Those of us who spend a lot of time on our computers are constantly being bombarded with email that is unwanted. Although some of it goes straight to our spam folders, much of it does not. On the other hand, some email that we want to receive is for some reason automatically sent to our spam folders.
Sorting through all the dozens and dozens of daily messages is so ridiculously time-consuming, and although I “unsubscribe” to a lot of the unwanted emails that I receive, the cycle continues.
One category of messages that I receive fall under what I consider to be not only spam, but out-and-out con games. I feel blessed that I inherited my father’s skepticism gene. So far, I haven’t fallen prey to any of these online schemes, although some of my acquaintances have.
Below I have copied and pasted portions of three scam-like emails that I received yesterday as samples of messages that our readers need to delete the minute they appear. I hope this column helps even one of you from getting involved in a situation that truly is too good to be true.
Greeting to you I am Miss Olivier Ibrahim Mikel 20 years old Girl, from Abidjan, but live and study here in Estonia. I saw your profile and decided to email you with hope and believe that you will accept me. My late father is a wealthy international businessman, he deals on Gold, Cocoa Timber export, I am the only daughter of my parents, I lost my mother when I was 6 years old, my father is all i have until he was poisoned by his brothers due to his wealth, after the burial of my late father, life became hell to me because his brothers (my Uncles) claimed all my father’s wealth and belongings as the tradition demands, according to traditional of the land, if a man died without a son, even if the man have ten daughters all his wealth belong to his brothers. Before he was dead he deposed US$5,500,000.00 Five million, five hundred thousand United States Dollars in bank I will like you to assist me so that the fund will transfer in your country
We deal on gold business and we can supply as much you want if you can comply with our procedure, I want to you to get back to me as much as for more details and tell us how many kg do you want to buy from us.
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