Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)


I am not sure about you, but I received this spam message yesterday and thought I’d share it with you. I am really broke and need the money desperately .. what is your opinion? Should I respond?


Hello ,

I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.

I am working with Mr. Phil Gram, lobbyist for UBS, who will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a Senator, you may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the 1990s. This transactin is 100% safe.

This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred.

Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to so that we may transfer your commission for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds.

Yours Faithfully Minister of Treasury Paulson


  1. #1 Bob O'H
    September 24, 2008

    He won’t reply. Safeguards? What are they?

  2. #2 arby
    September 24, 2008

    What the hell, go for it. If you’re broke you have nothing to lose, no downside as far as I can see. rb

  3. #3 Mus
    September 24, 2008

    You could try to scam the scammer. There’s a forum site out there ( full of people who try to get the scammers to send THEM money. There’s this guy who got a scammer to send him quite a bit of money-

    It’s quite funny.

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