Monday, 10 March 2008

Mark your calendars for email fraud...

I just received yet another 419 scam email. It's the usual kind of dreck, addressed to me with my name in the wrong order (surname followed by first name), laughably far-fetched, you know the drill.

I was about to send it the junk folder without so much as a second thought when a date caught my eye.

It turns out that I share my birthday with the death day of the (one assumes former) Minister of Internal Affairs of the Ivory Coast.

To wit,
My name is Marie Doue I am a dying woman who have decided to donate
What I have to you/ church/charity Organizations. I am 54 years old
and I was diagnosed with esophageal Cancer for about 7 Years ago, I
am married to the former Minister of Internal Affairs and who worked
in various capacities before he died on 5th of July in the year
So -- is this mere coincidence, or is this scam getting smarter and have
they looked me up in order to include a date that would strike my fancy? (I vote coincidence, but hey, it's topical, right?)


At 12 March 2008 15:23 , Blogger Cellar Door said...

I'm sure it's a conspiracy in some manner.

I know a funny Ukrainian girl whose birthday is the fifth of July, too. Perhaps we're onto something here...


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