The Email Scammer Project

It mystifies me how anyone falls for email scams.  Anything so blatantly playing upon my doubts, fears and concerns would almost immediately put me on guard, though clearly not everyone thinks the same because according to The Telegraph, a British newspaper, one in ten fall for them.  

That’s a lot of people, though I shouldn’t imply that Britons are the only people that fall from them because in Oregon someone lost $400,000 to them.

Almost half a million dollars.

Personally, I find such letters fascinating.  Typically I, at least, scan everyone I receive, just to see how it moves me.  

The most recent that I have got is from a Miss Felicia Luna, which I have included below.  

My Dearest One,
 
This is Miss Felicia Luna from Trinidad & Tobago. I am writing from a hospital in Ivory Coast, therefore this mail is very urgent, I am dying in the hospital which i do not know what tomorrow will be. I was told by my doctor that i was poisoned and has got my liver damaged and can only live for some months, and my step mother is the one that wants to kill me, to take my belongings since after the death of my Father.
 
I have a little orphan child, named Martins Henry and $ 2.5 million Dollars i inherited from my late father, my step mother and her children are after Martins because he knows about the documents of the money and about the poison, for this reason they do not want Martins to expose them, so they will do anything possible to kill him, so i want you to help him out of this country with the money.
 
This is the favour i need when you have gotten the money: –
 
(1) Set out 20% of the money to establish Martins as he has been there for me through out my illness and I have promised to support him in life. I want you to take him along with you to your country and establish him as your son.
 
(2) Give 30% of the money to handicap people and charity organization. The remaining 50% should be for you and others that you would love to assist.
 
Note; This should be a code between you and my orphan child in this transaction “Hospital” any mail from him, the Lawyer he will direct you to, without this code “Hospital” is not from Martins, the Lawyer or myself as I don ‘t know what will happen to me in the next few hours.
 
Please do get back to me so that I can give you the contact of my orphan child Martins Henry, he will give you the documents of the money and will direct you to a well known lawyer that i have appointed to him, the lawyer will assist you to change the documents of the money to your name to enable the bank transfer the money to you.
 
And Let Martins send you his International passport to be sure of whom you are dealing with. Martins is so little therefore guide him. And if I do not hear from you, I will look for another person or an organization.
 
May Almighty God bless you and use you to accomplish my wish. Pray for me always.
 
Miss Felicia Luna.
 
I responded, mainly to see what their response would be.  I also have to admit that I did so because I know that I am too smart to fall for such obvious scams.  
 
It’s also a bit arrogant, but there you go.
 
What can I do to help?!
 
 
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