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An email I received today...

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Date: Wed, 4 May 2005 04:37:08 +0200
From: "Cynthia Wood" <cynthia_wood1@*******.it>
Subject: From Cynthia Wood
Reply-to: cynthia123wood@*******.com

Lloyds TSB Group plc
25 Gresham Street
London EC2V 7HN


I discovered a dormant account in my office, as Group finance director with Lloyds bank London. It will be in my interest to transfer this fund worth $20,000,000 million dollars in an account offshore. If you can be a collaborator to this please indicate interest immediately for us to proceed. Remember this is absolutely confidential. My husband does not know about this risk taking. My family will be in shambles if it burst out and i will also be in trouble aswell as loose my precious job. Your contact phone numbers and name will be necessary for this effect.

Regards and respect,

Cynthia Wood
Group Finance Director
Lloyds bank London

Dear Cynthia

Firstly, you should really talk to your web site people as, according to the Lloyds TSB site, Helen A. Weir is the Group Finance Director. Much as I am interested in your figure of 20 trillion dollars, I find it difficult to work out (a) why a British institution would have money in dollars instead of pounds, (b) why a British institution would have an account containing some 10 times the GDP of the United Kingdom, and (c) why the Group Finance Director would be emailing random people offering shady under-the-table deals, though I can see why you would therefore be emailing me from Italy.

Incidentally, you should learn how to properly write subjects for emails. "From Cynthia Wood" tells me nothing that the "From" line doesn't already.

Sorry I can't help, however I have this fellow in Nigeria who's trying to get rid of $10 million as well, so perhaps the two of you could get together in a mutually benificial arrangement.

Love, Alden.

Posted May 4, 2005 9:20 PM


I too recieved an e-mail containing this same thing and also looked up information on the company. While it does mention Cynthia Wood(s) in the same sentence as the company, it still does say that the group finance director is Helen Weir. I also got an email from a Nigirian man wanting me to help him. He sent me pictures of his passport and his wife and him together. I can't verify that they are real or fake but i can't see how they are real at this time. I am in the United States so it is a little odd that they would want my help seeing as i am that far away.

Posted by: K.G. | September 27, 2006 4:30 PM

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