Barry versus the Spammers
Barry started corresponding with the spammers as "Santa Claus". Guess they have never heard of Santa down in Nigeria...
From : aichatu malik <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To : Barry
Date : Thu, 14 Mar 2002 03:49:43 +0100
Subject : From Aicha
Good a thing to write you.
I have a proposal for you, this however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will.
Your profile pushed me to send you this mail, I am Aicha Malik, 21years old and the only daughter of my late parents Mr. and Mrs. Sheik Malik.
My father was a highly international reputable business magnet -(a cocoa merchant) who operated in the capital of Ivory coast, Abidjan during his days.
It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in Europe during one of his business trips abroad year 12th.Febuary 2001.
Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth!
My mother died when I was only 4 years old, and since then my father took me so special. Before his death on Febuary 12th 2001,he called me who accompanied him to the hospital and told me that he has the sum of twenty two million, seven hundred thousand United State Dollars.(USD$22.700,000)compiled in two metallic trunk boxes(Consignments) and deposited with one of the leading security company in Europe.
He further told me that he deposited the consignment in my name, and finally issued a written instruction to the security company whom he said is in possession of all the necessary but legal documents to this consignments and the security company.
I am just 21 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do, this is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life.
I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards to help me travel to Europe and clear the two trunk boxes while I forward you all the Necessary but legal documents that back up the deposit of the consignment.
Now permit me to ask these few questions: -
1. Can you honestly help me as your daughter?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you?
Please, Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible. Through my private email box bellow for security reasons:(email@example.com)
Thank you so much as you read this mail comprehensively and get back to me.
My sincere regards,
Do you Yahoo!?
And so Barry wrote back as "Santa Claus" and Aicha responded:
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 04:35:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: "aichatu malik" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Contact my lawyer and send me the detailS. I Attached my Photo.
To: "Santa Claus"
Dear Santa Claus,
Thanks for your reply to my mail.I have suffered alot in life and i know the Almighty God will help me in this transaction. Infact, i sent this mail after prayer and fasting and i believe it is God that has send you to assist me to take this money. For know i can't say anything to your request of marriage between me and one of your children because I don't know anything about them but when i come over,I can then decide maybe is the kind of the guy i want.I do not have any sister because i am the only child Firstly,what is my mind is how to collect the money that my father left for me.I will like you to be specific about the actual percentage of the money that will be good for you. I want you to contact my lawyer today on this mail address (email@example.com).Tell him in your mail that he should prepare a Change Of Beneficiary document and the Power of Attorny in your name.I will also give him the certificate of the Deposite of the Finance Security that my Father gave me as soon as he call for it.This will enable him to prepare all the document needed by you to lift the consignment. Please do not tell the lawyer the content of the consignment because my father deposited it as family treasure with the Security House and the content is not known for security purpose.Then let it remaing confidential between me and you.Please do not tell anybody about it until you help me to carry the consignment.Please don't even tell your children because i want natural love.
1) Give the lawyer your Names.
2) Tell him my Name is AICHA MALIK.
3) Ask him to prepare Change of beneficiary and Power of Attorny in your name
4) Tell hin the consignment is deposited in Holland in Finance house as Family Treasure and never tell him the content.
5) Send me your photo to me
6) Send your contacts,i.e phone and fax so that i can send you the documents after the solicitor has prepared the document.
Please do not make any mistake,follow the guideline and do everything immidiately because we are very close to the end of the year and i want to come over for this money quickly and settle my life over there.
Send me a mail immidiately you contacted the lawyer.Write the Solicitor immidiately you received this mail.