Spam From Writing

I never thought my online writing would generate spam, but I guess these days ANY online presence will subject you to these unwanted e-mails.

What confused me, at first, with this one was the e-mail address I received it at and the sender referring to me by my full name rather than my initials, which are what I use in the e-mail address itself. I only use this particular address for writing assignments with reputable organizations. Then I realized it had come through my articles I had written for Suite101 last year. The site offers readers the opportunity to click and e-mail the writer without disclosing the writer’s address to the sender.

This spam e-mail is a variation on those fun “Nigerian” inbox bloaters. The added twist is the writer is a female, possibly a princess and, in addition to the $8.5 million dollars she wants to deposit to my bank account, she wants to start a new life with me.

Wow, money AND the girl. It’s like the perfect ending to a romance novel…or an episode of The Love Boat.

I wish I had the time to spare to have some fun with this by sending some replies and stringing the princess along like these people do; it would probably be very entertaining. You’ll just have to settle for this initial contact, misspelled words and all, that she hopes “would not be thrown to the wind.” No wind, princess, just the ether of cyberspace.

Deares Jeff Wetherington

This is Celine Milan, I thank God for this opportunity to get in touch with you, I pray that my decision to ask you for help would not be thrown to the wind. Introducing myself, I am Miss Ceiline Milan, the only daughter of Late Chief and Mrs.Sule Milan a businessman who based in Liberia and Abidjan Cote d’ivoire who sold Gold and exported Cocoa .My father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their business trips,

But before the death of my father on the 29th April 2004 in a private hospital here in Abidjan He secretly called me on his bed and told me that he has a sum of USD$8.5M (eight million five hundred thousand U.S) deposited in a Prime Bank here in Abidjan Cote D’ Ivoire, that he used my name as his beloved duaghter for the next of kin in depositing the fund.

Now I have decided to invest these money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and political reasons.I want you to help me contact the bank inorder that they will pay the Money into your personal account in your country for investment purposes, after which you will make arrangment for me to travel out from here to come and Join with you in your country to start a NewLife with you.

Moreover,I am willing to offer you 25% of the total sum as compersation for your effort and input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas, I will be waiting to hear from you as soon as this email gets to you in good health.

I will give you more details of the transaction as soon as I hear from you.

Thanks and God bless you.


Ceiline Milan
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