"Experts estimate that spam makes up 50% of Internet traffic." So wrote Dr. Steve Price in his 2007 book WWW.Stands for "World Wide Whiners": How the Internet is Being Manipulated by the MIFFED (Misinformed, Ignorant, Fired, Failed, Envious, & Desperate. You wonder how much that percentage has increased as of today.
I wonder too how many "gullibles" have been duped by these sp/scammers who go by the aliases "Ronny Shaw" & "Adams Robert" whose spam email (known among "419" experts as a "next of kin" scam; see also scamomatic.com ) is pasted below. In the same book, Dr. Price mentioned a spam king , Ronnie Scelson, who managed to rake in 30-40k USD a month by just mailing 60-70 million spams a day. Could "Robert and Shaw" beat that? :)
From: Mr Ronny Shaw <email@example.com>
Reply to: Ronny Shaw <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, Sept 15, 2008 at 07:39 PM
Subject: For your attention
Mailed by: mlareina.cl
I solicit your partnership because I feel you will understand what confidentiality is all about and who has the ability and requirements needed in embarking in this business. I decided to contact you through email as it has remained the only possible means I consider safe to contact you for now. I apologize to have delved into your privacy.
I am contacting you in a non-official capacity and on behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late Gustav Krupp a foreigner and an Industrialist I once again try to notify you as my earlier letter was returned undelivered. I hereby attempt to reach you again by this same email address. I wish to notify you that arrangements have been worked out to make you a beneficiary to these funds.
It is in the sum of £5,250,000.00GBP(Five Million Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds Sterling) and we do request that you provide either an existing bank account or to set up a new bank account to receive this money in trust, even an empty account would serve, as long as you will remain honest to the transaction. This may sound strange and unbelievable to you, but it is true and absolutely real.
I am Ronny Shaw, an accountant and business manager with Royal Bank of Scotland, during the course of my auditing, I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in this bank in 1998 and till date nobody has operated on this account again. After going through some old files, I discovered that the owner of the account died without an [Heir], Hence the money has been floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited.
According to him this money is to support humanitarian activities and to help the poor and the needy in our society. Please if I reach you, as I am hopeful, endeavor to get back to me as soon as possible to enable me conclude my job. I hope to hear from you in no distant time.
I am contacting you as a foreigner because this money can only be approved to a foreigner with a valid International Passport or Drivers License as a means of identification.
For your participation, we have two options of payment for you, firstly you can choose to have 20% of the money for your assistance or you can go into partnership with us for viable investment of the money in your country.
Note: You are advised for further correspondences contact me on my personal and private email address: (email@example.com)
Mr. Ronny Shaw, ACCA.
Business & Risk Manager.
Adams Robert, Mr.