I thought these things went out with wearing your trousers round your knees. Apparently not. This morning a remarkable specimen turned up in my inbox:
FROM THE DESK OF MRS ROSE DOSSOU
FOREIGN OPERATIONS DEPT,
INTERCONTINENTAL BANK PLC.
This is to notify you that we have arranged your payment of $2.5 Million USD through swift card payment center Asia pacific, this card center will send you an ATM card which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world at the maximum rate of $15,000.00 us dollars (Fifteen Thousand United State Dollars) per day. Therefore do not hesitate to contact Intercontinental Bank Plc and also re-confirm the following information as listed below:
1.YOUR FULL NAME
2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS
3.YOUR DIRECT CELL NUMBER
4.A COPY OF YOUR PICTURE
6.AGE AND GENDER
I’m actually quite impressed. Relatively little capslock, no appeals in the name of God, and almost-passable spelling and grammar. My, my. Still reported it to Spamcop, though. For a brief instant, I toyed with the idea of sending them the phone number and address of the local cop-shop, but sadly I doubt Inspector Knacker or Sgt. Plod would find it funny.
Anyway, that would seem to be the latest version of the old “419” scam, reportedly so called after the article which forbids these advance-fee frauds in the Nigerian Criminal Code. It should have died out years ago, but it continues to lurch into our inboxes in the hope that greed will instantly destroy all our critical faculties. Zombie spam. It eats your brains.