Spam and phishing

It seems amazing to me that, even in this day and age, I can still get the occasional email that slips through my spam filter and tries to sell me Viagra, asks for my banking details or offers some dodgy overseas financial deal.

Its a pleasure to report that I have no need for any of these products or services.

I assume that this stuff still gets sent out because some people respond?

But who, I ask, would be mad or daft enough to respond to the following?


This is in regard to outstanding payment, I am Mr. Frank Joe,the Newly appointed Director United Nation Legal Affairs, Security and Investigation, the prime minister of Great Britain and his Decision Making Body, the Executive Arms of the Government, has directed me to come down to United Kingdom(UK) to Investigate your Fund and to make sure that we approve all outstanding debts owned to Foreign beneficiaries by the government in this 1st quarter of this Fiscal year 2010.

This decision was taken based on the abnormities and inability of the banks in UK to Release your fund into your bank account whereby it was discovered that some Directors in UK banks were diverting foreign beneficiaries payment to another account of their choice. In view of this, during our investigation I found out that an account was submitted to divert your fund to a Germany account. Below is the account submitted and I want you to confirm if you are aware of the new development because we are about effecting payment to the account stated bellow today.

A/C No.: 367840545
Code: 50050201

Finally, be informed that a payment instruction has been issued and Forwarded to the Treasury Department of the ALLIED IRISH BANK In favor of you and your company for immediate release of your fund to the account above without any further prejudice.

But there is no way We can approve the fund to your account without you confirming if you Have changed your account for your fund to be transfer to the Beneficiary: CERSTIN WENGER SHENOUDA BANK ACCOUNT IN GERMANY.

Contact me immediately for further clarification to know if you have Giving instruction to transfer your fund to the above account today. On behalf Of the entire management of United Nations, we are congratulating you in advance and if you fail to contact this office on or before 24hrs from now then we will now wire the fund to the German account.
Thanks for your co-operation.

Waiting for your urgent response.
Yours faithfully
Mr.Frank Joe
Un Office of Legal Affairs Security and Investigation.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.