I May Have Just Won Several Million Dollars

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I had a little bit of free time today, so I decided to clear out my junk email folder. And it may turn out to be the most financially rewarding task I’ve ever undertaken.
While reading through the junk emails, I came across the following emails (certain details are left out so that no one is able to use the info for their benefit).
  1. Your ticket number: XXXXXX with Serial number XXXX drew the lucky number: XXX Congratulations, you have just won yourself 753,000.00(Seven Hundred and Fifty Three Thousand Pounds Sterling) in the satellite software hunderball email lottery conducted by UK NATIONAL LOTTERY in which e-mail addresses are picked randomly by software powered by the Internet. Your email address was amongst those chosen for this quarter (noticket was sold) and you are to contact our Financial Controller for Clearance. Yours faithfully, Margret XXX, Online co-ordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.
  2. Confirmation Email lucky .You have won 1,000,000.00.Euros in De Euromillions Email. Sweepskas Program Corporation, held on the 19th January,2009; in Madrid Spain, Your email address was selected via computer ballot along with other 50 million email addresses collected from the web internet accross the globe and your email came up with a golden ticket number. Please note that the validity period of the winning is 30 working days Failure to meet the require day your entry will be invalid/ Reply to this E-mail to: XXX@luckymail.com
  3. The following one was all in bold, and I kept it that way, since it involved the largest amount of money.
    MORGAN CHAMBERS
    ATTORNEY AT LAW,BARRISTER&SOLICITOR
    HEAD OFFICE: 21RD, G, CLOSE, HOUSE 18,
    FESTAC TOWN LAGOS NIGERIA
    ATTN:BENEFICIARY, BEFORE I START,I MUST FIRST APOLOGIZE FOR THIS UNSOLICITED MAIL TO YOU.I AM AWARE THAT THIS IS CERTAINLY AN UNCONVENTIONAL APPROACH TO  STARTING A RELATIONSHIP,BUT AS TIME GOES ON YOU WILL REALIZE THE NEED FOR MY ACTION. MY NAME IS BARRISTER MORGAN IBEKWEORU,A SOLICITOR AND THE PERSONAL ATTORNEY TO A CITIZEN OF YOUR COUNTRY,WHO OWNS A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY INNIGERIA.HERE IN AFTER REFERRED TO AS MY CLIENT. ON THE 26TH OF DECEMBER 2004,MY CLIENT,HIS WIFE AND THEIR TWO CHILDREN WERE INVOLVED IN THE TSUNAMI ASIA DISASTER. MY CLIENT AND HIS ENTIRE FAMILY UNFORTUNATELY LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE DISASTER.SINCE THEN I HAVE MADE SEVERAL ENQUIRIES TO YOUR EMBASSY TO LOCATE ANY OF MY CLIENT’S EXTENDED RELATIVES, WHICH HAS PROVED ABORTIVE AFTER THESE SEVERAL UNSUCESSFUL ATTEMPTS. MY MAIN REASON FOR CONTACTING YOU IS TO ASSIST ME IN REPATRIATING THE MONEY AND PROPERTY LEFT BEHIND BY MY CLIENT BEFORE THEY ARE CONFISCATED OR DECLARED UNSERVICEABLEBY THE BANK WHERE THE FUNDS REDEPOSITED/LODGED PARTICULARLY, THE GULF BANK OF (NIG) PLC. WHERE THE DECEASED HAS AN ACCOUNT WITH AN APPROXIMATE SUM OF EIGHTEEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS. THE SAID BANK HAS ISSUED ME A FINAL NOTICE TO PROVIDE THE NEXT OF KIN OF MY CLIENT OR THEY WILL BE LEFT WITH NO OTHER CHOICE THAN TO CONFISCATE HIS FUNDS, A COPY OF THE SAID NOTICE I WILL FAX TO YOU ON GETTING YOUR REPLY. SINCE I HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL IN LOCATING MY CLIENT’S RELATIVES FOR THE PAST ONE YEAR AND SIX MOUNTHS, NOW I SEEK YOUR CONSENT TO PRESENT YOU AS THE NEXT OF KIN OF MY CLIENT TO THE BANK, GOING BY THE FACT THAT BOTH OF YOU HAS THE SAME NATIONALITY, SO THAT THE SAID FUNDS AS STATED ABOVE I.E, THE SUM OF EIGHTEEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS CAN BE PAID TO YOU INSTEAD OF LEAVING IT FOR GULF BANK OF (NIG) PLC. WE CAN TAKE PART OF IT AND LEAVE THE REST TO CHARITY. I HAVE THE NECESSARY LEGAL DOCUMENTS THAT CAN BE USED TO BACK UP ANY CLAIM WE MAY MAKE.ALL I REQUIRE IS YOUR HONEST COOPERATION TO ENABLE US SEE THIS ARRANGMENT THROUGH I GUARANTEE THAT THIS WILL BE EXECUTED UNDER A LEGITIMATE ARRANGEMENT THAT WILL PROTECT YOU FROM ANY BREACH OF THE LAW. PLEASE REPLY ME VIA THIS EMAIL FINALLY KINDLY GIVE ME YOUR CONFIDENTAIL PHONE/FAX NUMBERS SO THAT I CAN FAX TO YOU ALL THE CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN THE BANK AND ME. BEST REGARDS, BARRISTER MORGAN IBEKWEORU (ESQ)

If my math is correct, these three emails are worth more than $20 million! So it looks like I’ll be busy tomorrow contacting the senders of the above emails. Even if I just get half of the $20 million, it seems like it’s well worth my time and energy. I may be able to retire sooner than I thought!

And I have to share one other email I found in my junk folder. It’s nice to see that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Canada. Someone is apparently looking ahead to the upcoming Presidential election:
  • Dear Valued Customer, THINKING ABOUT IMMIGRATION TO CANADA? We specialize in Canadian immigration Service, Such as Work permit  for Skilled,semi-skilled and unskilled in Quebec Province Only. XXX LAW FIRM, , Montréal, QC

Maybe I’ll look into what the income tax rates are in Canada; I may need to move there once I start receiving my millions…

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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