Siguiendo con mi revisión de las técnicas de scam más frecuentes, recupero un e-mail que he recibido este fin de semana con otra bonita historia: un señor ya mayor tiene una enfermedad incurable y unos cuantos millones de euros. Para reconciliarse con el mundo, decide donarlos a entidades de caridad, pero como no confía en su familia, porque ya se han quedado con parte de su dinero, decide confiarle la administración de su fortuna a un perfecto desconocido, pero no para que lo done a terceros, sino para que lo invierta en su empresa y done los beneficios a ONGs y demás. Olé.
Como suele pasar en estos casos, si eres un desaprensivo -además de un perfecto estúpido- posiblemente intentes contactar con este señor que, además de confirmar tu correo para seguir inundando tu bandeja de entrada con spam, te pedirá alguna cantidad para poder hacer la transferencia del dinero o alguna lindeza de este estilo. En realidad, se trata de una adaptación evolucionada y adaptada a internet del clásico tocomocho que ha hecho -y aún hace, aunque parezca imposible- estragos entre nuestros mayores y no tan mayores.
Me sorprende haber recibido varios e-mails de este mismo estilo durante las últimas semanas: un tipo con mucha pasta desconfía de sus familiares y prefiere proponer a perfectos desconocidos extrañas maniobras financieras, confiando única y exclusivamente en su buena fe. Algún día contestaré para averiguar exactamente cómo sigue el camino, si se trata únicamente de un spammer que busca confirmar sus direcciones o si realmente hay una estafa de mayor entidad detrás; de momento, tengo algunas cosas más interesantes que hacer.
Aquí tenéis el e-mail en cuestión. Disfrutadlo!! 🙂
I sincerely hope that this letter will not come to you as a surprise or an embarrassment since we neither knew each other before nor had any neither previous correspondence nor contact. Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal ethics although, I wish to use this medium to get in touch with you first because it’s fastest means. I believe it will be a surprise to you as we have never met before, and I am deeply sorry if I have in any manner disturbed your privacy. Please forgive this unusual manner of contacting you. Let me start by introducing myself.
My name is Dr. Christopher C. Marshall; I was into currency exchange business, a British national from United Kingdom. I have been diagnosed with Oesophageal cancer. It has defied all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone (not even myself) but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it. Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few close friends .I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far,
I have distributed money to some charity organizations in the U.A.E, Somalia and Malaysia. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan; they refused and kept the money to themselves.
Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them. The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of Two Million dollars ($2,000,000.00) that I have with financial institution abroad. I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatch it to charity organizations. Please kindly note that upon the receipt of these funds from the financial institution abroad, you shall invest it in your line of business and dispatch the profit to charitable home. As soon as i receive your response, I shall communicate with you, and let you know the details of the transfer. Whatever your actions and your decision, I thank you for taking the time to read this email.
Dr. Christopher C. Marshall