I haven’t received any noteworthy scam mails for a while, just the old standard wheezes. This one turned up in the spam box. I began to wonder if the return addy belonged to a real person who was being used in a shady scam, so I googled.
The Internet never forgets, does it?
Andreaw Fraser & Associates
Fax: + 44 203 004 2365
Address: 33 Bedford Row London Wc1r 4jh, England.
On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late Engr. Juriaan Kugger. I once again try to notify you as my earlier letters were returned undelivered.
I wish to notify you that the late Engr. Juriaan Kugger made you a beneficiary to his WILL. He left the sum of Thirty Million, One Hundred Thousand Dollars (USD$30,100.000.00) to you in the Codicil and last testament to his WILL.
This may sound strange and unbelievable to you, but it is real and true. Being a widely travelled man, he must have been in contact with you in the past or simply you were nominated to him by one of his numerous friends abroad who wished you good.
Engr. Juriaan Kugger until his death was a member of the Helicopter Society and the Institute of Electronic & Electrical Engineers. Please if I reach you as I am hopeful, Endeavours to get back to me as soon as possible to enable me conclude my job.
You are advice to contact me with my personal email: email@example.com
Await your prompt response.
Yours in Service,
Barrister Andreaw Farser Esq.
Principal Partners: Barrister Aidan Walsh Esq. Mr. Markus
Wolfgang, Barrister John Marvey Esq. Barrister Jerry Smith Esq.
So out comes my editor’s red pen. Hmmm, can’t spell the name twice the same way. I’ve actually seen that in published stories, makes me flinch every time. And no, I can’t find a real Andreaw, but I did find that this exact letter, names and all, has been going around since at least 2009. Guess old Engr. Juriaan’s millions are still going begging, heh heh, possibly because no one wants to send information to a throwaway addy.
Toss this one for plagiarism.