July 30, 2010An Alternative to the Long 419 Sob Story
Instead of the overly long tales of woe about how someone with my same last name died intestate with boatloads of cash hidden in a foreign bank, or the hyper-detailed lottery winning notifications complete with batch numbers, the following 419 scam email message is a testament to the value of brevity:
From Charles Bean
Bank of England [B.O.E]
This is to officially inform you that your long awaited overdue Inheritance fund valued at $8m Eight Million United State Dollars only has been approved for immediate payment to you.
For the Purpose of Verification and authentication.
You are advised to Contact me on [removed]@live.com
There will be plenty of inexperienced recipients of this missive who will not realize that a live.com email address is from a free account, rather than an official Bank of England email address. I think this short and simple approach may be more effective in getting suckers on the hook than the taller tales told by this guy's fellow scammers.