“Urgent Business Proposal” was the title of a scam e-mail that made it through my spam filter today. I haven’t posted one of these for a while, and so I thought I’d warn the gullible out there: if this person really was contacting you about business, he’d address you by name. The “Good day,” as an opener is a dead giveaway. But the truth is that no one you don’t know will ever contact you offering you a multi-million dollar business deal. Use your common sense, or your desire to get rich quick will make other people rich quickly and you poorer.
Here’s the text of the e-mail (which came from email@example.com):
My name is Mr.Peter T.S Wong i am the director of operation in Hang Seng
Bank Hong Kong.I have an obscured business suggestion for you in the tune
of One Hundred & Twenty Five Million, Seven Hundred & Fifty Thousand U.s
dollars (125,750,000.00 USD),after the successful transfer Should you be
interested please contact me through my private
email(firstname.lastname@example.org)so we can commence all arrangements and
I will give your more information on how we would handle this project as
soon as i recieved your reply. Please treat this business with utmost
confidentiality and send me the following if you are intrested.
(1)Full names, (2)Private Phone number, (3)Current residential address,
(4)Occupation, (5)Age and Profession.