Turning Archive 2005

Spam coincidence or ???

Mike Rubes, Apex, NC
>Hi all,

It may all just be coincidence, or ...

Earlier today, I posted a note below in response to David B. naming his new born son Michael Thomas. My first and middle names are Michael Thomas so was just telling David that it's a great name choice :)

Then, just now checking emails, I get a spam that's one of the standard Nigerian type schemes. You know, the sender has millions in US funds that he needs to deposit in a US account and for all my hard work of giving him my bank account number, he'll share the millions with me. As an aside, it is still amazing to me that anyone would fall for a creep like that, but I digress. Anyway, the odd part are the names this guy uses. He says that he is "Thomas Michael" and his "sister" is Theresa Michael, and they are children of David Micheal. So, we have me, Michael Thomas, David B and my wife, Theresa, represented in this particular email. I have to admit, it has me a little spooked. The return email he gave is tistom03@webmail.alfa.com.lb .

I really don't think he "harvested" this info from WC today (he certainly could not have gotten my wife's name from here), but I just think it's a little odd that there were so many coincidences in this one spam. Then again, maybe Mike, Tom and David really are just that popular for names :)

Just for kicks, I'll include the full spam below.


Got a little Twilight Zone thing going here in Apex, NC...


Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into
business relationship with you.

l am master THOMAS MICHAEL and my sister THERESA
MICHAEL the children of late MR and MRS DAVID MICHAEL, my
father was a cocoa merchant lived in ABIDJAN , the economic
capital of Cote De voire . My mother died on the 21ST
October 1987. Before the death of my father on 29th November
2001 in a private hospital here in Abidjan , he secretly
called me on his bedside and told me that he has a sum of
well concealed trunk box and Deposited in a private security
company here in Abidjan , that he used my name as the only
son for his next of kin. He explained to me , that l should
seek for a GOD fearing foreign partner in a country of my
choice where l will transfer this money and use it for
proper investment purpose, such as real estate management.

l am honourable seeking your assistance in the
following ways:

(1) To provide a account into which this money will be
transferred to.

(2) To serve as the guardian of this fund.

(3) To make arrangement for us to come over to your country
in order to further our education and to secure a
residential permit in your country.

(4) To assist me look for a lucrative business where this
fund will be invested on after transferring the fund.

Moreover, l and my sister Theresa are willing to offer
you 22% of the total sum as compensation for your effort
/input after the successful transfer of this fund to your
account overseas. furthermore you can indicate your option
towards assisting me as l believed that this project would
be concluded within fourteen ( 14 ) days you signify
interest to assist me. hopping to hear from you soonest.
Thanks and God bless.

Best regards,

ALTERN: tistom01@post.cz

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