Madrid is the new Nigeria

Subject: Confidential Information…Pls getback to me

Date: November 20, 2008 1:50:48 AM PST


It is with pleasure and honour that I am bringing this information to you and I hope you will not misconstrue my position. I would not be surprise if you doubt what I am about to tell you considering the tales emanating from the Internet these days. I will greatly appreciate if you spare two minutes of your time and go through this email carefully. Can you recollect having any relation called Robert who shares the SAME LAST NAME (SURNAME) WITH YOU?  He used to work with Sacyr-Vallehermoso SA in Madrid, Spain. His wife and their three children were killed in the terrorist blast in Madrid, Spain in March, 2004, more detail in link:

My name is Mr. Froestl W.F , the former credit officer of one of the leading British Finance Organization (name will be disclosed to you in due course). The late Mr. Robert was a client of mine. On Friday 5 March 2004, he made a fixed deposit for 12 calendar months, with a value of Nine Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only, in my branch. He also deposited a box containing some gold jewellery which he claimed were family assets. We could not complete the documentation and paper work for the deposit because it was already late on that Friday and as a good client, promised to return in three days time which was the following Monday to complete the transaction and finalize terms with us. He flew to Spain that night. It was later we heard that he was caught up in the Madrid terrorist blast. He died with his family members without completing the scheduled paper work to prove that he has deposited such amount of money with my organization. Since then, my organiz
ation has made efforts to locate

I am making this contact to you as either a relative or an individual with whom I can work with to get these funds out and establish a long lasting business relationship with. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating any of his relatives for over (11) months, I am seeking your consent to submit your name as the next of kin to the deceased so that the deposited funds can be transferred to you, we will then share it between the two of us. The advantage in using you as the next of kin is very clear; Mr. Robert shares the same Family name with you.

I will give you all the information with which you are to make the application for the funds. The bank will certainly accept your application as the next of kin and make payment to you as long as you submit the documents that I will make available to you. My primary aim is to stop these evil Bank Directors from getting the deposit for themselves.

I was a branch manager, I still have my insiders working in my branch, getting up-to-date information on this venture would not be a problem to us. I need your honest cooperation, trust and assurance that you will not cheat me out of the deposit when payment is made to you. The procedures involve are 100% risk free, we are not breaking the law. It will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and me. Be Inform, that we shall share the funds in the ratio 60% for me and 35% for you, while 5% should be for expenses (Your telephone, internet connection fee and Tax as I understand you may need to pay taxes on the funds when it gets to your country).

Please endeavour to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue. I will disclose more information to you as soon as you respond to my mail.

Kind regards,

Froestl W.F

I hope it’s worth it …

Study Shows How Spammers Cash In
BBC News (11/10/08)

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) hijacked a working spam network to analyze its economic value. The analysis found that spammers can make money by getting just one response for every 12.5 million emails sent. However, the researchers say that spam networks may be susceptible to attacks that make it more costly to send junk email.

The researchers, led by UCSD professor Stefan Savage, took over a piece of the Storm spam network and created several proxy bots that acted as conduits of information between the command and control system for Storm and the hijacked home PCs that send the junk mail. The researchers used the machines to conduct their own fake spam campaigns.

Two types of fake spam were sent, one that mimicked the way Storm spreads using viruses and the other aimed at tempting people to visit a fake pharmacy site and buy an herbal remedy to boost their libido. The fake pharmacy site always returned an error message when potential buyers clicked a button to submit their credit card details.

The researchers sent about 469 million spam messages, and after 26 days and almost 350 million email messages, only 28 “sales” were made. The response rate for the campaign was less than 0.00001 percent, and would have resulted in revenues of $2,731.88, just over $100 a day for the measurement period. The researchers say that spam’s small profit margin indicates that spammers would be economically susceptible to any disruptions in their networks.


I love how people try and come up with new and bizarrely spelled subjects to sneak through the spam filters.

I just got a spam (in my spam filter, thank you Google/Postini) that had a subject line of….

“In Rod We Thrust.”

Hah hah!

Well, it made ME laugh.