Saturday, October 18, 2008

More Fun with Spam Email

As a followup to my recent post, "Your Urgent Help Needed", here's another little junk email gem that arrived for me today.  All for meeeeee!  THIS? Has got nothing whatsoever to do with real estate, but it had me rolling around on the floor laughing.

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  • From: Mustapha Mohammed Al Zawahiri. []

  • Date: Oct 18, 208

  • Subj: Your Life is in Danger (Death Approved)


It is of utmost importance that you read this email with all carefulness and seriousness. It might interest you to know that someone who does not like your existence on Earth has paid us (Fatah Al Islam) to eliminate you. It was maintained that you have occupied a position that you ought not to have occupied, but due to your greedy nature you worked yourself up to that post. We have been following you around and from all indications you will be executed by tomorrow.

For your information, you do not need to inform anyone or even the police about this, it will never change anything, and rather you will also be endangering the lives of other members of your family.

You can always reach us on this email if you wish to make any contribution. Be warned!!!

Mustapha Mohammed Al Zawahiri.

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Now, while I admit to being a left leaning liberal, and even being arguably a wee bit soft on crime at times, I highly doubt that Al Qaeda's top brass is searching for me.

A little Googling shows that this email has been bouncing around the old Internets for a while. See here. Of course, the writer is counting on Americans' general ignorance of Arab names, and hopes we'll all confuse Mustapha Mohammed Al Zawahiri for Ayman Al-Zawahiri, who is one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Terrorists.

Ayman Al-Zawahiri is thought to be the personal physician to Osama bin Laden, and is the founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad who has been indicted for his alleged role in the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya.

I'm sure he's too busy to come find little old me.

After re-reading this gem, the best part of all is "from all indications you will be executed by tomorrow." Really?? You're following me and you're obviously bad men with guns, and yet you only have indications of the time for my impending death!?  Somehow it seems that I might be able to cheat death through a timely bribe, because you remembered to mention that [I] can always reach you if [I] wish to make a contribution.

Brilliant! Is that tax deductible?