Godson's deathbed conversion
Subject: HELP ME
From: "MR.RICHARD GODSON" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dearest, My name is RICHARD GODSON, An lrish(Dublin) national, I have been
diagnosed with Oesophageal cancer .It has defiled all forms of medical
treatment, and right now I have only about a few weeks to live, according
to medical experts.You will find attached to this mail copies of my picture.
I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for
anyone(not even myself)but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never
generous,I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business as
that was the only thing I cared for.But now I regret all this as I now know
that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money
in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this
world I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it. Now
that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and
assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few close
friends .I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have
decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one
of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have Distributed money to
some charity organizations in the U.A.E, Somalia and Malaysia. Now that my
health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore. I once
asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the
money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan,
they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them
anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them.
The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of
Twenty Eight Million dollars($28,000,000,00) that I have with a finance
House abroad. I will want you to help me collect this deposit and
despatch it to charity organizations. N/B:KINDLY NOTE THAT 30% of this
funds must go to the horicane katrina victims and another 10% for your
effort and time.
Please reply through this e-mail address: email@example.com
God be with you. RICHARD GODSON.
A lot of 419 spam nowadays seems to use Ireland as a "base", at least in the storyline, presumably because of the large number of Nigerian nationals now living there who have no other expertise (and probably no other means of support.)
See this (slashdot.org) for an entertaining tale of a sysadmin in a Dublin internet cafe catching a spammer in the act. End result - spammer escorted to the local cop shop, crying like a baby. Oh, joy. Wonder what happened to him, probably a slap on the wristies.