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Best 419 spam ever

Supposedly from Haughey's widow:

"My dear ally-in-waiting


I am Maureen Haughey, widow of former Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, Charles J. Haughey and daughter of former Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland and heir to de Valera, Sean F. Lemass....

I write to you, an old weary woman, sick and almost tired of living. My end is nigh but I will not depart until my final mission is accomplished. Also, I write this with an unshaken belief in the power of aspirations and dreams of a human being.

The Irish government thinks it can shave and reduce me to a poor widow but I have the winning ace. A few years ago, when we weren’t sure if my Charlie would be convicted, he kept some money in trust for me in a Security and Finance company. He did not open the account in our names so it will not be traced to us to enable the past remain past....The amount he deposited in this name here in Ireland is 10,000,000 (Ten Million Euros).

I want an honest person to come forward and lay claims to this amount, moreover use the funds as instructed by me. I have all the documents needed I just need a face for the name. I have mapped out 10% of the funds for you, as you will help us (you and I) execute this job.
As soon as I receive your acceptance for this work I shall give you necessary details of my solicitor who will facilitate the release of the funds in your name.

Please for privacy reply to this email(
Princess_Maureen@sify.com)



I'm not entirely convinced, but am happy to pass on the e-mail to anyone who is..
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Blogger Arthurian Legend said... 12:48 pm

Good to see that the Nigerians have been able to serve as role models for some in the Irish community.  



Anonymous verity said... 2:03 pm

If you're bored, you can keep these alive for weeks. I kept Miriam Something (can't remember) on tenterhooks for around two months with sporadic, indecisive correspondence. It was hysterical. I told her because I was so rich, my mail was monitored by my accountants and my agent, so always sign her correspondence, "Your loving cousin Miriam" so they would think it was a member of my family and let it through.

Needless to say, she did. The correspondence was absolutely hysterical. I wish I'd saved it.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 2:10 pm

You posted a filleting of the correspondence here a while back. It is an absolute corker and is well worth reading / re-reading.  



Anonymous verity said... 2:14 pm

Here's someone else who decided to have some fun with these 419ers. This is a hoot: http://netscientia.com/nigerian_email_scam.html  



Anonymous verity said... 2:22 pm

Oh, yes, sorry! I'd forgotten that I'd already recounted by adventures with Miriam Abacha!

I had been inspired by a website - I'd followed a link for some reason - that specialised in taking these people for a hilarious ride. The mark would express great eagerness to participate by offering bank account numbers and so on, but was worried that the information would go to the wrong person. Could the scammer please send a photo of himself - and the writer would specify what colours of clothing he should be wearing, to prove he was genuine. And he would specify the pose. As an example, the scammer should be holding a Bible up to the camera while standing on one leg.

Believe it or not, they co-operated. He had a lot of photos on his site of these Nigerian scammers posed in various ridiculous ways. Talk about being helpless with laughter ...

He had various other requirements that the scammers had to fullfil, and they were all terribly funny. I tried to find it just now, but cannot remember how to get there. It was three or four years ago.  



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