Over the past two years (12/18/2006 - 12/20/2008) I have collected hundreds of emails that tell me I have millions of dollars (or pounds) waiting for me, if only I would supply a small amount of personal information. The details vary; sometimes the million dollars is ill-gotten gains of which I will receive a percentage by acting as an foreign agent who will claim it; Other times it's a lottery ticket; Still others it's an inheritance, or a bank error in my favor, etc.
I did not collect emails promising small prizes ($500 gift card from Wal-Mart; act as foreign check-cashing agent, keeping 10% of an unknown future stream of payments) or blatant account phishing tricks (e.g. an email that says: click here to verify your bank account), as (1) these scams are well documented elsewhere, and (2) why should I respond to such small promises when other emails promise me millions of dollars?
I also tried as much as possible to eliminate obvious duplicates. For example, one group of emails, purporting to come from one of Fondazion DiVittorio, Foundation de France, Shell Foundation, The Russian Foundation for Basic Research, or the World Vision International Program, and asking me to respond variously to Sir Allan Buffet, Mr. Andrea Canavaro, Mrs. Angela Parrinelo, Mrs. Angie Randall, Mrs. Ashley Tyler, Mr. Brian Millavic, Mr. Carlos Gianlucci, Mrs. Claudia Diodore, Mrs. Claudia Lauren, Claudio Giovanni, Mrs. Finela Transofa, Mr. Forest Charlot, Mr. Francesco Villa, Mr. Henry Morgan, Mr. Jim Clark, Mr. Marchelle Fanny, Miss Andjella Anzhela, Rev. Owen Austin, Mr. Piretti Madini, Mrs. Pullvic Laura Sidigo, Dr. Sherry Williams (Mrs), Steven Alkin, Mr. Mr. Vikki Malcom (a man so distinguished he merits two Mr.'s), or Prof. Wendy B. Winds is characterized by the phrases "We found your email address from 100,000 shop's" and that the promised grant money is to be used for "personal, educational, and business development". All of these people at all of these organizations are sending similarly worded offers of educational grants to me! You would think these people would talk to each other a bit more, and maybe coordinate their efforts a bit better.
Exactly how stupid do these phishermen think I am? I listed some aspects of their emails that defy logic.
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