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Adair Turner writes – or maybe not

[19 March 2012] It’s always a relief to realize there’s somebody out there even more stupid than oneself. So, for your pleasure, here’s the text of one of the most feeble attempts at a scam email you’re ever likely to come across:

  • Email Diteruskan----Dari: adnan_af@ymail.comKepada: Keluar: Min, 12 Feb 2012 05:34 ICTJudul: The payment of the Following AdministrativeDear, Mr Adair Lord TurnerFrom , Syadripan - INDONESIAI have received a mail from Financial Service Authority (FSA) must be to make the payment of the following administrative charges certificate COCA COLA COMPANY PLC LONDON, I must be pay :Certification Charge of =£160Court Oath/Legalization Fee =£200Attestation Fee =£180Total Charges =£540Payment Options :send the money to us through :-Western Union Money Transfer-Money Gram-Through our cashiers desk in our office personallyReceiver Name : Adair Lord TurnerAddrese : 25 North Colonnade CANARY WHARE.LONDON-UNITED KINGDOMit is Truee or False From you Mr adair Lord Turner Best Regard,( SYADRIPAN) Hp : +62 81270196696

Standards must be slipping in the writing schools of downtown Lagos. [MC]

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