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How Many Times Have You Been Emailed You've Inherited Millions (USD)?

If I had a nickel for every time I've been told I have been allotted millions of dollars United States Money by some foreign stranger with two first names for a name, I'd actually be fairly well-to-do.

This morning, a Mr. Michael Anthony promised me $10.8 Million. That's a little less than many sums I've been promised. It will have to do, I suppose. Yet this offer still caught my eye. Why?

Well, if you are a bit older, stop and think a minute. Doesn't that name seem familiar? Mr. Michael Anthony ?

That was the name of the man whose employer was none other than the famous fictional billionaire John Baresford Tipton Jr. (Paul Frees) from the 1956 television show The Millionaire ! Michael Anthony (Marvin Miller) would be given a check for $1 Million to give to some particular individual whose life would be greatly changed by the gesture.

It was a great TV show. One of my childhood favorites. The year was 1956. And here I am, thanks to inflation, having Mr. Anthony proffer to me ten times that - $10.8 Million. What a great honor. I immediately filed the offer in my gmail electronic circular file cabinet.

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MegL wrote on July 24, 2017, 5:21 PM

I wonder whether it's just coincidence they used that name?I have a few of those circular file cabinets. Very useful!

Last Edited: July 24, 2017, 5:22 PM

VinceSummers wrote on July 24, 2017, 6:03 PM

Since the series ran from about 1955 to about 1960, it seems likely it is a coincidence if the perpetrator isn't over 50 years old.

lookatdesktop wrote on July 25, 2017, 8:56 AM

Ha ha. Funny you recycled that email Thank goodness you didn't fall for yet another e-mail get rich quick scam from a stranger from Nigeria or Jamaica. Interesting that the name Mr. Michael Anthony. I just had to laugh at this story. Funny stuff Vincent. I have thought about placing a paper shredder on top of my mail box to delete all my junk mail and utility bills. I once put the words Shredder Included, on my mailbox, using my Brother P-Touch.

Last Edited: July 25, 2017, 8:58 AM

Kasman wrote on July 25, 2017, 2:44 PM

A lot of these scams seem to originate in Nigeria. I wonder why that is?

VinceSummers wrote on July 25, 2017, 5:48 PM

Y'know, I don't know! Good question...

EmilysPen wrote on July 29, 2017, 2:13 AM

I'm delighted by the inspiration you found from spam/chain emails. This was an amusing article.