In Good Faith

There is a sucker born every minute–P.T. Barnum

I am on several penny stock lists so I receive many promotions–fertile ground for finding short ideas occasionally. A by-product of this means I am a target of email like this………..

Re: In Good faith,

My name is Mrs. Maimouna Khalid, this as a personal mail directed to you and I request it to be treated as such. I lost my husband during the civil war in November 5th 2010. (Tactic one: build sympathy)

My personal doctor sent a letter of medical checkup last year March 2011 and testifies that I have a lung cancer, which can easily take off my life soon. I found it uneasy to survive myself, because a lot of investment cannot be run and manage by me again. (Tactic two: more sympathy, immediate action and set the hook).

I quickly call up a prophet as my adviser to give me positive thinking on this solution, He ministered to me to share my properties, wealth, to motherless baby/orphanage homes/people that need money for survival, both students that need money. (Tactic 3: provide another reason to help–help the orphanages).

I am writing this letter to you to help me distribute this(USD$12.5M )Twelve Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars kept with a Fiduciary fund holder here in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire to motherless babies/orphanage homes/people that need money for survivor in your country. (Tactic 4: A “reason” for me to be involved.)

15% of this money will be for you and your family; you must give 75% to (Motherless homes), orphanages, and widows in your country. (Tactic 5: appeal to my greed)

I will give more information to you as I await your response immediately. You are blessed.

 I certainly am blessed!

Sallam,

 

Mrs. Maimouna Khalid

 

7 responses to “In Good Faith

  1. Sallam allahkum, Mrs. Khalid, and inshallah!

  2. Fantastic Nigerian scheme. What’s even more amazing are the number of people who fall for these and their variants. 🙁

  3. I saw a story about “baiters” that try to string along people that run these sorts of scams. They seemed to manage to string one scammer along for 100+ days and put him in some compromising situations…

    Interview they conducted describing what they did: http://www.archive.org/details/Scambusters

    Forum post where they describe what they did: http://forum.419eater.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=133890

    • Thanks Scott! You added alot to this post. I am amazed at the psychological pitfalls that would cause people to fall into this pit.

      • What I found really interesting was how the baiters use EXACTLY the same tricks that the scammers use all the time – yet the same tricks still work. Just goes to show how deeply ingrained a lot of the psychological biases are in humans and how hard they can be to overcome in all aspects of our lives.

  4. Yes and don’t forget that YOU and I are just as susceptible to psychological biasis. You have to be CONSTANTLY on guard.

    Fascinating.

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