Generally, Gmail does a very good job of spam filtering, but one did slip through to the inbox tonight, and it is truly the most ill concieved piece of nonsense I have ever recieved.
Firstly, allow me to quote the email which was sent to me (and probably thousands of others).
Subject: Get Back To Me!
I strongly regret any inconvenience the receipt of this letter may cause you, bearing in mind the nature of it’s content coming from a person without any referral.
I am the head of the account department of a Private Bank in the Netherlands and I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you.
This involves my client,Late Van Nguyen, the 25-year-old drug trafficker from Melbourne,who was hanged in Changi Prison,Singapore on the 2nd of December, 2005. He had an investment placed under my bank’s management two years ago.
With the very strong clause on his bank account form in which a next of kin/beneficiary to his funds was not stated,it has become imperative that I present a next of kin/beneficiary to his time deposit being his account officer.
The need for an assistance becomes crucial, as a next of kin to the depositor is earnestly sought for.
I have a foolproof,legal and totally risk free means through which the fund can be released to you within a very short time after due documentation and authentication process.
The strategy is to use my position and influence as the Head of the branch and Personal Account office of the deceased to present you as a next of Kin and beneficiary to the Late Van Nguyen.
I want to assure you that I have concluded all local modalities for the successful completion of this within 10 banking days.
You should contact me on:
Tel: +31 647 146 661
I expect your urgent response and if in the affirmative, I shall advice you on what we need to do.
Normally I would not reply to spam, but on this occasion, I just had to, here is what I sent.
You my friend, are quite clearly an idiot. If you had paid ANY attention to the weeks of media attention that Van Nguyen got, you would know that he has a mother who is still alive. I get plenty of your type of scam in my email (although yours is the first to find my inbox and not the spam folder for a while), and of the few I read, yours has to be the worst thought out scam yet. Anybody who paid any attention to the Van Nguyen media coverage (it was pretty much inescapable) would know that his next of kin are alive.
Why don’t you, and the rest of your scam writing friends, go an hit yourselves over the head with large rocks.
Thankyou, and good day,