Nomen est omen

By now I must have received e-mail from about all sons, daughters, siblings and in-laws of former African presidents and dictators: the Mobutu family of Congo, the offspring of former presidents of Nigeria, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Congo-Brazaville, you name it. Just like you, I presume. A Belgian blogger who played around for a while with these third rate con men wrote a highly entertaining account about his adventures.

The latest e-mail scam I was honored to receive contains however, you’d never guess, a genuine sense of irony:

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the euro lines Lottery programs held on July 20, 2005 your e-mail address were attached to one of the ten winning ticket numbers 44872- with game Number 112700… You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand euro)
Hmm, very thoughtful isn’t it, these lottery guys attaching my e-mail address to the winning ticket… I should give them a percentage!
Let’s move on:
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system from our sponsors databases, including over 50,000 companies and 150,000 individual E-mail addresses and names submitted by our agents drawn from Asia, Africa, Europe,North And South America, Oceania and around the world.
... ‘and around the world’? As if Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America and Oceania don’t cover things sufficiently. I guess there are bases in Antarctica where some innocuous lottery participants may dwell.
To file for your urgent claim, please contact our approved agent
for your region
Aha, we’re finally getting to the practical details…
Hewed Steen 5 1625 Moron
Rotterdam the Netherlands
So for all your lottery earnings and needs, one address, Moron!

One Response to “Nomen est omen“

  1. daisy Says:

    I received this e mail too, I can’t believe … First world …
    Mondo cane.

    It is a nice page.

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