Below is an email I received about a year ago that I must deem as the worst attempt at an internet scam in the history of internet scams. Please read and then see my response. The subject line of the email was “SAD NEWS . . .”
Am in a hurry writing you this mail, I want to seek your help on something very important and you are the only one I can reach at this moment and i also expect you come to my aid. I am currently stranded.I had a trip to London (UK); regrettably for me, all my money got stolen alongside with my bag where my passport and traveling documents were kept. Ever since then I have been stranded without money. My hotel bill is rising every day. I have restricted access to phone and internet for now, please I need you to lend me about $2350 so I can make preparations to go back home.
I have spoken with the embassy and police here but they are not responding effectively to the matter. I will return the money once i get home. I am so confused right now.
I will be waiting to hear from you.
Wait, you’re the one who’s confused? Johnnie, is it? I’m a little perplexed here myself. I’ve actually never heard of you before and you want me to give you about two and a half thousand dollars? If you actually did know me, then you would also know that I’ve never had two and a half thousand disposable dollars in my life. I do, however, appreciate the fact that you specified which London you were in by designating it as London (UK). Until you clarified, I wasn’t sure if you were talking about the embassy in London, England, or London, Arkansas (US).
You concluded by saying, “I will be waiting to hear from you.” Well, my dear friend Mr. Darden, I regret to inform you that you will be waiting for quite some time.