It's a hearty round of applause today for the Lads from Lagos for an anarchic, highly-entertaining return to our email inboxes. We're obliged to reader Danny Caldwell for forwarding a missive suggestively entitled "Good News kindly download the Attachment from yahoo awards center", complete with a 419 first – a lovingly-crafted …
Mr Paul Williams is also known as Stnaley O'Neal of Merrill Lynch.
Why do Microsoft have a US flag in their UK award centre.
OK, maybe it's cos they're an American company.
But then why do they have a sign up saying "Michigan Lottery"...?
And there's more
That bottom line really is "every one a winner". I like the fact the guy in #1 is wearing a Stetson too.
One of the men in #3 appears to be Harold Shipman...?
#4 Nice to know that even if you only win a poxy plate, Call-Me-Dave will turn up for the presentation.
#5 I wish I could read what it says on that diploma ;)
US flag / Michigan lottery / UK winner
In fairness, most of the credulous folk that are going to fall for this kind of scam aren't likely to get bogged down in details like, er, details.
"Strong on belief, Soft on evidence" applies not only to sky-fairy worshippers, but to 419 victims too.
Something you don't hear in the same sentence
Looks like they have photos of David Cameron and Harold Shipman next to each other.
We know what Mr Paul Williams does
He is standing in for the Wookie which usually sits at that desk position for the photoshoot.
Your article misses on the interesting detail
So, what did the document properties of the "419 first" word document say about it?
Microsoft went to all the trouble of crafting their suite to leak all that interesting info about the sender, it'd be churlish not to use it.
C'mon, feed the nerds!
> we're not sure quite what Mr Paul Williams does when he's not dispensing cash to lucky winners
I think he's the guy who markets a range of rice and cook-in sauces
Best laugh all day
...it's just hilarious. The fact people still fall for this shit is even funnier.
They've got the "death by hideous word document" down to a tee though...I've seen worst docs than this floating about the office.
..someone has reported the 070 number for abuse, so that the guilable can be protected.
Did you know...
...that the word 'guilable' isn't in the dictionary?
Split hairs much?
That is all.
Funny email all the same.
Guilable - adj.
The ability to use cunningness or guile in the act of separating stupid people from their money...
We (419eater and Scamwarners) don't advocate that. Leave them be, and potential victims can find them with an Internet search. We don't want scammers to get new free email addresses and free 070 numbers and have to wait for them to show up on search engines.
...if they're THAT stupid, how did they get their money in the first place?
Guilable - adj.
like Steve Martins who was told Guilable is not a word in the English dictionary so he looked it up.
Isn't the internet priceless
This is one of the funniest 419s I've seen in years. SuBo as award secretary. I love the way they even show you a picture of the cash.
Picture of cash...
What I like is the fact that in a UK-lottery-oriented message, they talk about pounds sterling, then show you a picture of US dollars...
People who speak english are not going to be fooled by these, but people who can't tell its bad english, the non english speaker is the likely victim for these scams. people like the person who wrote it, who think it reads just fine.
What would Bob do?
Where's Bob Servant when you need him?
I'm inclined towards chalking this up as a fake, the layout, animated gifs, the images, the English all scream fake. Very funny however!
Surely the involvement of Ms. Boyle is a good thing.
after all, one can "dream the dream", surely?
No shit Sherlock.
That is all.
If I got everything that I had "been awarded" in emails to my spam account I'd be a multi millionaire, have a 10 foot dick and have HMRC owing me thousands in back taxes :-)
re: too true
"have a 10 foot dick" mine would also delever cheep printer ink
new graphical style
This is so funny! I used to really love the plain text scams with their poor grammar, liberal use of upper case and digits and comical fake names, but this new graphical style is fricking hilarious!
Is it just me?
... or does the word "booty" in conjunction with the name "Susan Boyle" make anyone else *VERY* worried about reading further?
(Disclaimer: Yes that is a shallow comment based on appearance. And yes, I'm not so much an oil painting myself as a creosoted shed. Flame on with anything else.)
seen anything like this since about 2001/2 when spam filtering was very non existent, nowadays I never get 419s, but reading this makes me realise I actuallly miss them..
Time to delve into the spam folder on my gmail account
A letter from Barclays Bank
I had one last week.
It said, "Dear esteemed customer." I read no further: Barclays has not esteemed a customer for decades.
They stretched the bloody picture sideways too
Which she does not need. It's over-wide and most unflattering.