From the inbox -- actually, my wife's email inbox. Fortunately we live in a community-property state.
Date: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 10:38 AM
The Microsoft is glad to pronounce you as the lucky winner of Eight crores Thirty Four lahks and Thirty Two Thousand INR,send us the following details for claims.
To be precise, we live in a taxation-without-representation District rather than a state of any sort, and here the marital-property principle is called "equitable distribution" rather than community property. Either way, I'm looking forward to my share of the loot, knowing that one crore is equal to ten million rupees, which in turn is worth about $200,000.
- To filter out smart users who would immediately recognize the scam, thus ensuring that only the most gullible users respond.
- To read in a way that an American with money might imagine a Nigerian would write (for the multimillion dollar transfer scams)
- To get past spam filters
- To fool the victim into believing the scammer is not very sophisticated and can be tricked by the victim