It seems 419 mails are like buses this week – you wait ages for one to come, and then three show up at once and try to empty your bank account (okay, maybe they’re not exactly like buses). Thankfully this one isn’t doing the normal trick of trying to outdo Leo Tolstoy in a word count dance off, and is mercifully brief as a result.

Important notice 419 spam

The mail, titled “Important Notice”, reads as follows:

Attention!!

Dear Sir/Ma

Are you aware that the amount of US$3.7M was moved into our bank (First National Bank) in your favor as the beneficiary? The US$3.7M arrived in our bank in October, 2014 and has since been in a dormant account. I write this message to you in line with the British financial laws, hence financial institutions are directed by the British financial governing body to divert
funds from dormant account to the government treasury as surplus revenue if not claimed by the beneficiary after six (6)
Months.

Regards
Mr. Davis Wiltord
Admin Dept
FNB (UK)

I’d like to thank the sender for making it so very short, although leaving half of the word “Madam” out makes me think they might have been a little too lackadaisical this time around.

Feel free to make this email’s digital footprint even smaller by hitting the delete button – and now if you’ll excuse me, there’s supposed to be another one along in a minute…

Christopher Boyd