Wednesday, 27 March 2013


The following is a scam email I received yesterday, which would have turned me into a rich person overnight, were it a real life scenario:

Paul Morgan
To Recipients
From:Paul Morgan ( 
Sent:Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:21:56 AM
To:Recipients (
I write on behalf of I and my colleagues to confirm whether your company will be able to provide transportation for 4 delegates that will be coming for 7 days tour in your area.
Please find below the details of the transportation schedule;
(1). Date of transfers: Tuesday, 18th of June 2013 to Monday, 24th of June 2013 (7 days) 
(2). The duration of the transfers will be 8 hours each day,that is; from 10am to 6pm every day, within a radius of 200km in your area. 
(3). Number of persons: 4 persons 
(4). Driver required 
Kindly note that any of these vehicles will be alright for the transfers during those dates; (a car or van). Note also, that 2 or more vehicles that can serve the same purpose will be a better option.

Advise the availability and TOTAL COST for the 7 DAYS transportation for the mentioned days with a driver.

Thanks for your anticipated co-operations. 
Yours sincerely,
Paul Morgan

Knowledge of my husband's job (cabbie) comes from my blog. But no mention is made of the place name, there are English grammar errors, and - my personal favorite blooper - a 200km radius in my town would require an amphibious vehicle.
This kind of scam is more obvious than the one being played out in real life. While Europe is at war, some countries are profiting, while others are barely surviving, and some are being annihilated. When old weapons stop working (eg salary cuts and higher taxes), new ones are being invented (eg savings confiscation). 
The economic destruction of Greece was a gradual process - we learnt and continue to learn how to cope with it. The economic destruction of Cyprus was a complete, almost overnight, annihilation. Can anyone deny that Europe is in a state of war, without sounding dismissive, insensitive and totally ignorant? It's our own fault, we have been told, but we were powerless to do anything about it, except to run away, which we didn't do.
Now, all we have left is to wait and see, hoping that the destruction will eventually stop, which it will do of course, because when everything is destroyed, there will be nothing left to destroy. Hence, it will stop.
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