Just when I was thinking these emails might be scams, I get one yesterday that's a completely different twist:
You may not understand why this mail came to you.But if you do not remember me, you might have receive an email from me in the past regarding a multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded. I am using this opportunity to inform you that this multi-million-dollar business has been concluded with the assistance of another partner from Paraguay who financed the transaction to a logical conclusion. I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you. But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out of my bank to my new partner's account in Paraguay that was capable of assisting me in this great venture.Apparently this guy emailed me, and when I failed to respond, emailed someone in Paraguay who decided to help him procure the money. I don't understand why I was informed of this, unless it was a common courtesy to prevent me from responding tardily to the original email. Or maybe the writer wanted to let me know that if I'd only trusted him, I'd be a wealthy man but instead some guy in Paraguay is wealthy and I'm not, and nyaah nyaah nyaah.
But here's the interesting part, which comes in the following paragraph:
Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness you shown during the course of the transaction. I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of US$950,000.00. I have left a certified international bank draft for you worth of US$950,000.00 cashable anywhere in the worldThis is followed by details on how I may obtain the bank draft. Apparently, in return for having done absolutely nothing, I am to be rewarded with 950,000 dollars. I should be happy, but for some reason I now keep thinking of the poor schmuck in Paraguay. He took all the risk, and yet I am now getting a hefty chunk of the reward.
Yesterday I was kicking myself for not answering the original email, and letting the Paraguayan guy get the money. Today I'm thinking, hell, even if I'd answered the original email, this Ivory Coast bastard would be giving some Paraguayan bum 950 large of my money. Where does he get off?
I've made up my mind that I'm going to do the right thing. When I get my $950,000 I'm going to give half of it to the guy in Paraguay, if I can find out who he is . . . . Make that a third of it.