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Friday, May 14, 2004

  Hurtful spam

I hate spam. I hate people that take advantage of other people. I hate how some people are misusing the internet. I hate how all the sins in the real world have been transmorgified into the virtual one. I hate worm and virus writers with a passion born of a deep inner hurt.

We lack effective international agencies to track down the bad guys.

As a programmer I know how easy it is for an automated program to generate a letter like the following with a simple mail merge operation, and mail it to millions of people. Undoubtably a few percent are taken in, and respond. Undoubtably those that respond are further researched by the spammer, and selectively responded to.

I hate how some sell one thing short to people that need it - hope - yea, the last thing that escaped from pandora's box.

For a few moments, I was taken in by the following.

    Attn: Mike Taht

    Dear Sir,

    I must solicit your confidentiality and assure you that I am contacting you in good faith and this proposal will be of mutual benefit. I am Bello C. Biu. a lawyer and friend to late Pedro R. Taht, who was killed with his entire family in a fatal motor accident, sparing none of the occupants of the vehicle.

    Before his death I assisted him in the deposit of some funds in a security company.

    The Security Company has now issued a notice to me,unequivocally instructing me to produce the Next of Kin/Beneficiary to my client, or have the deposit confiscated and or returned to the treasury as unclaimed.

    Considering my lack of success in my bid to locate any of his relatives for over two years, I hereby solicit your consent to enable me present you as the Next of Kin to my deceased client, since you both bear the same last name. This process is possible because my client's last Will and Testament contains a residuary clause, giving me full authority to nominate the beneficiary to his residuary estate.The deposited funds were not mentioned in the Will;hence it devolves to the residuary estate of my client.

    I intend to present you to them as his next of kin, to enable us claim the funds as there is no known member of his family around to inherit the deposit. Once you have been established to the security company as the beneficiary, which will be my role, we shall then give them express instructions to transfer the funds to an account you will provide.

    The necessary documents to back up any claim we make will be legally obtained, and I will just require your understanding and cooperation to enable us achieve success within a legitimate arrangement. Your urgent response will be highly appreciated. My direct contacts have been provided; use it accordingly for effective communication.

    Thank you.

    Best Regards,
    Bello C Biu
    ab_wa2003@yahoo.com.au


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