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9:27am on Friday, 16th June, 2006:

Famous Names


I got some spam from Sandra Bullock this morning.

No, not that Sandra Bullock. In fact, not any Sandra Bullock — the name was probably generated randomly from a lists of forenames and surnames.

In terms of content, it looks to be 419 scam material, although from a slightly different angle to the usual:

I am Mrs. Sandra Bullock I am a dying woman who have decided to donate what I have to you. I am 59 years old; 2 years ago I was diagnosed for cancer, immediately after the death of my husband Mr. Philip R. Bullock, who has left me everything he worked for while in America.

I have been touched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my late husband to you for the good work of God, rather than allow my relatives to use my husband's hard earned funds ungodly. Please pray that the good Lord forgive me my sins. I have asked God to forgive me and I believe he has because He is a merciful God. I will be going in for the cancer operation any moment from now.

I decided to WILL/donate an amount that will be disclosed to you later for the good work of the lord, and also to help the motherless and less privilege and also for the assistance of the widows.

At the moment I cannot take any telephone calls right now due to the fact that my relatives are around me and my health status. I have adjusted my WILL and my representative is aware I have changed my will and he will arrange the transfer of the funds to you. I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly, and please use the funds well and always extend the good work to others.

I'm glad my good work for the Lord is finally being recognised.

There are some contact details that follow, which I'm tempted to pursue just to see how the narrative unfolds (I'm expecting that the operation will be a partial success only and she'll need further treatment, but while she's sick she can't access the very money she wants to give you. Where oh where will she find the funds?). However, the fact that I've blogged this on a Google-searchable site is probably going to tip off the perpetrators that I'm on to them...

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