Remember the early days of e-mail when everything you received was interesting? Then, you started getting those strange messages from some guy in Nigeria who needed your help getting 20 million dollars into the country. Remember how some people actually fell for that scam?
Thankfully, the social power of the Internet – long before we thought of social media – exposed those scams for what they are.
You would think the light of scrutiny would have made these kinds of scams a thing of the past. Apparently not. Just the other day this popped into my in box:
Hello. I am Mrs. Suha the wife of Yasser Arafat the Palestinian former leader, I am having problem with the new prime Minister and the Palestinian liberation organization because the of money which my husband Deposited in my account and my investment. http://www.jerusalemites.org/articles/english/2007/August/21.htm I want to introduce you to the bank to transferred the fund into your account for safety keeping, you can click on this BBC news to Know more about me and my late husband, if you are honest to me. I have more funds to entrust on your care http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3479937.stm If you are interested get back to me urgently and I will give you the bank information to contact the bank immediately hope to hear from you soon, send me your details and photo if you are replying to me, Thank you. Mrs. Suha Arafat
Imagine that! The wife of the late Yasser Arafat actually chose me – out of all the millions of people with e-mail addresses – to be the one to help her to get her money. I am one lucky guy.
Oh, and this isn’t the first such e-mail I’ve received in the past few months. I have people in England and South America who are ready to throw millions – millions, I say – my way.
It’s better than playing Powerball.
Excuse me but I have to get back to her urgently.
Social Media Specialist