Trustworthy! Easy money?

Someone found 25 million dollars somewhere in a tent in a terrorist camp. The money was hidden in a box, and after some debate it was decided the money should go to the red cross. Instead of just handing it over a much more complex plan was devised. The red cross would secretly transport the box with the cash to me, using the diplomatic post or a deceased soldier.

The box with money needs to be send to a trustworthy person, and for some reason the person who found the money (and seems to not know my name), has decided that I am this trustworthy person. For my troubles I get to keep a past of the cash (30%, around 8 million) and the rest I should hand over to the red cross.

Maybe I am just being paranoid, but something smells fishy here.

Dear, Sir.

I want to trust you with this confidential proposal. Before I continue, let me introduce myself to you, I am Col. SPARKIE H WHITE the commander of the Special N.A.T.O coalition force with the United Nation troops in Afghanistan, on war against terrorism. I was working with General S McChrystal, the former commander of U.S and NATO forces in Afghanistan before he was replaced by another General. I am serving currently in a Taliban territory; a remote Village in Bamyan province to the bustling capital Kabul (CBC’s Doc Zone).

Because of series of killing of England/United States troops in Afghanistan especially the shot down of UN helicopter that killed 30 American soldiers and 12 England Soldiers on the 5th of August 2013 and the five American soldiers who were killed by a bomb in Afghanistan. After this series of killing I and my colleague decided to share the money we recovered on our raids on terrorist’s camp in Afghanistan. I have now in my possession the sum of $25M (Twenty Five million US Dollars).

I have carefully packaged the money in a box; I have made contact with a friend who is working with the UNITED NATIONS RED CROSS here in Kabul. He will assist me move the consignment out of the trouble area down to your country, which is the only safer means of moving it out of this hell hole, he will deposit it with the United Nations Red Cross as a diplomatic luggage as I have told him that the luggage belongs to one of our soldier that died during the attack but before giving up he told me to make sure the luggage get to his family. He will deposit the consignment for safe keep and to make contacts for its proper use.

So I need someone I can work with on trust and that is why I contacted you. So if you accept, I will put you forward as the beneficiary/owner of the funds and then the box shall be deposited on your name as the beneficiary and the Red Cross Agent will transfer the box to you anywhere in your city. I just need your acceptance and all is done. I have 100% assurance that you will surely receive the box without any hitch through United Nations, every arrangement will be made to proceed to your country.

Once I confirm your interest to my proposal, and your positive reply I will proceed with the arrangement to move the consignment out of the trouble area and register your name as the beneficiary then move the consignment to your country Red Cross office. I am willing to give you 30% of the total sum when the money is delivered to you. I wait for your response so we can proceed immediately. In less than 7days the money should be in your safe custody.

The only telephone access we have here is radio message which is for our general use and is being monitored; therefore all communication will be via email till we finish our assignment. Please keep it to yourself even if you are not interested.


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$zin6 = array(“I myself am not without fault. I also had a small part in sending spam, but I have seen the light and turned my back to the darkness.”,
“I have participated with these practices from the wrong side of the fence. I was the (kind of) sender of huge amounts of spam. After a very short while I have see the light and stopped these nasty practices.”,
“I have also been guilty to spamming, because during a short while I worked for an evil spammer. They send spam to get translation related work.”,
“I once worked for a translation agency where they used spam as part as their business model. It was funny that the quality (or better the lack thereof) of the translation work could be directly related to the manners in which they secured their projects.”);

$zin7 = array(“Spammers use a range of automated systems and usually a new post on this blog is directly followed by a number of spam comments. To make the comments more difficult to identify usually the text is a combination of different ever-changing sentences. This way every comment seems to be a unique text.”,
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$zin10 = array(“If this dynamic post cost the spammers 1.0″ . rand(1, 9) . ” cents more my job is done.”,
“If this post results in a spammer paying a single cent more I will be happy and have achieved my goal.”);

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$paragraaf3 = $zin7[mt_rand(0, count($zin7) – 1)] . ” ” . $zin8[mt_rand(0, count($zin8) – 1)];
$paragraaf4 = $zin9[mt_rand(0, count($zin9) – 1)] . ” ” . $zin10[mt_rand(0, count($zin10) – 1)];

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echo “

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echo “

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echo “

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Waar is de spam gebleven? Na bijna 46.515 spam berichten komen er geen nieuwe meer binnen. Vreemd, want ik was er an aan gewend geraakt dat ik een keer in de week een paar honderd reacties met verwijzingen naar vanalles en nogwat moest verwijderd. Maar het is voorbij. Waarom is mij dus onduidelijk, maar ik ben er zeker niet ontevreden over. Hopelijk verdwijnt binnenkort ook de email spam.

De andere kant van spam

Spam!Op zoek naar de klant. Vandaag zijn er 300000 mailtjes verstuurd naar Nederland en Belgie. De reacties kregen wij hier te verwerken.

De resultaten:
· 1580 mensen zijn op vakantie
· 10-tallen spamchecks
· 10-tallen emails met daarin een vermelding van het nieuwe emailadres, of verwijzingen naar email adressen van collega’s
· 10 mensen willen van de lijst met mailadressen af
· 3 mensen belde om geen spam meer te ontvangen
· 5 (!) aanvragen voor een offerte

Jawel, 5 bedrijven reageerde echt op de spam en vroegen een vertaling aan. Onvoorstelbaar maar waar, en dat op de eerste dag. Het spammen werkt dus blijkbaar echt!