I received an email from an acquaintance of mine. He's one of the first organizers of Bewaro-the-Sombrero, an ultimate (frisbee) hat tournament held at the end of each year for the last 10+ years, usually somewhere close to or in San Mateo. Dave is the person who taught me the term "sucky suck," which I have used for the last 10+ years, and taught my mom to use, too.
I'm including it here because at first, I couldn't be 100% sure the email wasn't a spam email. Dave COULD have been in Africa. He COULD have lost his passport. He COULD need money. The email was sent to an address that I had given to ONLY Dave, so I couldn't be 100% sure the email was spam. The language is weird, though.
I couldn't be 100%, but I could be 97% sure the email was spam. I became 100% sure when I googled for "empowering youth to fight racism" in quotes, and found another email (but only one, oddly enough) posted that had the exact same wording.
So that the next person who googles won't have the same problem I did, here's the email. I'm speculating it's being sent by a virus that sits on the user's computer and looks at old emails, the to: and from:, maybe from gmail? and spams based on previous email headers. Though, other than affecting spam filters, I'm not sure what this message is supposed to accomplish.
The email reads:
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2008 15:20:22 +0100 From: David W------------- Subject: Please Respond Urgently (I Need Your Help) How are you doing today? I am sorry I didn't inform you about my traveling to Africa for a program called "Empowering Youths to Fight Racism, HIV/AIDS and Poverty. The program is taking place in three major countries in Africa which are Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria . It has been a very sad and bad moment for me, the present condition I find myself in is very hard for me to explain. I am really stranded in Nigeria cos I forgot my little bag where my money, passport, documents and other valuable things are kept in the Taxi on my way to the Hotel where i am lodged, I am facing a hard time here because I have no money on me. I am now owing a hotel bill of $1,500 and they want me to pay the bill else they will have to seize my other bag and hand me over to the Hotel Management., I need this help from you urgently to help me back home, I need you to help me with the hotel bill and i will also need $1000 to feed and help myself back home so please can you help me with a sum of $2500 to sort out my problems here? I need this help so much and on time because i am in a terrible and tight situation here. I am sending you this e-mail from the hotel's cafe and I only have 10 min to do so, I will appreciate what so ever you can afford to send me for now and I promise to pay back your money as soon as i return home so please let me know on time so that i can forward you the details you need to transfer the money through Money Gram or Western Union. My Regards David.W---------