13 January 2010

"...accredited with your favor..."

It's the most inept and yet audacious bit of scam-spam I've ever received...

FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS COMMISSION.
TREASURY AND MINISTER FOR CIVIL SERVICE,
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM.

Our ref: ATM/13470/IDR
YOUR REF:CLAIMS/ATM/882
Date: 08/01/2010

IMMEDIATE PAYMENT NOTIFICATION

I am The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP,Prime Minister British Government. This letter is to officially inform you that (ATM Card Number 4966430104864106) has been accredited with your favor. Your Personal Identification Number is 477.The VISA Card Value is Ј 3,000,000.00(Three Million, Great British Pounds Sterling).

This office will send to you a Visa/ATM CARD that you will use to withdraw your funds in any ATM MACHINE CENTER or Visa card outlet in the world with a maximum of Ј 5000 POUNDS STERLING daily.Further more,You will be required to re-confirm the following information to enable; The Rt Hon. David Miliband MP Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. begin in processing of your VISA CARD.

(1)Full names: (2)Address: (3)Country: (4)Nationality: (5)Phone #: (6)Age: (7)Occupation:

Forward Reply To: ukgovdirect@5.am

TAKE NOTICE: That you are warned to stop further communications with any other person(s) or office(s) different from the staff of the State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to avoid hitches in receiving your payment.


Regards,

The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP
Prime Minister.


If they want to impersonate the British authorities, they really should learn to punctuate and learn non-Americanised spellings. And don't they know there's a recession on? Tchoh.

11 January 2010

"Do not underestimate what a dog can do..."

I've never really rated Roy Hattersley as a great thinker or communicator, though he always seemed to be in the more decent end of politics (alongside Jerry Hayes and Malcolm Bruce) during his time in Parliament. And I've always thought it strange that this confirmed left-winger should have a long-standing column in a very right-wing newspaper.

Today I read this, courtesy of Hattersley the grieving dog lover. It is quite superb. The new dog he claims to be seeking will be one lucky pet.