Spammed by Kofi Annan?

Being on dozens of mailing lists with several email addresses that have been in use since the mid-90s and a column that has been translated in up to 10 languages — most of which I do not speak, some of which I can’t even read, like Korean, Japanese or Chinese — that has been published in magazines and web sites around the world, I can definitely compete in the global "who gets the most Spam?" olympics.

And sometimes that can be fun in a weird sort of way.

Just having a stop-over in Milano, Italy on my trip back from the United Nations World Summit (WSIS) in Tunis, my "biological spam filter" hesitated for a microsecond to delete the following mail "by" Kofi Annan with the subject "Business partner needed."

Not only is this strangely funny because these kinds of Spam mails usually are referred to as "Nigerian Scam," and although Kofi Annan is not from Nigeria, he most certainly is African (Ghana, AFAIK), it also is interesting in a "how low can you possibly sink" kind of way.

Seriously: Who would fall for such a scam? And who would then sink low enough to actually participate in it? Stupid and immoral seem to lie close together if this one is actually successful.

I KOFI ANNAN, secretary-general of the united nations, would like to ask your partnership in reprofilling funds over $250m in excess ,the funds would be coming via a string of selected banks in Europe and Asia. The funds in question were generated by me during the oil for food program in Iraq. I have been getting scandals/ controversy in this regards, you can read more on the links below- You would be paid 5% as your management fee. please do not write back directly to me via my official email address as all further correspondence should be sent to my private mail box. As soon as you indicate your interest i will give further details, remember to treat this mail and transaction as strictly confidential. I will wait to get your urgent correspondence via my private mail box- KOFI ANNAN, SECRETARY- GENERAL 

About Georg Greve

Georg Greve is a technologist and entrepreneur. Background as a software developer and physicist. Head of product development and Chairman at Vereign AG. Founding president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). Previously president and CEO at Kolab Systems AG, a Swiss Open Source ISV. In 2009 Georg was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon by the Federal Republic of Germany for his contributions to Open Source and Open Standards.
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