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Okay, so now the Dutch have joined the game. How quaint. Where do these clowns get my e-mail address? Fortunately, it's the address of an account that is being moved to a new one, thanks to cable system corporate buyouts. Most of the time my real e-mail accounts don't get bombed with spam. I actually get very little. This one account though, is really a target for con-jobs from overseas. I still don't know why it should be this one and not others. This isn't even my Hotmail account, which is the one I give whenever I have to do business with any anonymous commercial site. You'd think that anyone with the talent, time and energy to dream up these things would have a legitimate job, wouldn't you.
Frankly, to be a critic here for a moment, I find this e-mail attempt to be interesting. The approach is long on explanation and official looking wording and layout. The verisimilitude is striking as well. Clearly, these guys have more time on their hands than the Nigerians, although I definitely find the Nigerian scams much more charming, with their broken English, and more personal human-interest approach: "I got you address from you local Chamber of Commerce, as they were recommend you as a moral and discreet person." [sic]
Yes, the Nigerians are certainly staying on top of things. I have heard that scam e-mails have overtaken oil as the country's chief export! It really is inspiring to see such ambition and hard work on the part of the Nigerians -- they even have their own international convention! Perhaps the Dutch fellows above could look into it. Maybe they will come home with a few useful insights. I think the Third World has quite a bit to teach the European Union -- if only they would listen.