|megpie71 (megpie71) wrote,|
@ 2015-07-18 08:55:00
|Entry tags:||scam alert: 419 type|
Scam Alert - 419 Type - "Mr Warren Buffett Billionaire investor"
Apparently-From: Mr Warren Buffett (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: [Bulk] DONATION FOR YOU!!!!
Addressed To: [Blank]
Greetings to You
You have been gifted $5 MILLION USD donation fund. Contact us 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 cash sum of $5,000,000,00 USD, our information
below is 100% legitimate, please see the link below:
My wife and I decided to donate the sum of $5,000,000,00 USD to you as part
of our charity project to improve the lot of 10 lucky individuals all over
the world from our $12 Billion Usd I and My Wife Mapped out to help people
before she died. We prayed and searched over the internet for assistance
because i saw your profile on Microsoft email owners list and picked you.
Susan my wife and i have decided to make sure this is put on the internet
for the world to see. my wife has cancer and she died at colchester regional
hospital, my wife just didn't die but she was a great person and I miss her
so much and this is why I have decided to do one thing i promised her forever.
as you could see from the webpage above, am not getting any younger and you
can imagine having no much time to live. although am a Billionaire investor
and we have helped some charity organizations from our Fund.
You see after taken care of the needs of our immediate family members, Before
she died 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 Susan 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 40% of the entire sum to our self for the remaining
days because i am sick and am writing you from hospital computer because
i dont know when i will die.
To facilitate the payment process of the funds ($5,000,000.00 USD) which
have been donated solely to you, you are to send us
your full names.................
your contact address................
your personal telephone number...............
so that i can forward your payment information to you immediately. I am hoping
that you will be able to use the money wisely and judiciously over there
in your country. please you have to do you 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.
I like to re-assure you of the legitimacy of this services as we will not
be involved in any fraudulent act and will never be. use the money wisely,
we only want to feel good by helping people this time of the year, this is
the only thing that makes my wife happy too even now that she is not here
with me anymore, we have too much to give away as I only have few months
left on earth. I will advise as you as the prospective lucky Person to be
calm not to loose this great opportunity which millions of people are trying
to entangled but the chances just couldn't come for them because a lot of
people are out there to discourage them as they don't know how it works,
and have never seen such before.
Thank you for accepting our offer, we are indeed grateful You Can Google
my name for more information: Mr Warren Buffett.
God bless you
Mr Warren Buffett Billionaire investor
I think this one wins points for chutzpah. The article linked in the scam is actually genuine, and talks about how Warren Buffett and a number of other very rich investors do actually give a lot of money away to charity (Warren Buffett being among the rare breed of billionaires who apparently feels he has enough money now, thank you). So that's the one thing in the whole darn rigmarole which is actually accurate.
The rest is bullshit. There is no $5 million US waiting for you. If you spend approximately 10 seconds googling Warren Buffett and reading up his wikipedia article, you will discover the money he is giving away is mostly being distributed via the Gates Foundation - not through random emails to random schlubs on the internet. Oh, and as at 2013, he'd sent approximately one email in his life. Unless he's really caught on fast, I doubt he's the one behind these particular letters.
(If he was, he's of the generation which would consider it only polite to send a letter which was correctly punctuated, grammatically accurate, and proofread.)
I rather doubt someone like Warren Buffett would be using a gmail throw-away address, either. He's much more likely to be using a corporate address through his company, Bershire Hathaway.
So, 10 points to the scammer for trying, minus several million (let's say 5 million, shall we?) for actual effect.
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