Does this look like a scam? HA!
Mario Murray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
6:03 AM (1 hour ago)
I was so impressed viewing this your advert posted so i will like to know the asking price of the JUMBO PLANATOR and also if the item is still available for sale for me to proceed with the fast immediate payment on it get back to me as soon as possible.
These guys all sound alike.
It seems a lot of them like to combine a southern European first name with a northern European last name. Jose Carlson, Pedro Smith, Carlos Chadwick, Eugenio Buckingham, etc. I have no idea why, but apparently it's a requirement of the scam industry.
We like to laugh at these jokers, but remember, they are usually part of a larger crime syndicate. There are many of them, foot soldiers with laptops, making many millions of dollars from their scams. As ridiculous as their emails are, they are often answered by the uneducated or unfortunate....no difference from casting your line in a pond....hoping for the "big one" ....that is why it is called "phishing."
I hit the jackpot yesterday, I am getting 37 million dollars from a fellow in United Arab Emetits, just because we have the same name, who would have guessed that an Arab would have a Swedish name followed by the word shop (the only land line we have is the one that originally rang in ore farm shop) Anyhoo, I know that this is on the up and up because it cam in an envelope with a real stamp. The best part is that I have been saving stamps for a friend in Belgium, and the jack pot was a Romanian stamp.
Do not respond to any of these emails because that's when they get your i p address and that could create problems for your p c.
I was so umpressed by your INSERT HERE that I hed
to email you with much eppreciation my condolences
for the death of my second auntie cosin's daughter's third wife's chicken's egg.
Can you be uf essentence in this matter witch requirz utmost confidentiality ?
Barnum denied ever saying it, but the quote "There's a sucker born every minute" dates to his time. Since the nineteenth century the population has more than doubled, meaning the arrival rate for suckers now is well over two a minute. That's more than 120 per hour, and north of 2880 suckers a day. As the scam industry operates on the W.C Fields principle (It is morally wrong to let a sucker keep his money), there's nothing to keep them from feasting on the gullible, no matter how incompetent they seem.
Someone should really tell these people that native English speakers writing to people they don't know generally don't start their missives with "Beloved."
I think that it was "a Fool". Ole P.T Barnum was My Grandmothers Uncle. Here's a picture of him from his book from 1855. I have the book,