to will be dumb enough to buy it.
I'll say this much, scamming scammer. I wish that you really were "no longer strong am sick and I'm writing you from hospital computer." I wish that the reason you were sick would be something that would be precisely what you deserve.
Such as the Ebola virus. Yes, I can't think of anyone who deserves that more than you.