At first glance, you would perhaps conclude that the advance fee scammer who sent the email featured below must be either very busy trying to separate gullible individuals from their hard-earned or is just too damned lazy to try very hard.
But, this brief and to-the-point approach could be more effective for the criminal than you might think.
After all, those who actually reply – even out of simple curiosity – are perhaps naive enough about the world’s wicked ways to be potential victims. So, short email scams like this might be a rather effective way of honing in on people most likely to believe tall stories about unexpected million-dollar donations.
If the potential victim does reply – even out of curiosity – the scammers can then begin drawing him or her in with false and fanciful tales aplenty. Before long, the scammers may have tricked our hapless victim into sending money to cover – entirely imaginary – costs associated with the processing of the – entirely imaginary – $2.5 million donation.
And so it goes.
In the end, the victim will be left forlorn and out of pocket while the scammers disappear with his or her money, never to be heard from again.
Sadly, many people continue to fall for advance-fee scams—even short and simple ones like this.
It’s easy to scoff at people who get caught by such transparent scams, But being nieve or gullible is not a crime, and we don’t know what sort of life experience people might have had to make them vulnerable to such scammers. In any case, they don’t deserve to be scammed, and the scammers don’t deserve to profit from their gullibility.
An example of the scam email:
Subject: Donation of $2,500,000.00
Your Email Account was selected for a Donation of $2,500,000.00. Contact us for more information Via email
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!