WOO HOO! What an amazing opportunity just came my way! Take a look at these two e-mails I just received — I can hardly believe it! Here’s the first:
Please, consider this mail as very important and do let me know your honest response within the shortest time possible…Obviously, you have no knowledge of who I am, but I am Mrs Paulina Peters , from Sierra Leone, but resident in Guinea Conakry (West Africa).
I am interested in investing in any lucrative business enterprise in your country and do want to use this opportunity to seek your advice on the possibility of investment in your area. Over the recent years, there have been cases of political instability in most countries here in Africa and as a result, I am afraid to invest my money here. On this note, I have decided to look else where for possible investment opportunities, hoping that I would achieve this goal with the assistance of a reliable person.
I would like to know if it would be secured and lucrative to invest in your country and after a careful feasibility study of the various possible fields or industries in your country by your kind assistance, I would transfer my funds to your country for investment. In a nutshell, I do have a large amount of money to establish an ultra modern company in your country, but I will like to know the possible channels available in your area. Please, do assist me carry out a careful survey and get back to me on the various possibilities. If you do not have any much knowledge about investment or business, I will appreciate if you could recommend me to some business experts individuals/companies/business consultants)in your area, who might be of help to me.
I do hope to know you better in the course of time and if trust is established between us, I might need you to be actively and directly involved in this proposed venture. But for the time being, I would like to know you better and hope we could get acquainted within the shortest time possible. In my next correspondence with you, I will give you a clue of how much I intend to invest in your country, but for now, I look forward to receiving your response and hope this opportunity would bring us closer for a possible business relationship between us in the near future.
Have a nice day and best regards,
Mrs Paulina Peters
But it gets even better! Here’s another one that came shortly after:
It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I and my Brother (Henry) intend to establish in your country .I am M/s Samira Keita the Duagther to Late Mr Balla Keita From Cote d’ivoire in West Africa. Though I have not met with you before but I believe, one has to risk confiding in succeed sometimes in life. There is amount of ($8.000.000.00 m)united states dollars which my late father Deposited with a private security company here in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire before his death.
Now I and my brother have decided to invest these money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and political reasons.We want you to help us transfer these Funds into your personal account in your country for investment purposes on these areas:
1, Five Star Hotel ). Real Estate business or any of your choice that will profite us in return. If you can be of an assistance to us we will be pleased to offer to you 15% Of the total fund. I await your soonest response.
Samira and Henry
Wow! Just think of what that money is going to do for the God’s Work! I can’t wait to send my bank account numbers, social security number, and other pieces of personal information to these complete strangers!
OK–not really. But for some reason I seem to be getting an increasing number of these e-mail scams sent to me. Still, I don’t think they can beat the one sent to me by CM (not to scam me, but because he knew I would appreciate it):
I am Civ Opopekim, the only son of the late Professor Lawrence Opopekim, of a much respected university in my country of NIGERIA, who was dedicated to the study of RETROCAUSALITY. Upon examining my father’s scientific journals, I have discovered a matter of the most URGENT importance to your future (and past) well-being. As most of my father’s work has not yet been published, I am counting on your discretion in this sensitive matter.
In the course of research, my father discovered the photons created in his experiments were entangled through QUANTUM MECHANICS with photons found in your locale. Further study revealed the break-through discovery of photon tilt patterns in the photons of your area based on experiments planned but yet to be performed by my father.
Alas since my father was poisoned to death with tainted YAK MILK by scientists from rival laboratories who lured him to GENEVA under the false pretense of a scientific conference, a financial situation has arisen where I can no longer assure the continuation of his research or the operation of his laboratory (it embarrasses me to admit this sad truth).
As a person of science, you are aware that even changes at the quantum level cause universes to take separate but parallel infinite paths. I fear that if I am unable to continue my father’s schedule of experiments and therefore cause the photons in your immediate area to not have tilted in the way they already have, the life you have come to know and enjoy will cease to be and you will find yourself in a parallel existence unfavorable to you.
To this end, and for the sake of your past and current self as well as my father’s research, I humbly ask you for the sum of US$10,000, which will allow me to keep for father’s laboratory open for a time to carry out the scheduled experiments.
As an indication of your willingness, please forward to me your: full name, company, full contact address, phone, cell, fax, city, sate, zip code, occupation, SSN and all the necessary information will be sent to you on the acceptance of this arrangement.
I wonder if threatening someone with the phrase, “Give me $10,000 or my experiment will send you into an alternate universe,” could be counted as extortion in court.
(Credit where it is due: The physics based “Nigerian e-mail scam” was posted on the blog of Kathryn Cramer, here. FWIW: Ms. Cramer happens to be the daughter of physicist John Cramer who is experimentally exploring the possible existence of retrocausality, which I have been hankering to write about for some time. If you check out her blog, which has some interesting posts related to her dad’s work, please keep in mind I cannot guarantee the contents of anything that I do not write — so let the surfer beware!)
Anyhoo, I imagine some of you out there get these sort of fraudulent e-mails all the time. Scams have been a part of human experience since Satan tried to convince Adam and Eve that they are immortal (and many are still buying that one). Whether it’s a manifestation of the prophesied “love of many” growing cold (Matt. 24:12) or “lovers of money” in the last days (2 Tim. 3:1-2) or simply standard, run-of-the-mill carnality meeting technical opportunity, it sure is annoying!