Every so often I scan my spam inbox for phishers and reply just for giggles… for the first time ever, I recieved a response. It boggles my mind that enough people fall for this crap that it makes it worth their time… it boggles my mind even more that he continued corespondance with me as long as he did. Below are the e-mails. The final response isn’t quite what I was looking for but I’m pretty happy with the results. Enjoy!
Update: Nikki sent me this link: 419 Eater. I had read about this site in an old Wired magazine, but couldn’t find the link. Lots of great e-mails there, with better results!
(Disclaimer, I have a special e-mail account set up just for doing this. I do not recommend this unless you’re careful to not actually give out any details.)
SUBJECT: Money Transaction
11th December, 2007
I take great pleasure in introducing myself, Mr. Keke Marwa an assistant accountant with the Department of Housing and Works here in South Africa. This letter is in reference to an agreement between myself and my chief accountant to contact somebody in this transaction and the letter is not intended to cause any embarrassment in whatever form, rather it is intended to contact your esteemed self, following the knowledge of your high repute and trustworthiness.
Sometime ago contracts were awarded to some foreign firms and all contracts has since been completed and all contractors concerned paid in full. Myself and my chief accountant have discovered a total amount of Eight Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars (US$8.5 million) unclaimed. Since all contractors have been paid in full, this money belongs to nobody or firm. Anybody or firm can collect this money immediately without any problem. There is no risk involve at all, for I know that a proposal of this magnitude will make anyone apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that it is made in good faith and will be of mutual benefit
We want you to provide an account for the funds to be paid into and act as the beneficiary of the funds. For providing the account, you shall receive 25% of the amount, 70% shall be for me and my colleague while the balance 5% shall be set aside as pay back for any bill or expenses that may be incurred by both sides during the course of this transaction. We have the full contacts and connections to get the funds released immediately we have a partner to act as the beneficiary. Once again I assure you that this transaction is 100% safe, there is nothing to worry about, since we shall have the documents to back the claim. Please and please keep this transaction strictly confidential. Let it be between me and you ONLY.
Do reply immediately you receive this email to enable us start promptly to get the funds released to the account you shall provide. Remember to keep this transaction strictly confidential. This is very important. I await your swift reply.