An Advance-Fee Work of Art

I don’t normally bother reporting on spam emails, since we all accept them as part of the dot-com world. I assume that they must still work, otherwise the Lads from Lagos wouldn’t keep sending them, and I’ve certainly observed a huge rise in the number of emails received in recent months – perhaps this is a sign of the times in the recession?

Anyway, in a junk mail box full of 419s, this one really stands out for the number of topical references, confused cultural ideas, and above all the fact it’s from a knight of the realm (should one assume this knighthood is in the same category as those of Allan Stamford or Conrad Black). I wasn’t aware that NatWest had taken over the Bank of England. Oh, and the fact that Sir David is “bugging into my privacy”. Enjoy.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am sincerely Sorry for bugging into your privacy, it’s due to a business deal in my bank valued at 21.5Million us dollars, as a foreigner l can present you as the beneficiary to the inheritance since there is no written will by the deceased who Died at the Israeli checkpoint in jerusalem, as the director of system l have been following the records. However l am the only one aware of the funds and investigation so far in my bank due to my investigations.

l am Sir David Murray Ess an Executive director working with Natwest Bank of England. This opportunity will be of mutual benefit to the two of us. I would provide you with all the necessary documents to lay claims and also I would avail you with the modalities we shall follow once I hear from you Because of my position in office, please endeavor to keep to yourself issue concerning this proposal.

If you are interested, kindly get back to me with your full contact informations Upon your response l will give you more details about this transaction, if not interested you can delete this mail.


Sir D.M Ess