The following email came to me. How stupid are people that they would actually respond to something like this from someone they don’t know? I guess pretty stupid since this type of thing has been going around since the Internet started. This one made me laugh, though, since it’s not from the exiled prince of some African nation.
How are you doing? I hope all is well with you. I know this might be a
surprise to you but I’m writing this email to you in an hurry and in a
confused state of mind. I want to say I’m really sorry that I didn’t inform
you about my traveling to Scotland for a Seminar. It was something urgent
and i didn’t even inform anyone about this traveling. But I just got myself
in serious mess here. I got my wallet misplaced on my way to the hotel and
all my money, phone, bank cards, diary, my return ticket and other vital
documents are all in the wallet.
(ALL HIS VITAL DOCUMENTS ARE IN THE WALLET -EXCEPT HIS PASSPORT??)
I’m so confused right now as I have lost all contacts.
(FUNNY HOW HE DIDN’T LOSE MINE SINCE HE NEVER HAD MINE TO BEGIN WITH)
I need to get out of this mess. Please I need $1,500 USD to sort myself out
and to pay for the hotel bills but I will appreciate any amount you could
afford. I will pay you back as soon as I get back home.
(IF HE HAS HIS PASSPORT, WHY NOT GO TO THE EMBASSY AND THEY’LL HELP HIM WIRE MONEY FROM HIS BANK TO HIMSELF??)
Let me know if you will be able to help me with any amount and you can help me send the money with my details below at any western union money transfer office and i will get the money over here within an hour.
*Name: Christian Entwistle Address: 14 Porteous pend, Edinburgh, EH1 2HP Scotland Country: United Kingdom*
Kindly help me to make the transfer as soon as you receive this email and
you should get back to me with the 10 Digit Money Transfer Control Number,
exact Amount sent with details used in sending it. I still have my passport
to prove my identity at Western union here when receiving the money, and I
will email you with the return flight details immediately I receive the
Your reply will be appreciated.
Thanks so much
(NOTE: No one in Winnsboro has ever heard of Christian Entwistle)
Winnsboro Area Chamber of Commerce
GNTX Gun Show & Outdoors EXPO
(He gave some website addresses that are legit, but I’ve removed them)
So, the moral is – if you feel the urge to help anyone, help your webmaster (me). I’d love to go to Scotland and I promise not to lose my important documents.
If you receive an offer via email from someone claiming to need your help getting money out of Nigeria — or any other country, for that matter — forward it to the FTC at email@example.com per the government’s website: