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The Most Ridiculous Phony Email (To Me)

Most of us who spend at least some time online (and you probably aren't reading this if you never go online) receive the occasional spam email. Emails that offer you money, "companionship", advisories, and so forth. OK.

Now some people are the equivalent of "street smart." They are "Internet smart", if you will. They can almost smell an illegitimate or spam email. I pride myself as being one of those. I don't believe a princess in Nigeria is really going to send me $24,000,000.00 due to my great trustworthiness, whether or not she calls me "Dear."

So some of these spam emails are downright humorous. And, no, I do not answer any of them. To do so would be pretty stupid. Now the funniest spam email variety I receive are the ones that incorporate part of my email address in them. In the subject line they include...

"Is this vsummers?"

Now really! If you send an email to VSummers, is it for PSmith or KJones? And if you felt you'd recognized me, wouldn't you ask something like...

"Is this Vince Summers from New Jersey who graduated high school with me?"

Yes, it's almost tempting to send back an email that says...

Is this STupid@yahoo.com?


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MegL wrote on October 27, 2017, 1:45 PM

LOL. I have seen comment on why these kinds of emails continue to be sent out, along the lines of, "if you can spot the flaws in these posts, the scammers are not looking for you". They seem to be saying that the scammers are looking for someone who takes everything at face value, as applying directly to them and who thus ignores any inconsistencies, There must be a lot of these people as there are an awful lot of those scam emails circulating!

VinceSummers wrote on October 27, 2017, 2:52 PM

Sad but true. Even if the victims are somewhat brain-dead, they don't deserve this kind of mistreatment. I still feel sorry for them. So far I haven't been taken in, but that could change...

Kasman wrote on October 27, 2017, 4:05 PM

Why do so many of these scams originate in Nigeria?

VinceSummers wrote on October 27, 2017, 4:26 PM

I'm not sure. I would guess 2 factors might be familiarity with the English language and a combination of financial lack with Internet capability.

MegL wrote on October 27, 2017, 5:46 PM

I understand that there are a lot of very internet savvy people in Nigeria and possibly good internet connection. If you couple that with poverty and possibly some information on how to "make money" online and you could have some very motivated scammers.