There may well be a sucker born every minute, but you really have to be beyond silly these days to believe the emails that come through trying to get you to share in million of dollars in cash.
So, with the believability and presumably the success of such emails diminishing ever further to zero, the scammers are trying new ways to get through to the unsuspecting.
One of the newest ways, which probably isn’t that new, is to randomly target people via Skype.
So, for your entertainment, here’s the ridiculous Skype message I received a couple of days ago, which naturally is faker than fake and designed to part fools from their money ASAP. I have blocked and reported the scammer, for whatever good it will do. Note, my Skype name is not 'alexon' but something similar. Either way, I very rarely accept Skype requests from people I don't know, so please don't send Skype contact requests to 'Alexon' because it isn't me.
Anyway, here is the message I received:
FROM THE OFFICE OF
BARRISTER GILBERT BOAFO BOAHENE
OFFICE ADDRESS OAK CHAMBERS
PALMA HOUSE, ADABRAKA-
NORTH RES: P. O. BOX 0358, OSU-ACCRA
OFFICE E-MAIL: email@example.com
I am very sorry for the embarrassment this mail might cause you but kindly ignore the content if you are not interested. I have been in search of someone with this name "Alexon" so when saw your name I was pushed to contact you and see how best we can assist each other. I am Barrister Gilbert Boafo Boahene, an attorney at law. I discovered your (address) and information through a comprehensive web search on Social network and so decided to contact you as I have an urgent and interesting proposal.
A deceased client of mine named Hermann Alexon who hereing referred to as my client and of the same nationality with you, died as a result of a heart-related condition on the 11 November 2008. His heart condition was caused due to the death of all the members of his family on 12th May 2008 in car accident along achimota/ Legon road Accra Ghana.
I am contacting you to assist in repatriating the money and properties left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Finance House where these funds were deposited. Particularly, the finance house where the deceased deposited as family treasure, a consignment value($15.500.000) Fifteen million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars last year issued me a 12 months notice to provide the Next of Kin or have the fund consignment confiscated, and this ultimatum expires by next month.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over two years now, I seek your consent to present you as the Next of Kin so that the proceed of this deposit valued at ($15.500.000) Fifteen million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars can be released to you and then you and I can share the money, 40% for me 40% for you, and the remaining 20% will be for charity home.
All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this business through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
As we proceed you will begin to realize that it is risk free only that I have to instruct you on what to do at any given time. I have more to write you about the details of this transaction once I receive your urgent response strictly through my personal Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) If you are interested in this transaction,I look forward hearing from you to enable us proceed.
Barrister Gilbert Boahene