Every week or so I visually scan my spam folder for two reasons, 1) in case something important ended up in there, and 2) to see what sort of bullshit scams are actively making the rounds, because entertaining.
I did the aforementioned scan just a couple minutes ago, and while there was nothing important in there, I did find this gem waiting for me:
FROM THE DESK OF
DR.PETER IKEY OBI,
PAYMENT Director C.B.N
CONFIDENTIAL COURIER PAYMENT
I Am Dr.Peter Ikey Obi, PAYMENT Director C.B.N I decided to contact you because of the prevailing security report reaching my office and the intense nature of polity in Nigeria. This is to inform you about our plan to send your fund to you via cash Delivery, this system will be easier for you and for us. We are going to send your contract part payment of US$15.2Million to you via courier services I have secured every needed document to cover the money.Note: The Money is coming on 2 security proof boxes, the boxes are sealed with Synthetic nylon seal and padded with machine. I will use my position as The Governor C.B.N to release this fund to You The boxes are coming with a Courier agent who will accompany the Boxes to your house address. All you need to do now is to send this info to me.
1. Your full house address
2. Your identity such as, international passport or driver’s license
3. Your contact phone numbers,
4. Your full name,
5. Age and Occupation
The Courier Agents attached will travel with this required information’s For the delivery of your fund. He will call you immediately he arrives Your country’s airport. I hope you understand me. I will let you know when these consignments will be lifted, and Note: The Agent does not know the original contents of the boxes. What declared to them as the contents is Sensitive Photographic Film Material. I did not declare money to them please. If they call you and Ask you the contents please tell them the same thing OK. Call me immediately and I will let you know how far I have gone with The arrangement.
I will secure the clearance Certificate that will be tagged on the boxes which I will dispatch along with the security inner Keys of the consignments to enable you access these consignments has soon as it delivered to you. This clearance will make it pass every custom checkpoint all over the world without hitch. Confirm the receipt of this message and send the requirements to me immediately you receive this message. Please I need your urgent reply because the boxes are schedule to airlift as soon as we hear from you. Call me immediately you receive this message.TEL: +234-812-0637-655 REPLY TO THIS E-MAIL (firstname.lastname@example.org)
DR.PETER IKEY OBI,
PAYMENT Director, Central Bank of Nigeria
Now, after reading this email I can’t help but ask, are people really so stupid that these types of scams actually work? I mean, they must be if this sort of email still makes the rounds, but COME ON! WTF is wrong with people? You have got to be, without a doubt, the biggest idiot on your block to fall for this.
I think I might create a decoy email address and mess with this guy by providing fake information and taking it as far as I can go, then politely invite him to suck off a chainsaw. Has anyone else done that? If so, share your story below.