Jillian C. York

Jillian C. York is a writer and activist.

The most artful of spam emails

Subject: Uprising!

Hi there,

My name is Aisha daughter of Shukri Ghanem. We fled from Libya last year following the uprising against Col Muammar Gaddafi.

My father’s death is no longer news but my mother’s deteriorating health made me want to do this despite the fact that I barely know you. I believe in my late father’s philosophy: “risk many things in life; but not life itself”. I believe in taking business risk with strangers mainly to escape the spotlight and I hope you can do this for my family.

I have a rather unusual proposition having found you on the internet in desperation and I am here to surprise you with this extreme offer you can easily afford. It’s something that I believe could provide a great deal of profit to you if you give me a moment of your time. I would like to propose a joint venture with you because we are looking at investment opportunities in your area and we need a local presence to carry out our plans. Everything depends on you and ultimately how self-motivated you are.

Of course, you may simply have reservations about teaming with us when you don’t know my family. Please be assured that I want nothing more than what could be a very profitable joint venture and a lasting business relationship.

Please write back and I’ll explain everything in full detail.

Thank you.

Best Regard,
Aisha Ghanem.

1 Comment

  1. Some days ago, I received an e-mail from an alleged lawyer of someone who might have been a relative of mine who died in an African country last year. This “beloved departed” had a estate of almost 9 million dollars, bequeated to me.
    Yeah, right!

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