Everybody knows that Nigerian princess thing is getting old and running out of gas, so new email scams are badly needed by the dishonest little bastard community. My editor was the target of one yesterday.
Forget that routine with investors from Uloozistan. How about an email from a real person whom you know and trust? Oh, yeah, that’ll work!
So she gets an email, ha-ha, from our boss, whom she’s only known for 25 years or so, asking her–in English limping with a very painful stone in its shoe–to please buy and send him a great big Amazon gift card–which he would surely do himself, only he’s gonna be busy on an errand of mercy, dontcha know–and he will gladly pay her back on Tuesday…
Whatever did we do to earn so much disrespect? This scam wouldn’t fool a puppy. My eye, do they think we’re all college students?
The worst part of it is, there wouldn’t be so many of these scams if they didn’t actually fool people. That’s the worst of it.