Post funny email scams you have received!


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jul 26, 2007
I just got my university email account a month ago. I have never really used it, however, I am getting this big collection of spam, and don't have any idea where it is coming from. I am not used to this with gmail, so it's really my first experience with spam emails and scams. I just got this today, and I cannot even stop laughing it's so funny. Enjoy.

Good day,

How are you today, hope all is well with you and your family? If
so, thanks to God. I only want to show my gratitude for your
past assistance.

I hope this mail meets you in a perfect condition. I am using this
opportunity to 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 Country to someone else
account in Nepal who was capable of assisting me in this Great

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed
at the course of the transaction I want to compensate you and show
my gratitude to you with the sum of USD$1,500,000.00. I have
authorized Joe Mayer who is based in my country (South Africa) to issue
you the funds of which I directed him to deposit in account on your

Though, I have been looking for your contact for a very long
time, but had no luck only to go back to my old computer of recent to
find your contact again. I know the $1.5M is not the percentage we
agreed at the inception of the unfinished transaction, but after the
investment done by me and the new partner who later assisted me to
finish the transaction, I was not left with much, so I decided to give
you part of what am left with because my heart has not been at rest
ever since when I remember your past assistance.

So therefore, contact Joe Mayer for the collection of the funds on
the contact information below of which I have given him instruction
on what to do as soon as you open contact with him:

Name: Joe Mayer

Contact him with immediate effect as I am very busy here because of
the investment projects which I and my new partner are having at
hand in Nepal. Finally remember that I have forwarded instruction to
him on your behalf to send the $1.5M to you as soon as you contact him.

Please understand that the money can be paid to your account as
cash ($1.5M) via telegraphic wire transfer if you want. I will not be
able to send you any more emails as result of my tight schedule. I
also want you to understand that I am a real human with a heart.
Though, you never gave me all the truth I required, but all the
same, we thank God for a successful transfer of the funds at
the end of the day.

Kindly accept this token with good faith, as this is from the bottom
of my heart and also make sure you do not let any one know about
the gift until you receive it.

I will want to say a big thanks to you and your family.

Best regards,

James Veri.

Very tempting..... :D


macrumors Core
Mar 17, 2005
London, England
I don't get any funny ones. I just get utter nonsense or this sort:



macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jul 26, 2007
Ok, i just sent am email to joe mayer using a bogus account. I asked him to send me my money right away!:D


macrumors 6502a
Oct 1, 2005
Check this out....payback, comedy style ! I love the one where he sets his feet on fire and runs around.

Colt Seavers vs. The Unknown Stunt Man - Part 2 (In the video section is the one to watch!)


macrumors 65816
Apr 7, 2005
I did not take a screenshot of a scam I got, but I can explain it in writing.....

I got a paypal scam....It was quite easy to tell it was fake....

a) the copyright date was 2005.... the real paypal would be 2007

b) it was or something.... not just and thats it

c) It didn't address me by my name, it just said Dear Customer, your account needs to be re-activated....

I can see why so many people fall for these though.... I bet most people wouldn't even notice these things!


macrumors 65816
Mar 12, 2006
N'Albany, Indiana
I have one. totally a scam:

plz help me!! 3 guys mugged me a few mins ago and left me for dead. i tried calling you but you wont pick up. good thing i recently won this free iphone, now i can email all my distress signals any where in the country using at&t's edge network. you can get a free iphone too!! just go to and enter to win a free iphone! uuuuuggggghhhhhhhh...............


Jan 18, 2005
I tried going off on a Scam adventure with this Nigerian chap once. He dropped it when I continually asked about ¨how is your dog doing¨, I tried to make myself out to be a vet you see. Ah, I miss getting their hopes up. Haven't had one of these emails for a while :eek:


macrumors 604
Sep 7, 2006
Texas, unfortunately.
I made the mistake of posting my email address on craigslist, so I get a lot of crap, every single day.

Just a few of the daily emails that come through.


Good day to you,

I write you this message under strict recommendation and in good faith.I am sorry at the perceived confussion you may have by receieving this letter from me since we have not previously met. To be Straight, I am a solicitor at law and the personal Attorney to the late Engineer Alex,who used to work with the ZENON OIL COMPANY in Nigeria.

On the 5th of May, 2002 it was reported to us that my Client, his wife and their only daughter were involved in a Local Plane Crash at Kano State, enroute Abuja (The Capital City) all occupants in the Plane lost theirlives,unfortunately on this same flight were other dignitaries like the Sports Minister and a host of others. The following website could be referenced:


Since then I have made several enquires to locate any of my clients extended relatives. This unfortunately has proved unsuccessful. Hence I seized this opportunity and decided to contact you for your help.

I am contacting you to assist in repatriating the money and Property left behind by my client before they get Confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this Huge deposits were lodge.

Particularly, Where the deceased had an account valued at USD$15 million Dollars has just recently issued me a notice to provide the next of kin of The deceased or have the account confiscated within the shortest Period of time.Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relativesfor Close to three(3)years now, I seek your consent to present you as the Next of kin of the deceased on your immediate approval and acceptance to assist me in this matter, so that the proceeds of this Account valued at USD$15 million United States Dollars can be paid to you afterwhich you and I can share the money.40% of the total fund would be for you while 40% for me and the other 20% for charity and the motherless homes.

I have the necessary logistics that would be used to back up your claim at the Financial Institution where these funds are deposited temporarily,all I require is your honest cooperation to enable this deal through and your willingness to carry out this project with me till it's fruitful end.I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate Arrangement that will protect both of us from any breach of the Law to cover up your reputable name. Please get in touch with me if you willingly accept this offer so that I could forward immediately toyou the necessary details on how we are to carry out this project to a fruitful end.






to enable our further discussion about this transaction. I now await to have your soonest positive response to this regards.

Thank you and my sincere regards to you and your family.
Barrister Ken Bobby(ESQ)
We sincerely regret to contact you through this medium.

We could not do otherwise given the urgent attention this requires.

We are here on a natioanl assignment in Iraq.In the course of our duty,we stumbled onto some huge amount in US dollars cash.

We have deliberated on the safest means of keeping this for ourselves given the nature of our assignment and the political situation down here.We resolved to get an associate out there
to whom we can arrange and have the money sent to.Hence we are contacting you.

Your compensation is open for negotiation if you are interested.

Please let us know your interest or not for details


Greg Daniel


macrumors 603
Sep 19, 2003
Canada, eh?
I've posted this before, but this one remains my favourite (hence why I keep it around)

Dear (notjustjay)

We recently noticed one or more attempts to log in to your TD CanadaTrus account
from a different IP address.

If you recently accessed your account while traveling, the unusual log in
attempts may have been initiated by you. However, if you did not initiate
the log ins, please visit PayPal as soon as possible to check-up your
account information:

Thanks for your patience.



macrumors 68020
Feb 18, 2003
It was a good thing he still had his iPhone after being mugged. :rolleyes:
I'm more interested in how he set up a website and clever domain name in a mater of "minutes". :rolleyes:

Some people just don't put a lot of thought in their scams. I got the same one notjustjay got about TD bank... I thought it was pretty sad that they couldn't tell the difference between paypay and TD. They tell you the threatening log-in attempts were into TD, but tell you to check your paypal (completely unrelated companies)... but the link is for TD (well at least it has TD in the domain), then they sign-off as "Paypal"! If you're going to try to scam the masses at least get what company you're trying to spoof straight first!

It was even more laughable because I don't have a TD or Paypal account! :D


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jul 26, 2007
I haven't received a response yet from the guy, so i sent another. i explained that since he did not respond to me, i now demand 3 million! it was very angry.

i got one a long time ago saying i needed to log into my paypal account because of a problem. i didnt even have an account. i went there, and the site looked just like paypal, except when you clicked on certain things, it didnt work. pretty good though.


macrumors 65816
Apr 7, 2005
I haven't received a response yet from the guy, so i sent another. i explained that since he did not respond to me, i now demand 3 million! it was very angry.

i got one a long time ago saying i needed to log into my paypal account because of a problem. i didnt even have an account. i went there, and the site looked just like paypal, except when you clicked on certain things, it didnt work. pretty good though.
don't go to their site...even if you don't have paypal....they can still track your IP address, email address, and other personal information.....


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jul 26, 2007
Ha, I got a response from the guy. FINALLY! I get my money!

Dear theman,

I have been expecting to hear from you. Dr. James Veri has directed me to send the payment of USD$1.5M to you as compensation for trying to help him in the past, via international certified bank draft.

Based on the magnitude of the funds and my busy schedule, I made a deposit of the funds with the South African Reserve Bank, (here in South Africa) in an Ex-Co Account, of which will be transferred to you to any account you deem fit.

What you are expected to do right now is to for immediate transfer of the funds is to contact the Remittance Department of the bank in charge of your funds on information below for the transfer of the funds (USD$1.5 Million US Dollars) to you as he is aware you will get in touch with him:

BANK NAME: South African Reserve Bank
NAME: Mike Anderson

Please provide the below information for me and when communicating the Remittance Department to enable them communicate you on the way forward and transfer proceeding for the safe transfer of funds to any account you deem fit.

FULL NAMES: ------------
MAILING ADDRESS: ------------
AGE: ------------
OCCUPATION: ------------
SEX: ------------

I shall send you a copy of the evidence of the deposit certificate I received from the bank the day I made the deposit of the funds in your name for your perusal and keeps as soon as I get your response. Let the Account officer knows that I directed you to him on behalf of the funds I deposited in your name and let him know the amount of your funds I deposited for confirmation.

Also note that I made a bond insurance on the funds to avoid loss or been taken out until it gets to your account as per intruction from Dr. James.

Please spend wisely.

Awaiting your update.

God bless you.


Rev. Joe Mayer.
SOOOOOOO tempting. I think i will have to contact that guy.

BTW, on the guy's 1st email address, what is that domain??? .tf? what the heck?


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jul 26, 2007
Hmm, should i ask him for a free trip to antarctica too? :D

honestly, what the heck?


macrumors 68020
Aug 15, 2006
The Rainbow Nation RSA
I got this one just today, how should I reply?

It seems that I am already dead, am located on a 'central computer' and am next of kin to some guy. LUCKY ME!

Scammer said:
I found your name in the Central Computer among the list of unpaid (Contractors, Inheritance next of kin and lotto beneficiaries that was originated from American, Europe, Asia plus Middle east and Africans) among the list of individuals and companies that your unpaid fund has been located to the Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC,Barclays Bank, Natwest Bank, and Bank of America plus CBN.
Your name appeared among the beneficiaries who will receive a part-payment of US$21.5 million and has been approved already for months.
You are requested to get back to me for more direction and instruction on how to receive your fund.
However, we received an email from one Dr. Robert Water
who told us that he is your next of kin and that you died
in a car accident last week.

Dr Robert Water account co-ordinate as follows:
Bank of Lebanon
A/c no: 890458984589
Routing No: bl 275-79665
Beneficiary: Dr Robert Water

He has also submitted his account for us to transfer the fund to him.
We want to hear from you before we can make the transfer to confirm if you are dead or not.
Once again, I apologize to you on behalf Of IMF (International Monetary Fund) failure to receive your funds in time, which according to records in the system had been long overdue.
Pls reply through system representative Mr.Fred Rogers.
Yours Sincerely,
Fred Rogers.
On behalf of Mr Rodrigo de Rato Figaredo
Managing Director, IMF

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macrumors member
Jun 30, 2006
not email spam class, but i received a lot of SMS ads when i was with the spaniard Telefonica.

Fearless Leader

macrumors 68020
Mar 21, 2006
Wow I get these all the time, I kinda want to do a scam the scammer thing though.

Though if there is money being made from the pieces of crap that come into my junk box, I can't imagine what a half way decent email could make me. Now that is tempting.