Can We End Email Spam?

Don’t people have anything better to do than to send SPAM? I copied this letter, word for word, from my message inbox with Yahoo! It read as follows:

From the Desk of,
Barrister May William,
582 Boulevard Avenue,
Benin Republic,
Reply me on…,[email protected]
[email protected]
Urgent Attention Needed..

Dear Amy Faatz,

I am contacting you for the claim of your late uncle fund that was deposited with the SGC-Bank.I am soliciting for your confidence in this matter, this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top Secret. Though I know that a contact of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well since I know everything about your late uncle fund.

I have decided to contact you due to the urgency of this matter. Let me start by introducing myself properly to you. I am Advocate Mr May William, the personal Attorney to your late uncle Engr J.C.Faatz,Snr an oil Merchant with the Federal Government of Benin Republic,who died some years ago in Kenya Air Bus (A310-300)Flight KQ430.. He was Banking with SGC-Bank Benin and had a closing balance as at the end of September,2002 worth $3.2M (Million United States Dollars).

The bank now expects the Next of Kin to come forward as beneficiary. Efforts have been made by the SGC-Bank Benin Republic to get in touch with any of the Deceased Family or Relatives, but they have met with no success.Now the management under the influence of the bank Chairman and Members of the Board of directors, has made arrangement for the fund to be declared Unclaimed so that they can share the money amongst themselves.In order to avert this negative development, it is my duty to contact you since your name was amongst listed in his personal files that was with me, now you are to stand as the next of kin to his properties.

All documents and proof to enable you get this fund will be carefully worked out by me for this claim. I have secured from the probate an order of Mandamus to locate any of the deceased beneficiaries, and more so am assuring you that this claim is 100% risk free. Now it is left for you to decide on what you will give as my percentage for assisting you in this claim.

And the way we are going to archeive this, I will need your personal data such as: Your present Address, Your Age, Occupation and Position, Your Telephone and Mobile for Communication Purposes.

Looking forward to hear from you.

Yours Sincerely.

Barrister May William

Yahoo! Contributor Network

I honestly don’t know what kind of malice was intended or planned with this message but I’m sure “he” has no good intentions. What steps can we take to avoid this SPAM, protect ourselves and our privacy, and prevent SPAM from taking over or destroying our lives? I hope there are people who are investing as much time and money into eradicating SPAM as there are people who are distributing it. I would love to be pro-active when it comes to SPAM, but aside from investing in anti-virus programs and firewalls, I don’t have any idea where to begin.

To start with, I will be contacting Yahoo! about May William, who has a profile page with no information and no published content, but has kindly found time to locate me and offer his assistance with procuring my inheritance from my late uncle. Sorry Barrister May William, I decided not to keep this “utterly confidential” and “top secret”. I hope by exposing you to an unlimited number of Internet users, I will save someone from supplying their personal information to a spamming con artist. Maybe next time you should use grammar and spell-checking with a word processing program. Who would trust a Barrister that can’t even spell?

Feel free to leave a comment at the end of this article and share this with as many people as possible. Maybe we can prevent some identity theft spamming.