Scam-o-note: for visitors who are neither American nor Canadian,
it may be useful to know that what makes this funny - to Americans, anyway,
but then Canadian actor John Candy built a whole movie around the concept -
is that Canada is widely admired in the US.
Americans know they are lucky to have Canada for a neighbor.
For Americans, we might just have killed the joke.
And now on with our regularly scheduled scam.
ROSEMARY GEORGEFrom: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, January 4, 2004 8:58 AM
I humbly wish to extend this mutual business relation with the hope that you will gladly accept. My name is MRS ROSEMARY GEORGE whose husband died in 1999. Before the death of my husband, there was an amount of $ 12.5m, which my late husband deposited in AFRICA and for the fact that I have for my husband only 4 daughters before his death. It is there our custom that my children (i.e.) daughters has no inheritance to their father wealth, but rather his own immediate brothers. Because of our custom, I am therefore of soliciting your assistance for the transfer of the said amount to your country/bank account for investment purpose. As soon as the money gets to your account, you are going to assist me by providing accommodation for my four daughters in your country and also invest the money for them in your country for them in country through you as a director. Based on the circumstances surrounding the amount in question, this money will were return to Nigeria again otherwise, my husband brother will take it away from my children and may finally quite us from the house for violating the traditional rites. Therefore, if you have accepted to assist me and my daughters, kindly send to me your private telephone and fax number, authentic mailing address, banking detail to enhance remittance protocol. My children and I has agreed to compensate you with 30% of the total sum for your kind. On behalf of my dear family. I apologies for every in convince which this will or might have caused you.
MRS ROSEMARY GEORGE
CASEY JONESSent: January 6, 2004
Dear Mrs. George,
I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. Please provide me with more information as to how I might be of assistance.
ROSEMARY GEORGESent: Tuesday, January 6, 2004 7:01 AM
Subject: HAPPY NEW YEAR(AWAIT YOUR URGENT REPLY)
ATTN:John Luther Jones,
I HAVE RECEIVED YOUR REPLY MAIL AND THE CONTENTS ARE NOTED.I AM HAPPY THAT YOU HAVE AGREED TO ASSIST MY SUFFERING FAMILY IN COLLECTING THE CONSIGNMENT WHICH MY LATE HUSBAND DEPOSITED WITH A SECURITY COMPANY.I WILL LIKE TO TELL YOU ALL THE NECESSARY STEPS YOU NEED TO KNOW TO CONCLUDE THIS TRANSACTION:
1)THE AMOUNT IN QUESTION WAS DEPOSITED BY MY LATE HUSBAND AS A FAMILY TREASURE.
2)THE CONSIGNMENT HAS MY NAME AS THE BENEFICIARY.
3)ON THE DATE OF DEPOSIT,AN INITIAL SUM OF $10,000 WAS PAID BY THE DEPOSITOR AND A RECEIPT WAS ISSUED TO THAT EFFECT.
4)BASED ON FAMILY'S FINANCIAL STATUS,YOU ARE GOING TO ASSIT US IN SETTLING THE BALANCE OF THE DUEMURAGE WHICH THE CONSIGNMENT HAS ACRUED SINCE ITS DEPOSITION WITH THE SECURITY COMPANY.
5)FOR YOUR KIND ASSISTANCE,30% HAS BEEN MAPPED OUT AS COMPENSATION.
THEREFORE HAVING MADE MYSELF CLEAR TO YOU,IF YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THE ABOVE EXPLANATIONS,KINDLY SEND TO ME WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE & FAX NUMBER,AUTHENTIC MAILING ADDRESS,COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIP AND A PHOTOCOPY OF YOUR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT.
AS SOON AS I RECEIVE THE AFOREMETIONED,I WILL THEN LET YOU KNOW THE NEXT WAY FORWARD.
YOURS SUFFERING SISTER,
MRS ROSEMARY GEORGE.
CASEY JONESSent: 1/9/2004
Dear Rosemary George,
Your proposal sounds interesting, however before I send you any information I must ask you one question. Are you now, or have you ever been, a CANADIAN? If you are CANADIAN I cannot help you, for I will not have anything to do with the treacherous CANUCKS of the north. Please don't be put off by my questions, but I have to be careful...the agents of the MAPLE LEAF are everywhere!
As soon as I have your response we can begin our work together.
John Luther Jones
ROSEMARY GEORGESent: Friday, January 9, 2004 11:57 AM
Subject: reply of your mail .0]
DEAR CASEY THANKS FOR YOUR MAIL CONTENTS WELL UNDERSTOOD. IHAVE ABROTHER INLAW WHO IS AFTER MY SELF AND MY DAUGHTERS IDO NOT WANT HIM TO KNOW ABOUT THIS TREASURE SOTHAT HE WILL NOT KILLUS.THEREFOREIWOULD WANT YOU TO ASSIST ME TO SECURE THAT MONEY AND SECONDLY HELP ME PROCURE AN INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT FOR TRAVELLING SO THAT MY CHILDREN CAN COME OVER TO YOUR COUNTRY BEFORE THE TREASURE GETS THERE.IAMNOT BAOYANT AS TOFEED THEM TALKLESS OF PROVIDING THEM WITH THEIR PASSPORTS TO TRAVEL.IWILLSEND TO YPU THE DOCUMENTS COVERING THE TREASURE WHICH IS MONEY BU T THE SECURITY COMPANY DO NOT KNOW .THOUGH THE DOCUMENTS MUST COME THROUGH MY LAWYER .MY LAWYER WILL ASSIST YOU TO CLAIM THE TREASURE MONEY .YOU ARE THEREFORE REQUESTTED TO FORWARD TO ME YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBERS MAILING ADDRESS BEFORE ICAN INTRODUCE YOU TO MY LAWYER THIS WILL MAKE IT EASIER TO CONCLUDEON TIME BEST REGARDS. ROSEMARY.
CASEY JONESSent: 1/12/2004
I've received your message, and I'm afraid you didn't answer my question so let me ask you again.
Are you now, or have you ever been a CANADIAN? Please let me know as soon as possible as I cannot work with someone who may be an agent of the menacing RED MAPLE LEAF. If you are pure of heart and free from the corrupting influence of the GREAT WHITE NORTH I will help you in any way I can.
John Luther Jones
ROSEMARY GEORGESent : Tuesday, January 13, 2004 4:30 AM
O DEAR JOHN LUTHER JONES I THANK YOU FOR YOUR PROMPT REPLY AND YOUR QUESTIONS UNDERSTOOD. FIRSTLY I AM NOT A CANAADIAN NEITHER AM I A MENACING RED MAPLE LEAF .IDO NOT KNOW ANY THING ABOUT ALL THESE THINGS YOU ARE SAYING.IAM AFULL HOUSE WIFE WITH CHILDREN AND HAVE NOT TRAVELED TO ANY HERE IN CANADA. IAM NOT AN AGENT NOR ACTING FOR ANY ONE ATALL.IAM NOT A CRIMINAL NEITHER DO I WORK WITH THE GREAT WHITE NORTH .I DO NOT KNOW ALL THESE THINGS YOU ARE WRITING . IAM A GHANIAN IN WEST AFRICA. YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THIS CALTURE THAT IS IS BOARDED IN MY PRO POSAL LETTER. I THEREFORE SOLICIT TO YOU NOW TO TKE YOUR DECISION IN HELPING ME FOR IT IS NOT GOING TO BE A WAIST.
CASEY JONESSent: 1/13/2004
Subject: Good News
So you say you are from Ghana, eh? Well this is indeed good news! To the best of my knowledge, Ghana is about as far away as you can get from CANADA. So now we can begin our work together in earnest- Me helping get you and your money out of Africa, and you providing me with 3 million dollars for my efforts. Your contacting me must have been a sign from God, for all that money will be of great benefit to me and my organization.
As soon as I get back to my office, I will look up all the information you need and send it you post haste.
"Stop Canadian Aggression, Militarize Ontario, Resist Alberta's Menace Abroad"
John Luther Jones
(Do you like my slogan? a careful read of the first letters reveals SCAM O RAMA.)
CASEY JONESSent: 1/15/2004
Subject: My address
My dearest RoseMary,
I hope this e-mail finds you safe and well in Ghana; far, far away from the frozen tundra of the Northwest Territories. My wish is to be somewhere warm and sunny myself, however we must be ever vigelent in monitoring of our northern border. You never know if those elk or so-called "Canadian geese" have been genetically altered to spread disease to our pure soil.
Now for my information. I am an American Citizen, through and through. As long as my body draws breath, I will be American- and I will never pledge my alleagence to those would have us become "New Canada". Here's my information:
John Luther Jones
194 Jonesboro Road
Jonesboro, GA 30236
If you need to contact me, please call my personal cell phone number at 1-xxx-xxx-xxxx. If you cannot get through please be patient. My fax number is 1-xxx-xxx-xxxx. As far as my passport goes- it's in a safety deposit box at the bank, so I'll have to get that for you tomorrow. Please be safe and watch out for your murderous brother-in-law, he sounds just like a CANADIAN!
"Stop Canadian Aggression! Militarize Ontario! Resist Alberta's Menace Abroad!"
John Luther Jones
(The address and phone number are for an organization that puts out anti-government propaganda related to the Montana Freeman)
More to come?